New Delhi: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which was ranked 40th among the list of Top 100 arms manufacturing companies by the global think-tank SIPRI in its data released last week, will be displaying various models of its products at the Defexpo.
HAL exports to 23 companies abroad including Airbus and Boeing and domestically besides catering to the needs to the Indian armed and security forces, HAL has been an important partner in India’s space programmes. It supplies hardware to Indian Space Research Organisation for its launch vehicles and spacecraft programmes. Recently, HAL supplied cryogenic fuel tanks and cryo stage structures for GSLV-D5 and basic structure for communication satellite GSAT-14.
HAL’s participation theme will focus on technological excellence, under its business verticals such as fighters, trainers, transport aircraft, helicopters, engines, systems and avionics besides projecting the company’s futuristic programs. HAL will be showcasing ALH, LCH, IJT, Do-228, Su-30, Hawk, MTA, Chetak, LUH, LCA, HTT-40, Lakshya and PSLV and GSLV.
HAL has been involved in the development of combat aircrafts, helicopters, aeroengines, gas turbines, engine test beds, aircraft communication and navigation systems and mechanical system accessories. HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter -- ALH (DHRUV) -- is the latest new generation helicopter while its Prototype Vehicles (PV-1 and 2) of Light Combat Aircraft - LCA (Tejas) – too have been progressing well. Its Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) also is undergoing test flights.
Its indigenously upgraded MiG-27M aircraft has received Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) and the first batch of aircraft has been delivered. Besides, first flight test on Jaguar Nav WASS upgraded aircraft with indigenously developed mission computer with weapon delivery capabilities has been carried out and retromod of fleet has been taken up. The company is now aiming for production of a 70-100 seater commercial aircraft in 2020.
Where: Central Hall Lake, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi