Sam­tel-HAL JV de­liv­ers 1,000 multi-func­tion dis­plays for Sukhoi30MKI


In a ma­jor mile­stone for ‘Make in In­dia’ and in­di­geni­sa­tion pro­gramme in the de­fence sec­tor, Sam­tel HAL Dis­play Sys­tems (SHDS), a joint ven­ture be­tween Sam­tel Avion­ics Ltd and the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL), has ac­com­plished the land­mark of sup­ply­ing 1,000 units of in­dige­nously man­u­fac­tured multi-func­tion dis­plays (MFDs) to HAL for in­duc­tion into frontline Sukhoi-30MKI air­craft.

The proud ac­com­plish­ment im­plies that now out of a planned fleet of 272 Sukhoi air­crafts with the In­dian Air Force (IAF), 143 would be fly­ing with In­dia-made MFDs – a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of an air­craft cock­pit. It may also be known that SHDS is the only com­pany to re­ceive the type ap­proval from Cen­tre for Mil­i­tary Air­wor­thi­ness and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

It may be noted that apart from Sam­tel, ‘ruggedi­s­a­tion tech­nol­ogy’ is avail­able only with six to seven com­pa­nies world­wide. This suc­cess­ful in­di­geni­sa­tion has reaped ma­jor ben­e­fits for the coun­try; some of which in­clude com­pet­i­tive price; sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in turn­around time; re­duc­tion in field de­fects; con­sid­er­able re­duc­tion in life­cy­cle MRO cost; and con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ments of these MFDs as per IAF needs.

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