As per reports coming in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be producing its Company-owned Su-30MKI aircraft to be used as Test-Bed for locally developed technologies and also for indigenous upgradation of the vast fleet of the Su-30MKI in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL was first to confirm this development but this is not the first time HAL has owned a jet that was produced by it. HAL owns Hawk Mk132 trainer also known as Hawk-i which is been used to test locally designed and developed mission computer and data transfer units along with indigenous Real-Time Operating System (RTOS).

Integration of new sub-systems or modifications, obsolescence management of avionics systems on Hawk-i with locally developed system replacing imported ones will be offered to IAF to upgrade its fleet of Hawk Mk132 trainers in near future and HAL owned Su-30MKI will also be used to test weapons and new locally developed sub-systems for Super-30 upgrade program for the entire Su-30 fleet.

HAL in the past also owned Mig-21 which now has been retired.


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