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ADVANCED LIGHT HELICOPTER (ALH)
28. The Company continues to develop / upgrade the ALH.
For the Mk. III Utility variant, the Initial Operation Clearance (IOC)
was obtained for delivery to the IAF and Army. Major tasks
completed on Mk.III during the year are:
- IOC for the Shakti engine
- Flight evaluation of Mission sensors Electronic Warfare
(EW) Suite / Integrated Self Protection System (ISPS),
Electro Optical Pod (EO Pod), Flare and Chaff
Dispenser (FCD) Helmet Pointing System (HPS)
- Demonstration of Interchangeability (ICY) of major
- Maintenance Evaluation trials
29. Development of Mk-IV, the armed variant of the ALH, i.e.
with Weapons (Rocket, Turret gun and Air-to-Air Missile) has
progressed well. The systems have been integrated on a Shakti
engine powered helicopter. The IOC is expected by December
LIGHT COMBAT HELICOPTER (LCH)
30. The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), a dedicated attack
Helicopter developed by HAL made its maiden flight in March
2010. The helicopter features a narrow fuselage and tandem
seating for the Pilot and Co-Pilot. A total of 66 flights were carried
out on the First Technology Demonstrator including 48
developmental flights of basic flight evaluation (Block-1). The
Second Technology Demonstrator, TD-2, has been built with
weight-reduced parts and optimised transmission system.
Several design changes based on TD-1 flight evaluation have
been incorporated in the TD-2. The first engine ground run of TD-
2 completed during March 2011.
LIGHT UTILITY HELICOPTER (LUH)
31. To develop indigenously a reconnaissance and
surveillance helicopter, the Company had launched development
of the LUH, a 3 tonne helicopter in 2009. The Mock-up evaluation
and Design Freeze have been completed. During the Design
Freeze review, the power requirement of the engine has been
updated and an exercise to identify a suitable engine is in
Jaguar DARIN III Upgrade Programme
32. The programme to upgrade the Jaguar Aircraft to DARIN
III standard has progressed satisfactorily. The Critical Design
Review (CDR) was completed in September 2010 (2
milestone) and design work on Avionics, Mechanical, and
Electrical systems along with Software have been completed.
Three aircraft have been inducted for the modifications. The
progress of modification work on the first aircraft (Maritime
version) has been on target and the first flight on the aircraft is
planned for September 2011.
MULTIROLE TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT (MTA)
33. Your Company has formed a new Joint Venture Company
(JVC) called â€œMultirole Transport Aircraft Limitedâ€ on 1
December 2010 with the Russians for co-design / codevelopment of the Multirole Transport Aircraft.
34. The work share of HAL and the Russians and the
Business Plan were discussed in March 2011 with UACTransport Aircraft (UAC-TA). The HAL Design Team (60
personnel) for Preliminary Design Phase comprising designers
from the R&D Centres (ARDC, TARDC, MCSRDC, ETBRDC,
SLRDC & ASERDC) has been finalised. The Designers have
undergone language training in Russian prior to their deputation
to Russia for participation in the design phase.
PROSPECTIVE MULTI-ROLE FIGHTER AIRCRAFT (PMF)
35. Prospective Multi-Role Fighter aircraft (PMF), a Fifth
Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) will be jointly developed by
the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the Sukhoi Design Bureau
(SDB) and Rosoboronexport (ROE) of Russia. The new
generation fighter aircraft will be equipped with features like
stealth, high-technology avionics and ultra manoeuvrability.
36. The Project was launched during the year with signing of
the Preliminary Design (PD) contract between HAL, ROE & SDB
on 21st December 2010.
37. HAL has envisaged and identified various areas for
possible support from DRDO and other defence organisations like
NAL, BEL and BDL.
38. A Joint Coordination & Programme Management
Committee has been constituted with members from MoD, HAL,
DRDO, NAL, CEMILAC and the Air Force from the Indian side and
SDB & ROE from Russian side to review the progress and coordinate efforts with all agencies.
Basic Turboprop Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40)
39. Your Company had submitted a proposal for design and
development of a basic turboprop trainer aircraft to the Air
Headquarters for replacing the existing HPT-32 with the new
aircraft designated as HTT-40.
40. The estimated design and development cost is Rs. 568.09
crore with a development timeframe of 60 months. Significant
progress has been made in the following areas pending CCS
approval for the Project:-
Configuration studies and sizing
Structural and system layouts and structural design
Wind tunnel model design
Engine and Propeller specification requirement
The following are the significant achievements of your
â€¢ The Company produced its highest number of new aircraft
and helicopters (78) along with engines and accessories.
