Improvement in the Capability of HAL
Singed by the controversy over the Rafale MMRCA deal with France and financial issues, Aero India 2019 provided an opportunity to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to make a comeback. Will the public sector company restore its image as the premier supplier of military aircraft in the country remains to be seen but developments during Aero India 2019 denotes that the company has enough potential.
When Dassault Aviation declared that HAL required “2.7 times higher man-hours compared to the French side for the manufacture of Rafale aircraft in India,” it came as a setback thus the DPSU losing out on the large Rafale MMRCA contract or ostensibly this being one of the reasons for the same.
Recent accidents wherein key pilots of the Indian Air Force have been lost was also seen as a major setback for HAL particularly the Mirage 2000 which was being tested after upgradation by the company.
In response to the parliament the Ministry of Defence has indicated that during the last three years, following efforts have been made by the Government to improve the capabilities of HAL:-
• For establishment of major servicing facility for Hawk-132 aircraft, Government of India (GoI) has sanctioned Rs.450.59 Crore in February, 2016.
• For Repair and Overhaul (RoH) Facility for Adour Mk 871-07 engines, GoI has sanctioned Rs.205.65 Crore in March, 2016.
• For ramping up of manufacturing facility of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas from existing 8 to 16 aircraft per annum, GoI has sanctioned Rs.1381.04 Crore in March, 2017 with 50% funding by GoI.
• For enhancement of RoH capacity of Su-30 MKI from existing 15 to 20 aircraft and aggregates from 15 to 35 aircraft sets per annum, GoI has sanctioned Rs.1324.33 Crore in April, 2017.
• For establishment of RoH facility for 3 Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) of Adour Mk 871-07 engines fitted on Hawk Mk 132 aircraft GoI has sanctioned Rs.60.72 Crore in August, 2017.
In the Financial Year 2018-19 upto second quarter i.e. September, 2018 compared with corresponding quarter of Financial Year 2017-18, HAL has registered 3% increase in revenue and 63% increase in profit. This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri V. Muraleedharan in Rajya Sabha.