19-Feb-2015 Source: HAL
The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi visited HAL stall and evinced keen interest in HAL products especially on Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine and LCH. HAL Chairman Mr. T. Suvarna Raju explained him about the efforts made by the Company on “make in India front”. The medium thrust class engine finds wide application in military trainer aircraft, smaller regional jet and un-manned applications. Mr. Raju apprised PM that HAL has taken up a project to design and develop an Aero Engine with a 25 kN thrust.
The PM also spent time in knowing about Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). The LCH is a 5.5-ton class, combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL. The helicopter is lethal, agile and survivable. The LCH is expected to receive Initial Operational Clearance and enter Limited Series Production soon.
In order to encourage technology development in India, it may be recalled that the Government set up Design & Development Management Board (DDMB), under the chairmanship of HAL with members from DRDO Labs, Department of Defence Production and Services, for synergizing the R&D efforts in country