Airbus Brings H145 Helicopters To India's Energy Sector, Work Underway For Setting Local Assembly Line With Tata Group

Swarajya Staff

Jun 19, 2024, 01:04 PM | Updated 01:04 PM IST

Airbus’s single-engine H130 Helicopter.
Airbus’s single-engine H130 Helicopter.

Following an agreement to jointly manufacture helicopters this year, Airbus Helicopters is now working with the Tata Group to determine the location for the final assembly line (FAL) in India.

This FAL will produce Airbus H125 helicopters from its civil range, both for the Indian market and for export to neighbouring countries.

Sunny Guglani, the head of Airbus Helicopters India and South Asia, announced that this segment is highly developed, and the company has a positive outlook on it.

In January, the helicopter manufacturing division of Airbus stated that it would partner with the Tata Group’s subsidiary, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL)  to set up a final assembly line for helicopters in India, aiming to enhance indigenous manufacturing activities.

Three helicopters are expected to be rolled out from the upcoming facility in 2026, followed by a ramp-up in production.

This will be Airbus's second final assembly line (FAL) in India, after the 'Make in India' C295 military aircraft manufacturing facility in Gujarat.

Providing last-mile connectivity to remote areas, the H125 will significantly contribute to the central government's regional connectivity scheme 'UDAN', which will further promote the tourism sector.

Additionally, it will be used for emergency medical services, disaster management, law enforcement, tourism, and aerial work missions.

The announcement was made during the launch of the H145 helicopter in the domestic energy offshore sector.

With this, Airbus Helicopters' H145 has entered India’s energy sector in collaboration with Heligo Charters Private Limited (HCPL).

The first of these helicopters has been deployed for offshore transportation with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

HCPL will use these helicopters to transport ONGC personnel and materials to offshore locations in the subcontinent.

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