This is double the average production of the last ten years.
The production encompasses Su-30MKI, Hawk, Advanced
Light Helicopter (ALH), Dornier (DO) -228, Cheetal, Chetak
and Limited Series Production (LSP) of the Light Combat
Aircraft (LCA) and Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT).
â€¢ Technology absorption was successfully completed for
production of Su-30 MKI following the raw material phase,
and the first aircraft from Phase IV was produced during
â€¢ Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) for ALH Mk.III Utility
variant for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) was
obtained and the first batch of helicopters was delivered to
â€¢ On the Design and Development front, a major milestone
was achieved with Initial Operation Clearance for LCA
(IOC Phase-I). The first Naval Prototype, NP-1, rolled out
of LCA hangar in the presence of the Honâ€™ble Raksha
Mantri Shri A.K. Antony.
â€¢ The first block of basic flight evaluation covering 48
developmental flights on the first Light Combat Helicopter
(LCH) Technology Demonstrator (TD-1) was completed
during the year.
â€¢ The design and development activities on Light Utility
Helicopter (LUH) have progressed as envisaged with the
completion of â€˜Mock-up evaluationâ€™ and â€˜Design Freezeâ€™
with concurrence from the Army and Air Headquarters.
â€¢ Another milestone in the Design and Development is the
completion of Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Jaguar
Darin-III upgrade program.
â€¢ To enhance self-reliance and to overcome obsolescence,
3,200 types of spares and equipment of
aircraft/engine/accessories were indigenised during the
year. The projected Foreign Exchange saving is of the
order of Rs. 53 crore per annum.
â€¢ The order book position of the Company for new aircraft /
helicopters is healthy with firm orders for Su-30MKI, Hawk,
Dornier, LCA, IJT, ALH and Chetak worth Rs. 68,265
crore. Major orders were received for Hawk worth Rs.
9,500 crore and LCA worth Rs. 5,989 crore during the
With an order book position of 68265 crore and
several new large projects on the anvil, viz. FGFA,
MTA, HTT-40, LCH, LUH, MMRCA etc., the
Company will continue to grow and improve its
ranking in the global aerospace industry and break
into the top twenty league of the aerospace
companies in the World, in the near future.
The new projects launched during the year under
The Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)
programme commenced during the year under
review with signing of the Preliminary Design (PD)
Contract with the Russians in December 2010. The
work on PD Phase, costing USD 295 Million and
planned to be completed in 18 months, has
commenced in February 2011. A team of HAL
designers has been deputed to the SUKHOI Design
Bureau, Russia for training / familiarisation.
The Multi-Role Transport Aircraft (MTA) project
took off with the incorporation of the Joint Venture
Company viz. Multi-Role Transport Aircraft Limited
in December 2010. The project is envisaged as a
co-design, co-development & co-production
programme between the Indian and the Russian
partners to meet the requirements of the Indian and
Russian Air Forces. The project with an outlay of
USD 600.7 Million will be funded equally by the
Indian and Russian sides. The design team for the
PD phase has been selected and will be deputed to
Russia to jointly work with the Russian designers. 5
The Company has conceived the indigenous
development of a basic turbo-prop trainer (HTT-40)
to replace the existing Trainer Aircraft HPT- 32. The
Project is under final stages of approval by the
Government. The Aircraft is planned to be
developed in a timeframe of 60 months. In
anticipation of the approval, the Company has taken
initiative and commenced the design &
configuration studies and has made significant
Projects in the Pipeline
The decision of the Government on Medium Multi
Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) project is likely to
be taken soon. Your Company will be
manufacturing the Aircraft under license at its
Bangalore facilities, for which planning activities
â€¢ The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) and
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) are in the
final stages of development and
certification cycle. The Company has
concurrently launched production of
â€¢ The development of the Light Combat
Helicopter (LCH) is progressing well and
the first engine ground run of TD-2 was
completed during March 2011. 6
â€¢ The Mock-up evaluation and Design
Freeze of the Light Utility Helicopter
(LUH) and an exercise to identify a
suitable engine is in progress.
â€¢ The current manufacturing programmes,
viz SU-30 MkI, Hawk, ALH, DO-228,
Cheetah, Chetak and their repair and
overhaul would continue to fuel the
growth in the short and medium term.
The additional orders for Hawk and ALH
which are under process would add
strength to the order book of the
Company and shore up the top line of
the Company in the years to come.
But what about IJT. recently one prototype crashed,though pilots survived. It happened during spin trial tests as per reports. will it fly again?
The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) are in the final stages of development and certification cycle. The Company has concurrently launched production of these Aircraft.
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