PM Modi to Unveil HAL’s State-of-the-Art Helicopter Factory in Karnataka on February 6

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PM Modi to Unveil HAL's State-of-the-Art Helicopter Factory in Karnataka on February 6

PM Modi to Unveil HAL’s State-of-the-Art Helicopter Factory in Karnataka on February 6

By Sanjay Maurya

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate a helicopter production facility of state-run aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Tumakuru, Karnataka on Monday (February 6). According to the information, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and senior officials of the Ministry of Defence will be present on the occasion.

According to ANI, PMO said, “PM Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka on 6th February. He will inaugurate India Energy Week 2023 in Bengaluru. Thereafter, he will dedicate to the nation the HAL helicopter factory at Tumakuru and also lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives.”

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

Aerospace company

  • Subsidiaries: Naini Aerospace Limited, Infotech HAL Ltd., MORE
  • Founder: Walchand Hirachand
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Revenue: 24,620 crores INR (US$3.2 billion, 2022)
  • Founded: 23 December 1940, Bengaluru
  • Number of employees: 28,345 (April 2019)
  • Aircraft designed: HAL Dhruv

The Greenfield Helicopter Factory, covering 615 acres, is designed to be a comprehensive solution for India’s helicopter needs. It’s the country’s largest helicopter manufacturing plant and will initially manufacture Light Utility Helicopters (LUHs).

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) aims to manufacture over 1,000 helicopters weighing 3-15 tonnes, with a total revenue of over INR 4 lakh crore in the next 20 years. The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is a domestically designed and developed, single-engine, multi-purpose helicopter with highly maneuverable capabilities.

The factory will initially produce around 30 helicopters annually, with the potential to increase to 60 and then 90 per year in stages, according to the ministry.

The first LUH has been flight tested and is ready for unveiling.

The facility’s cornerstone was laid by the Prime Minister in 2016, and it will allow India to fully meet its helicopter needs without having to import. This is a significant boost towards the Prime Minister’s aim of achieving self-reliant India in the fields of helicopter design, development, and production.

It’s worth noting that the defense sector’s budget has been raised to INR 5.94 lakh crore for 2023-24, up from the previous allocation of INR 5.25 lakh crore. In the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday (February 1), a total of INR 1.62 lakh crore has been allocated for capital expenditure, including the acquisition of new weapons, aircraft, ships, and other military equipment.

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