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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Indian Rotorcraft Breaks Ground on AW Facility

Artist’s rendering of the new facility.

Representatives of AgustaWestland and Tata Sons were on hand March 14 to launch construction of a new helicopter production facility for Indian Rotorcraft at Hyderabad International Airport. The 10-acre facility will include a 9,000-square-meter (97,000-square-foot) hangar complex with the capacity to build up to 30 helicopters per year.

Plans call for Indian Rotorcraft to start producing the light AW119Ke in mid-2013, with other types to follow, up to the 16-ton AW101. Indian Rotorcraft intends to hire more than 70 people, who will receive training from AgustaWestland.

In other recent activity in the country, New Delhi-based Eurocopter India has secured agreements to provide three corporate-configured helicopters—an AS350B3e, EC135 and EC155—to various operators. G.R. Constructions purchased the AS350B3e, with the six-passenger EC135 and nine-place EC155 headed to undisclosed business aviation operators.

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