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HAL (Hindustan Aeronautic Ltd.) headquarters in Bengaluru

HAL needs new orders to prevent complete halt of production after 2021-22

The company is betting on the IAF to place a multi-billion dollar order for an advanced version of the indigenously produced LCA Tejas before the financial year ends.
IAF's Tejas at the inauguration of Aero India in Bengaluru | Shailendra Bhojak/PTI

HAL eyes first foreign sale of Tejas as Malaysian air force shortlists contenders

Tejas is among the contenders as Malaysia looks to issue request for proposal for its new 36-jet contract next year. But diplomatic ties could hurt the deal.
A Tejas aircraft (representative image) | Twitter: @PIB_India

Tejas successfully performs critical test of ‘arrested landing’ on an aircraft carrier

The DRDO is involved in development of the naval variant of Tejas along with Aeronautical Development Agency, and the Aircraft Research and Design Centre of HAL among others.
A Tejas aircraft | Commons

HAL ties up with Larsen & Toubro, others as Modi govt taps private talent for Tejas Mark 1A

HAL will now be more of a systems integrator, with private firms playing a major role in the manufacturing of fighter aircraft and helicopters.
A Mirage 2000 jet fighter aircraft

Computer failure or HAL’s botched upgrade — what Mirage 2000 crash probe is looking at

Court of Inquiry is still in process of pin-pointing exact cause of crash that killed 2 pilots. Difference of opinion among team members and stakeholders.
A Tejas aircraft | Commons

Here’s why former Navy chief wants India’s next Raksha Mantri to personally guide Tejas

India’s aeronautics industry has suffered from politicians’ neglect, allowing countries like China, Brazil and Turkey to overtake us.

Private players cry foul as HAL submits 2 bids for mega Navy chopper deal

State-owned HAL has filed one bid on its own and one with Russian Helicopters for the Naval Utility Helicopter. The Indian Navy wants to purchase 111 NUHs.
Tejas

Behind final clearance for Tejas, 10 concessions given to fighter jet

Final operational clearance to Tejas was granted even though the jet's drop tank & other weapon configurations are yet to be cleared while airframe fatigue test is still underway.
HAL's Aircraft research and design center in Bangalore | Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg News

Russia says will select HAL as partner for India contract to buy 114 fighter jets for IAF

State-run manufacturer HAL has been at the centre of a raging political slugfest over the Rafale deal, which has seen questions raised over its competence.

HAL set for talks with European firm to arm Tejas with air-to-air missile

After integration issues with Israeli Python-5 on Tejas, IAF looks to equip Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with the French air-to-air missile ASRAAM.

On Camera

Men smoking hookah | Representational Image | Commons

Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.