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  1. Paliwal Warrior

    Paliwal Warrior Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    wait all in good time

    this move by HAL of self development of Aero Engine + going it solo in own trainer is a good move

    this shows HAL is transforming itself into Design development agency + a product company

    which means they will look at own products and market them instead of HAL being designated agencies for assembly of products which IAF buys

    a good move for the long term
     
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    HAL will also takeover

    Furthur evelopment of Rustom family of UAVs

    they will be lead developer & integrator of the program
     
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    When HAL aircraft seemed orphaned

    Officials accompanied metal birds from France, US to give info

    Despite a number of aircraft being on display at the Aero India show from the stables of HAL, the public who visited the show on Saturday were left wanting for more so far as information was concerned.

    Unless one was an aviation expert or a knowledgeable enthusiast, one was not able to make head or tail of Mirage 2000, Hawk, Su-30 and other aircraft on display.

    “The boards describing the planes are too far off for anyone to see anything written on them. Coupled with this is the fact that no one is here to inform us,” said Bharath Kumar, a student who has been a regular at the show since its inception.

    The LCA (light combat aircraft) Tejas may be lauded as India's pride. At the show, however, its significance was merely ornamental. Many who were curious about the aircraft could hardly locate anyone who gave information.

    “I would have definitely liked someone to be here near the aircraft explaining to me about it,” said Sushmita Das, another visitor.

    On the contrary, the French had at least two officers near their Rafale aircraft, engaging with the public and answering queries.

    Rakshith K N, a visitor, got a heady feeling when he touched the Rafale and interacted with the pilot.

    “The pilot answered a number of queries regarding the aircraft. Sadly I was only able to pose for photos and not allowed in the cockpit,” he said. Nicola, a French airforce official, was seen regularly interacting with the excited crowd.

    The C-17 Globemaster and the F-15s stood near the runway and a regular batch of officers from the US were seen engaging the crowd. Posing for photographs and explaining the workings of the C-17s at regular intervals to an enthusiastic crowd, Staff Sergeant Brown had a busy day. “The crowd has been quite enthusiastic. It’s been an exciting time at the aero show,” Brown said.

    When HAL aircraft seemed orphaned
     
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    HAL hands over 75th Hawk aircraft to IAF
    Published February 24, 2015
    SOURCE: THE HINDU

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    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which has absorbed the Hawk technology, is confident of supporting it for the next 40 years.

    The aircraft is currently being produced at HAL under licence from BAeS of the UK and the first aircraft was handed over to Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2008.

    Tech absorption

    The Hawk 132 is an Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) with tandem dual seats meant to provide basic and advanced flying as well as weapons training. The aircraft is equipped with inertial navigation/global positioning system, head-up display and hands-on throttle and stick controls.

    T Suvarna Raju, Chairman, HAL, speaking at the 75th Hawk aircraft handover ceremony at the Aero India show, said, “We have absorbed the Hawk technology completely and will be able to support the project for next 40 years.”

    Air Marshal Ramesh Rai, AOC-in-C, Training Command, said Hawk has been of great service to IAF and has flown over 70,000 hours.

    Production programme of 42 Hawks to IAF was concluded in 2011-12. The second contract was signed between IAF and HAL on July 23, 2010 for supply of 40 Hawk AJT and associated equipment. HAL has so far produced 21 aircraft and would produce all the 40 aircraft by 2016-17.

    Contract with Navy

    A contract was signed between the Indian Navy and HAL on July 23, 2010 for supply of 17 Hawk AJT and associated equipment. HAL has so far produced 10 aircraft and would be producing all the 17 aircraft by 2016-17.

    HAL also commemorated 50 years of Kiran aircraft flying.

    “HAL’s indigenously-built Kiran trainer aircraft, that has been the mainstay of the IAF for the past 50 years, will continue to be maintained for the next three to four years,” said K Naresh Babu, Managing Director, HAL Bangalore Complex.

    He was speaking at an event organised to commemorate the golden jubilee celebrations of Kiran flying, at Aero India 2015.

    Kiran aircraft has trained more than 10,000 pilots and clocked 12 lakh hours. This occasion not only marks 50 years of flying of Kiran but also 50 years of HAL’s indigenous development.

