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India’s HAL overruns aircraft building and upgrade deadlines

18 October 2018

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has expressed “serious concern” over enduring delays by state-owned aeronautics and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in supplying fighters, helicopters, and transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

A recent internal MoD report revealed that HAL has also only licence-built 197 of the 222 Sukhoi Su-30MKI multi-role fighters it was contracted to deliver to the IAF by 2017, officials told Jane’s on condition of anonymity. The 25 remaining platforms are only expected to be handed over by 2020–21, they added.

The report also pointed to a five-year delay in the series-production of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), 20 units of which were initially scheduled to have entered service by early 2017.

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