Sunday, August 05, 2018

HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft project to fly under the IAF

New Delhi: The government is poised to hand over control of the aircraft manufacturing division of the State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to the Indian Air Force (IAF). This is to prevent more time and cost overruns on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. This comes at a particularly crucial time as the next phase of the LCA project, development of the MK2 variant, as well as the country’s next fighter aircraft programme, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), begin to take shape.

“The government has given the go ahead to hand over the entire Bengaluru complex of HAL to the IAF. With this, the fixed wing aircraft division will come under the IAF. The modalities are being worked out,” an official source told this reporter. The process may take a few months.
HAL manufactures and assembles a range of aircraft and helicopters. However, it has faced criticism for its time and cost overruns, and lack of professionalism in project execution. HAL has opposed this move for a long time, fearing erosion of its autonomy.
05/08/18 The Hindu