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Indian Rotorcraft to set up AW119ke helicopter assembly facility in Hyderabad Print E-mail
Written by Subash   
Wednesday, 09 February 2011
Bangalore: Indian Rotorcraft, a joint venture of AgustaWestland (a Finmeccanica company) and Tata Sons, will establish a final assembly line and flight testing facility for the AW119Ke helicopter at the GMR  Aerospace Park in Hyderabad.

In this regard, an in-principle agreement on terms has been reached. Indian Rotorcraft will be responsible for AW119Ke assembly, completion and delivery for the worldwide market.

Indian Rotorcraft Ltd will commence construction after all necessary Governmental approvals are obtained.  The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered from the new facility in 2012.

An area of 10 acres has been allocated within the aviation specific Special Economic Zone of the Aero Park with an option for future expansion of the current facility or in order to establish new capabilities. The site was selected by Indian Rotorcraft after an exhaustive process of evaluation of other potential sites in India.

The AW119Ke assembly line, the first of its kind in private sector in India will provide remarkable industrial opportunities in the aerospace sector in India and will enable the company to play an increasing role in the development of the Indian helicopter market.

"We are pleased to welcome Indian Rotorcraft to the GMR Hyderabad Aerospace Park. Tata Sons and AgustaWestland are leaders in their respective fields and the GMR Group takes pride in being the chosen partner to these two eminent companies. I would like to wish the venture all success and I hope this sets a trend for many other leaders in the aviation sector to start making Hyderabad their home," said GM Rao, GMR Group Chairman.

GMR Aerospace Park is a part of the GMR Group, a well-established infrastructure conglomerate. Leveraging the group’s experience in infrastructure, the Aerospace Park presents ready-to-use infrastructure at its 250 acre premium SEZ facility. By virtue of the park being housed within Hyderabad Airport, the Aerospace Park enjoys greater security as well as access to the a Code F compatible runway equipped with Instrument Landing System category 1 at both ends.

The 8-seat AW119Ke is a top-of-the-range helicopter in the single engine market and has excellent performance even in extremely hot and high operating environments. Over 190 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in around 30 countries by more than 90 customers. The AW119Ke is ideally suited to perform a wide range of tasks including law enforcement, utility, fire-fighting, EMS, VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport as well as military missions.

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