Defence Secretary, Giridhar Aramane inaugurated the third LCA production line and also handed over 100th Sukhoi-30 MKI ROH aircraft to Air Vice Marshal Sarin, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Eng A), Indian Air Force in a programme at HAL. The Defence Secretary lauded HAL’s efforts in taking up the challenge of setting up an ROH facility for Su-30 MKI and also establishing a new production line for LCA manufacturing. He remarked that HAL has been fulfilling the needs of the country’s security. He also urged HAL to take up new initiatives to aggressively compete in the defence market and look into new areas like unmanned vehicles as the country is in need of these advanced systems.
C.B.Ananthakrishnan, CMD, HAL said, “The new production line will enable the Company to enhance LCA MK1A production capacity from 16 to 24 aircraft per year.” HAL has already set up two LCA manufacturing facilities in Bengaluru.