HAL pro­poses sin­gle agency to deal with for­eign OEMs

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The In­dian Air Force (IAF) and the Hindustan Aero­nau­tics Limited (HAL) have de­cided to work on joint plans on var­i­ous fronts for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of is­sues so that both con­trib­ute ef­fec­tively in In­dia’s de­fence pre­pared­ness. The en­tire board of HAL and se­nior of­fi­cials flew down from Ben­galuru to in­ter­act with the top com­man­ders of IAF at the con­fer­ence held at the Air Head­quar­ters (Vayu Bha­van) in New Delhi.

“Hand-hold­ing is im­por­tant con­sid­er­ing the chal­lenges in­volved in man­u­fac­tur­ing and op­er­a­tional fronts”, said the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha. On his part, HAL Chair­man, Dr R.K. Tyagi, mooted the idea of putting up sin­gle group or team to deal with for­eign orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs) on all mat­ters as these OEMs work with Air Force, Army, Navy and other mul­ti­ple govern­ment agencies. “Nor­mally these OEMs work with two or more agencies. There is greater co­he­sion, un­der­stand­ing and mu­tual ben­e­fits when these OEMs are dealt from one plat­form”, he said.

Se­nior IAF, MoD and HAL of­fi­cials took part in the per­for­mance re­view with fo­cus on chal­lenges re­lated to sev­eral fleets such as MiG-21, -27, -29, Su-30MKI, Mi­rage, Jaguar, Hawk, Ki­ran, Pi­la­tus, Avro, Dornier, Chetak/Chee­tah and Chee­tal, ALH, RPA, Lak­shya, etc. HAL sup­ports 80 per cent of the IAF in­ven­tory.

The dis­cus­sions also fo­cused on in­di­geni­sa­tion, qual­ity and de­liv­ery time­lines that are of­ten de­mand­ing due to fac­tors re­lated to sup­ply chain, trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy and short­age of skilled man­power in the avi­a­tion/aero­space sec­tor.

MiG-27 in ac­tion

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