    Apart from training pilots, Kiran aircraft was part of the IAF’s aerobatics team named ‘Surya Kiran’ and has participated in all major air shows across the globe.
     
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    Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd needs to shed non-core divisions to improve productivity
    Published February 13, 2015
    SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

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    The website of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has the photograph and biodata of its new chairman-nothing odd about this, except around him are aircraft models that exemplify what’s wrong with HAL: a Tejas fighter that achieved Initial Operational Clearance after 30 years of programme inception, a fifth-generation fighter that is embroiled in controversy with the Russian co-developers, and an Intermediate Jet Trainer which has been stillborn.

    HAL was established with the hope of making India self-sufficient in the manufacture of military aircraft. Starting with the HT-2 basic trainer in the 1950s and graduating to designing the HF-24 Marut with the help of Kurk Tank, the beginning was not inauspicious. The government backed it with liberal funding but the company never took off as desired. The result, after seven decades, is that Indian military aviation is predominantly, if not almost fully, equipped with imported or licence-built aircraft. Where it leaves the nation’s strategic autonomy is anyone’s guess but before suggestions for sorting out the mess are discussed, a comparison with Embraer of Brazil would lay the foundation of the arguments.

    Embraer, set up in 1969 as a state-owned firm, was a good two decades behind HAL. Privatised in 1994, its profit before tax (PBT) in 2013 was Rs.35,809 million with deliveries of more than 5,000 aircraft worldwide. Embraer focuses on small commercial and business jets, exports the Tucano and Super Tucano military trainers (including to the UK and US) and stays clear of helicopters, engine manufacture and overhauls. It is an efficient integrator and with a lean workforce of 19,000 its productivity is Rs.1,857 per employee. HAL, on the other hand, is a state-owned behemoth and barring miniscule exports to a few countries, its customers are captive-the Indian armed forces. With a PBT of only Rs.3,578 million, its 35,000-strong force has a productivity of just Rs.102 per employee! With no market competition, quoting it as an example of inefficiency would be a gross understatement. It is time to drastically reform HAL through a structured plan.

    Firstly, though HAL is not in the same league as Boeing or Airbus, it has a finger in all types of aviation, and in space too; HAL needs to be re-structured to become a true aircraft integrator, with many divisions hived out to make independent manageable firms. Thus, its engine divisions, accessories and helicopter divisions, which incidentally has had success in the Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter programme, should be made independent entities; the space division could well be given to ISRO. Private players need to be brought in on a risk-sharing basis to usher in professional project management and accountability, a term alien to HAL’s work ethic and culture. Should HAL be running a helicopter training school and a management training academy in Bangalore? The government’s involvement, thus, needs drastic reduction with only a ‘golden share’ to be used in national interest.

    Secondly, decide whether HAL should design aircraft, or DRDO. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), another monolith under DRDO, was created to design the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) even though an Aircraft Design Bureau exists in HAL; this bruised a lot of egos resulting in a rocky transition to manufacturing at HAL from the design and prototype testing stage at ADA. Steps must be taken to retain expertise and institutional knowledge generated from the costly LCA programme for use in subsequent projects. Incidentally, when there is an HAL and an ADA, is the National Aerospace Laboratory needed? Pray, what useful work has it done except on the ill-fated 14-seat Saras project? And now it is believed that a new ‘vehicle’ is being created with HAL to design a 70-90 seat aircraft! C’mon, someone must be joking!

    Thirdly, the DNA of the aircraft designers’ pool needs to be invigorated. It is time to infuse fresh ideas and energy by appealing to the Indian diaspora, which is doing wonders with foreign aircraft manufacturers and design agencies such as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and NASA, to return home as the Chinese have done. It goes without saying that salaries would have to be commensurate with the expertise sought. Disinvestment would enable this. In the interim, India must realise that, with 70 per cent of its armaments being imported, it still retains a buyer’s clout that should be exercised to demand technology.

    Fourthly, HAL (and the new companies hived out) must be headed by aviation professionals whose credentials must be indicative of the government’s acceptance of the fact that the aviation R&D and manufacturing sector needs drastic intervention and not band-aid prescriptions.

