Bangalore, June 05: Eurocopter has entered into a
global industrial cooperation partnership agreement with
Bangalore-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for
joint production of the civilian/military Ecureuil and Fennec
family of helicopters for the world market.
The world's leading helicopter manufacturer said it has
set its sight on expanding its footprint in the Indian
subcontinent through a series of measures, including the
production of as 350 B3 Ecureuil, a "world record" helicopter,
in collaboration with HAL here.
According to a statement from Eurocopter, the agreement
envisages the supply of composite and metallic structural
assemblies for the Ecureuil and Fennec families.
Under the deal, HAL will supply the composite and
metallic work packages, including the airframe for the two
helicopters, for the world market.
In addition to this, the Cheetah and Chetak fleets of the
Indian Army will soon be due for replacement. "The AS 350 B3
Ecureuil, with excellent high temperature and high altitude
capability, has already been officially proposed as their
successor," according to Eurocopter.