India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has approached domestic private-sector companies to build under licence the civilian version of its Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
HAL said on 16 February that it has invited expressions of interest (EOI) from local firms with a view to identifying a partner to which HAL will transfer technologies and knowhow to support the licenced-manufacturing proposal.
HAL added that that offer, which it claimed is unprecedented in India, is intended to support New Delhi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Acting as design authority and original equipment manufacturer, HAL said the offer is positioned to support anticipated expanding requirements for utility helicopters across several sectors in Indian and export markets.
According to the EOI, the selected partner would have capability to licence-produce the Dhruv in “shorter time spans” as well as provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the helicopters over their 20-year life span. HAL said it would provide the selected local firm with technologies, skills, technical assistance, and licencing rights.
HAL said its selected partner must have at least five years’ experience in the aerospace/engineering sector, including in manufacturing and assembly, and have a net worth of INR20 billion (USD310 million) and a minimum annual turnover of INR25 billion.