Glimpses of Traversed Path
  • Golden Jubilee of MARUT's (HF-24) first flight celebrated.

    5 ALHs were given to Army Avn Corps.

    Handed over one Cheetah to Namibia.

    Indian Coast Guard receives 100th Dornier.

    ALH (Dhruv) certified to level D by DGCA.

  • LCH took its first flight.

    First LCA(Navy) roll out.

    LCA gets Initial Operational Clearance (IOC).

    HAL-Rolls Royce established a JV for manufacturing of Compressor Shroud rings.

    Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister of UK Mr David Cameron visits HAL.

    JV Company between HAL, UAC & Rosoboron export to co-develop and co-produce Multirole.

    Transport Aircraft (MTA) established.

    Preliminary design contract for FGFA signed between HAL, Rosoboron export & Sukhoi Design Bureau, Russia.

  • HAL Receives Raksha Mantri’s Award for Excellence.

    HAL and Boeing signed an agreement for production of flaperons for Boeing's 777.

    HAL handed over 5 ALHs to Ecuadorian Air Force. One ALH was given to Mauritius.

  • First HAL built Hawk Trainer Mk 132 aircraft was handed over to IAF.

    Golden Jubilee of GNAT celebrated.

  • CAE and HAL established a joint venture company (HATSOFF) for helicopter training centre in India.

    Air Chief flies ALH powered by Shakti engine.

    Colombian Defence Minister visits HAL.

  • HAL Rolls- Royce celebrated 50 yrs of partnership.

    IJT passes hot weather trials.

    HAL & Samtel JV for avionics started.

    HAL & Cenco International signed MoU to collaborate on engine test facility design & manufacture.

    IAI selects HAL for supply of Aero Structure.

  • HAL & SNECMA Joint Venture Agreement.

    Design and Development of Light Combat Helicopter was launched in Jul 05.

    First Su-30MKI aircraft built under licence from Russia was delivered to IAF on 21 Mar 05.

    Facilities for manufacture of L-40 integrated strap-on booster for GSLV was established and the first unit was delivered in March.

    Initial operation clearance for the Jaguar Navwass Upgrade carried out indigenously was accorded on 15th December.

    First flight of the LCA prototype vehicle (PV-2) was carried out on 1st December.

  • Malaysia PM visits HAL.

    First flight on MiG - 27M upgraded aircraft successfully completed on 25th March.

    Second Prototype of Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) completed the first flight successfully on 26th March.

  • First Flight of indigenously designed and developed Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), took place on 7th March 2003. The inaugural flight took place on 21st March in the presence of Hon'ble Raksha Mantri.

    Contracts for co-development & co-production of Shakti Engine and direct purchase of TM-333-2B2 engines inclusive of overhaul with M/s Turbomeca (TM) was signed on 13th January (for use on ALH).

    LCA aircraft has been christened as TEJAS by Hon'ble Prime Minister on 04th May 2003.

    Centre of Excellence for Composites was set up at ARDC, Bangalore and was inaugurated on 14th August.

    First flight test on Jaguar Navwass Upgraded aircraft with Indigenous Mission Computer (MC) was carried out on 29th September.

    Certification for ALH Civil Version obtained from DGCA on 31st October.

    First flight on Prototype Vehicle (PV-1) of LCA (Tejas) was completed on 25th November.

  • Delivered the first batch of indigenously designed Advanced Light Helicopter (DHRUV) to our customers (IAF & ARMY). This Helicopter was dedicated to the service of the Nation by the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri on 30th March 2002.

    Series production activities for manufacture of first batch of 8 LCA aircraft have been initiated on signing of an MOU with ADA on 06th June, 2002.

    HAL was delegated with the powers of MINI RATNA (Category-I) w.e.f. June 2002.

    Formation of HAL– CONCOR – MSIL Cargo Complex in Airport Services Centre in August.

    Expansion of Nasik Division as Aircraft Manufacturing Division and Aircraft Overhaul Division.

