Friday, August 11, 2023

HAL failed to anticipate EASA requirements: CAG

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited applied for European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of Helicopter 1 in 2009 to enhance its export potential to European countries, but failed to anticipate stringent requirements of EASA which took longer time for compliance and a consequential additional fee, a CAG report has found. 
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)- Union Government (Public Sector Undertakings - Ministry of Defence) for the year ended March 2020 - Report No 18 of 2023 was presented in Parliament on Thursday, according to an official statement. 
"The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) also failed to identify technical experts to avail consultancy services for timely compliance of the stringent requirements of EASA. The expenditure of Rs 108.24 crore incurred was impaired," it said.
"Technology Gap Analysis was not carried out and the Design and Development (D&D) of the projects were taken up based on inputs from customers. The meetings of the Committee of Institutions Network were not held as per the schedule mandated under the R&D Policy. The technical reviews by a separate Committee inclusive of domain experts were not carried out for all the important phases and stages of D&D projects," according to the statement. 
 11/08/2023 PTI/ET
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