New Delhi, March 4: There has been some delay in delivery of SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft and other aircraft and helicopters being manufactured by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), parliament was told Monday
The others include the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), Advance Light Helicopter (ALH), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha in a written reply.
He said HAL has taken up indigenous production of SU-30 MKI fighter, LCA, Hawk, IJT, ALH, LCH, LUH and Dornier-228 for the defence forces, and while the Dornier-228 programme has been as per schedule but there have been some delays in deliveries in respect of production programmes of other aircraft.
“In the initial stages of the projects, delays were due to additional re-work on jigs in Hawk, late receipt of drawings from Russia for Su-30 MKI, integration issues of Integrated Architecture and Display System (IADS) with Shakti engine and other new items in respect of ALH and design and development issues relating to IJT and LCA. The certification of IJT was also delayed due to an accident of Prototype-1 and failure of Stress Test Specimen,” he said.
“From time to time reviews are undertaken at various levels with the concerned stakeholders,” the minister added.