By Anantha Krishnan M
Bengaluru, Feb 23: One month after creating history at the Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS-2016), an excited team from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) seems to be all set for more challenging missions ahead.
India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas grabbed international headlines after its maiden performance outside Indian skies during the BIAS-2016 held at the Sakhir Air Base in January.
Mathrubhumi visited HAL’s state-of-the-art LCA Tejas Division recently for an interaction with the successful Bahrain team. Interestingly, the unassuming General Manager of Tejas Division, V Sridharan, refused to take any credit.
“All credits to my boys. Well, there were some women as well. It was a great team work executed to perfection. First time and we were very careful in every step we took,” says Sridharan.
Young team did the trick of India: According to him, the average age of the team members were around 35 years. “Yes, it was a young team and many of them were travelling out of the country for the first time. To represent India, to get hooked on to the job right from the word go and to come back with flying colours after completing the mission… They have made all of us proud,” says Sridharan.
“We lifted around 70 tonnes of equipment from HAL Airport ahead of the Bahrain show. Out of this 40 tonnes went to Sakhir Air Base, while the remaining 30 to Muscat, our stop-over base. Even we had to establish telemetry stations at Bahrain and Muscat,” says M S Velpari, AGM (Manufacturing & Assembly).
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