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Dr. V.M. Ghatge, Chief Designer, with the Mockup of the first indigenously designed Aircraft, the HT - 2 Trainer. 1948
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Today, HAL has 20 Production Units and 11 Research & Design Centres in 8 locations in India.
Vigilance Department in HAL was set up in 1969 pursuant of formation of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)based on the model recommended by CBI.
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The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Project was accorded Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for its Army Version by RCMA (Helicopters) on February 15, 2019.
HAL took a lead role in organizing the entire Aero India -2019 held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru from February 20 to 24, 2019.
The handing over (Lokarpana) of Structures of ‘Kumudvathi River Rejuvenation Project’ built with the support from HAL under CSR to the local Panchayats for proper upkeep and maintenance was held at Nelamangala Taluk near Bengaluru on July 26, 2019.
Shri Rajnath Singh became the first Indian Defence Minister to fly the LCA Tejas on September 19, 2019 at HAL, Bengaluru.
First Do-228 Aircraft equipped with the state-of-the-art Glass Cockpit System was delivered to IAF on November 2, 2019.
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff undertook his maiden flight in the HAL designed and developed Basic Trainer Aircraft HTT 40 at HAL Airport, Bengaluru on November 14, 2019.
As part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, HAL Management Academy, Bengaluru signed an MoU with the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University, Amethi (U.P) on November 25, 2019 to promote co-operation between RGNAU and HAL.
The HAL Management and the Trade Unions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to settle the Wage Revision, due with effect from January 1, 2017 at Corporate Office on December 11, 2019.
Maiden flight of Hawk-i with indigenous RTOS developed by HAL in February 2018.
Naini Aerospace Limited (NAeL),Allahabad made its first delivery of 335 LCA and 28 ALH Cable Looms after being taken over by HAL as a Subsidiary on March 29, 2018.
India gifts HAL Do-228 aircraft to Seychelles,and the same flown on Seychelles Independence day.HAL successfully demonstrated flight of a 10Kg Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle (RUAV) in August 2018.
India has joined the select club of US, Europe, Russia and China having the capability of Deck Landing of fighter aircraft, with the LCA Naval Prototype 2 (NP2) on August 2, 2018.
Mid-air Refueling Trial (Actual) of LCA Successful on September 10, 2018 .
Mr Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falacy, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, United Arab Emirates visited HAL facilities in Bengaluru on October 17, 2018 in the presence of Mr R Madhavan, CMD.
HAL held its 55th Annual General Body Meeting of Shareholders,first after its listing, at the new HAL Management Academy(HMA) campus at Bengaluru on September 28, 2018.
HAL Management Academy launches a unique AICTE approved Post Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management (PGDAM) course.
Spin testing of HTT-40 began on November 9, 2018.
LUH clears 6 KMs altitude flight. The third prototype (PT3) made its maiden flight in December 2018.
Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs dedicated the Hawk-i aircraft to the Nation on August 26, 2017.
The unit of Hindustan Cables Limited (HCL) at Naini, Uttar Pradesh was taken over by HAL to form a subsidiary company and incorporated under the Companies Act as “Naini Aerospace Limited (NAeL)” and an agreement of taking over was signed at New Delhi on January 30, 2017.
HAL signed two separate contracts for supply of 32 ALHs (Mk-III Wheel Version) to Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy on March 29, 2017.
Production of HAL designed 5.8 ton category Light Combat Helicopter was launched on August 26, 2017.
The 50th AL31FP engine of Su-30 aircraft, manufactured from raw materials by Sukhoi Engine Division, Koraput was handed over to IAF in Delhi on October 23, 2017.
Prime Minister, laid the foundation stone for HAL's new Helicopter Manufacturing Facility at Biderehalla Kaval, Gubbi Taluk, Tumakuru, Karnataka on January 3, 2016.
HAL rolls-out HTT-40 prototype on January 29, 2016.
The first carriage flight of Su-30 MKI aircraft with BrahMos missile was successfully achieved at HAL airport, Nashik on June 25, 2016.
Inaugural flight of India's own indigenous HTT 40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft - BTA) designed and developed by HAL on June 17, 2016 at HAL airport Bengaluru.
HAL test flew the first FOC upgraded Mirage-2000 aircraft on July 28, 2016.
India and Russia sealed an important defence deal for joint production of Kamov helicopters in India during the BRICS Summit-2016 held at Goa on October 15, 2016.
