In the year 1951, when HT-2 the first indigenously designed primary
trainer made its first flight, it heralded the era of Research &
Design at HAL This aircraft served as the back bone of IAF's training
fleet for more than three decades.
Subsequently, HAL's R&D capabilities have grown from strength to
strength and have been harnessed to achieve greater heights of self
reliance. The Advanced Light Helicopter - ALH (DHRUV) is the
latest new generation helicopter designed and developed by HAL. It
is under production since 2002. The test flights on Technology
Demonstrators (TD-I and II) and Prototype Vehicles (PV-1 and 2) of
Light Combat Aircraft - LCA (Tejas) are progressing satisfactorily.
The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) is undergoing test flights.
In addition, HAL has successfully completed many systems updates
and integration tasks. HAL has 9 Research & Design Centres engaged
in the design and development of combat aircraft, helicopters, aeroengines,
gas turbines, engine test beds, aircraft communication and navigation
systems and mechanical system accessories.
The indigenously upgraded MiG-27M aircraft has
received Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) and the first batch of
aircraft has been delivered. First flight test on Jaguar Nav WASS
upgraded aircraft with indigenously developed mission computer with
weapon delivery capabilities has been carried out and retromod
of fleet has been taken up.
Equipped with the latest facilities, the company is backed by high
profile, highly skilled manpower with an impressive track record
of more than five decades of rich experience in all disciplines