Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.'s civil Advanced Light Helicopter is also known as the Dhruv. Photo courtesy of HAL
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has officially extended an invitation to other Indian companies to manufacturer HAL’s civil Dhruv. This “first” in Indian history, as HAL claims this transfer of technology is, was originally reported by Indian news outlets at the beginning of December in 2017.
Interested private companies are invited to file an expression of interest, HAL said.
“[HAL] is now looking forward to develop a reliable Indian partner to service the potential demand to different customers in civil sector in shorter time span,” HAL said. “The selected Indian partner would also be required to provide support to the customers throughout the life of the product (20 years) thereby ensuring long-term business relationship.”
The Indian partner, HAL said, would ideally have five years of experience in the aerospace industry, including manufacturing and assembly experience. The partner would also have a net worth of some $310 million and a minimum turnover of $388 million, as well as skilled and qualified manpower. The selected firm would be registered in India or have Indian stakeholders as majority holders, as this move comes as part of the “Make-in-India” effort. Lastly, the firm would be willing to enter strategic collaboration with HAL.
HAL would provide technical assistance and license right for the Advanced Light Helicopter. According to HAL, the Dhruv is expected to have potential demands in domestic and foreign markets, “due to flexibility of configuration for different roles.”
The deadline to submit an expression of interest is June 4.