Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the helicopter complex of Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) at a small village of Tumakuru district of Karnataka on January 2, 2016.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with other cabinet members is also expected to participate in the event.
The Karnataka state government has granted 610 acres of land for setting up units for the defence public sector undertaking's light utility helicopter, the naval multi-role helicopter and Indian multi-role helicopter.
According to a gazette notification issued on November 6, HAL has decided to invest INR 4,000 crore (US $602 million) initially, and later, every year it will be investing INR 2,000 crore (US $301 million).
The existing Bengaluru units of HAL manufacture helicopters weighing around 5,800 kg. The Tumakuru units will manufacture helicopters weighing around 3,000 kg.
These light helicopters are considered suitable for surveillance, rescue operations and special operations that involve small teams of soldiers. Each of these will have a seating capacity of four-six persons.