HAL signs MTA follow-on contract with Russian partners
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), the aerospace major, signed the preliminary design phase (PDP) contract with the United Aircraft Corporation – Transport Aircraft (UAC-TA), the Russian partner and their JV-Multi-role Transport Aircraft Ltd (MTAL) for the multi-role transport aircraft (MTA) project as a follow-on contract of the General Contract signed between the three parties in May 2012.
“With this HAL and UAC-TA will start the preliminary design work immediately at Moscow. HAL design team, consisting of 30 designers, will be positioned at UAC-TA”, said R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. The contract was signed by T. Suvarnaraju, HAL’s Director (Design and Development) and S. Velmozhkin, General Director, UAC-TA.
An Inter-Governmental Agreement was signed on November 12, 2007 to design, develop and produce the multi-role transport aircraft in the 15/20-tonne class, jointly by the Indian and Russian agencies (HAL and UAC-TAS) to meet the requirements of 100 aircraft for the Russian Air Force, 45 aircraft for the IAF and 60 for other countries. The total requirement for the present is 205.
On completion of the agreed work share of the PDP Contract in 10 months, Detail Design Phase (DDP) Contract will be signed to complete the design and development of MTA. The aircraft will be designed for cargo/ troop transportation, paradrop/air drop of supplies including ‘low altitude parachute extraction system’.
HAL will carry out the design and development of its workshare of the MTA at the Aircraft R&D Centre (ARDC) at Bangalore while its Transport Aircraft Division (TAD) at Kanpur will manufacture the prototypes and subsequently the serial production will be undertaken at Kanpur where dedicated facilities are being set up.