India’s ministry of defense announced on Saturday a new helicopter-making factory of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be opened in Karnataka.
The Greenfield Helicopter Factory, which spreads across 615 acres of land, is India’s largest helicopter manufacturing facility,” the ministry said in a statement.
According to the ministry, initially, the factory will produce around 30 helicopters per year and the output can be enhanced to 60 choppers and then 90 per year in a phased manner. Officials said the HAL plans to produce more than 1,000 helicopters in the range of 3-15 tons over a period of 20 years. The foundation stone of the facility was laid in 2016.
On Monday, Karnataka’s new helicopter plant will receive its official opening from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This government-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) factory, which is situated in the Gubbi taluk village of BidareHalla Kaval, will first manufacture Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) for the armed services.
It will also be used for maintenance, repair, and overhaul of LCH, LUH, Civil Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), and IMRH in the future. Potential exports of civil LUH will also be catered to from this factory.
Over 1,000 people are anticipated to find work at the helicopter manufacturing, which will also significantly boost the state’s economy.
This facility will allow India to meet its complete helicopter requirement domestically, earning the distinction of enabling self-reliance in helicopter design, development, and manufacturing in India.
Two Jal Jeevan Mission projects in Tumakuru’s Tiptur and Chikkanayakanahalli will also have their cornerstones laid by Prime Minister Modi.
Over 430 crores will be spent on the Tiptur Multi-Village Drinking Water Supply Project. Contrarily, a multi-village water supply plan for 147 homes in the Chikkanayakanahlli taluk would be constructed at an estimated cost of 115 crores. The initiatives will make it easier to supply the local population with safe drinking water.
Additionally, the India Energy Week (IEW) 2023 occasion, which is slated for Monday, will highlight India as a powerhouse in the energy transformation.