Projects Inaurgated by PM in Tumakuru

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s helicopter factory — the country’s largest chopper manufacturing facility — in the Tumakuru district of Karnataka.

    About the Projects 

    • Bengaluru-headquartered HAL plans to produce more than 1,000 helicopters in the range of 3-15 tonnes with a total business of more than ?4 lakh crore over a period of 20 years.
      • The factory will be augmented to produce other helicopters such as Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs) and Indian Multirole Helicopters (IMRHs). 
      • It will also be used for maintenance, repair, and overhaul of LCH, LUH, Civil Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), and IMRH in the future.
      • It is a dedicated new greenfield helicopter factory that will enhance India’s capacity and ecosystem to build helicopters.
    • PM also unveiled the  Light Utility Helicopter(LUH) which has been flight tested. 
      • LUH is designed and developed as a replacement for Cheetah & Chetak helicopters which are being operated by the Indian Armed forces.
      • LUH is a new generation helicopter in the 3-Ton class incorporating the state of the art technology features like a Glass cockpit with Multi-Function Displays (MFD) and powered by a single Turbo Shaft engine with sufficient power margin to cater to demanding high-altitude missions.

    Relevance 

    • The proximity of the factory, with the existing HAL facilities in Bengaluru, will boost the aerospace manufacturing ecosystem in the region and support skill and infrastructure development such as schools, colleges, and residential areas
    • It will enable India to meet its entire requirement of helicopters without import and giving a much-needed fillip to the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in helicopter design, development, and manufacture.

    Tumakuru 

    • The present town has a history of just a couple of centuries and is said to owe its origin to Kante Arasu, a member of the Mysore royal family
    • The area comprised in district consists of a few places of great antiquarian interest and several places of historical importance. 
    • The district has a megalithic site also and this is located on the crest of the low ridge near Keralakatte village.

    Source:TH