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Tata To Set Up Helicopter Manufacturing Unit Beside Hyderabad Intl. Airport

Tata Advanced System Limited (TAS), a unit of the Tata group, is to set up a helicopter-manufacturing unit at the Aerospace 50-acre Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Adhibatla village beside the Hyderabad international airport, reported media.

The Rs.1,000-crore project will be commissioned by June next year in the SEZ on the land leased by state government-owned Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC). Both APIIC official and Chief Executive Officer of TAS inked the lease deal on Monday.

The facility is being set up in collaboration with the U.S.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. TAS had collaborated with Israel Aerospace Industries to set up a surveillance systems facility also at the SEZ. TAS operations would be spread to defence products as well and would be the focal point for a large number of high-tech activities.

APIIC Chairman BP Acharya said this would be a high-end facility and would generate 1,000 jobs directly and another 4,000 indirectly. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Rajasekhara Reddy announced the project at the India Aviation meet at Hyderabad last year.

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