Bangalore | India | August 11, 2010
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) will have to step up Su-30MKI production at its Nasik facility following the announcement that 42 more fighters are being ordered from Russia.
“The ball is now in HAL’s court and it needs to speed up the delivery of the current order so as to take the additional load,” a senior Indian Air Force (IAF) official told AVIATION WEEK. HAL has been told to complete the ongoing Su-30MKI blocks (under the compressed schedule) by 2015 at all costs. “There are concerns expressed by us time and again and we are watching the progress at the other end,” the official said.
When asked to explain what the IAF “concerns” were, the official declined to elaborate.
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