Indian Air Force Sees Marginal Change At HAL
Oct 28, 2010
By Anantha Krishnan M.
“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.”
Saddled with internal squabbles and leadership turnover, HAL today has too many projects to handle, IAF officials believe. “Be it the upgrade programs [MiG 21, MiG 27] or the production under license [Hawk, Su-30 MKI], we have expressed our concerns,” the official says.
The IAF has no option but to put up with HAL’s issues, which have become a topic of debate within the Indian media. “It’s not about overnight results,” the official says. “As things stand now, we will have to depend on HAL for serviceability, spares and other issues. We are confident that the promises made by HAL will translate into results.”
The penultimate day of the conference, Oct. 28, saw debates on operational philosophies specific to the IAF’s maritime operations. India’s Defense Secretary Pradeep Kumar and IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik are said to have agreed upon the necessity for greater synergy between the defense ministry and IAF.
“Critical issues related to acquisition, infrastructural development and budget support were discussed during the interaction,” the IAF said in a statement. “The concluding day will have discussions on various maintenance and HR issues.”