Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) new helicopter manufacturing unit at Tumakaru, Karnataka will be Asia’s largest as stated by the Government. This facility is set to be inaugurated by the Indian Prime Minister on 6th February 2023.
This greenfield facility is spread over an area of 615 acres, and will initially produce 30 Light Utility Helicopters (LUHs) per annum. This number will be scaled up to 60 and then 90 LUHs per annum in a phased manner. The Tumakaru unit will also produce LUHs for exports. Subsequently, this facility will be made capable of producing Indian Multirole Helicopters (IMRHs) and Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs). In the coming years, HAL’s facility will also cater to maintenance and overhaul requirements of LUHs, LCHs, IMRHs and Civil Advanced Light Helicopters.
Foundation stone for this unit was laid in 2016 by the Indian Prime Minister.