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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is poised to embark on a significant phase in India’s indigenous defense aviation program with the anticipated commencement of the metal cutting exercise for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) prototypes within the next six months. This development comes on the heels of the program receiving official clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) this month, as reported by Janes.

The approval from the CCS signifies a crucial step forward in the AMCA project, paving the way for the initiation of key activities, including metal cutting and the establishment of assembly lines and jigs. Speaking on the imminent progress, HAL’s spokesperson highlighted, “Other activities such as setting up the jigs and assembly line will also start. We will also start the process of setting up the supply chain for the program.”

The impending commencement of metal cutting for AMCA prototypes represents a significant milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in defense aviation. The AMCA, envisioned as a state-of-the-art combat aircraft, promises to bolster India’s aerial defense capabilities and solidify its position as a leading player in advanced military technologies.

In a testament to India’s growing expertise in aerospace technology, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) collaborated with the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to deliver IM7 carbon composite-based flaperons for the AMCA project last year. This collaboration underscores India’s commitment to leveraging cutting-edge materials and technologies in its defense endeavors.

The pivotal role of HAL in advancing the AMCA project was underscored in 2022 when R. Madhavan, the Chairman and Managing Director of HAL, inaugurated the ‘Metal Cutting for Titanium Bulkhead of AMCA aircraft’ at the Aircraft Manufacturing Division in Nashik on July 13. The event, attended by key stakeholders including AK Ghosh, Project Director (AMCA) at ADA, and senior officials from the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) and ADA, marked a significant milestone in the development of AMCA’s technology demonstrator.

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