Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has taken up indigenous production of SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Advanced Jet Trainer (Hawk), Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) and Dornier-228 for the defence forces.
According to a statement issued by the Indian Minister of Defense, the Dornier-228 programme has been as per schedule. There have been some delays in deliveries in respect of production programmes of other aircraft.
“In the initial stages of the projects, delays were due to re-work in jigs in Hawk, late receipt of drawings from Russia for Su-30 MKI, certification issues of Shakti engines and integration issues related to Integrated Architecture and Display System (IADS) and other new items in respect of ALH, and design and development issues relating to IJT and LCA,” the statement added.
The certification of IJT was also delayed due to the accident of Prototype-1 and failure of Stress Test Specimen.
From time to time reviews are undertaken at various levels with the concerned stakeholders to review execution of the Projects, it concluded.