Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
slogan "Asia's Premier Aerospace Complex,"
India's aerospace and defence major, Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL), continues to take large
strides in the sector with every passing year.
In size HAL is indisputably an Asian aerospace
giant, with 16 production units and nine research
and design centres spread across seven locations
HAL's impressive product track record
encompasses a complex range of aerospace applications.
It designs and manufactures aircraft and aero-engines,
has also successfully carried out their up-gradation
programmes, creates structures for space launch
vehicles, develops aerospace related software
and has recently announced its intention to be
a airport services provider.
To date, HAL has manufactured 12
types of aircraft, developed with in-house R &
D, as well as 14 types produced under license.
In numbers, HAL has so far manufactured 3,550
aircraft and 3,600 engines. It has also overhauled
over 8,150 aircraft and 27,300 engines.
A brief history
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) became
an entity on 1st October 1964 with the merger
of Hindustan Aircraft Limited, a Bangalore-based
private enterprise with Aeronautics India Limited
and the Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur.
Hindustan Aircraft Limited owed
its origin to the pioneering vision and efforts
of an independence era industrialist, Seth Walchand
Hirachand, who set up the facility at Bangalore
in association with the erstwhile princely State
of Mysore in December 1940. During WWII, under
increasing pressure from advancing Japanese forces,
Great Britain, the then colonial power, first
became a shareholder of the company in March 194,
before taking over management functions in 1942.
Currently, HAL has several high-profile projects
under way. These include:
Dhruv Advanced Light
Tejas Light Combat
Intermediate Jet Trainer
(IJT); and also,
various military and civil upgrades,
such as that of the MiG-21 (Bison), MiG-29, Jaguar
and Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Dhruv (ALH) has already seen
successful induction with the air arms of the
Indian Army, Navy and the Indian Coast Guard,
as well as the Indian Air Force. It has also evinced
considerable interest in air forces around the
world and has won export orders.
HAL has been exporting to more than
30 countries for long and the Dhruv is now only
the latest in a long line of products that have
globally established HAL's reputation as a quality
and price competitive provider.
HAL has been a regular participant in India's
space programme and has manufactured structures
for Satellite Launch Vehicles like the Polar Satellite
Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geo Stationary Launch Vehicle
(GSLV), the Indian Remote Satellite (IRS) and
the Indian National Satellite (INSAT).
Joint ventures and diversification
HAL is currently involved in three joint ventures
(JVs) with prestigious global aerospace companies
and consortia in various fields. These JVs operate
as BAeHAL Software Limited, Indo-Russian Aviation
Limited (IRAL) and Snecma HAL Aerospace Pvt Ltd.
HAL is also looking at diversifying
its activities into areas such as production of
industrial marine gas turbines and airport services.
Towards this end it is actively seeking co-production
and JVs with international participants.
Awards and recognition
Over its lifetime HAL has received several international
and national awards for achievements in R&D,
technology, managerial performance, exports, energy
conservation, quality and fulfilment of social
responsibilities. These include the International
Gold Medal for corporate achievement in quality
and efficiency at the International Summit (Global
Rating Leaders 2003), London, UK awarded by M/s
Global Rating, UK, in conjunction with the International
Information and Marketing Centre (IIMC).
HAL has also been awarded the international "Arch
Of Europe" award in the gold category in
recognition of its commitment to quality, leadership,
technology and innovation.
At home, HAL has won a Gold Trophy
for excellence in public sector management, awarded
by the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises
All in all, it would be difficult
to argue with HAL's slogan that it is Asia's premier
aerospace equipment, military aircraft, communication
and navigation equipment and space systems
Chairman Ashok. K. Baweja
Director, corporate planning and marketing
HJT-16 Kiran Mk1, Mk1A and Mk2
HF-24 Marut - Mk1 and Mk1T
Lakshya Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Tejas Light Combat Aircraft
Dhruv - Advanced Light Helicopter
HJT-36 Intermediate Jet Trainer
Saras A multipurpose Light Transport Aircraft
designed along with the National Aerospace Laboratories
MiG-21 FL and M, with the Bis and Bison
as upgrade variants
MiG-27 M variant
SEPECAT Jaguar IS, IB, IM variants
Aerospatiale Alouette III with the Chetak
and Chetan as variants
SA 315 Lama Cheetah, Lancer and Cheetal
Dornier Do 228
HS 748 Avro
Sukhoi Su-30 MKI
BAe Systems Hawk Mk 132 Advanced Jet Trainer