‘HAL Nashik will Continue Manufacturing Su-30 NKI’: Bhamre
The Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Subhash Bhamre has said that the work load for Nashik will continue to flow even after Su-MKI manufacturing and production activities conclude in next few years. “HAL facilities are of national importance and hence the government will not let them to be idle. The facility at Nashik will continue to play its role in developing the aerospace capabilities of the country, said the minister while inaugurating the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Summit under Make-in-India held at HAL Nashik in December.
Bhamre has further said that HAL has the world class facilities and given the successful integration of BraMos on Su-30 MKI, 40 more aircraft will undergo such integration. Besides this, HAL can shift part of its LCA manufacturing at Nashik and there is possibility of FGFA work happening at Nashik. He has assured HAL the full support of government in this regard. The summit has also marked the 100th delivery of Shipset of Su-30 MKI Assemblies, which has been symbolically handed over by Udayanth Malhotra, CEO&MD of Dynamatic Technologies Limited, Bengaluru, to Suvarna Raju in the presence of the Minister.
Bhamre in his speech has pointed out that the delivery of 100th Ship set of Su-30 MKI Assemblies to HAL from Dynamatic Technologies Limited affirmed the successful public private partnership in outsourcing of aircraft assemblies, first time in the country, which has become role model under `Make in India’ program. This should be future model not only of HAL but other companies also. There is a need for larger ecosystem of Private Enterprises to transform themselves for greater participation in the aerospace sector to support the Govt’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. The minister has lauded HAL for being instrumental in nurturing a competitive aviation eco-system in India by way of collaborating with private industries as outsourced partners.
Bhamre has further said that it is a welcome move that private organizations including MSMEs are being engaged in Design & Developments of products and technologies. He has urged all the stake holders of aerospace and defence manufacturing eco-system to contribute. With the availability of state-of-the art infrastructure and expertise built over the years, additional orders on HAL would help IAF bridge the gap between the existing and desired squadron strength in the shortest possible time. This is possible with Public-Private partnership, said Bhamre.
HAL to Invite Private Entities for ALH Dhruv Civil Version
State-run aerospace giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will soon invite private manufacturers in to the manufacturing of the civil version of India’s indigenous helicopter ALH Dhruv. The decision has been announced by T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman and Managing Director, HAL at the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Summit under Make-in-India held at HAL Nashik in December. “The company is keen to encourage private partnership in all its activities and as a major step, it would like to offer the indigenous helicopter ALH Dhruv’s Civil Version for manufacturing to select Indian Private Companies through Transfer of Technology, said Suvarna Raju.
The decision to go ahead with this was in line with the government's initiative to promote the domestic defence industry. HAL is likely to float RFI soon for identifying the Indian Private Agency that can produce Dhruv helicopters in future. HAL is in the process of identifying the private defence major with whom it will share the technology to produce the twin-engine combat helicopter in India. Considering the increasing need of helicopters in civil operations of the country, this move will be a major deal from HAL which is the OEM and Licensor of Dhruv.
The indigenously designed and developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-DHRUV) is a twin-engine, multi-role, multi-new generation helicopter in the 5.5-tonne weight class. The civil version of this versatile and proven flying machine, developed over the years of research, will be made available for manufacturing to Indian industry. This version can be used for short distance passenger transport, VIP travel, search and rescue, emergency medical service, underslung load, disaster relief, offshore operations in varying and challenging geographical terrains. According to sources, a number of defence manufacturers have shown an interest in acquiring the technology for the Dhruv helicopter.