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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the state-owned aerospace and defence company, has set its sights on concluding the contract negotiations with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the supply of 240 AL-31 engines for the Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft. This fiscal year, HAL aims to finalize the orders and solidify its commitment to support the IAF’s fleet.

The AL-31 engine plays a vital role in powering the Sukhoi-30 MKI, which is the backbone of the IAF’s combat fleet. HAL has engaged in productive discussions with the IAF, and both parties have made significant progress in the contract negotiation talks. The company is confident that the contract can be successfully concluded within the next 6-8 months.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) maintains a robust fleet of over 260 Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft, with a portion of the older batch requiring engine replacements. To address this critical need, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Koraput division, responsible for manufacturing engines for Russian aircraft, is playing a pivotal role.

The Koraput division, situated in Odisha, is not only involved in the production of engines but also handles the overhauling, repair, and rectification of engine damages. This multifaceted facility serves as a vital centre for ensuring the operational readiness of the Sukhoi-30MKI fleet.

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