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AK Antony inaugurates BEML's Aerospace Manufacturing Facility in Mysore Print E-mail
Written by Ramanathan   
Wednesday, 09 February 2011
Mysore: Defence Minister Shri AK Antony inaugurated the Aerospace Manufacturing Facility at the Mysore Complex of BEML Ltd. The new facility will manufacture gears for helicopters including the Light Combat Helicopter, jigs for aircraft structures, machining of aerospace components, fabrication of structural sub-assemblies for Su-30 fighter jets and an array of Ground Support and Ground Handling Equipment.

"Get ready to deliver more quality products, assure deliveries on time and I can assure you the government will give you all support," said Antony while calling on the management and the employees to take full advantage of the Defence Offset Policy.

The Aerospace Manufacturing Division of BEML was launched two years ago during Aero India 2009. The division is already AS-9100B certified. "It will eventually undertake manufacture of complex Gears and Gear Boxes for helicopters and aero engines, landing gears for aircraft and upgrades of aircraft and choppers," said Kallol Roy, Asstt. General Manager (Quality Control).

BEML has also acquired 25 acres of land worth Rs 360 crores at the Areospace Park SEZ near the New International Airport in Bangalore for setting up an exclusive Aerospace Manufacturing Complex. "The Hangars are likely to come up by March next year and work at the facility is likely to begin in FY 2012-13," said VRS Natarajan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, BEML Limited.

"We are also considering assembly of the An-148 Regional Transport Aircraft, which will entail an investment of $70 million and create 200 jobs," he added.

"Aerospace is not an entirely new area for us. We are already making various Ground Support Equipment such as the Aircraft Towing Tractor, Multipurpose Weapon Loader and Crash Fire Tender," Shri Natarajan said.

The Defence Minister also unveiled the BG-405A Grader for rock face-cutting, an entirely indigenously made earth-mover, and laid the foundation stone for the integrated new Fabrication Hangar at the BEML’s Mysore plant, where higher weightage capacity Dumpers will be assembled. BEML has an installed capacity to manufacture Dumpers of 100 Tonnes capacity. "We are now going for 120 ton, 150 ton and later even the huge 205 ton capacity dumpers," said Shri Natarajan.

After grabbing a big pie of the fast emerging Metro Rail Coach manufacturing market in the country, the mini-Ratna Company has ambitious plans to take the lead in the booming aerospace sector in the country.

The company is expected to close this financial year with a turnover of Rs.4,200 crores.

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