On the eve of Aero India 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the second production line at HAL’s LCA Division in Bangalore on 2 February. He commented on how HAL’s new LCA facility is an example of how “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” is shaping and HAL deserves the largest indigenous order of 83 LCA Mk1As. LCA is the pride of India and sends the right message to others that India can make fighters of (this) class in-house. The fighter is superior in many ways when compared to other fighters in its category besides being cost effective.
The new facility will have CNC profilers, 5-axis machining centres, high pressure fluid cell press machines, test rigs, specialised facilities for heat treatment and special processing in the hangars for structural assembly of aircraft. Production tooling and productivity improvement initiatives have also been undertaken, adopting latest simulation software packages where structural assemblies of the LCA Mk1A will be produced to meet the desired delivery rate of 16 aircraft per year. The programme will catalyse the aerospace ecosystem in India and would further give a boost to the Prime Minister’s vision of a “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.
The Indian Air Force has hosted a Chiefs of Air Staff (CAS) Conclave on 3rd and 4th February at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, where Chiefs of Air Staff from various countries brainstormed and synergised their thoughts on current issues related to aerospace power, strategy and technological developments. In view of the COVID 19 situation, the conclave was conducted in the hybrid form with extensive use of digital media and was attended by about 75 countries.
According to the Air Force PRO, the conclave was a perfect example of India’s defence cooperation with other countries working as a diplomatic instrument, giving an opportunity for building bridges of friendship, mutual trust and capacities on a global basis, promoting transparency in defence cooperation and building areas of common interests in military aviation.