By Dr Anantha Krishnan M
Photos: A Veeramani
The Indo-Russian Aviation Limited (IRAL) has been mandated with the task of getting the transfer of technology (ToT) of ‘36 critical items’ identified to be causing frequent concerns to Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter Sukhoi (Su-30 MKI).
In an exclusive interview to OneIndia, S Manicka Vasagam, Chief Executive Officer said that IRAL has been asked to work with the Russians to get the ToT of these 36 items and manufacture them in Nashik.
“We are a supply chain management company. We have completed 20 years in this business. We are on an expansion mode now and have set our mission parameters to set up MRO for all Russian-origin aircraft in Nashik,” said Vasagam, who recently took over as the CEO.
IRAL is strategic joint venture company between Indian companies Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), ICICI Bank Ltd and Russian companies JSC-RAC-MiG, GRPZ Ryazan and Aviazapchast PLC.
A Ministry of Defence official tells OneIndia that it has been made mandatory to HAL that the serviceability of Sukhois should be always maintained 70 per cent and above, so that the AOG (aircraft on ground) status is minimised.
HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju said that IRAL’s new business propositions sinks in perfectly with Prime Minister Narednra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ mission.
This report appeared on OneIndia on 22 Feb 2015. Full report here: http://bit.ly/1DJCEmw