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Commercial flight nod for made-in-India plane

26/12/2017

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has allowed Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)-manufactured Dornier 228 to be used for civilian flights. The 19-seater aircraft has, till now, been used by defence forces and is the first plane to be made in the country for commercial flights. The DGCA has given type certification to this aircraft and also given certificate of airworthiness to HAL's Dornier 228. Now, HAL can sell this plane to airlines in India.

IAF issues request for proposal to HAL for 83 Tejas aircraft

20/12/2017

Setting the ball rolling for procurement of 83 Tejas light combat aircraft, the Indian Air Force has issued the request for proposal (RFP) for the acquisition. The Defence Ministry had cleared the proposal to buy 83 fighter jets from defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

HAL striving to achieve basic certification of LUH by mid-2018

13/12/2017

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju said the company was making effort to achieve a basic certification of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) by the mid of 2018. Raju, while addressing a gathering at HAL's 5th Global Vendors' Meet here, said it was looking to produce 100 basic trainer aircraft HTT-40 soon.

US-based Planet Labs plans development centre in India

05/12/2017

Planet Labs Inc., a US-based integrated aerospace and data analytics company, plans to set up a development centre in India to tap into the technical expertise and business opportunities. The company last week announced that four of its Dove spacecraft will be launched aboard India’s PSLV-C40 flight, scheduled early January. In a historic 104 satellites launch conducted by the Indian Space and Research Organisation’s (Isro) rocket in a single mission in February this year, 88 cube satellites belonged to Planet Labs.

US-based Planet Labs plans development centre in India

05/12/2017

Planet Labs Inc., a US-based integrated aerospace and data analytics company, plans to set up a development centre in India to tap into the technical expertise and business opportunities. The company last week announced that four of its Dove spacecraft will be launched aboard India’s PSLV-C40 flight, scheduled early January. In a historic 104 satellites launch conducted by the Indian Space and Research Organisation’s (Isro) rocket in a single mission in February this year, 88 cube satellites belonged to Planet Labs.

HAL to offer technology to private sector to build helicopter

03/12/2017

 In the first such initiative, state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is ready to transfer the technology of its advanced light helicopter Dhruv to a domestic defence manufacturer for the commercial production of the chopper. HAL is in the process of identifying the private defence major with whom it will share the technology for the production of the twin-engine combat helicopter in India. The private entity will have the option of selling the choppers or through HAL.

Boeing and HAL discuss building F/A-18 Super Hornets in India

17/11/2017

The Boeing Company (hereafter Boeing), which is a vying strongly to supply the Indian Navy with 57 “multi-role carrier borne fighters” (MRCBF), has entered talks with Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to explore the co-manufacture of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter in India, say credible sources in the defence ministry. Along with HAL, Boeing also intends to involve the Mahindra Group in building Super Hornets in India.

L&T, Godrej, HAL, Isro to sign pact to build PSLV rockets

30/10/2017

Larsen & Toubro, Godrej and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd will join a consortium, being put together by Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), to build Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLVs). The vehicles will launch small satellites, and the first launch is being planned by 2020. A pact is to be signed by January for this initiative.