HAL signed a contract with GE Aviation for development and supply of ring forgings for GE Aviation military and commercial engine programmes. The five-year contract valued over Rs 100 crores (USD15 million), involves supplying both steel and nickel alloy forgings for shrouds, cases, rings and seals. Chandrashekhar Yavarna, senior director, Global Sourcing Strategy, GE Aviation, handed over the contract document to M. S. Venkatesh, executive director, Foundry Forge Division.
With this contract award, GE Aviation has initiated the development of a raw material supply chain in India as part of its ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ strategy. The award of contract followed HAL’s successful bidding in GE’s Global request for quotes (RFQ).
The ring forgings will be manufactured at HAL’s newly established, state-of-the-art ring rolling facility at the company’s Foundry and Forge Division in Bengaluru. The division has, after a rigorous audit process, obtained GE Aviation approvals for its quality system and special processes.
“Foundry and Forge Division of HAL, Bangalore Complex is supplying ring forgings for defence and civil aerospace requirements for the last three decades. Current contact from GE Aviation for their global aero engine requirements is a reaffirmation of HAL’s capabilities in the field of ring forging manufacturing and is a significant step forward in the country’s efforts in becoming a major player in global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) supply chain,” said Amitabh Bhatt, Chief Executive Officer, Bangalore Complex.
“We are pleased to enter this agreement with HAL for these critical forgings. HAL’s investment in developing this capability and their new facility positions them as a world-class supplier, and we look forward to continuing strong partnership and joint success with HAL,” said Vince Kinman, Executive Forging Sourcing for GE Aviation.
HAL’s Foundry & Forge Division in Bangalore specialises in manufacturing of seamless rolled rings in aluminum, nickel and titanium alloys and various grades of steel for civil and military aero-engines and space applications.