Welcome to the Helicopter
Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
HAL'S involvement with rotary-winged aircraft dates back to
June 1962 when, to meet the Indian Air Force's requirement
for light helicopters, the Government of India signed a licence
agreement with M/s SUD-AVIATION (Presently M/s EUROCOPTER,
The first helicopter type to be built at HAL Bangalore was
the Alouette ill, later named Chetak with firm orders having
been placed in January
1965, the "raw material" production phase beginning
in 1969-70. The Alouette II, with the dynamics including powerplant
of the Alouette ill was specifically developed to meet the
Indian Army's stringent requirement and was christened Lama
by the French (and Cheetah by the Indians). The SA-315B licence-agreement
was signed in September 1970. First Cheetah manufactured from
raw materials was delivered in 1976-77.
In the initial stages of helicopter manufacturing, except
for the assembly departments, all other shops were common
with those of Aircraft Division. Consequent to the re-organisation
of the Bangalore Complex, a separate division was evolved
for the manufacture of helicopters, established in July 1970
and the new buildings of the Helicopter Division inaugurated
by the then President of India, V.V.Giri on 17 July 1974.
Licence agreement for the manufacture of CHEETAH (SA-315-
LAMA) was signed with M/s SNIAS, France (Presently M/s EUROCOPTER,
France) in September 1970 and the first Cheetah helicopter
manufactured from raw materials was delivered during 1976-77.
Over the next twenty years, HAL's Helicopter Division produced
hundreds of Chetak and Cheetah helicopters for the Indian
Air Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard as also for a number
of civilian customers,
including State Governments while a score or more were exported.
The Division has produced 336 Chetak and 246 Cheetah Helicopters
so far and overhauled more than 200 helicopters of both the
types. It has also undertaken the Cat 'B' repairs of more
than 75 helicopters and put them back into operation.
The Helicopter Division, to which is adjoined the Helicopter
Design Bureau (now Rotary Wing R&D Centre) and Advanced
Light Helicopter (ALH) prototype hangers, has 42,000 sq.metres
of factory buildings in which the manufacturing, assembly
and testing facilities are established. The Division employs
1100 persons, including engineers, and is set to expand with
the envisaged series production of the ALH.