Bidding to strengthen its presence in India, world's largest helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter has charted out plans, including setting up of a subsidiary and exploring opportunities to supply 10 tonne class helicopters to armed forces.
"In 2006, our focus in India is to decisively increase our business platform by means of sales as well as by successful industrial deployment," a company statement said.
The company said it was not only participating in a tender for light helicopters called ORH with its AS 550 C Fennec, but "is currently discussing for a long term industrial cooperation with Indian Aerospace industry specially regarding a 10 tonne class helicopter requirement for Armed Forces."
Eurocopter also said it was about to further expand and set up a subsidiary in India.
"We are about to hire qualified workforce to quickly implement an efficient organisation in Bangalore," it said.
The company has signed an order for two Dauphin helicopters with Pawan Hans to be delivered early next year. It has delivered two Dauphin helicopters to Pawan Hans recently.
Pawan Hans has a fleet of 23 Dauphin helicopters and has recently created a record by flying 30,000 hours with the Eurocopter Dauphin helicopters.