The Structural Assembly of Dornier-228 (Civil variant) was launched at Kanpur Division on December 10, 2016.
Defence Minister handed over the first series production Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas made by HAL to the Indian Air Force at a ceremony at HAL Bengaluru Complex on January 17, 2015.
HAL handed over the first overhauled Su-30 MKI (SB 027) aircraft to the India Air Force through the Defence Minister, at a ceremony held at Nashik on January 9, 2015
HAL bagged a major Defence contract for supplying 14 Do-228 aircraft to the Indian Air Force.
Astra, India's first indigenous Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile integrated by HAL on Su-30 MKI aircraft was successfully launched from Chandipur, Odisha.
HAL successfully carried out maiden flight of Jaguar DARIN III Upgraded Strike Aircraft on March 25, 2015.
Ojhar airport (Nasik) terminal building was handed over to HAL by the Maharashtra state government on April 8, 2015.
HAL supplied three Cheetal helicopters to Afghanistan Air Force (AAF).
The inaugural run of the core of 25 kN indigenous Aero Engine (Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine – HTFE 25), was successfully completed in the presence of Defence Minister, at HAL's Engine Division on December 14, 2015.
The Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification accorded Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for weaponized ALH Mk-IV (IAF version) on December 21, 2015 at Bengaluru.
HAL celebrated its Platinum Jubilee.
The Prime Minister handed over HAL's star product ALH-Dhruv to the Prime Minister of Nepal Shri Sushil Koirala at Kathmandu on November 25, 2014.
India's indigenously designed and developed frontline fighter aircraft, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) achieved an important milestone on December 20, 2013 by getting Initial Operational Clearance (IOC II) and entered the stage of induction into IAF squadrons.
The custom-made ALH-Dhruv for Heliborne Surveys aptly named as Garuda Vasudha dedicated to the nation on January 22, 2014.
LCH TD3 made its Maiden Flight.
HAL’s MiG Complex, Nasik celebrated its 50 years of establishment with a two-day seminar on the theme “Self-Reliance in Aerospace Sector (SRIAS)-2014” on November 10-11, 2014.
The Defence Minister, Mr. A. K. Antony handed over HAL's DO-228 Aircraft to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, at a function in New Delhi on January 31, 2013.
The state-of-the-art Manned Chamber Welding (MCW) shop, the only of its kind in the country and second in the world, was inaugurated at HAL's Koraput (Sunabeda) facilities in Odisha on May 9, 2013.
The first indigenous chopper of India, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH –Dhruv) designed, developed, produced and maintained by HAL achieved the milestone of flying one lakh hours on October 9, 2013.
The Indian Navy inducted the first fully Indian manufactured Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer produced by HAL at INS Dega, Vishakhapatnam on November 6, 2013.
The General Contract for Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) Project signed between HAL and MTAL, UAC-TA, Russia in Bengaluru on 28th May 2012
Detail Design and analysis for all the structural parts and analysis for structural assembly of LUH completed. Design of assembly jigs completed.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between HAL and the Government of Karnataka, during Global Investors' Meet on June 7, 2012. As per the MoU, HAL will invest Rs 600 crores to establish a manufacturing unit for new fighter aircraft and engine production adjacent to HAL Airport.
The Mars Orbiter Mission satellite structure was handed over to Indian Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru of ISRO on June 22, 2012.
Golden Jubilee of MARUT's (HF-24) first flight celebrated.
5 ALHs were given to Army Avn Corps.
Handed over one Cheetah to Namibia.
Indian Coast Guard receives 100th Dornier.
ALH (Dhruv) certified to level D by DGCA.
LCH took its first flight.
First LCA(Navy) roll out.
LCA gets Initial Operational Clearance (IOC).
HAL-Rolls Royce established a JV for manufacturing of Compressor Shroud rings.
Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister of UK Mr David Cameron visits HAL.
JV Company between HAL, UAC & Rosoboron export to co-develop and co-produce Multirole.
Transport Aircraft (MTA) established.
Preliminary design contract for FGFA signed between HAL, Rosoboron export & Sukhoi Design Bureau, Russia.
HAL Receives Raksha Mantri’s Award for Excellence.
HAL and Boeing signed an agreement for production of flaperons for Boeing's 777.
HAL handed over 5 ALHs to Ecuadorian Air Force. One ALH was given to Mauritius.
