HAL & Das­sault set aside dif­fer­ences


Af­ter a brief pe­riod of tur­bu­lence over the medium multi-role com­bat air­craft (MMRCA), in which both the Hin­dus­tan Aeo­nau­tics Limited (HAL) and Das­sault al­most pub­licly ex­pressed griev­ances over the stip­u­la­tions in the pro­cure­ment RFP and the man­ner in which tech­nol­ogy trans­fer would take place con­trac­tu­ally, HAL and Das­sault made sure to give out a pos­i­tive sig­nal at the Paris Air Show re­cently. The meet­ing be­tween the top brass of the two com­pa­nies was a cor­dial af­fair, end­ing with a state­ment, say­ing, “On the oc­ca­sion of the Paris Air Show, HAL top brass met top ex­ec­u­tives of Das­sault Avi­a­tion to re­view the progress in on­go­ing projects. Both the teams ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion on the work al­ready achieved by the in­te­grated teams and re­newed their com­mit­ment to­wards suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the var­i­ous projects.”

While both HAL and Das­sault al­ready have steady dia­logue on all ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion, it was im­pressed upon both com­pa­nies to send out a cor­dial sig­nal in Paris to quell spec­u­la­tion of bad blood be­tween the two cor­po­ra­tions, and that is pre­cisely what the photo op­por­tu­nity was or­gan­ised for.

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