HAL moots single agency with IAF for deals with foreign OEMs
Public sector aircraft maker Hindustan Aircraft Ltd has proposed to work under joint plan with the Indian Air Force to contribute effectively in India's defence preparedness.
The board of HAL and its senior officials interacted with the top commanders of IAF at the conference held at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhavan) in New Delhi yesterday.
HAL Chairman R K Tyagi mooted the idea of joint development.
Chief of air stafff Air marshal Arup Raha said, Considering the challenges involved in manufacturing and operational fronts, close working HAL and other manufacturers was needed.
Dr Tyagi, mooted the idea of putting up single group or team to deal with foreign 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-30 MKI, Mirage, Jaguar, Hawk, Kiran, Pilatus, Avro, Dornier, Chetak/Cheetah and Cheetal, ALH, RPA, Lakshya, etc. HAL supports 80 per cent of the IAF inventory.
According to a HAL press release, 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.
(Posted on 05-04-2014)