Asia's largest helicopter manufacturing unit inaugurated

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The helicopter manufacturing unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Tumkuru, Karnataka has been dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

An overview of the news

  • It is the largest helicopter manufacturing facility in Asia.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of this manufacturing unit in the year 2016 with an aim to promote the vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'.

  • Initially, the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) will be produced in this helicopter factory.

  • The factory would later be expanded to manufacture Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH) as well as repair LCH, LUH, civil ALH and IMRH.

  • This helicopter manufacturing unit is spread over 615 acres, which is by far the largest helicopter manufacturing unit in India.

  • This manufacturing unit will manufacture 30 helicopters per year, which will be increased to 90 helicopters per year in a phased manner.

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited plans to manufacture over 1,000 helicopters in the 3-15 tonne range with a total turnover of over Rs 4 lakh crore in 20 years.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

  • It was established as Hindustan Aircraft Limited in 1940 by Walchand Hirachand in Bangalore (now Bengaluru), Karnataka.

  • The name was changed to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on 1 October 1964 after it was merged with Aeronautics India Limited by the Government of India.

  • Its core business is to design, develop, manufacture, repair and overhaul aircraft, helicopters, engines and related systems such as avionics, instruments and accessories.

  • It comes under the Ministry of Defence.

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

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