As part of its strategy to expand its footprints in the area of helicopters, the Indian state owned aeronautical major, Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) is preparing the ground for the setting up of a greenfield facility covering an area of little over 600-acres in the Tumkur district of the South Indian state of Karnataka for the manufacturing of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and Naval Multi Role Helicopter (NMH). However, the immediate term focus of this facility would be on LUH. This state-of-the-art facility, which will attract an investment of around Rs. 400-million will be well equipped to take up the production of various parts and systems of the helicopter.
With the success HAL has notched in the design, development and production of Light Advanced Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, which is in service with all the three wings of the Indian defence establishment and the Coast Guard, HAL is now sweating it out to qualify the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). With this legacy, HAL is confident that it would be in a position to take up the challenge of designing, developing and producing both the medium lift and heavy lift helicopters meant for both civilian and military applications in the years ahead. HAL Chairman Suvarna Raju noted that the “development of LUH is crucial to the plans of the company as the defence market capitalization is based on timelines of this programme”.
Radhakrishna Rao

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