Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is meeting Tejas aircraft's production target as the eight fighter jets will be rolling out of the assembly line this year.
Outsourcing to private defence firms has been key to achieving HAL’s production targets. “HAL is now focusing mainly on putting together large assemblies that are built and supplied by private aerospace companies. That has allowed us to speed up work exponentially”, HAL chief T Suvarna Raju was quoted as saying by Business Standard Wednesday.
Moreover, with an additional investment of Rs 1,231 crore (US$192 million) sanctioned for enhancing capacity, the Tejas line is projected to build 10 fighters in 2018-19; and 16 Tejas Mark 1As each year from 2019-20 onwards.
Thereafter, the line is expected to build the Tejas Mark II fighter, an advanced variant of the Tejas with a more powerful General Electric F-414 engine and upgraded avionics..
HAL has created five “Tier-1” suppliers that each build a part of the Tejas. The front fuselage is supplied by Dynamatic Technologies, Bengaluru and the centre fuselage by VEM Technologies, Hyderabad. Furthermore the rear fuselage is provided by Alpha Tocol, Bengaluru.
Furthermore the wings is supplied by Larsen & Toubro, Coimbatore; and the tail fin and rudder by National Aerospace Laboratory and Tata Advanced Materials.
Each of these Tier-1 suppliers sources components and sub-assemblies from lower-order Tier-2 and Tier-3 suppliers, creating an aerospace industry around the Tejas.
HAL is planning to eventually outsource 69 per cent of the production of Tejas structural modules, with just 31 per cent of the work done in-house – consisting mainly of assembly and equipping work.
Indias Light combat aircraft Tejas today has test-fired an air-to-air missile having beyond visual range capabilities (BVR). The missile test would pay the way for empowering the locally developed aircraft with the missiles
Indias Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) will double the production rate of Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) from eight to 16 per year from 2019. “Besides enhancing infrastructure for redouble manufacturing of Tejas, HAL has also outsourced manufacture of some major components including wings and fuselage of the jet to private industry which will further speed up rate of production,” HAL Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju said Sunday
Indian Air Force will have 123 indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas fighter jets in its fleet by 2024-25 provided that the current development and capacity enhancement plans move as per schedule. Currenly, "Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is engaged with setting up a new assembly line and is also involving the private sector in a big way," the Chief Managing Director (CMD) of HAL T
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has established a second line series production of Tejas fighter jet. The new production line has come up at Aircraft Division in December 2016, with the facility being equipped with full-fledged assembly jigs
The Indian Air Force Southern Command Chief undertook a solo flight of 30 minutes of the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas Tuesday. The CMD-HAL, T Suvarna Raju thanked Air Marshal RKS Bhaduauria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Air Command for ‘reposing the faith in the aircraft, HAL said in a statement Tuesday
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) of India has set up a second production line to increase the yearly production of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas aircraft from the current 8 per year to 16 per year. To achieve this aim, HAL has decided to outsource about 70% of production work to 85 Indian companies
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