Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-03-16 18:05 Bengaluru: To carry out maintenance work related to all kinds of choppers and to address the needs of defence and civil markets in the country and neighbouring nations, HAL and Pawan Hand Ltd (PHL) signed a MoU to set up MRO hub as a joint venture at Rohini in Delhi, at the ongoing India Aviation-2016 in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Presently, HAL contributes to sizeable share in chopper market share. In years to come, this business segment will grow fast. The fleet size of helicopters in Civil Segment in India is expected to go up to 800 in the next 10 years. In addition, there is expected induction of 600 helicopters in defence. All this will require MRO and logistic support to sustain. Also, under the Government of India’s “Make in India” campaign, there will be a greater emphasis on boosting the civil aviation sector. The government has released a new Draft Civil Aviation Policy on October 30, 2015 with a special focus on Helicopter and MRO hub. Against this background, HAL-PHL agreement on Helicopter MRO assumes significance. Ashok Gajapati Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL and BP Sharma, CMD (PHL) were present. According to minister Raju, both the companies will form a joint working team and conduct detailed studies, work on business plans, time line and other required documents for the success of the venture. HAL has been manufacturing and overhauling its Cheetah/Chetak and Dhruv helicopters besides providing support to choppers. The PHL is the largest civil helicopter operator in the country.