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.