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Pawan Hans, HAL sign MoU to set up MRO business

Hyderabad. Pawan Hans Ltd (PHL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) are collaborating with each other for setting up of MRO business for defence and civil helicopter industry, which has a potential to provide an efficient, cost effective, better turnaround time for the customers.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between PHL and HAL was signed at India Aviation 2016 in Hyderabad March 16 for setting up of Helicopter MRO facility for both defence and civil helicopters at Rohini Heliport in Delhi. The facility is expected to be operational by June 2016.

The MoU was signed by HAL CEO and PHL Executive Director in presence of Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey and both the Chairmans of HAL and Pawan Hans.

India is among the fastest growing and currently the ninth largest civil aviation market in the world. India is expected to become the third largest aviation market in the world by 2020. Civil Aviation Industry in India has ushered in a new era of expansion driven by suitable growth factors.

As per international forecasts the fleet size of helicopters in Civil segment in India is expected to go up to 800 from present number of 280 in the next 10-15 year period and that the growth would come on two counts-fleet expansion and replacement of the ageing machines. Defence helicopter in India segment is rapidly growing. Currently there are approximately 1200 helicopters with defence Customers. There may be a demand of 800-1000 new helicopters in next one decade.

The New Draft Civil Aviation Policy, released by the Government on 30.10.2015 gives the required and emphatic boost to the MRO sector with proposed reformations on MRO taxation, duties/cess, procedures etc. These should result in re-bounce of Indian MRO industry with performance and expansion.

The prospects for the Helicopter MRO market are encouraging given the number of Helicopters expected to be active over the next ten years and beyond. Besides, there is growing demand in defence segment, domestic civil segment and potential to enter into international market.

Both PHL and HAL, who are already leaders in their domains, are collaborating in MRO field as one of the areas to effectively exploit future business prospects as well as to take on competitors to maintain leadership positions in helicopter industry in India.