    Establishment of Sukhoi Engine Division at Koraput.

  • Technology Demonstrator (TD-1) of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) made its maiden flight on 4th January 2001.

    Delivery of the first batch of Lancer Helicopters to the Indian Army in March.

    Agreement to prepare a DPR for co- development of Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA) with Russian Partners was signed on 6th June 2001.

    Delivery of 1st ALH LSP to Army in December.

  • Foundation stone laying for IMGT.

    HAL Detachment Agra attached with TAD Kanpur.

    Establishment of Airport Services Centre at Bangalore in May.

    Signing of agreement between India & USSR for licence manufacture of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft at HAL, Nasik in October 2000.

    Gas Turbine Research and Development Centre has been set up at Koraput division to emerge as centre for design improvements of Russian origin engines.

    Contract for manufacture of 300 numbers of Boeing 767 Bulk Cargo Doors signed with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan.

  • Signing of MoU with Namibia.

    Successfully completed fabrication of three Lakshya (Pilot less target Aircraft) from raw material stage within a period of six months from go ahead and handed over to ADE.

  • Formation of Industrial & Marine Gas Turbine Division at Bangalore in April. Handing over of Industrial AVON Engine after Repairs.

    Agreement signed with M/S Boeing USA for supply of 300 sets of Uplock Box assembly for Boeing 777 Aircraft.

    Joint working agreement has been arrived with Air India to establish and operate Flight Handling facilities for International flights at Bangalore Airport to exploit the existing infrastructure.

  • UK PM visits HAL.

    The design groups have been functionally restructured and re-vitalised towards self-reliance. Seven centres as below have been re-constituted.

    - Aircraft Research & Design Centre
    - Rotary Wing Research & Design Centre.
    - Engine and Test Bed Research and Design Centre.
    - Strategic Electronics Research and Design Centre.
    - Aerospace Systems and Equipment Research and Design Centre.
    - Transport Aircraft Research and Design Centre.
    - Aircraft upgrade Research and Design Centre.

  • President of Tanzania visits HAL.

    After successfully establishing the facilities for the overhaul of Mirage-2000 aircraft, the first overhauled aircraft was handed over to the Chief of Air Staff in April, 1996.

  • Rollout of LCA (TD-1) in November.

  • Indo-Russian Avation Limited (IRAL) Joint Venture formed.

    Delivery of 100th HPT-32 Production aircraft to IAF in October.

    Contract for manufacture of 100 sets of Overwing Exit Doors of Boeing 757 aircraft signed with M/s. Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, USA in December.

    1 Chetak & 2 Cheetah Helicopters exported to Namibia in December.

  • Handing over of 3000th Aircraft to Air Chief Marshal.

    Formation of BAe-HAL Software Joint Venture at Bangalore.

    Contract for manufacture of 100 sets of Fokker-50 Horizontal Stabilizer signed with M/s. Fokker BV, Netherland in February.

  • Inauguration of ALH by Vice President of India Shri K.R. Narayanan.

    Delivery of the1st set of A-320 Forward Passenger Doors to M/S Aeropatiale in June.

  • Dedication of Aerospace Division to the nation by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Sri Chandrashekar on 19th April 1991.

  • Aerial View of HAL as on 10-01-1990.

    Signing of Inter Governmental agreement for overhaul of RD-33 engines in May.

    Export of DO-228 Aircraft Coast Guard Version to Mauritius in June.

  • Dedicatioon of HAL Corporate Office building by President Shri R. Venkataraman.

    The 1st Liquid Propulsion Engine (fitted to Prithvi Missile) was successfully test fired in December.

  • Inauguration of Aerospace Division, Bangalore.

    Handing over of 1st Jaguar Aircraft from Raw Material to Chief of Air Staff in January.

    The first Garrett engine from raw materials was produced and test accepted in February.

    First Adour Mk.804 engine was overhauled in November.

