HAL Doubles LCA Tejas Production Capacity, Sukhoi SU-30 MKI Repair And Overhaul Capability Enhanced

Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi aircraft, flanked by a Jaguar and an LCA Tejas. (pic via Twitter)

Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik has informed that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has doubled its manufacturing capability of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft from 8 to 16 per annum.

Production of 83 Tejas LCA-MK1A and 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) has been prioritised by the NDA government at the Centre, he said.

HAL has also enhanced its repair and overhaul (ROH) capability of the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft along with expediting the integration of the air variant of BrahMos supersonic missiles to the frontline fighter at its Nashik unit.

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HAL has also proposed an enhancement of ROH capability for the AL-31FP engines used in the Su-30 MKIs along with plans to establish ROH facilities for RD-33 MK engines of MiG-29K/KUB fighter aircraft.

In the meantime, the defence PSU is also involved in producing Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) sets for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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