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First helicopter likely to roll out by 2011

Intalian helicopter manufacturer Augsta Westland and Tata Motors, which recently signed joint venture for setting up a final assembly unit of AW 119, have finalized the proposed unit. A senior official of the Agusta Westland said that they have finalized Hyderabad for the helicopter project owing to its closeness to several special economic zones and they are on the look out for suitable land. They are hopeful of rolling out the first helicopter by 2011. Once operational, the new unit would enhance the country’s presence in the growing rotorcraft market.

The unit would take up final decision and fly test of the copters before they are delivered to the customers. The joint venture is engaged in preparing designs to ensure a capacity to produce 30 units a year, clearing not only to requirements in domestic market but also markets in aboard. The Italian chopper major products a range of military helicopters from the single engine AW 119, three-engine combat copters, AW 129 and Apche AH.

The copters that are proposed to be assembled at the new facility and primarily intended for defence purposes but they could be used for civil and public services including executive, transport, emergency medical services said the official. Agusta Westland, he said, was planning to tap the high potential in rotocraft market in India where the requirement was expected around 800 copters in the next decade. The company was one among the three firms in the race for a recent tender from the Indian Army for 197 copters to replace the older fleet.

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