India Intelligence Report

   Eurocopter-HAL JV


World's leading helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed a global industrial cooperation partnership agreement to jointly produce civilian and military Ecureuil and Fennec family of helicopters for the world market.

Per the agreement, HAL will supply composite and metallic work packages and airframes for the Ecureuil and Fennec family of copters. Additionally, the AS 350 B3 Ecureuil will also replace the ageing Cheetah and Chetak fleets of the Indian Army. The AS 350 B3 Ecureuil has an excellent high temperature tolerance and altitude capability-- a new altitude record by landing on the summit of Mt. Chomolungma, a.k.a. Mt. Everest.

A series of growing bonhomie has developed in Indo-French bilateral relationship ranging from nuclear deal, new fighter aircraft, desire to increase trade, joint defense  and Naval exercises, and closer co-operation in space, commerce, education, tourism, environment, culture, and civil aviation.

Eurocopter has assiduously built its relations with India for more than forty years with collaborations and technology transfers. The first contract was signed with HAL in 1962 to license-built Chetak helicopter (Alouette).

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