- Mar 25, 2016
Hal has told it will set up +4 (they are already working on that) if they receive mk1A orders soon. Let's say if they had received the contract by 2019, first mk1A will come out by 2022. But as it seems, as of now the first Ac won't come out before 2024. So in a case of overlap hal proposed to fast manufacture mk1 IOC and Foc orders and use that infra into mk1A pretty soon.How much ever excuses one comes up with, it is HAL claim that they have 8+4 (+4) set up capacity. They have to do close to that, It will be basically running at 50% efficiency and handing over another reason for IAF to boot this project. IAF will operating with Jags and Migs only and everyone from Mod, IAF, ADA, HAL are responsible for this.
Now being clear that mk1A production will only begin after 40ac orders is done, hal is under no hurry to operationalize 12 per year. Cos if it does, most likely workers on that line will be jobless for one year. Hal has enough problem on its hand already. Hal Su 30 division will also be winding out by 2021. Until unless Super Sukhoi orders come by 2022 that line is going to be idle. Super Sukhoi needs more R&D, integration with Indian developed systems and missiles. The govt will then claim, hal productivity is low, bla bla to privatize it more. The govt can still privatize them without hammering them.
Now Amca testing and manufacturing is going to take in Coimbatore in a new PPP facility. So the Su Division might be manufacturing mk2 along with Bangalore division. The chairman has to figure out a way to keep hal profitable and at the same time performing orders. His is a tight job.