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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is the principal partner in the LCA programme with Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) acting as the Program Co-ordinator.

LCA-Production Group (LCA-PG) was launched in 2002 at HAL as the designated manufacturing unit for manufacturing the indigenously designed 4.5 generation aircraft – Tejas being designed by ADA.

LCA PG was upgraded as a full fledged Division of HAL and christened as LCA Tejas Division, under Bangalore Complex in April 2014. 

LCA Tejas Division took up the challenge of manufacturing the Limited Series Production (LSP) Tejas Aircraft in line with concurrent Engineering Philosophy mode, i.e. concurrent design & productionisation.

Production system at LCA Tejas Division are geared up to handle the state of the art technologies of the Fly by wire Tejas multirole combat aircraft. Being the lightest and smallest in a class of 4.5 generation, Tejas throws up immense challenges to the production units.  
The key production drivers in the Tejas aircraft are:
  • High percentage of carbon fibre composite (90 percent by surface area)
  • Metallic components with complex geometries from Titanium, Aluminum, maraging steel
  • Stringent EMI/EMC requirements
  • Tightly packed Inboards
  • Fully Integrated avionics, flight control and utility management systems.
  • So far 2 Technology Demonstrators, 5   Prototype Aircraft, 7 LSP Aircraft & 1 Naval prototype have been manufactured and more than 3700 flights have been carried out. Apart from these, manufacturing of Series Production Aircraft have commenced and being regularly supplied to IAF.
LCA Tejas Division has been certified for “AS9100 C & ISO 9001” since July 2014. Upgradation of the certification is a continuous process and the Division will be updating the certification to the latest standard applicable.
 
LCA Tejas Division is also certified for ISO 14001:2004 EMS & OHSAS 18001: 2007 Integrated Management System. Presently the Division is under process for upgradation to ISO 14001:2015 EMS & OHSAS 18001: 2007 Integrated Management System and
is a continuous process and the Division will be updating the certification to the latest standard applicable.

The manufacture of the Series Production Aircraft to be supplied to IAF has commenced. 
  • Initial Operation clearance received on Dec 20, 2013 and “Release to Service Document” handed over to IAF
  • The First Series Production (SP-1), in the IOC configuration, has successfully completed its maiden flight on the 30th of September 2014.
  • New structural assembly and Final assembly facilities at HAL have been established for the series production for IAF.  Hangars have been created exclusively for the LCA program and structural assembly facilities are fully established to take up production of LCA Tejas aircraft.
  • Looms used in LCA are produced in LCA Tejas to stringent Quality requirements for catering EMI-EMC Specifications. Automatic Cable Testers are employed for checking and certification of looms, panels. 
  • LCA Tejas Division has an elaborate Quality Assurance system to handle both in-house production and outsourced activities. A metrology department with coordinate measuring machines, Ultrasound Scanners complement the Quality assurance of parts.

 The division has the following state of the art facilities
  • Environmentally controlled hangars for aircraft build
  • 5 axis Robotic Drilling Machine for Wing skin drilling

 Machine shop consisting of both conventional and CNC machines like
  • 5 Axis CNC Router 
  • CNC Precision Turn Mill Centre
  • CNC Billet Cutting machine
  • CNC Vertical Milling centre
  • Precision  grinding machine
  • CNC Pipe Bending Machine

LCA Tejas Division Awarded “Uttama Suraksha Puraskar” –Safety Award 2017

National Safety Council, Karnataka Chapter has awarded LCA Tejas Division the “Uttama Suraksha Puraskara” Safety Award 2017. Plant Maintenance Team along with Safety Team received the award on behalf of LCA TD on 9th September 2017.

The Prestigious Dr. V M Ghatge Award for the year 2015 was awarded to then ED(LCA Tejas)

Shri V Sridharan, ED(LCA Tejas) received the award from Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. As
The prestigious Dr. V M Ghatge Award for the year 2015 was conferred upon Shri V Sridharan, ED(LCA Tejas) in recognition of his dedicated endeavours to successfully  establish the production facilities for LCA Tejas aircraft and his meticulous efforts in upgradation of the production standard of LCA from limited series production to series production.

Shri V Sridharan, ED(LCA Tejas) received the award from Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Ashok Gajapathy Raju Pusapati at IIT- Bombay, Powai on 14th October 2016 in the presence of Shri  P S Ganapathy, Chairman, AeSI  Mumbai, Dr V K Saraswat, Member NITI Aayog , Dr. Kiran Kumar, Chairman-ISRO,  Dr. R K Tyagi, Ex-chairman HAL and other dignitaries.  

 

Society of Aerospace Manufacturing Engineers(SAME) – ANKIT Prodyogiki Award for the year 2014 awarded to then GM(LCA Tejas)

Society of Aerospace Manufacturing Engineers(SAME) – ANKIT Prodyogiki Award for the year 2014 awarde
Society of Aerospace Manufacturing Engineers(SAME) has awarded Shri V Sridharan, GM(LCA Tejas) Division with SAME – ANKIT Prodyogiki Award for the year 2014 for his excellent contributions in Aerospace Manufacturing. The officer has enormously contributed in the Production Technology, Productivity Improvement, Quality related activities, Managerial Skills and Indizinization in the areas of Aerospace Materials, Critical Manufacturing and Testing Machines/ Equipments, Components, Sub-systems and Systems, Facilities Maintenance and Operations. The award was presented in a function at Thiruvananthapuram by Mr. M Chandra Dathan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre(VSSC) to Shri V Sridharan in presence of Dr Koshy M. George, President, SAME, Dy. Director MME, VSSC, Mr. Somanath, Mr. Ravi Verma, Dy. Director, MVIT, VSSC, Mr. B G Raj, Director Finance, MIDHANI, Mr. Roy M Cherian, General Secretary, SAME. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15,000/- and a Citation
LCA Tejas Division is looking forward for subcontractors for the manufacturing programs for Defence customers in the following area: 
 
  • Machining
  • Sheet metal forming
  •  CNC / Manual Pipe bending
  • Surface and heat treatment
  • Structural assemblies and detail / assembly tool manufacture.
     
Executive Director
LCA Tejas Division
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (Bangalore Complex)
Post Box No – 3791
Bangalore – 560037,
India

Tel : +91 80 22323585; Fax :+91 80 22323827
Email: ed.lcatd@hal-india.com