HAL to make components for Pratt & Whitney engines

Wednesday, 27 December 2006, 06:00 Hrs
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Bangalore: State-owned defense enterprise Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has secured an order from Canadian aerospace firm Pratt & Whitney to manufacture precision components and sub-systems for its aero engines.

"We will be investing about 1 billion ($22 million) at our Koraput facility in Orissa to execute the order. Pratt & Whitney will source components valued at $500 million over the next 10 years for its aero engines," HAL chairman Ashok K. Baweja told reporters here Wednesday.

HAL plans to make components for rotating and static engines that will be supplied by Pratt & Whitney to manufacturers of military and civilian aircraft.

The Bangalore-based public sector undertaking has a composites' center with Pratt & Whitney, which has provided the know-how, including packages and quality systems.

Giving an account of the operations during the current fiscal (2006-07), Baweja said the company had an order book of 280 billion for execution over the next four-five years.

"We are projecting a sales turnover of about 70 billion by the end of this fiscal as against 54 billion ($1.2 billion) in the last fiscal (2005-06). Contracts valued at 17.8 billion were signed during the 20 months," he said.

Besides undertaking upgrades of MiGs, Jaguars and Sea Harriers for the IAF and Indian Navy, HAL has decided to equip its flagship product - Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), christened Dhruv with glass cockpit and a new engine having 200 horsepower.

"We have an order to deliver about 200 Dhruvs from the air force and the army. About 70 of these copters are already in operation, including a few in the civilian sector. We will take up the weaponization program of the ALH in the next two years," Baweja said.

The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), the stage two-trainer aircraft designed and developed by HAL, is undergoing flight test for certification in the run-up to initial operational clearance. The aircraft, code-named HJT-36, has undertaken 319 sorties till date since its maiden flight in March 2003.

HAL is also gearing up for the licence production of the British Hawk advanced jet trainer from 2008. Similarly, the limited series production of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) will be taken up as scheduled in 2008 to deliver eight fighter aircraft to IAF by 2010-12.

Source: IANS
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