The Taha hydraulics division of Tata Motors is developing its first helicopter, the Taha E-Sail, according to the company’s official website.
Taha is working on a variety of helicopters for the Indian government, but its main focus is on electric and autonomous vehicles.
Tahiti’s air force is in need of an unmanned aerial vehicle, and the Indian Navy needs a helicopter capable of carrying helicopters, said Taha’s chief executive officer Shashank Joshi.
The helicopter, which the company says will cost about Rs. 50 crore, will be powered by a lithium ion battery and will have a top speed of 50kmph.
Joshi said the company is in the process of developing an electric version of the helicopter.
“We have developed an electric prototype, which we are now going to put on display to show off.
We will be launching a new electric version in the next two to three months,” he told The Economic Times.
Tales of India, the government-owned newspaper, reported on April 4 that Taha had developed a helicopter to carry out aerial surveillance missions in the Indian Ocean, and that the company has been awarded an Air Force contract to build an autonomous helicopter.
The company did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.