Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Gokul Chandra Pati, Secretary, Defence Production visited Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) Bangalore facilities and reviewed the on-going project activities here on Sunday.
The high-profile visit covered Hawk manufacturing and overhaul facilities, Mirage, Jaguar overhaul/upgrade facilities and new LCA Tejas Division. Later, Mr. Pati inaugurated the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) transmission test facilities building at RWRDC and reviewed the manufacturing facilities at the Aerospace Division.
“This visit is important to us considering that we all – the Defence Production (MOD) and HAL – have been working on key defence projects. We together will continue to play a big role in India’s defence preparedness,” the Air Chief was quoted as saying.
R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL and Directors of the Company interacted with the Air Chief Marshal and the Secretary.
The Air Chief Marshal also visited the 26 equipment depots in the city, including the logistics storage sites, the technical and administrative headquarters, the newly commissioned Castellino courier lounge and the Integrated Material Management Online Systems (IMMOLS) server room.
He remarked on the maintenance of the Jaguar, Kiran and Chetak/Cheetah aircrafts and the preparatory steps taken for the storage and servicing of equipment pertaining to Mirage upgrade and LCA projects.
He also interacted with the depot personnel, outlining to them his vision for transforming the IAF into a strategic power with full spectrum capability.