HAL aspires to be $6 bn firm in 10 years

HAL aspires to be $6 bn firm in 10 years

Bangalore: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) aspires to be listed among the top 20 global defence companies with a turnover of $6 billion in coming 10 years, its chairman Ashok Nayak said on Wednesday.

“HAL plans to provide seamless maintenance support, encompassing first and second line support, for aircraft and helicopters at customer bases", he said.

The target would call for a multifold increase in production requirements, and HAL believes growth in India’s aviation sector will act as an opportunity for it to meet its growth objectives, Nayak said.

With 19 production units and 10 research design centers in eight locations in India, the company has an impressive track record including 14 types of aircrafts manufactured with in-house research and development (R&D) and 14 produced under license, he said.

Serving for seven decades, HAL has positioned itself as a comprehensive solution provider to the Indian defence services in aviation by contributing to their modernization efforts of making aircraft and helicopters of various types and technology base, he said.

“With new initiatives and future programmes, the company continues to be a major partner of the defence forces," he added.

HAL has already diversified into aerospace related fields, with its aerospace division supplying critical components, structural assemblies and tankages for various launch vehicles and satellites of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Nayak said.