A high level Russian delegation led by Mikhail A Pogosyan, President, United Aircraft Corporation, visited aircraft manufacturing and overhaul divisions of HAL at Nasik, recently. “They had first-hand impression of the state of the art facilities created for Su 30 MKI manufacturing and overhaul facilities at Nasik”, said Dr R K Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. The 4.5 generation aircraft, the main striking force of Indian Air Force is manufactured at five Divisions of HAL Nasik, Koraput (Odisha), Lucknow, Hyderabad and Korwa (UP).The delegation included representatives of various Russian agencies and companies such as Rosoboronexport, Irkut Corporation, RAC-MIG and Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant. Pogosyan expressed confidence that Russian and Indian specialists together would achieve the set tasks on various manufacturing programs with distinction. At present, HAL is producing these aircraft from raw material phase and till date has delivered 134 aircraft to Indian Air Force. HAL manufactures around 43000 components for airframe, 6300 for engine, and 9600 for accessories. HAL makes 72% of the components in India with 100% technology absorption as per the scope defined in the contract. The Su-30MKI manufacturing programme is an example of synergy between public – private partnership as various assemblies, sub-assemblies and components are outsourced to vendors spread across different states in India. Support for manufacturing extends to various categories of production such as machining, sheet metal, non-metallic components, painting, looms, tooling and assembly, PCBs, etc. They are outsourced in the form of packages to various SMEs and MSMEs. Prior to Nasik visit, the delegation participated in the 31st session of Indo-Russian Subgroup on Aviation (IRSA) which is a biennial event held to discuss all the issues related to manufacture, repair and overhaul of aircraft, aero engines and accessories under the aegis of Indo-Russian Inter Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) with Russian Federation. In addition, issues related to ongoing projects, prospective projects and future cooperation were also discussed. The session was co-chaired by Dr Tyagi, Chairman, HAL, with participation of senior officers from MoD and IAF from Indian side and Mikhail A Pogosyan, President, United Aircraft Corporation from the Russian side that included representatives from Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Rosoboronexport and number of OEMs. The main focus was on steps for improved serviceability/ availability of the existing fleet and all the participants decided to continue the activities initiated in this direction with the tripartite committees that were formed with representatives from HAL, IAF and Russian OEMs.
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