India’s National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) still plans to go ahead with the project to develop the country’s first indigenous airplane despite the March 6 crash of its number-two Saras prototype. “The Saras project will continue; we will not shelve it,” SK Brahmachari, director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), told the press yesterday.
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Honeywell’s Swiss subsidiary, Honeywell International Sarl, and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) here at EBACE announced an agreement for HAL to manufacture commercial Honeywell TPE331 engines, engine components and kits for Honeywell. The agreement is an expansion of a longstanding relationship between the two companies, under which Hindustan Aeronautics has been manufacturing TPE331-5 engines for use by the Indian military services.
India has agreed to serve as the partner country at the ILA2008 show in Berlin from May 27 to June 1. Some 25 Indian companies, including Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and ISRO, the Indian space research organization, plan to exhibit in a 13,000-sq-ft area, in response to German Minister of Defence Dr. Franz Josef Jung’s invitation. HAL plans to display its HJT-36 Sitara jet trainer and Dhruv helicopter.
One of the international partners growing in importance for Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) is India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), which is evidenced by the growing number of cooperative programs between the two firms. One of the most well-known examples is the HAL-designed and -built Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
India’s Dhruv medium twin has reportedly impressed state oil corporation ONGC, which manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) says has a pressing need for a medium-class helicopter, for use in its offshore operations. Early last month the helicopter demonstrated Performance Class I criteria with 14 passengers on board, at all stages of a sector from Juhu, Mumbai, to Bombay High South Field, 80 miles off the coast.
India’s Dhruv fleet was grounded in December after Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) identified a fault in the tail rotor blades. Investigation following a November accident led HAL to issue a technical advisory to all operators of the medium twin helicopter.
At press time, defense production secretary K. P. Singh confirmed that “the faults have been rectified and the helicopter will be flying again within days.”
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