Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) would soon sign a contract to supply 73 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) to armed forces, HAL Chairman and Managing Director T. Suvarana Raju said at a press conference here on February 15. The contract is expected to be worth over Rs. 14,000 crore.The order for 106 HTT-40 to the IAF is also expected to be inked soon and it would be worth Rs. 4,770 crore, he said at the conference. HAL has already delivered 231 Advanced Light Helicopters to the armed forces since 2002. “”The indigenously designed and developed basic trainer aircraft has to complete stall and spin manouvre for certification. We plan to produce 100 of them initially,”” Mr. Raju said as the biennial Aero India 2017 entered its second day at Yelahanka Air Base.
HAL is waiting for orders to supply its multirole Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) to the IAF and the army as the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared 15 of them, including 10 to IAF and five to the Army. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared the IAF order for an additional 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mark-1A worth Rs 50,000 crore. “”The government has recently sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore to ramp up our production capacity for rolling out 16 Tejas fighters every year from eight currently,”” the HAL chief said.
In accordance with the agreement, the IAF and Indian Navy will each share 25 per cent of the investment while HAL will invest the remaining 50 per cent. The company has an order to produce and deliver 40 Tejas Mark-1 fighters to the IAF, including eight in the limited series production for IOC (initial operational clearance) and FOC (Final Operational Clearance).
Answering a question on the Government’s plan for giving a vigorous push to Make in India programme under which there are plans to produce a fighter jet in collaboration with global giants like Swedish SAAB, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, Mr. Raju said that as per the government’s thinking the Indian partner could be any entity other than HAL despite the fact that HAL has seven decades experience in the manufacture of jet fighters and their upgradation.”