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Friday, September 11, 2015

HAL Looks To The Private Sector For ALH Dhruv's Manufacturing & Servicing

Good move.


The state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited [HAL] has issued a notice seeking 'Request For Information [RFI]' from the private sector to take up assembly, sales & servicing of the Mark III version of its Advanced Light Helicopter [ALH], 'Dhruv', under a Transfer of Technology [ToT] arrangement.

A stable program, that has had a long production run with HAL, bagging export orders - suitable product for India Inc. to cut its teeth in the production/integration of entire platform, with HAL watching over its back, offering guidance, in lieu of royalty & licensing fee. This would also free up its manpower to be diverted to the more pressing projects, IMHO, like the LCA Tejas, AMCA, IJT, HTT-40 & LCH. It appears to have decided in retaining production of the Mark IV variant, the weaponised version, the ALH-WSI 'Rudra'.


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