Tuesday October 24, 2017

‘Regional transport aircraft development needs Rs.7,000 crore’

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Bengaluru: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chief Managing Director (CMD) T Suvarna Raju on Wednesday said an amount of Rs 7,000 crore would be required to develop and successfully prove a regional transport aircraft.

“In the next five years, there would be a requirement of 200 regional transport aircraft, one way is to make them under license or development. If you go for joint development, you are always dependent on your big brother whoever is helping you,” said Raju during a press conference, held to mark the platinum jubilee of HAL.

Joint development requires HAL or others to depend on its foreign partners like Boeing, Airbus, Embraer or others to procure parts and other necessary equipment whenever needed.

And to avoid such a situation, HAL is deliberating on developing a brand India aircraft.

“We are deliberating whether to create brand India aircraft, that would be our choice because by 2035 India would be number one or two in the aviation market,” said Raju.

“And with the kind of approach the government is showing and changing the policy, we may prefer the option of creating a brand India aeroplane,” said Raju.

Raju said HAL has delivered the first series of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Teja to Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2015.

“We are trying to make LCA mach 1 which immediately fits in the requirement of the customer (IAF) as LCA mach 2 would be available for production in the year 2021,” said Raju.

HAL is looking to ramp up its eight-aircraft-a-year production capacity to 16.

“We are planning to increase the capacity to make 16 aircraft per year by 2018 at an investment of more than Rs.200 crore. Fifty percent of the investment will be made by HAL while the Indian Navy will invest 25 percent and the Indian Air Force 25 percent,” he said.

The CMD said HAL being a public sector unit (PSU), transparency and accountability are of utmost importance.

“If I go for transparency, I need to give an open tender, and if I give an open tender, I need to follow the rule of lowest bidder who sticks to the specifications. It may not always be that the L1 could be the best one,” Raju said.

And to overcome a contradiction of this sort, HAL is asking for a special purpose vehicle (SPV) where public and private industry can design aircraft, he added. (IANS), (image courtesy: ssbinterview.majorkalshiclasses.in)

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IAF trainer aircraft crashes in Telangana

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New Delhi, Sep 28: IAF’s intermediate trainer aircraft- Kiran, crashed in Telangana on Thursday morning, but the pilot and another person on board ejected out safely.

The aircraft got airborne from Hakimpet Air Force base on Thursday morning for a routine training sortie and crashed around 11.45 a.m.

The aircraft was being flown by a trainee pilot.

IAF sources added that a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to look into the cause of the accident.

According to police, the aircraft caught fire and was gutted after the crash near Ankireddypalli village in Keesara ‘mandal’ (block) of Medchal district.

Minutes after taking off from Hakimpet Air Force Station, the aircraft developed some technical snag and crashed in the fields.

Eye-witnesses said they heard a huge thud and soon flames engulfed the aircraft.

The pilot and another person accompanying him ejected out with parachutes before the crash, police said.(IANS)

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Hal’s Tejas flies for first time in Bahrain Air Show

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New Delhi: India’s state-run company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) aircraft Tejas, flew for the first time at the Bahrain International Air Show on Thursday.

“Two Tejas fighters are participating in the three-day Bahrain air show to display its air prowess through aerobatic manoeuvres like 8-G gravity pull, vertical loop, slow fly past and barrel roll,” HAL chairman and managing director T Suvarna Raju said in a statement from the island country in the Persian Gulf.

Designed and developed by the city-based aeronautical agencies of state-run Defence Research and Development Organsiation (DRDO), Tejas is a single engine, light weight, agile, multi-role supersonic fighter.

“It is important that indigenous aircraft fly outside India in international air shows,” Raju said.

HAL has set-up a dedicated division in Bengaluru to manufacture a fleet of Tejas for induction in the Indian Air Force (IAF) as frontline fighters.

“Tejas is a 4.5 generation aircraft with supersonic capability at all altitudes. It has fly-by-wire, open architecture computer for avionics and combat capability,” Raju added.

India is also displaying the HAL-made four advanced light helicopters (ALH) Dhruv of the IAF as aerobatic team Sarang to enthrall visitors at the air show.

Developed for the Indian armed services, Dhruv is suitable for increased payload at higher altitudes.

HAL delivered about 200 Dhruv in variants for military and civilian use over a decade.

The company is also displaying its light combat helicopter (LCH), which completed trials recently as an attack chopper at 10,000-12,000 feet altitude with weapons.(IANS)(image: en.wikipedia.org)

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Indian military inducts indigenous Akash Weapon System into Army Air Defence Corps

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The induction ceremony of Akash Weapon System into the Indian Army Air Defence Corps was organised at the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi  on Tuesday.

The ceremony was marked by the handing over of the “key of the weapon system” to General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff, who thereafter dedicated the weapon system to the Corps of Army Air Defence by handing over the symbolic key to Lt Gen VK Saxena, DG Army Air Defence.

The Army Chief  complemented the Armed Forces, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) for the integrated approach to develop and deliver the complex missile system to the nation.

Akash Missile System is an indigenously developed supersonic short range surface-to-air missile system with the capability to engage a wide variety of aerial threats like aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25 km and upto an altitude of 20 Km.

The system is capable of simultaneously engaging multiple targets and is capable of providing comprehensive short range missile cover to the vulnerable assets in the field force of the Army. It employs command to line of sight guidance and relies on sophisticated radars and control systems to guide the missile to its targets.

The weapon system has been designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Besides this, a large number of medium & small scale industries have been actively involved in this prestigious indigenous development program.