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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

State-owned plane-maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is taking steps to convert its present MIG Complex located in Ojhar Township, Nasik (Maharashtra) to be used as an additional production facility for locally developed LCA-Tejas Mk1 and Mk2 program in the next few years and systematically raise the production capacity of the plant that is now idle but was previously used to manufacture Russian supplied Sukhoi-Su-30MKI fighter jets.

Industrial sources close to idrw.org have informed that HAL plans to initially create a production facility for 5 additional Tejas Mk1A/Mk2 per annum over three already commissioned plants that can produce 16 LCAs every year. LCA Division (Plant A) has an annual capacity to manufacture 5 units and HAL’s Aircraft Division another 3 units. Earlier this year a new LCA Division (Plant B) at Doddanekkundi was inaugurated that can manufacture 8 more units per year that will be used to manufacture 16 jets per annum from 2022-23 onwards.

HAL plans to expand Nashik Plant production capacity eventually to 8 aircraft per annum so that it can have manufacturing capabilities for 24 aircraft per year from 2025-26 onwards. HAL is counting big on the Tejas Mk2 orders from the Indian Air Force (IAF) that they see will be double that of the Tejas Mk1A orders concluded earlier this ear. The additional production facility can be used to manufacture and fulfill export orders of the Tejas M1/1A or be used to produce LCA LIFT, a dedicated trainer version of the LCA-Trainer being planned for Stage-III Advance Pilot training before Tejas Mk2 is cleared for production sometime in 2028-29.

HAL plans to have a dedicated facility for manufacturing of the 5th generation AMCA in the new proposed Coimbatore plant to be located in the Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor once it enters production in 2035, but for TD and Prototype stage of the program it will continue to use to present facilities in Bengaluru.

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