Saturday, September 05, 2015

HAL seeks to lighten LCA burden

Bengaluru: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, which manufactures the Light Combat Aircraft for the Air Force, plans to offload to industry larger chunks of the fighter plane to produce than is being done now.

It is working on a process to rope in eight to 12 large industry partners as tier-1 or tier-2 suppliers of bigger ‘modules’ or structures, according to HAL Chairman and Managing Director T. Suvarna Raju. He said an industry partner may gear up to the task over a couple of years.

In a scene where aircraft supplies have been notoriously delayed for various reasons, the strategy is seen to supplement HAL’s capacity, increase production and delivery rates to the IAF.

Mr. Raju, who took over early this year, told The Hindu in a recent interaction that it would allow the public sector Defence company to focus on military aviation projects of the future – the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, the civil passenger plane and unmanned air vehicles. “We are trying to get [certain] modules of the LCA prepared by the private industry. We have given RFIs [the first step of request for information] to those who are interested in being a defence vendor. An RFQ [request for quotation] will follow.
05/09/15 Madhumathi DS/The Hindu
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