IAF chief to review major HAL projects

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    Raha’s visit will begin with HAL’s MiG
    complex in Nasik on June 7, where
    India’s frontline fighter Sukhois (Su-30
    MKI) are manufactured and
    overhauled. Sources said the air chief
    would visit the flight hangars, ROH
    (repair and overhaul) facilities,
    assembly line, machine shop,
    functional test labs and system test
    units.
    The air chief is also visiting the
    enhanced Kopyo (the radar used on
    MiG fighters) test lab in Nasik. Sources
    said the Sukhois’ cost escalation issue
    was unlikely to come up during Raha’s
    visit, since the matter was being taken
    up at the ministry level.
    The chief will also be updated on the
    technology advancements of the Nasik
    division, which is the nodal agency for
    integrating supersonic BrahMos
    missiles on Sukhoi.
    Currently a Sukhoi is undergoing
    system integration tests ahead of the
    flight trials with the air-launched
    version of BrahMos. The flight tests
    are set to begin in October and the
    missile is expected to enter the IAF
    rolls officially next year.
     
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    Raha will arrive in Bangalore on
    Sunday and review various IAF projects
    being undertaken at HAL’s Bangalore
    complex, helicopter complex and
    design complex. The state-of-the-art
    Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas
    series production facility, which is
    currently abuzz with activities ahead
    of the expected roll out of the first
    aircraft (SP-1) in August, will be an
    important stop for Raha.
    Though the IAF has already placed
    confirmed orders of 40 Tejas, HAL is
    pushing for 200 aircraft as an
    immediate replacement of the MiGs.
    Sources said he Hawk manufacturing
    facility, Mirage and Jaguar overhaul/
    upgrade installations would be on the
    chief’s radar.
    Bolstering Ties
    Raha’s comprehensive visit to HAL is
    significant considering the strained
    relationship the IAF had with India’s
    leading defence public sector
    undertaking in the recent past. While
    HAL is keen to take risks and invest its
    own funds in new projects, the IAF
    feels HAL should focus on its
    strengths and not venture into
    projects.
    “There are issues and there were
    issues in the past as well. Today, HAL
    has improved its record on delivery and
    in the serviceability front. We will have
    more insights from the chief during
    the visit, which will help us serve the
    IAF better,” said an HAL official here.
     
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