    Lastly, if one throws a stone from the HAL airfield in Bangalore, nine times out of ten it will hit an aerospace establishment; these multitudes must be made answerable for India’s shameful tag of being the world’s largest arms importer. And shouldn’t the Department of Defence Production, whose task it is to set and monitor policies, be guilt- and remorse-free?
     
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    62% of military chopper crashes since 1986 due to human error: Manohar Parrikar
    Published March 13, 2015 | By admin
    SOURCE: PTI

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    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said 62 percent of military chopper accidents in the country since 1986 has taken place due to “human error”, trashing claims by a group of army officers’ wives seeking replacement of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.

    Acknowledging that Cheetah and Cheetak helicopters are about “30-35″ years-old, he said they have not outlived their life.

    “I assure you, including the army officers’ wives, no helicopter, unless it is in perfect condition to fly, will take off,” he said.

    Parrikar said efforts are on to ensure better spare management and serviceability.

    “There have been 93 accidents which have taken place since 1986. 62 percent are due to human error and only 22 percent are due to technical error. The rest are under investigation or reasons are not known,” the Minister said.

    Citing figures, he maintained that the number of accidents has actually reduced.

    “It has actually come down from 1.5 to .39 in the current five years per 10,000 flying hours,” he said.

    Meenal Wagh-Bhosale, wife of a serving Major in the army, had met Parrikar on Wednesday and handed over a petition urging him to stop the use of “outdated” Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.

    Meenal, who represented a group of 18 women, wanted new and modern helicopters to avoid crashes and save valuable lives of pilots and other personnel

    62% of military chopper crashes since 1986 due to human error: Manohar Parrikar | idrw.org
     
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    HAL employee held for stealing equipment

    A senior technician of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was arrested today on charges of stealing equipment from the factory situated at Sunabeda in Odisha’s Koraput district, the police said.

    HAL’s security personnel found Arun Kumar Pradhan stealing at least three grinding wheels used for sharpening titanium plates and hiding them inside his clothes on Wednesday, said Puspanjali Mingi, IIC Sunabeda police station.

    “The HAL authorities had handed over Pradhan to us and during interrogation he had confessed to the crime. Subsequently he was arrested,” the IIC said.

    During interrogation Pradhan confessed to running a workshop at Semiliguda near Sunabeda and supplying polished titanium plates to a private company, Mingi said.

    “While conducting raid at the workshop at Semiliguda we recovered two machines worth over Rs 30 lakh and as many as 196 titanium plates. Investigation is on and more details are awaited,” the IIC said.

    HAL employee held for stealing equipment | idrw.org
     
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    HAL director, aide get four years in jail in bribery case

    A court here sentenced the finance director at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Bangalore, Krishan Zutshi and his aide, N P Manikandan, to four years of rigorous imprisonment in a bribery case, filed by the investigative agency.

    According to a CBI release, the agency's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in Chennai registered a case based on a complaint by C Gowri Shankar, junior technical officer, CBI, Zonal Office, Chennai, on February 25, 2004, that he was offered a bribe by N P Manikandan, general manager of PCS Industries Ltd, Bangalore, for giving a favourable report on Zutshi, against whom a disproportionate case was under investigation, and in which the complainant, Gowri Shankar, was rendering technical assistance.

    After registration of the case, a trap was laid by the ACB when Zutshi and his son Naveen discussed with the complainant about the report to be given by the complainant in a star hotel in Chennai. Zutshi's mediator Manikandan was caught red-handed while handing over Rs 50,000 and a Nokia mobile phone, said in the release.

    After completion of the investigation, a charge sheet was filed before Special Judge Court for CBI Cases, Chennai, against the accused persons under sections 120-B IPC r/w section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and substantive offences under section 12 PC Act r/w 34 IPC.

    A fine of Rs 50,000 each has also been imposed on Zutshi and Manikandan.

    However, Naveen Zutshi has been acquitted.

