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New Production Units are Planned with Enhanced Rate of Production and Reduced Production Cycle Times

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Chairman, Dr R.K. Tyagi

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Chairman, Dr R.K. Tyagi In the last decade or so, how do you see Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) growth as an aerospace company keeping pace with the changing technology?
HAL’s growth during the last decade has been phenomenal, with sales turnover growing over four-fold from around Rs 3,000 crore in 2002-03 to over Rs 14,000 crore in the previous financial year (2012-13).

The company has produced state-of-the-art fighter aircraft SU-30 MKI under licence from Russian partner and Advanced Jet Trainer (Hawk) under licence from BAES, UK. The indigenously developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH Dhruv) has been produced in large numbers for various domestic customers and also exported to a few countries. The design and development activities for Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA Tejas) are near completion and their induction into the armed forces is imminent.

What have been the major milestones (in terms of technology, human resources and production) on the journey of HAL which has brought it to the present state?
HAL commenced its operations with repair/overhaul of aircraft and licence manufacture of Prentice aircraft during World War II. Over a period of time HAL built up capability in aircraft design. As early as the Fifties, HAL designed the first Indian aircraft HT-2 and subsequently, Kiran Mk.1/1A, Kiran Mk.2 and HPT-32 have been supporting IAF training requirements.

HAL has built capability in the rotary wing design with ALH Dhruv which is in production since the Nineties. This capability is being further developed with its weaponised version ‘Rudra’ and LCH and LUH programmes. In the fixed wing area, the current design and development programmes of HAL are IJT and HTT-40 and we are participating in a major way in the development of LCA programme.

HAL has also built capability in aero engine design focusing on small engines and Gas Turbine starters and is now moving ahead with development of an aero engine of 25 KN category.

HAL has produced several fighter aircraft, transport aircraft and helicopters under licence from foreign companies. MiG-21s, Mig-27M, Jaguar, Avro, Do-228, Cheetah/Chetaks have been produced under license. Leading aircraft currently under production at HAL are Su-30MKI, Hawk, Dornier Do-228, ALH and Cheetah/Chetak/Cheetal helicopters. HAL has also been involved in upgrade programmes of several of these aircraft.

HAL has diversified into manufacture of structures for satellite launch vehicles (PSLV & GSLV) and contributed to India’s prestigious space programmes.

The design, manufacture, upgrade and servicing of a wide variety of aircraft has endowed HAL with a vast technology base covering the area of airframe, engines, systems and avionics and a large pool of skilled and experienced manpower.
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