HAL signs biggest contract ever with BEL for LCA Mk1A
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed an Rs.2400 crore contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the development and supply of 20 types of systems for the LCA Tejas Mk1A programme on Thursday. The contract is for five-years spanning from 2023 to 2028.
This is the biggest order ever placed on an Indian company giving a major boost to indigenization.
Two Divisions of Bharat Electronics Limited at Bengaluru and Panchkula (Haryana) will supply the systems for the 83 Tejas Mk1A fighter fleet. BEL will deliver the requirement to HAL in a ready-to-board condition.
The contract involves supplying critical avionics Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), flight control computers, and night flying LRUs.
“LCA Tejas programme is an excellent example of synergies between Indian Defence establishments such as HAL, DRDO & BEL. The current order for development and supply of 20 types of critical avionics LRUs for Tejas Mk1A is a shot-in-the-arm for Make in India activity,” said Anandi Ramalingam, CMD, BEL.
“HAL stands committed to indigenous products”, said R Madhavan, CMD of HAL.
“We are pleased to receive this order from HAL for the prestigious LCA Tejas programme and look forward to continuing a strong partnership and joint success with HAL,” Anandi said.
Deliveries will commence from FY 2023-24 onwards. The home-grown fighter is slated to be equipped with indigenous flight control computers, air data computers which would also be supplied by BEL under this contract.
These systems have been designed and developed by various labs of DRDO and the Aeronautical Development Agency, Bengaluru.
The contract documents were handed over by E P Jayadeva, General Manager LCA Tejas Division, HAL to Manoj Jain, General Manager (EW&A) BEL.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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