Bangalore, October 12
: Hindustan Aeronautics
Ltd (HAL), the aerospace major, signed the Preliminary Design Phase
(PDP) Contract today in New Delhi with the United Aircraft
Corporation — Transport Aircraft (UAC-TA), the Russian partner and
their JV-Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd (MTAL) for the Multirole
Transport Aircraft (MTA) project as a follow on contract of the
General Contract signed between the three parties in May 2012.
With this HAL and
UAC-TA will start the preliminary design work immediately at Moscow.
HAL design team consisting of 30 designers will be positioned at UAC-TA”,
says Mr. R.K.Tyagi, Chairman, HAL who was present on the occasion.
The primary objective of the project is to achieve self-reliance in
design, development and production of aircraft of this size and also
to manage the programme with international collaboration and large
number of global suppliers, he adds.
The contract was signed
by Mr. T. Suvarnaraju, HAL’s Director (Design and Development) and
Mr. S.Velmozhkin, General Director, UAC-TA.
An Inter Governmental
Agreement was signed on November 12, 2007 to design, develop and
produce the multi-role transport aircraft in the 15-20 tonne class,
jointly by the Indian and Russian agencies (HAL and UAC-TAS) to meet
the requirements of 100 aircraft for the Russian Air Force, 45
aircraft for the IAF and 60 for other countries. The total
requirement for the present is 205.
On completion of the
agreed work share of the PDP Contract in 10 months, Detail Design
Phase (DDP) Contract will be signed to complete the design and
development of MTA. The aircraft will be designed for cargo / troop
transportation, paradrop/air drop of supplies including ‘low
altitude parachute extraction system’ and is to be co-developed by
HAL, UAC, and Rosoboronexport of Russia, through MTAL.
HAL will carry out the
design and development of its workshare of the MTA at the Aircraft
R&D Centre (ARDC) at Bangalore while its Transport Aircraft Division
(TAD) at Kanpur will manufacture the prototypes and subsequently the
serial production will be undertaken at Kanpur where dedicated
facilities are being set up.
HAL’s other R&D Centres
and manufacturing Divisions will share development of systems and
LRUs and manufacture of components, sub-assemblies and composite
structure. HAL will showcase its expertise in design of aircraft as
well as systems, manufacturing and flight testing while jointly
working with the Russian team in Moscow as well as in India.
HAL has a dedicated
Division for manufacture and support of transport aircraft at Kanpur
which is the only proven facility in the country for transport
aircrafts. This Division has a co-located R&D centre for transport
The production of 44
seater HS-748 (Avro) passenger/transport Aircraft commenced at this
Division in early 1960s. Eighty nine Avro aircrafts were produced at
this Division out of which 22 aircrafts were supplied to civilian
customers. The Division is still supporting these aircrafts even
after five decades inspite of obsolescence and non-availability of
OEMs support thanks to R&D efforts in maintaining fleet
serviceability. HAL has undertaken a number of upgrades and
modifications to overcome obsolescence and performance enhancement.
Subsequently, production of 19 seater Dornier 228 passenger/utility
aircraft started in early 1984. So far 116 aircrafts have been
produced for various roles out of which 14 aircrafts were supplied
to domestic civilian customers besides export of another two
HAL is also exporting
complete Dornier 228 aircraft structure to Ruag, Germany with EASA
Currently, the Division is supplying aircraft to various defence
customers. One aircraft will be exported to Seychelles during this
financial year. The Division is also expecting a number of bulk
orders from domestic/foreign customers in near future.