  • First Test Flight of Motor Glider (HMG.1) in March.

    Receipt of 1st export order from M/S B.Ae.U.K. for manufacture and supply of 12 Tail Plane Assemblies in June.

  • Inauguration of Korwa Division by the Prime Minister in April.

    Handing over of 1st Dornier aircraft by Shri Sukhram, Minister of State for Defence Production to Shri Jagdish Tytler, Minister of State for Civil Aviation.

    The first Adour engine from raw materials was completed and test accepted in November.

  • Inaugural Flight of HTT-34 Aircraft.

    Go ahead for licence manufacture of DO-228 aircraft at HAL Kanpur in January.

    First Flight of Kanpur built HPT -32 aircraft in March.

    Initial flight of Kiran Mk.II aircraft in March.

    Completion of 1st MiG-27M aircraft CTS series in September.

  • Foundation stone laying of the factory at Korwa by the Prime Minister in February.

    First Flight of Ardhra Glider in August.

    Signing of Technical Know How Transfer agreement for licence manufacture of Dornier aircraft in November.

  • First Jaguar Aircraft Rollout. Delivery of 1st Jaguar Aircraft in September.

    Signing of an agreement with USSR Govt. for production of R29B engines in March.

    Government of India's approval of HAL's proposal and location of factory at Korwa in September.

  • Prince Charles of UK visits HAL.

  • Ajeet Aircraft Assembly line during 1977.

    Delivery of first raw material stage Cheetah helicopter.

  • Maiden Filght of First Match Role Helicopter.

    First Flight of HAL, Kanpur built Basant aircraft in January.

    Delivery of 1st SLV-3 Assembly to ISRO, Trivendrum in January.

    Signing of an agreement with USSR for manufacturing of MiG-21 BIS aircraft & R-25-300 series engines and its avionics in August.

    Initial flight of Ajeet aircraft in September.

  • Formal inauguration of the Helicopter division by Sri.V.V. Giri, President of India.

    Signing of contract for SLV-3 Project in March.

    Receipt of major export order for 20 sets of HS-748 Leading Edges & Tailcones in May.

    The Bangalore Complex was reorganized in a phased manner which commenced in mid 1970 and completed in June 1974.

  • Inauguration of Accessories Factory at Lucknow by Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi in November.

    Completion of 1st MiG 21M aircraft of CTS series in February.

    Delivery of first “Fly Away” Cheetah Helicopter in March.

  • Foundation Stone for Accessories Factory at Lucknow was laid by Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi in January.

  • Defence Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram visits HAL.

    Formation of Helicopter Division, Bangalore.

    Formation of Lucknow Division for Accessories & Instruments.

    Signing of Cheetah (SA-315) licence agreement between HAL and M/s. SNIAS in September.

  • Cheetah & Chetak Helicopters Lined Up during 1969.

    Delivery of first raw material stage Chetak Helicopter in August.

    The first Artouste-IIIB engine manufactured from raw materials was test accepted.

  • Chairman of SUD – Aviation of France visits HAL.

    First Flight of MiG-21 FL aircraft – Flyaway series in April.

    Signing of an agreement between India & USSR for overhaul of MiG engines in August.

  • Mr. Chester Bowles, Ambassador of USA visits HAL.

    Delivery of first “fly away” Chetak Helicopter in December.

  • The first Orpheus 703 Engine manufactured from raw materials was test accepted.

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was formed in Oct 1964 by amalgamation of Hindustan Aircraft Limited (registered at Bangalore) with Aeronautics India Limited (registered at New Delhi).

    Formation of Aeronautics India Ltd. with Divisions at Nasik, Koraput and Hyderabad for Production of MiG-21 Aircraft airframe, engines and avionics respectively in March.

    Merger of A.M.D. Kanpur with Aeronautics India Limited in June.

  • First flight of Kanpur manufactured Glider in May.

  • Flying Display of first HS748 Aircraft.

