5-Jan-2015 Source: HAL
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) today called for concerted efforts to intensify indigenous production of helicopters during the National Seminar on ‘Make in India’ – Civil and Military Helicopters: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges organized by Rotary Wing Society of India at Dr.V.M.Ghatge Convention Centre here in Bengaluru.
The Rotary Wing Society of India is a non-profit professional society established for the growth of Civil and Military helicopters in India. AVM K Sridharan VM (G), President RWSI welcomed the gathering.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr.Tyagi said, “In the wake of emerging civil and military requirement of helicopters in India especially in the areas of disaster management, air surveillance, offshore operations and law enforcement, there is a tremendous opportunity for indigenous development. Developing global partnerships and collaboration in rotary wing technologies will provide a solid foundation in the global aeronautics space.” He added that development of risk sharing partners, vendor base of Tier-I & II and outsourcing of MRO activities offers huge business opportunities to Indian private industry.
Wg Cdr Unnikrishna Pillai, Chief Test Pilot, HAL spoke about the various challenges faced in the design and development of medium and heavy lift helicopters in India. He said that with the expertise gained in earlier projects, Rotary Wing Research & Design Centre (RWR&DC) is now confident and well poised to develop medium lift helicopters.
The seminar also addressed the impact of helicopters in India and brought clarity on investment in tech partnership, supply chain management and infrastructure requirements in manufacturing helicopters. Shri Amber Dubey, Partner & Head, Aerospace & Defence, KPMG India spoke on various policy initiatives while Former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy PVSM AVSM VM & Bar offered perspectives and strategies for future growth.
Dr.Tyagi further highlighted HAL’s success in developing helicopters that has played a key role in search and rescue operations for the Indian defence forces and thus paved the way for achieving self-reliance. “With the Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’, we now look forward to a well-defined strategy on helicopters, modernization of production facilities, collaboration with Indian research labs and aggressively pursue technology to increase production.”