Navy not keen on HAL for choppers, wants private sector to build alternate capability
NEW DELHI: The navy is not in favour of an offer by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) for an upcoming Rs 21,000 crore Make in India contract as its chopper does not meet requirements and there is a dire need to establish alternative capability in the private sector to manufacture modern aircraft.
Sources said that the naval version of the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) that is being offered does not meet basic qualitative requirements and is unsuitable for the role required, including urgent Search and Rescue (SAR) missions at sea. As reported by ET, the naval utility helicopter (NUH) plan - originally planned for the private sector under the strategic partnership model - is going through a tussle after HAL entered the fray and has requested the go nment to be included.
"The ALH has a rigid rotor head and has been designed for high altitude operations, where it is very good at. The problem is that the design limits it in terms of the blade folding capability. In missions such as SAR, every minute is precious and the ALH just takes too much time to be deployed," a source said. While the navy is already operating the ALH in a utility role, it requires 111 helicopters for deployment onboard ships to carry out multiple roles, including surveillance and ferrying supplies. The requirement is urgent and a specialised chopper is needed that can be quickly deployed and retrieved and can be stored in the space constrained hangar onboard all vessels.
The process to acquire the choppers is already in advanced stages with four Indian companies shortlisted who can partner with a foreign technology provider to make the helicopters domestically. However, the final selection is stuck after HAL put in a representation. In the original tender document, it was specified that only private sector companies are eligible to take part in the contest.
Sources said that there is a need to have capacity in the private sector too for manufacturing modern aircraft and the NUH programme will enable the identified winner to procure technology and skills. Besides the navy requirement, the winning company will have a large domestic civilian market to tap, besides a robust export potential.
India Navy has to develop world class utility helicopters compared to the same or better to the technology of Naval utility helicopter UH-1Y. If India cannot it would be wastage of taxpayers’ money and it would be give away taxpayers’ money to rich Indians.
This is time for introspection.Do we have all it takes to meet the stringent standards.If not we need to upgrade and ensure we come up to the level in all areas of make in India.
Indian Navy expresses its correct view that HAL's "Make in India" of Advanced Light Helicopters are unfit for purpose:
The navy is not in favour of an offer by HAL is understandable. Can they name any enterprise with defence production related experience which it considers more competent.
Sad for Aaymanirbaya Bharat the "INDIAN NAVY" itself don't want HAL to produce defence Equipments for the Country and now even the blind followers and the Media who are paid to praise the Government cannot declare the Indian Navy as Unpatriotic and agents of the west...
A good decision by the Navy though late
The ultimate use is for defence purposes then no compromise is tolerated! First preference is for national security at all circumstances!
Non of the Indian private and public sector is capable of manufacturing advanced Naval choppers. Non of them has technology expertise and experience building world class choppers or fighter jets.
HAL should be made an independent corporate organization. HAL should concentrate on aircraft engines and aircraft electronics more than anything else. It should increase its research capacity in this sector and become a truly world class organization.
Why not divide the contract between HAL and private player and lets see who wins and deliver best ALH.
HAL should be allowed to choose strategic partner as some its plants are idling
HAL should stay away; they should try to eat what they can chew.
Give the job to Anil.
HAL needs to be closed down. It is not the problem with our talented engineers, it is the go nment running something that should have been handed over to private industries. The same people will shine very much.
Why so much expenditure in defence, first Rafael & now Helicopter....My Sincere request to cut down Defence budget & increase in good education & Medical hub.
To day in cross firing Pakistan has killed one our Jawans.
Vaithianathan R M
HAL is a proven master for delays. Private sector will be more efficient like Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Dassault, Safran overseas. The Govt needs to watch over the local company and the foreign western technical collaborator. The Japs, Israelis are industrious and will cooperate willingly to make it a success.
HAL is more capable than any private sector in India for making helicopters and fighters. All the guys commenting are blind people
HAL has earned a bad name for slow and delayed work.
give the contract to Adani.. everyone will be happy..