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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Inside Story: IAF sees marginal attitudinal changes in HAL; wants to get visible results on ground now

A snapshot of IAF-HAL meet at the ongoing Commanders' Conference in New Delhi. Photo: MoD
| By Anantha Krishnan M. | AVIATION WEEK |
Bangalore India | October 28, 2010 |
The Indian Air Force (IAF) sees “marginal” positive change in defense public sector undertaking (DPSU) Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in terms of its commitment to delivering “quality products and sticking to the deadlines.”
A senior IAF official who is part of the ongoing IAF Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi tells AVIATION WEEK that the slight shift in HAL’s commitment was mainly due to the firm stand adopted by India’s military services.
With HAL’s quality and delivery schedules being prime concerns for the IAF for some time now, senior officials from both sides met on Oct. 26 as part of the ongoing conference to discuss fleet serviceability and delivery schedules for the current fiscal year.
“The product support has been one major area of concern and there have been very little visible results from HAL,” the official says. However, “on the ground there have been no changes in the last six months, [so] we are adopting a wait-and-watch strategy, considering the slight signs of progress.”
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