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6 DEC 2014
Air Chief Calls Koraput to be Nurtured as Aero Engine Capital of India to Give Boost to Self-Reliance in Defence Sector

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Air Chief of Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Air Staff, inaugurating an exhibition on indigenization and out-sourcing organized as the part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of HAL Koraput Division at Sunabeda on December 6, 2014. Mr. G..C. Pati, Chief Secretary to the Government of Odisha (to his left) and Dr. R.K.. Tyagi Chairman HAL (to his right) and Mr. Mr. S. Subrahmanyan, Managing Director of HAL (MiG Complex) (second from right) are also seen.
Bengaluru/Koraput, December 6, 2014:

Air Chief of Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Air Staff, emphasised the need to ensure that Koraput emerges as aero engine capital of India. Speaking at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of HAL Koraput Division at Sunabeda (Odisha) today, the Air Chief  pointed out that the Division has the potential which is evident from the work done in the past 50 years especially in carrying out manufacturing, repairing and overhauling of MiG and Su-30 engines. He declared open a two-day national seminar on “Emerging trends in aero-engine architecture and self-reliance”.  The Air Chief also inaugurated the indigenization and out-sourcing exhibition organized on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. G.C. Pati, Chief Secretary to the Government of Odisha described the Golden Jubilee of HAL Koraput as the momentous occasion for the state. He also appreciated the contribution made by HAL in the development of the region, especially on the CSR front. He said HAL should lay more emphasis on outsourcing since such a step would lead to creation of jobs and businesses at different levels in the state.

Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman HAL while thanking IAF and the state government for their continued support, called upon the large gathering of HAL employees to achieve more in next 10 years than what they accomplished in the last 50 years. “Koraput is already aero engine capital of India. In general HAL is on the right path with its all-round progress especially in the last two years. We have come a long way from being manufacturing company to a technology driven company”, he said.

Dr. K. Tamilamani, Director General, (Aeronautics), DRDO in his speech insisted that efforts must be made to have indigenous engine as dependence on others costs the country heavily. “Since we have the potential and infrastructure as companies like HAL are around, we must make all the efforts with proper time line”, he said.

Mr. S. Subrahmanyan, Managing Director of HAL MiG (Complex) in his welcome address outlined the growth and contribution of the Division. Mr. Maloy De, General Manager (Koraput Division) proposed a vote of thanks.

A coffee table book on 50 years of Koraput Division was released on the occasion.

The two-day seminar focuses on topics such as advanced gas turbine engine for combat aircraft, developments in fourth and fifth generation engines, aero-engine applications in the context of advanced magnesium alloys, technology challenges in developing aero-engines etc. Scientists and experts from all over the country are participating in the seminar.

About HAL Koraput:

HAL Koraput Division, was set up in April 1964 at Sunabeda, Koraput District of Odisha to manufacture R11-F2 Turbo-Jet Aero-Engines for MiG-21Aircraft. Since then, the Division has manufactured & overhauled R-25, R-29b, RD-33 and AL-31FP engines to power the MiG-21Series, MiG-27M, MiG-29 and Su-30 MKI aircrafts respectively for the Indian Air Force. During the last 50 years of glorious service, the Division has manufactured 1574 engines and overhauled 7417 engines.

The Division presently has state of the art facilities for manufacturing 4th generation aero engines, which include, Robotized TIG Welding (Manned Chamber Welding), Electron Beam Welding, Detonation Coating, Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Isothermal Forming, Cold Rolling of Blades, Ion Nitriding, Alphatization and a battery of CNC machining centers. The Division has also mastered critical technologies for manufacturing Single Crystal Blades and Directionally Solidified Blade castings.

The Division is presently augmenting its capacities for manufacturing and overhauling enhanced numbers of AL-31FP engines, Overhaul of RD-33MK engines. The Division is in the process of establishing manufacturing facilities for AL-55I engines for the Intermediate Jet Trainer aircraft and the High Altitude Test Bed facility.

The Division has achieved a Turnover of around Rs.1750 Crores during the financial year 2013-14 with a dedicated workforce of 3775 employees, comprising of 2945 workmen and 830 executives.

HAL being a responsible corporate citizen, strives for the inclusive growth of the people living in the surrounding areas. Towards this, the Division has adopted 14 villages around its vicinity. The Division provides free medical treatment (indoor/outdoor) to the residents of the adopted villages. Further, infrastructure like school buildings, community hall, open / bore wells and solar street lighting were established in the adopted villages. The Division also provides skill development training to the youth. The Division has established HAL-SAI Sports academy to train the local talent in archery and football, which has gained prominence at the state and the national level.