First HAL built Hawk Trainer Mk 132 aircraft was handed over to IAF.
Golden Jubilee of GNAT celebrated.
CAE and HAL established a joint venture company (HATSOFF) for helicopter training centre in India.
Air Chief flies ALH powered by Shakti engine.
Colombian Defence Minister visits HAL.
HAL Rolls- Royce celebrated 50 yrs of partnership.
IJT passes hot weather trials.
HAL & Samtel JV for avionics started.
HAL & Cenco International signed MoU to collaborate on engine test facility design & manufacture.
IAI selects HAL for supply of Aero Structure.
HAL & SNECMA Joint Venture Agreement.
Design and Development of Light Combat Helicopter was launched in Jul 05.
First Su-30MKI aircraft built under licence from Russia was delivered to IAF on 21 Mar 05.
Facilities for manufacture of L-40 integrated strap-on booster for GSLV was established and the first unit was delivered in March.
Initial operation clearance for the Jaguar Navwass Upgrade carried out indigenously was accorded on 15th December.
First flight of the LCA prototype vehicle (PV-2) was carried out on 1st December.
Malaysia PM visits HAL.
First flight on MiG - 27M upgraded aircraft successfully completed on 25th March.
Second Prototype of Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) completed the first flight successfully on 26th March.
First Flight of indigenously designed and developed Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), took place on 7th March 2003. The inaugural flight took place on 21st March in the presence of Hon'ble Raksha Mantri.
Contracts for co-development & co-production of Shakti Engine and direct purchase of TM-333-2B2 engines inclusive of overhaul with M/s Turbomeca (TM) was signed on 13th January (for use on ALH).
LCA aircraft has been christened as TEJAS by Hon'ble Prime Minister on 04th May 2003.
Centre of Excellence for Composites was set up at ARDC, Bangalore and was inaugurated on 14th August.
First flight test on Jaguar Navwass Upgraded aircraft with Indigenous Mission Computer (MC) was carried out on 29th September.
Certification for ALH Civil Version obtained from DGCA on 31st October.
First flight on Prototype Vehicle (PV-1) of LCA (Tejas) was completed on 25th November.
Delivered the first batch of indigenously designed Advanced Light Helicopter (DHRUV) to our customers (IAF & ARMY). This Helicopter was dedicated to the service of the Nation by the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri on 30th March 2002.
Series production activities for manufacture of first batch of 8 LCA aircraft have been initiated on signing of an MOU with ADA on 06th June, 2002.
HAL was delegated with the powers of MINI RATNA (Category-I) w.e.f. June 2002.
Formation of HAL– CONCOR – MSIL Cargo Complex in Airport Services Centre in August.
Expansion of Nasik Division as Aircraft Manufacturing Division and Aircraft Overhaul Division.
Establishment of Sukhoi Engine Division at Koraput.
Technology Demonstrator (TD-1) of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) made its maiden flight on 4th January 2001.
Delivery of the first batch of Lancer Helicopters to the Indian Army in March.
Agreement to prepare a DPR for co- development of Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA) with Russian Partners was signed on 6th June 2001.
Delivery of 1st ALH LSP to Army in December.
Foundation stone laying for IMGT.
HAL Detachment Agra attached with TAD Kanpur.
Establishment of Airport Services Centre at Bangalore in May.
Signing of agreement between India & USSR for licence manufacture of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft at HAL, Nasik in October 2000.
Gas Turbine Research and Development Centre has been set up at Koraput division to emerge as centre for design improvements of Russian origin engines.
Contract for manufacture of 300 numbers of Boeing 767 Bulk Cargo Doors signed with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan.
Signing of MoU with Namibia.
Successfully completed fabrication of three Lakshya (Pilot less target Aircraft) from raw material stage within a period of six months from go ahead and handed over to ADE.
Formation of Industrial & Marine Gas Turbine Division at Bangalore in April. Handing over of Industrial AVON Engine after Repairs.
Agreement signed with M/S Boeing USA for supply of 300 sets of Uplock Box assembly for Boeing 777 Aircraft.
Joint working agreement has been arrived with Air India to establish and operate Flight Handling facilities for International flights at Bangalore Airport to exploit the existing infrastructure.
UK PM visits HAL.
The design groups have been functionally restructured and re-vitalised towards self-reliance. Seven centres as below have been re-constituted.
President of Tanzania visits HAL.
