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.
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.