The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)and the Ministry of Defence of The Republic of Argentina have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) on productive cooperation and acquisition of helicopters for the armed forces of the Argentine Republic. The LoI was signed here today by Mr Jorge Taiana, Argentinian Defence Minister and Mr C B Ananthakrishnan, CMD, HAL in the presence of Mr Francisco Cafiero, Secretary of International Affairs, Ambassador Hugo Javier Gobbi, Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia and other senior officers from Argentinian side and HAL.
The letter of intent signed by Minister Taiana together with the president and general director of HAL, C.B Anathakrishnan, has the purpose of cooperating before the request of the Armed Forces of Argentina for the renewal of its fleet of Light and Medium Utility helicopters. That is why Argentina has expressed its interest in incorporating the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) model through a productive cooperation project.
The Argentinian Defence Minister remarked that the day was interesting and a step on the road to an ever growing and strong collaboration with HAL. CMD HAL and other senior officers of HAL briefed the visiting dignitaries on various activities of HAL and a presentation was made on the occasion. During the day-long program, the Argentinian Defence Minister and his team viewed the flying display of various HAL products at HAL Airport. The team also paid a visit to LCA, Helicopter Divisions and evinced keen interest in HAL products.
This letter of intent follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed at the Paris air show on June 21 by HAL and Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA), in which the two companies agreed to “explore the possibilities of collaboration in the field of MRO and to meet any offset requirements in case of probable sale of HAL made platforms in LATAM region. Like HAL, FAdeA is an Argentinian state-owned aerospace company under the administrative supervision of Ministry of Defence, involved in design, manufacture and maintenance of civil and military aircraft.