After successfully establishing the facilities for the overhaul of Mirage-2000 aircraft, the first overhauled aircraft was handed over to the Chief of Air Staff in April, 1996.
Rollout of LCA (TD-1) in November.
Indo-Russian Avation Limited (IRAL) Joint Venture formed.
Delivery of 100th HPT-32 Production aircraft to IAF in October.
Contract for manufacture of 100 sets of Overwing Exit Doors of Boeing 757 aircraft signed with M/s. Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, USA in December.
1 Chetak & 2 Cheetah Helicopters exported to Namibia in December.
Handing over of 3000th Aircraft to Air Chief Marshal.
Formation of BAe-HAL Software Joint Venture at Bangalore.
Contract for manufacture of 100 sets of Fokker-50 Horizontal Stabilizer signed with M/s. Fokker BV, Netherland in February.
Inauguration of ALH by Vice
President of India Shri K.R.
Delivery of the1st set of A-320 Forward Passenger
Doors to M/S Aeropatiale in June.
of Aerospace Division to the nation by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Sri
Chandrashekar on 19th April 1991.
Aerial View of HAL as on 10-01-1990.
Signing of Inter Governmental agreement for overhaul of RD-33 engines in May.
Export of DO-228 Aircraft Coast Guard Version to Mauritius in June.
Dedicatioon of HAL Corporate Office building by President Shri R. Venkataraman.
The 1st Liquid Propulsion Engine (fitted to Prithvi Missile) was successfully test fired in December.
Inauguration of Aerospace Division, Bangalore.
Handing over of 1st Jaguar Aircraft from Raw Material to Chief of Air Staff in January.
The first Garrett engine from raw materials was produced and test accepted in February.
First Adour Mk.804 engine was overhauled in November.
First Test Flight of Motor Glider (HMG.1) in March.
Receipt of 1st export order from M/S B.Ae.U.K. for manufacture and supply of 12 Tail Plane Assemblies in June.
Inauguration of Korwa Division by the Prime Minister in April.
Handing over of 1st Dornier aircraft by Shri Sukhram, Minister of State for Defence Production to Shri Jagdish Tytler, Minister of State for Civil Aviation.
The first Adour engine from raw materials was completed and test accepted in November.
Inaugural Flight of HTT-34 Aircraft.
Go ahead for licence manufacture of DO-228 aircraft at HAL Kanpur in January.
First Flight of Kanpur built HPT -32 aircraft in March.
Initial flight of Kiran Mk.II aircraft in March.
Completion of 1st MiG-27M aircraft CTS series in September.
Foundation stone laying of
the factory at Korwa by the Prime Minister in
First Flight of Ardhra Glider in
Signing of Technical Know How Transfer agreement
for licence manufacture of Dornier aircraft in
First Jaguar Aircraft Rollout. Delivery of 1st Jaguar Aircraft in September.
Signing of an agreement with USSR Govt. for production of R29B engines in March.
Government of India's approval of HAL's proposal and location of factory at Korwa in September.
Prince Charles of UK visits HAL.
Ajeet Aircraft Assembly line during
Delivery of first raw material stage
Maiden Filght of First Match Role Helicopter.
First Flight of HAL, Kanpur built Basant aircraft in January.
Delivery of 1st SLV-3 Assembly to ISRO, Trivendrum in January.
Signing of an agreement with USSR for manufacturing of MiG-21 BIS aircraft & R-25-300 series engines and its avionics in August.
Initial flight of Ajeet aircraft in September.
Formal inauguration of the Helicopter division by Sri.V.V. Giri, President of India.
Signing of contract for SLV-3 Project in March.
Receipt of major export order for 20 sets of HS-748 Leading Edges & Tailcones in May.
The Bangalore Complex was reorganized in a phased manner which commenced in mid 1970 and completed in June 1974.
Inauguration of Accessories Factory at Lucknow by Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi in November.
Completion of 1st MiG 21M aircraft of CTS series in February.
Delivery of first “Fly Away” Cheetah Helicopter in March.
Foundation Stone for Accessories Factory at Lucknow was laid by Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi in January.
Defence Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram visits HAL.
Formation of Helicopter Division, Bangalore.
Formation of Lucknow Division for Accessories & Instruments.
Signing of Cheetah (SA-315) licence agreement between HAL and M/s. SNIAS in September.
Cheetah & Chetak Helicopters Lined Up during 1969.
