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Thursday, November 08, 2007



   Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.


Indian Aircraft Industry can be traced to the founding of Hindustan Aircraft Limited at Bangalore in December 1940 in association with the erstwhile princely State of Mysore and late Shri Seth Walchand Hirachand, an Industrialist. Govt. of India became one of its shareholders in March 1941 and took over the management in 1942. Hindustan Aircraft Limited was merged with Aeronautics India Limited and Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur to form Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 01st October 1964. 

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Today HAL has got 16 production units and 9 research and design centres spread out in seven different locations in India.  HAL is engaged in Research, Design, Manufacture and Overhaul of a variety of aerospace products from basic trainer aircraft to high technology fighters, helicopters, transport aircraft, power plants, avionics, aerospace system and aerospace. HAL has played a significant role for India's space programs in the manufacturing of satellite launch vehicles like PSLV, GSLV, IRS, INSAT.  HAL's supplies / services are mainly to Indian Defense Services, Coast Guard and Border Security Force.

HAL has also two joint venture companies, BAeHAL Software Limited and Indo- Russian Aviation Limited (IRAL). Apart from the two, other major diversification projects are Industrial Marine Gas turbine and Airport Services. The Company scaled new heights in the financial year 2004-2005 with a turn over of Rs.4425 Crores and export of Rs.149.04 Crores.


The Indian Air Force will receive the first two Advance Jet Trainers (AJT) Hawk from British Aerospace (BAE Systems) by mid-November to train its pilots to fly supersonic fighters, Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major said here on Tuesday. (Iaf To Get First Two Hawk Trainers In Mid-November, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)

The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has fired its first missile marking the beginning of the weaponisation phase of the home grown fighter, which is slated to be inducted in the Indian Air force by 2010. (Weaponisation Phase: Tejas Fires Its First Missile , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

Some of the greats of Indian contemporary art come alive in this gallery of portraits — FACES OF INDIAN ART: THROUGH THE LENSES OF NEMAI GHOSH (Art Alive Gallery, Rs 6,500). (Artists In Their Parlours, Telegraph, Editorial, The Telegraph, Oct 26, 2007)

The US Senate's 16 women members have sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to press the Myanmar’s military junta to end its crackdown on Buddhist monks and pro-democracy activists in the country. (Get Tough With Myanmar, Hillary Tells Manmohan , Tribune, Ashish Kumar Sen, Oct 26, 2007)

The IAF will get the first batch of British manufactured Hawk advanced jet trainers(AJT) in November and the fighter pilots will start training on these jets within the next few days at the Air Force academy in Bidar, Karnataka. (Iaf To Get First Batch Of Hawk Jets In Nov, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)

The already crowded HAL airport will see an increased rush this winter, for the civil aviation ministry has just okayed an average increase of 51 flights per day in Bangalore. (More Flights For Bangalore , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)

The Indian government initially made itself conspicuous in the international community by maintaining a discreet silence as monks took to the streets in Myanmar. (India's Guarded Optimism, Frontline, JOHN CHERIAN, Oct 10, 2007)

The Indian Air Force will continue to enhance cooperation with other air forces to sharpen talons and assimilate ‘best practices’, the air chief, Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major, said today. (Iaf Displays Prowess, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 09, 2007)

For the Indian Air Force, the wait for advanced jet trainers is finally over. The IAF will get the first of the Hawk trainer aircraft bought from Britain by next month. (Iaf To Get Ajt By Next Month, New Indian Express, GAUTAM DATT, Oct 09, 2007)

The military cracks down on protesters and takes an increasingly prominent position on the streets of Yangon. Hundreds of arrests are made and there are worrying reports of a rising death toll. (Myanmar: India Must Suspend Military Support, Hindu, MUKUL SHARMA, Oct 06, 2007)

With the Sukhoi 30 MKI slated to be the mainstay of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the coming years, the Ministry of Defence has started developing a state-of-the-art infrastructure including a world class avionics lab for stationing and . . . . (Iaf Spruces Up Bareilly Maintenance Hub, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 01, 2007)

Karnataka has evolved into one of India’s most dynamic States thanks to, among other things, a vibrant industrial base. (Superpower State, Frontline, Ravi Sharma , Sep 29, 2007)

As part of the counter-measures against the Chinese build-up of military infrastructure in the Tibet Autonomous Region and south China, India will progressively base squadrons of its most potent fighter Sukhoi-30MKIs in the eastern sector from 2008-2009 o (Sukhoi Base In East To Counter China, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 28, 2007)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's appeal not to brand the entire Muslim community as terror suspects has few takers in his own Government, where a policy aimed at restricting passport and travel access to the family of suspected members of the . . . . (Centre Favours Restricting Passports For Kin Of Terrorists , Pioneer, Abraham Thomas, Sep 24, 2007)

According to statistics available in Karnataka, more than 8,000 accidents occur every year. Nearly 10 per cent of them are fatal. (Organise Trauma Care , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Sep 22, 2007)

The Puranas and the Itihasas contain innumerable instances of not merely human beings but also of the celestials and the demons propitiating deities with penance or prayer to fulfil their individual desires (driven by selfish or unselfish ends). (Seek Enduring Values , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 22, 2007)

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who do not swerve from the path of Dharma even in great adversity, and the rest who are only interested in immediate gain for satiating their desires without bothering about how they achieve their ends. (Unwavering Faith , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 12, 2007)

The media carried the news of the Defence Acquisition Council, under the chairmanship of the Defence Minister, Mr A. K. Anthony, clearing the biggest global Defence deal for the purchase of 126 fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). (Delayed Acquisitions Weaken Air-Force, Business Line, H. Kaushal , Sep 11, 2007)

In ‘Vanished,’ the NCIS team is called in to investigate when a perfectly functioning marine helicopter is found in the middle of a crop circle. (Ncis, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 07, 2007)

The race in the arms market has just speeded up for the procurement of the next fighter for the Indian air force in what has been called the ‘mother of all deals’ to buy 126 multi-role combat aircraft. (On A Wing And A Plan , Indian Express, Jasjit Singh, Aug 31, 2007)

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