    HAL director, aide get four years in jail in bribery case | Business Standard News
     
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    IAF clueless about its crashes; over 30% of crashes due to technical defects `unresolved’
    Published March 31, 2015 | By admin
    SOURCE : ECONOMIC TIMES

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    The Indian Air Force does not know what is causing a bulk of its aircraft to crash, inhibiting its ability to put in remedial actions and compromising the safety of its ageing fleet and pilots. A detailed study on flight crash records of the air force has found that over 40% crashes that are attributed to technical defect remain unresolved due to the lack of advanced air crash investigation technology, having an impact on flight safety.

    An audit of air crashes over a three years ending 2013 has revealed that out of the 37 total loss accidents that took place, almost half (18) were attributed to a technical fault in the aircraft. The rest were attributed to human failure. While the cases of human failure could be solved and remedial measures put in, the probe into over 30% crashes due to technical defects had to be closed without being resolved.

    The actual cause of a technical defect is crucial, as it affects the safety of an entire fleet, which if not resolved can cause accidents in the future. The crash of a Mi 17 chopper in Tawang in November 2010 that resulted in 12 deaths for example, has been classified as unresolved.

    While investigators found that one of the rotor blades of the chopper snapped off in flight, the cause of the breakage could not be established. In a July 2010, crash of a MiG 27 fighter that resulted in one casualty on the ground, the cause of the accident was found to be material failure of the turbine blade that had a dent on it.

    However, after an extensive investigation, the cause of the dent could not be found. In fact, a few months later in September another MiG 27 crashed and investigators could not get to the root of the problem.

    As part of the audit, the air force has admitted to the `uncertainty having implication on flight safety would continue to persist till such time the advanced technology was made available to investigators’. While technical investigations are difficult due to the lack of evidence on a downed aircraft, remedial measures are now being put in by the air force, including adding of an external technical expert from agencies like HAL to the board of inquiry into accidents.

    It is also now planning to ensure Flight Data Recorder (FDR) systems and other recording facilities on all its aircraft for proper forensics.

    IAF clueless about its crashes; over 30% of crashes due to technical defects `unresolved’ | idrw.org
     
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    HAL board reconstituted


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    The board of directors of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been reconstituted with effect from April 1. Chairman T Suvarna Raju is now re-designated as chairman and managing director (CMD).

    The posts of managing directors have been discontinued. Accordingly, S Subrahmanyan, who was the managing director of the MiG complex, Ozar, is now the director (operations). Senior official Daljeet Singh has been appointed the CEO, MiG complex.

    The revised structure consists of five whole-time directors, including the CMD, two directors nominated by the government and seven independent directors. The position of director (human resources) is held by VM Chamola and that of director (finance) by A.K. Mishra. S. Subrahmanyan is now director (operations). The position of director engineering and R&D are to be filled-up soon, a statement released by the HAL says.

    The reconstitution is done considering the growth of the company in the next two decades. This will also ensure extensive delegation and strengthening of our management system”, CMD Suvarna Raju, says in a statement.

    The company now has four chief executive officers (below the board level). They are V Sadagopan, CEO (helicopter complex), R Kaveri Renganathan, CEO (Bangalore complex), Daljeet Singh, CEO, MiG Complex and Rajiv Kumar, CEO, accessories complex.

    HAL board reconstituted | idrw.org
     
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    HAL’s operations to be expanded: Manohar Parrikar
    Published April 9, 2015 | By admin
    SOURCE: PTI

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    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the operations of the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) would be expanded to compete with global aerospace and defence equipment manufacturing companies.

    He inspected the defence equipment manufacturing companies here and discussed with the units’ officials the ways to increase quality and quantity of their products.

    “We want to expand HAL so that it can take on the global defence equiment manufacturers. We’ll be meeting with the company’s officials and dicuss with them issues related to technology, quality and production,” the minister said.

    He said the government would endeavour to give the city – which has five ordnance factories, a HAL unit and an IIT – “the place it deserved in the defence industry”.

    The Minister said the was no plan to privatize the Kanpur-based defence companies. “The government, rather, was devising ways to improve their efficiency and output.”

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been asked to collaborate with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to conduct joint research programmes to help meet the country’s defence needs, he added.

    HAL’s operations to be expanded: Manohar Parrikar | idrw.org
     
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    too by HAL
     
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