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Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has added another feather to its cap by securing a prestigious order for the supply of Compact Heat Exchanger sets for India’s ambitious Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fighter jet program. The order has been placed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s premier aerospace and defence company.

The contract entails BHEL undertaking the manufacturing, assembly, testing, and supply of Compact Heat Exchangers that will be installed in the AMCA fighter jet program aircraft. The AMCA is a state-of-the-art indigenous fighter aircraft being developed by HAL in collaboration with the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangalore. Once the AMCA program receives clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), HAL will commence the production of the aircraft, incorporating the critical heat exchangers supplied by BHEL.

BHEL’s Heavy Plates and Vessels Plant (HPVP) in Visakhapatnam is the sole supplier of Heat Exchangers for another indigenous fighter jet, the LCA Tejas, since 1996. The company’s expertise in designing and developing 13 different types of Compact Heat Exchangers for the Environmental Control System (ECS) and Secondary Power System (SPS) of the LCA MK-1 program has made it a trusted partner for HAL and ADA in the aviation sector.

In addition to its contribution to the LCA program, BHEL is actively collaborating with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to develop an Air Cycle Machine based Liquid Cooling System (LCS) for Aircraft POD application for the LCA Mk-2. This demonstrates BHEL’s commitment to supporting India’s indigenous defense projects and technological advancements in the aerospace industry.

BHEL-HPVP has invested in dedicated and intricate manufacturing and inspection facilities to produce state-of-the-art Compact Heat Exchangers for various types of aircraft manufactured by HAL. These facilities are continually being enhanced to meet International Aerospace Standards (AS9100) to ensure that BHEL is well-prepared to meet the requirements of future programs such as LCA, ALH, Sukhoi, and AMCA.

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