Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is likely to float a Request for Information (RFI) soon for identifying an Indian private agency that can produce the civilian version of the ALH Dhruv helicopters in future.
Considering the increasing need of helicopters in civil operations of the country, this will be a mega deal from HAL which is the OEM and Licensor.
Speaking during a function at HAL’s Naisik facility, T Suvarna Raju, HAL Chairman said the Company is keen to encourage private partnership in all its activities and as a major step, it would like to offer the indigenous helicopter ‘ALH Dhruv’ (Civil version) for manufacturing to select Indian Private Companies through Transfer of Technology.
The demand for civilian helicopters in India is said to be in their hundreds with sectors such as VVIP transport, tourism, transportation in remote and inaccessible areas taking up the major share.
The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics will transfer the technology of its advanced light helicopter Dhruv to a domestic defense manufacturer for commercial production. HAL is in the process of identifying a private entity with whom it will share the technology for the production of twin-engine combat helicopter in India, unnamed official sources were quoted as saying by PTI Sunday
India has cleared a proposal worth around Rs 8,000 crore (US$1.2 billion) for acquiring 32 ALH Dhruv helicopters to be built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
India is in discussions with Sri Lanka and several Southeast Asian nations for the supply of Dhruv indigenously developed advanced light helicopter (ALH). The delivery of defence equipment and providing assistance in setting up domestic manufacturing capability have become a part of efforts to enhance defence cooperation and boost exports with friendly countries, Apart from queries, "there is talk with Vietnam, Myanmar and Sri Lanka for ALH,” T
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