Indian Rotocraft starts building chopper production centre in Hyderabad

March 15th, 2012 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, March 15 (IANS) Indian Rotorcraft, a joint venture of Tata Sons and AugustaWestland, has started work on a helicopter production facility here to assemble, customise and flight test new choppers for the global market.

The joint venture will initially produce the 8-seat AW119Ke light helicopter from mid-2013.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held today near Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on the city outskirts.

The facility, coming up on 10-acre plot adjacent to the airport, will incorporatie a main assembly building, flight hangar, office accommodation and several helicopter landing pads. The plant will be capable of producing up to 30 helicopters per year and is designed to be further developed for other helicopter types.

Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata said the project was integral to its plans in the aerospace sector. “We look forward to an enduring and successful partnership with AgustaWestland for fostering the growth of the Indian aerospace sector.”

“Not only will this new facility be able to build helicopters for the Indian market but more importantly, it will supply helicopters to AgustaWestland customers around the world,” said AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini.

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