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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
03-January-2018 03:43IST
Production of Aircrafts

Since inception, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has been engaged in design & development, manufacture, upgrade and repair / overhaul of fighters, trainers transport aircraft, helicopters, engines, avionics systems & accessories for the requirement of the Defence Services.  So far, HAL has indigenously designed & developed 17 types of aircraft / helicopters consisting of three fighter aircrafts including ongoing platform of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Tejas, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)-DHRUV and Chetak / Cheetal Helicopter.

Additionally, under Transfer of Technology (ToT) with foreign Original Equipment manufacturers (OEMs), 14 platforms have been manufactured in the country by HAL consisting of 8 categories of fighter aircraft including ongoing manufacturing program of Su-30 MKI.

The annual production capacity of HAL along with the ongoing contract cost (product-wise) is detailed below:

S. No.

Product

Annual production capacity

Value of ongoing contracts / current status

1.

Su-30 MKI

12

Rs.59420 crores for 182 aircraft and 153 have been produced so far.

2.

Hawk MK 132

16

Existing orders completed in 2016-17.

3.

Do-228

06

Rs.1090 crores for 14 aircraft and 12 have been produced so far.

4.

LCA TEJAS

08

Rs.2702 crores for 20 Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) aircraft and Rs.5989 crores for 20 Final Operational Clearance (FOC) aircraft.  6 aircraft are produced so far.

5.

ALH

24

Rs.13799 crores for 159 helicopter of which 154 have been produced so far.

6.

Cheetal

08

Rs.203 crores for 10 helicopters, which taken up for production.

HAL produced fighter / trainer / transport aircraft, helicopter and associated systems & sub-systems do not fall under the category of weapons / arms / ammunition.

 

In order to fast track the production of  LCA from existing 8 aircraft to 16 aircraft per annum Government of India has approved an investment of Rs.1,381.04 Crores, against which HAL has already started the development activities.  Su-30 MKI programme is on the verge of completion; hence, there is no plan to augment the production facilities for this platform.

 

The following steps have been taken by HAL to ensure timely and enhanced production of LCA aircraft.

 

•          Establishment of second line for structural and equipping activities at Aircraft Division, HAL.

•          Reduction in manufacturing cycle time through improved supply chain management, learning and augmentation of manpower.

•          Established contracts for outsourcing of major modules namely Front fuselage, Centre fuselage, Rear fuselage, Wing and various sub-assemblies to private partners.

 

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamrein a written reply to Prof.Saugata Roy and Shri Innocentin LokSabha today.

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