PM Modi to dedicate helicopter manufacturing plant of HAL to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation a helicopter manufacturing plant of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL in Tumakuru on February 6.

The Greenfield Helicopter factory, spread across 615 acres, will manufacture the Light Utility Helicopters. It has Heli-runway, flight hangar, final assembly hangar, structure assembly hangar, air traffic control and support services. It complies fully with Industry 4.0 standard tools and techniques for its operations.

Symbolic of Atmanirbhar Bharath, this plant is to become India’s largest helicopter manufacturing facility offering one-stop solutions for helicopter repair and maintenance in the days to come. The Light Utility helicopter designed in India is a three-ton class, single-engine, multipurpose utility helicopter with unique features.

The HAL plant in Tumakuru will initially manufacture 30 helicopters per annum, which will be enhanced to 60 helicopters and 90 helicopters in a phased manner. In the days to come the unit will also take up maintenance, repair and overhaul of indigenous platforms like Light Combat Helicopter, Light Utility Helicopter, Civil Advanced Light Helicopters and Indian Multi-role Helicopter.

The facility in Tumakuru will generate direct and indirect employment and boost the economy and industry in the surrounding areas. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for this plant in 2016.