Defence helicopter makers see big market in India

Bangalore: Helicopter makers Eurocopter and Sikorsky are looking at big opportunities in Indian defence. The Indian government is planning to procure close to 400 helicopters that would be used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Order announcements and requests for proposals for these are expected this year. The major ones among these ...

Sarang mesmerises Aero India 2013

Sarang, the helicopter aerobatics display team of Indian air force, mesmerised spectators on Sunday with their performance at Aero India 2013. “We enjoyed the good gathering because the presence of public encouraged us to perform better to best”, said Wg Cdr R C Pathak, commanding officer of Sarang team. “We not only entertain the public ...

India’s only ‘civilian’ medical evacuation copter

For all that talk about taking the nascent civilian helicopter market in India to soaring heights, here’s a piece of stark ground reality: There is only one “civilian” medical evacuation helicopter in the entire country! An Augusta Westland chopper, run by a private operator in Delhi, to be precise. You couldn’t expect more in a ...

HAL’s Rudra Heads Helicopter Showings at Aero India

Helicopters were much in the news at the Aero India show this week. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) showed the armed version of its advanced light helicopter (ALH) called “Rudra.” The company’s light combat helicopter (LCH) was also on show, and so was an armed Mil-17V5. The Indian Navy’s new multi-role helicopter (MRH) requirement also attracted ...

HAL’s Rudra Heads Helicopter Showings at Aero India

Helicopters were much in the news at the Aero India show this week. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) showed the armed version of its advanced light helicopter (ALH) called “Rudra.” The company’s light combat helicopter (LCH) was also on show, and so was an armed Mil-17V5. The Indian Navy’s new multi-role helicopter (MRH) requirement also attracted ...

The future of helicopter technology at India’s doorsteps

Bangalore: The Indian Navy may stand a good chance of boosting its helicopter fleets with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC) having received a request for information (RFIs) from it for buying and developing 123 multi-role helicopters. Sikorsky is also working on a futuristic helicopter, the technology demonstrator of which — called X-2 — has recorded 250 ...

Eurocopter Logs New EC135 Sale At Aero India

India’s Ghodawat Industries placed an order for a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter at the Aero India show in Bangalore this week. The aircraft will be configured for four passengers and is due for delivery in May, when it will replace the customer’s existing EC120 model. During the event, the manufacturer also delivered another example of the ...

Indians Order 12 Mil Mi-17V5s

Rosoboronexport reported a new Indian order for 12 Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters at the Aero India show this week amid hopes that some 200 of them could eventually be sold to India. To date, Russian Helicopters has delivered 36 of the 80 machines that were ordered in 2008 in a deal worth more than $1.3 billion. ...

Helicopter manufacturers eye lucrative naval contracts

Helicopter manufacturers AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Russian Helicopters and Sikorsky had a high profile at Aero India, as they jostle for position around four major naval contests. India’s planned naval build-up requires maritime rotorcraft in substantial numbers. The navy has three major requirements for new helicopters, while the coastguard has one. The navy’s long-running Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) ...

AgustaWestland showcases range of helicopters

AgustaWestland is showcasing its range of modern high performance military and commercial helicopters at Aero India 2013, which is being held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Feb. 6 to 10. Helicopters being promoted at Aero India include the AW101, 12 of which are now in the process of delivery to the Indian Air Force ...