Representatives of AgustaWestland and Tata Sons were on hand Wednesday 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.
Rendering of the Indian Rotorcraft AgustaWestland production facility. AgustaWestland/Tata Sons
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.
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Left to right, AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini, Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata and GMR Chairman G.M. Rao.