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HAL amps up facility to double the production of Tejas

PW Bureau

The PSU has spent a total of Rs 1,300 crore for setting up a new production facility in Nashik to double the production of Tejas from 8 to 16 per year Bengaluru: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s foremost aerospace public sector enterprise, has plans to double the production of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and is going for it in a big way by ramping up its capacity. HAL has spent a total of Rs 1,300 crore for setting up a new production facility in Maharashtra’s Nashik. “We are setting up a new facility at Nashik to double the production of Tejas fighters to 16 from eight per year,” HAL Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) R Madhavan said. The new facility is expected to be operational by 2020. Eventually, HAL plans to use the additional capacity to augment the LCA production to 20 units per annum. The state-owned defence PSU already has two production units in Bengaluru where the advanced fourth generation multi-role light fighters are built for the Indian Air Force (IAF) combat fleet.

The new facility is expected to be operational by 2020. Eventually, HAL plans to use the additional capacity to augment the LCA production to 20 units per annum.

The company has an order book of Rs 64,000 crore. “We certainly like to have a better order book position. Generally, an order book covers five-seven years of our sales, but what we have covers four years. It is slightly on the lower side, but we have pending orders which should make up,” the CMD said. While fresh orders are expected to pour in within the next three-six months, the defence major is yet to deliver the promised 83 LCAs to the IAF which is running much behind schedule. “We are looking at orders for 83 LCA Mk-1s and 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH),” Madhavan said. Over the last six months, HAL has received an order worth Rs 950 crore for the upgrade of 17 Dornier aircraft from the Indian Coast Guard.