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With Certainty, LCA MK 2 Aircraft Is Slated To Enter Production By 2027 And AMCA By 2035--HAL CMD R. Madhavan

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has an order basket of Rs 1 lakh crore, even as its sole preserve of manufacturing aircraft and equipment for the Indian defence forces gets invaded by private sector competitors. HAL is leveraging on its depth and confidence from LCA Tejas to Combat helicopters to Unmmaned systems. In a freewheeling chat, HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director R. Madhavan, talks to BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha of the many new projects on the anvil. Madhavan throws light on crucial projects: LCA Tejas Mk1a, Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF), AMCA, Tejas Mk 2, Trainer aircraft (HTT 40) and UAVs among others. Excerpts:

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Nowhere In The World Is Such A Commitment Of 450 Aircraft And This Depicts IAF's Plan For Capability Building: IAF Chief VR Chaudhari

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, the Chief of Air Staff takes over the baton in the midst where the combat readiness of IAF is of the highest degree. IAF is playing the unprecedented role, leading critical combat missions in the conflicts. The next gen. technological breakthroughs in aerial warfare are already unfolding in sheer magnitude and in the shape of unmanned systems, hypersonic combat aircraft and laser-energy weapon. It is almost redefining the concept of modern warfare in air and in space. In an exclusive interaction, Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari speaks with Manish Kumar Jha of BW Businessworld on building and acquiring such capabilities. He spells out his thoughts on such national projects—LCA Tejas, AMCA, MRFA, HTT-40, and LCH—projecting the sheer commitment of 450 aircrafts.

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DRDO’s Light Tank Will Be Power Pack As “The Highest Altitude Operable Tank In The Globe”: G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman DRDO

DRDO is tasked to empower India for building capability in defence –that not only limited to armed forces but it is now about technology for today and future which is foundational to growing defence economy. Last year, in the wake of precarious situation at LAC, despite the Covid 19, DRDO had some of the best moment of technological breakthrough with avant garde R&D, speedier trials and turnaround delivery so far. Besides such feet recently, It does get fair and unfair amount of criticism which it carries from the past record and legacy issues. In a first, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO speaks with Manish Kumar Jha on the entire gamut of current and futuristic projects that will be definitive for India in the world of defence, security and aerospace.

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India To Acquire Fighter Jet Engine Technology & JV With Foreign OEM Soon: IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria

During his annual press conference on 5 September, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria indicated the possibility of a Joint Venture(JV) in developing fighter jet aero-engine in India that will potentially set forth a new era of aerospace in India. He put his trust on home grown LCA Tejas MK1A & 5th Gen AMCA for IAF over foreign fighter jets.

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DRDO Must Find A Way Of Building A Suitable Fighter Engine In Partnership For Future Aircraft: Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria

Again, amid the clashes and burning threat at LAC in Ladhak, IAF’s front line fighter jet Su 30 MKI scrambled & reverberated as it did during the Balakot air strike. But it is time to address capability gap too. While the first LCA Tejas Mk-1 in Final Operational Clearance standard got inducted into No. 18 ‘Flying Bullets’, 83 MK-1A version will be a force majeure. But greater challenges remain for 450 jets, Gen 5+ AMCA & capability for jet engine at the heart of indigenization. In an exclusive interaction, Chief of Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, speaks with BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha on the critical steps and the thrust on R&D in aerospace.

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We Are Open To Supporting India’s AMCA And Tejas Mk 2 Programmes: Vivek Lall, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

The F-21 will meet all of India’s performance, capability and advanced technology requirements, and provide unmatched opportunities for Indian companies of all sizes and suppliers throughout India.

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We Know Our Price For Gripen Is Quite Competitive: Ola Rignell, SAAB India

SAAB India raised questions over the process which he said it is about 'control verses responsibility' under the Strategic Partnership(SP) model for the ambitious P75I program for the Indian Navy. Ola Rignell, Chairman & Managing Director, SAAB India speaks with Manish Kumar Jha over such issues and, especially, Gripen E that is about the new Tactical Software and new age weapon integration.

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