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Dr. V.M. Ghatge, Chief Designer, with the Mockup of the first indigenously designed Aircraft, the HT - 2 Trainer. 1948
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Today, HAL has 19 Production Units and 10 Research & Design Centres in 8 locations in India.
Vigilance Department in HAL was set up in 1969 pursuant of formation of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)based on the model recommended by CBI.
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Shri VAITHAMANITY SADAGOPAN was born on 30th September, 1957 at ALWARATHIRUNAGIRI in the state of TAMILNADU. He is a graduate in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He joined HAL as a Management trainee in 1979. Over the last 33 years, he has mostly worked in the areas of manufacture, repair & overhaul of Aero engines and Helicopters. He also headed HAL’s the state of the art Composite Manufacturing Division as its General Manager, followed by Helicopter MRO Division and then Helicopter Manufacturing Division. His experience covers Shop Floor management, Project management, manufacturing engineering, production planning & control, facility management and Integrated material management.
During his tenure in Aero Engine Division of Bangalore, he was involved/ responsible for establishment & productionisation of several Aero Engines manufacturing programmes. As Planning Head he was involved in all the technical discussions, negotiations and finalization of Contracts.
As the head of the world-class Composite manufacturing facility of HAL, he was responsible for establishing the process of around 500 interchangeable composite parts (around 500) for Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Light Compact Helicopter (LCH) of HAL Design.
As General Manager of Helicopter MRO Division, he was responsible for serviceability of ALH fleet in India and abroad and enhancement of Time Between Overhaul (TBO). Afterwards, he was heading the prestigious Helicopter Division for one year.
He took over the leadership of Helicopter Complex from 01 June, 2013 initially as Executive Director and then as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) w.e.f. 01st of April, 2015 and is responsible for all activities from design, development, production and support of Helicopters.