    Signing of Chetak licence agreement between HAL and M/s. Sud Aviation (now Eurocopter) in June.

    Signing of an agreement between India & USSR for manufacture of MiG-21 FL aircraft, including its engines and avionics in August.

  • First flight of Marut (HF-24) built at Bangalore in June.

    First flight of HS-748 aircraft built at Kanpur in November.

  • First PM of India Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru visits AMD, HAL.

    Commencement of Aerodrome Operations in January.

    Inauguration of Aircraft Manufacturing Depot (A.M.D) at Air force Station, Kanpur in January.

  • Dalai Lama of Tibet visits HAL.

    Manufacture of Gnat aircraft under licence from M/s. Folland Ltd., U.K.

    Establishment of Engine Division at Bangalore

  • Vampire Aircraft Assembly Line in 1955.

    Visit of a team of technicians from M/s. Bristol Aero-Engines Ltd., U.K. to India to assess the feasibility of establishing a factory for the manufacture of Aero- engines.

    Manufacture of engines was entrusted to HAL.

  • HT-2 Aircraft Assembly line during 1953.

    First Type certificate in India granted to the indigenously designed and developed aircraft HT-2 by Director General of Civil Aviation on 3rd January.

    HAL was granted Service Station Certificate for American Aircraft by Civil Aeronautics, the first organisation in Asia to get this recognition.

  • Barrackpore Branch Factory opened for overhaul and repair of Dakota aircraft. Dakota Aircraft Overhaul Hangar in 1952.

  • President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad visits HAL.

    HAL was brought under Administrative Control of Ministry of Defence.

    First Prototype of HT-2 was test flown on 13th August.

    Foundry & Forge Division was established.

  • Percival Prentice Assembly line during 1950.

    HAL admitted as a Member of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors effective 1st January.

    Manufacture of Vampire under licence from M/s DeHavill and Company, UK.

  • Dr. V.M. Ghatge with the Mockup of first indigenously designed aircraft HT-2.

    HAL's own design of Trainer aircraft HT2, HT-10 started.   

    First Indian built Percival Prentice Trainer was test flown in April.

  • Aerial view of HAL during 1947.

    HAL was recognised as Authorised Douglas Service Centre in India.

    Overhaul of Dakotas also entrusted to HAL by IAF.

    Orders were received for manufacture of Percival Prentice Trainer Aircraft.

  • Aircraft Structural Assembly line during 1946.

    HAL receives the order from Air Force for repair and overhaul of 100 Tiger Moth Aircraft.

  • Walrus Aircraft Overhaul during 1945.

    Overhaul of aircraft such as C-47 Cargo Planes, B25 Light Bombers, B24 Heavy Bombers, Catalinas, and Other Aircrafts ( totaling to 1171 numbers) in addition to Overhauling of Engines (3800 nos.) were carried out in the factory since 1943 after it was taken over by US.

    With the termination of the war, U.S. Air Force transferred the Management of the Factory back to Govt. of India in August.

  • HAL Mail Gate during 1942.

    In April the Factory was taken over by the Government.

    The U.S Army Air Force faced with colossal aircraft repair and overhaul requirements took over the Management of HAL from Govt. for the duration of the World War - II.

  • First Flight of Harlow Aircraft in 1941.

    In March the Indian Govt. became part owners. The first aircraft assembled by the factory was flown in August.

  • HAL Factory Site during 1940.

    Hindustan Aircraft Factory” promoted by Late Walchand Hirachand for manufacture of American Aircraft under Licence was established. It was set up with the objective of promoting aviation industry for assembly and overhaul of aircraft, engines and accessories under license. The foundation stone was laid by the late Walchand Hirachand on 24th December 1940.

  • Golden Jubilee of MARUT's (HF-24) first flight celebrated.

    5 ALHs were given to Army Avn Corps.

    Handed over one Cheetah to Namibia.

    Indian Coast Guard receives 100th Dornier.

    ALH (Dhruv) certified to level D by DGCA.