This sustenance in financial performance is in wake of production of 31 new aircraft / helicopters and 117 new engines and overhaul of 199 aircraft / helicopters and 490 engines
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited recorded a turnover of over Rs. 21,100 crore (provisional and unaudited) for the financial year ended on March 31, 2020 (corresponding figure for the previous year was Rs. 19,705 crores). The Company has posted a revenue growth of around 7per cent during 2019-20 for the second year consecutively, post listing as compared to 3.8per cent during 2017-18.
HAL has produced 13 new ALHs against the contract of 40, out of which three were produced ahead of schedule for the Indian Army. The first Helicopter for the Coast guard is ready and awaiting customer trials at Cochin which should have been completed but for the outbreak of Covid-19. The complete test equipments are already positioned to ensure commencement of trials immediately after the situation improves. All the new systems for CG are ready and bulk of the trials are already completed satisfactorily and have met customer requirements.
The first LCA-Tejas FOC standard aircraft also completed its contract flight test acceptance within 12 months of the standard of preparation release in Feb 2019. The aircraft is ready for delivery once the operations resume likely in April 2020.
The Glass cockpit of Dornier -228 is an important business portfolio for the future and is expected to get HAL more revenues. The Avionics upgrade of HAWK and SU-30 MKI and BrahMos missile modifications would be a “game changer” and is important for the company.
The encouraging performance of the company in 2019-20 has been achieved in-spite of difficulties in cash flows, interruptions in operations due to workmen agitation and the interruption arising in the month of March 2020 due to COVID 19 lockdown which has affected the final tests and certification of certain additional aircraft that were under final stages of production, a statement from the company read.
During the financial year the company besides achieving all the physical and financial targets has also been maintaining uninterrupted supplies and services to the defence forces in-spite of various constraints including cash flows. This has encouraged us to focus more on cost optimization measures including indigenisation of various components, increasing outsourcing efforts and rationalisation of manpower said CMD HAL R. Madhavan. He further stated that more dedicated efforts are being made towards meeting the current and future requirements of customers.
HAL has completed production of all SU 30 MKI contracted to HAL by IAF during the current year and is expecting to get few additional orders for SU-30MKI. With this and the expected order for 83 MK1A LCA which is cleared by DAC and 15 LCH limited series production aircraft , which is in final stages of discussion , the order book is likely to attain a healthy position during the next financial year 2020-21.