Delivery of first raw material stage Chetak Helicopter in August.
The first Artouste-IIIB engine manufactured from raw materials was test accepted.
Chairman of SUD – Aviation of France visits HAL.
First Flight of MiG-21 FL aircraft – Flyaway series in April.
Signing of an agreement between India & USSR for overhaul of MiG engines in August.
Mr. Chester Bowles, Ambassador of USA visits HAL.
Delivery of first “fly away” Chetak Helicopter in December.
The first Orpheus 703 Engine manufactured from raw materials was test accepted.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was formed in Oct 1964 by amalgamation of Hindustan Aircraft Limited (registered at Bangalore) with Aeronautics India Limited (registered at New Delhi).
Formation of Aeronautics India Ltd. with Divisions at Nasik, Koraput and Hyderabad for Production of MiG-21 Aircraft airframe, engines and avionics respectively in March.
Merger of A.M.D. Kanpur with Aeronautics India Limited in June.
First flight of Kanpur manufactured Glider in May.
Flying Display of first HS748 Aircraft.
Signing of Chetak licence agreement between HAL and M/s. Sud Aviation (now Eurocopter) in June.
Signing of an agreement between India & USSR for manufacture of MiG-21 FL aircraft, including its engines and avionics in August.
First flight of Marut (HF-24) built at Bangalore in June.
First flight of HS-748 aircraft built at Kanpur in November.
First PM of India Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru visits AMD, HAL.
Commencement of Aerodrome Operations in January.
Inauguration of Aircraft Manufacturing Depot (A.M.D) at Air
force Station, Kanpur in January.
Lama of Tibet visits HAL.
of Gnat aircraft under licence from M/s. Folland Ltd., U.K.
of Engine Division at Bangalore
Aircraft Assembly Line in 1955.
of a team of technicians from M/s. Bristol Aero-Engines Ltd., U.K. to India to
assess the feasibility of establishing a factory for the manufacture of Aero-
of engines was entrusted to HAL.
Assembly line during 1953.
Type certificate in India granted to the indigenously designed and developed
aircraft HT-2 by Director General of Civil Aviation on 3rd January.
was granted Service Station Certificate for American Aircraft by Civil
Aeronautics, the first organisation in Asia to get this recognition.
Barrackpore Branch Factory opened for overhaul and repair of
Dakota aircraft. Dakota Aircraft Overhaul Hangar in 1952.
of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad visits HAL.
was brought under Administrative Control of Ministry of Defence.
First Prototype of HT-2 was test flown on 13th August.
Foundry & Forge Division was established.
Prentice Assembly line during 1950.
admitted as a Member of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors effective
Manufacture of Vampire under licence from M/s DeHavill and
Dr. V.M. Ghatge with
the Mockup of first indigenously designed aircraft HT-2.
own design of Trainer aircraft HT2, HT-10 started.
Indian built Percival Prentice Trainer was test flown in April.
view of HAL during 1947.
was recognised as Authorised Douglas Service Centre in India.
of Dakotas also entrusted to HAL by IAF.
were received for manufacture of Percival Prentice Trainer Aircraft.
Structural Assembly line during 1946.
the order from Air Force for repair and overhaul of 100 Tiger Moth Aircraft.
Aircraft Overhaul during 1945.
aircraft such as C-47 Cargo Planes, B25 Light Bombers, B24 Heavy Bombers,
Catalinas, and Other Aircrafts ( totaling to 1171 numbers) in addition to
Overhauling of Engines (3800 nos.) were carried out in the factory since 1943
after it was taken over by US.
termination of the war, U.S. Air Force transferred the Management of the
Factory back to Govt. of India in August.
Mail Gate during 1942.
April the Factory was taken over by the Government.
U.S Army Air Force faced with colossal aircraft repair and overhaul
requirements took over the Management of HAL from Govt. for the duration of the
World War - II.
First Flight of Harlow Aircraft in 1941.
In March the Indian Govt. became part owners. The first
aircraft assembled by the factory was flown in August.
Factory Site during 1940.
Aircraft Factory” promoted by Late Walchand Hirachand for manufacture of
American Aircraft under Licence was established. It was set up with the
objective of promoting aviation industry for assembly and overhaul of aircraft,
engines and accessories under license. The foundation stone was laid by the
late Walchand Hirachand on 24th December 1940.