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Hindustan Aeronautics limited to open office in Malaysia to tap business opportunities

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India’s defence major company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing an office in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). 

The MoU was signed by GM, LCA, HAL, Ravi K and Major (R) Mohd Husairi Bin Mat Zain of Forte Drus, the official representative of HAL in Malaysia in the presence of the Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar. 

Emerging defence opportunities in Malaysia 

  • Maintenance ,Repair and Operations (MRO) opportunities 
  • The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) uses Russian made fighter aircraft Sukhoi 30 MKM. However due to the Russia-Ukraine war it is facing difficulties in procuring parts and servicing of the planes.
  • HAL has developed an extensive capability in the servicing of the Sukhoi planes as India also uses the same plane for its Air Force. 
  • HAL is producing the plane in India with a licence from the Russian company. HAL will offer its expertise to the Malaysian government.
  • Also the RMAF uses the British made Hawk Jet trainer.  HAL manufactures the Hawk Jet trainers under license from the British company in India.
  • It can offer the MRO facility for this aircraft also to the RMAF  at a low price  

Selling of LCA and other Indian made planes 

  • In 2021, Malaysia issued a Request for Proposal to five countries: Italy, Russia, China, South Korea, and India to procure fighter jets.
  • HAL had submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Defence, Malaysia, for supply of 18 HAL manufactured Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. HAL is optimistic that it stands a fair chance of getting the tender.
  • Other HAL platforms like HTT-40, Do-228, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) have the potential to be inducted by RMAF in future.

Function of the Malaysian office 

The HAL’s office in Kuala Lumpur will take up market promotion of HAL’s range of products and services not only in Malaysia but in the entire South East Asia.

Defence Export target from India   

  • The Government has identified defence products developed in India for export purposes. 
  • The defence export in 2020-21 was Rs 8,4,34.84 crore and the government has set a target of Rs 35,000 crore by 2025.
  • The LCA deal with Malaysia will be crucial in meeting these defence export targets.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

  • It was set up as Hindustan Aircraft Limited by Walchand Hirachand in 1940 at Bangalore (now Bengaluru).
  • It was taken over by the government of India and merged with Aeronautics India limited and was renamed as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on 1 October 1964.
  • Its main business is to design, develop, manufacture, repair and overhaul of aircraft, helicopters, engines and related systems like avionics, instruments and accessories.
  • It comes under the Ministry of Defence.
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

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