HAL, IAI and DTL form Strategic Collaboration for UAVs
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Israel Aerospace Industries Limited (IAI) and Dynamatic Technologies Limited (DTL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for marketing, manufacturing and selling of IAI’s Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAVs) to Indian potential customers such as Indian Defence Forces, Paramilitary Forces and Central Armed Police Forces at DefExpo 2020 here today.
The MoU was signed between Mr. Sanjiv Shukla, ED (Corporate Planning), HAL, Mr. Eli Alfassi, Executive Vice President, Marketing for IAI and Mr. Arvind Mishra, Executive Director & Global COO Hydraulics and Homeland Security for DTL, in the presence of Mr. R Madhavan, CMD(HAL), senior executives of HAL, IAI and DTL.
Mr Madhavan said that “The collaboration will provide excellent opportunity to HAL to expand its product offerings to Defence Customers, absorb critical technologies and strengthen the Aerospace Ecosystem in the country, especially for UAVs”.
Nimrod Sheffer, President and CEO, IAI said “We are delighted to sign the strategic agreement with our partners, HAL and DTL. India is an important strategic market for UAVs and I am confident of IAI’s extensive experience and the technological capabilities of HAL and DTL will lead to significant advancements in the field.”
CEO & Managing Director of Dynamatic Technologies Limited, Dr. Udayant Malhoutra, said, “This is a Global PPP between HAL, our partner for over two decades, IAI a world leader in UAV technology who we have been teaming with since 2017. This collaboration will provide a boost to Make-in-India and we are committed to establish a broad technological and industrial eco-system within the country”.
Presently, UAVs are playing significant role in wars and other tactical missions such as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). In the coming years Indian Defence Forces are likely to induct a large number of UAVs to meet such requirements. HAL has the best capability and infrastructure available in India to manufacture world class and battle proven UAVs of IAI. IAI as design authority, HAL as Principal Contractor and DTL as Principle Sub-Contractor will complement each other to provide best in class ‘Make-in-India’ UAVs to Indian Defence Forces.
HAL as a long-time partner of IAI is involved in the depot level maintenance of all the MALE and Short Range class of UAVs supplied by IAI to the Indian Defence Forces since 2004. Taking the HAL-IAI collaboration one step ahead, under the scope of this MoU, this partnership would be the first in country to manufacture IAI designed UAVs in India like Short Range Tactical class having long endurance. This collaboration will enhance technology sharing and business partnership between India and Israel.
HAL and New Space Research and Technologies Pvt Ltd Sign NDA
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and New Space Research & Technologies Pvt. Ltd. signed a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to explore cooperation for joint development and manufacturing of various products and systems in the area of unmanned systems, swarm technology and space systems at DefExpo 2020, here today.
The NDA was signed by Mr D Maiti, General Manager (Planning) for HAL and Mr Sameer Joshi, Director, New Space Research & Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
MoU Between HAL and Elbit Systems ISTAR Division
An MoU was signed between HAL and Elbit Systems ISTAR Division, Israel during ongoing DefExpo-2020 today. The MoU was signed by Mr. Arup Chatterjee, Director (Engg. and R&D), HAL and Mr. Roy Zentner, VP (Business Dev. & Marketing), Elbit Systems in the presence of Mr. R Madhavan, CMD, HAL and senior officials from HAL and Elbit Systems.
The MoU is aimed at assessing the feasibility of a joint development of a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) (Rotary UAV of 2000 kilo class) for maritime and land based military operations which caters to the domestic as well as the global requirements. This will promote mutually beneficial cooperation between HAL and Elbit in terms of technology, manufacturing, marketing and maintenance of the UAV globally.
The proposed VTOL UAVs have a tremendous potential in carrying out maritime military missions with higher efficiency compared to a manned helicopter. Deploying a VTOL UAV will bring down the huge costs associated with inducting operating and maintaining manned helicopters on the deck. It will also benefit the Indian Armed Forces in deploying a VTOL UAV for a routine surveillance mission or operating in unsafe areas both during day and night, which otherwise would have to be carried out by manned helicopters. It may also open up new business avenues for HAL culminating in both domestic and export orders.