Eurocopter, worldâ€™s leading helicopter manufacturer, and Bangalore-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, are in the process of signing agreements to further strengthen their industrial cooperation and links. â€œThis association will focus on increasing existing collaboration and exploring new potential business areas to serve both Indian and international marketsâ€, Eurocopter said. It said in a statement that the long-time partners have reiterated their commitment to take their five-decade long relationship to the next level. â€œHAL is fast developing into a major player in the aerospace sector. With this increasing pace of growth, HAL welcomes opportunities for joining hands with a global player like Eurocopter,â€ said HAL Chairman Ashok Nayak. Since 1962, Eurocopter has partnered with HAL, through two co-operation agreements, enabling HAL to manufacture more than 600 helicopters based on the Alouette 3 and Lama, more popularly known in India as the Cheetah and Chetak, it said. India was the first nation with which Eurocopter signed a licence agreement which included technology transfer. In 1984, HAL has been supported by Eurocopter in the development of the Advanced Light Helicopter, a five-tonne twin-engine transport helicopter. This industrial partnership was strengthened in 2005 with the manufacturing of composite assemblies. Today, HAL is manufacturing 100 shipsets of these assemblies per year for the AS550/AS350 helicopters, and contributes to Eurocopter global supply chain.