Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has bagged fresh orders to supply 41 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH)-40 to the Indian Army and one to the Indian Navy-that will boost its order books by Rs 6,100 crore.
“The latest order reflects the trust on HAL’s capabilities and gives an impetus to make-in-India campaign. It reposes faith of Indian Defence forces in indigenous ALH which has been serving them with distinction for a long time,” HAL Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju said.
The contracts for the supply of 41 ALHs will be executed in a period of 60 months and adds to the 32 ALH ordered by the Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in March.
The indigenously designed and developed chopper is a twin engine, multi-role, multi-mission new generation helicopter in the 5.5 tonne weight class.The helicopter has been certified for military operations by the Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification (CEMILAC) and civil operations by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
While the helicopter is currently being manufactured at the HAL Helicopter Complex in Bengaluru, the PSU will, in the future be using its proposed Tumakuru facility to make them.
HAL, which is headquartered in Bengaluru has been vying to set up a helicopter complex, initially targeted at production of LUH in Tumakuru, and Raju had told TOI earlier that activities that support ALH will also be taken up.
Over all, he said, the Gubbi Complex would concentrate on Helicopter manufacturing systems, assembly hangars, composites and component manufacturing factories and engine component manufacturing units.
As carried in timesofindia on 4.9.2017