Taneja eyes MI-17 upgrade
BANGALORE: Taneja Aerospace and Aviation (TAAL) is part of a consortium that is in the race for the $100-million contract for upgradation of MI-17 medium lift helicopters used by the Indian Air Force.
The government had floated a request for proposal (RFP) to procure 108 of these helicopters last year. The tender involves upgrading the choppers' avionics suite, incorporating state-of-the-art LCD screens, touch screens and other equipment. "The technical evaluation is over. If we win the order, we expect our annual sales will touch Rs 150 crore," TAAL's CEO for its aircraft manufacturing complex S M Kapoor said. Currently, the company has an order book of Rs 60 crore to be serviced over the next three years.
TAAL has a manufacturing complex in Hosur and its corporate and aircraft sales work happen out of Bangalore.
The company has bagged an order from Defence Research and Development Organization ( DRDO) to develop composite panels and a radome platform, a dome like enclosure for the weather radar, for the Embraer.
The firm has tied up with Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut to develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which will be deployed in the armed forces. The UAV transmits data from the payload sensors to the ground control station in real time. "The air force requires about 500 UAVs. This is a big focus area for us," said Kapoor. TAAL has micro and mini UAVs that can be deployed in industrial mapping, search and rescue, and ecological monitoring. The aerospace firm has collaborated with Russian defence agency International Institute for Advanced Aerospace Technologies ( IIAAT) to design Pelican-4, a twin-engine amphibious seaplane. "The Kerala tourism department has booked 6 units of this plane. We are going to manufacture it in our plant," Sharma said.