Manufacturing of Aircraft



Manufacturing of Aircraft 

(I) Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is associated with the development of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).  Initial Operational Clearance for LCA  AF Mk-I has been obtained on 20th December 2013 and LCA Navy Mk-I and LCA  AF Mk-II are under development. 
(II) National Aeronautical Laboratory (NAL) under the  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has manufactured and test flown following Civil Aircraft:-
(1) Two seat all composite aircraft Hansa-3.
(2) Five seat all metal aircraft CNM5 under Public Private Partnership (PPP) with M/s Mahindra Aerospace.
(3) 14 seat commuter aircraft SARAS.


(III) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has taken the following steps:

(1) HAL has built up indigenous capabilities in design and production of fighter aircraft, trainer aircraft, helicopters and their accessories / avionics.
(2) Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) is also being developed.
(3) HAL has taken up design and development of Basic Turboprop Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40), Light Combat Helicopter and Light Utility Helicopter.  It has also developed the Advanced Light Helicopter.
(4) HAL has been manufacturing various aircraft / helicopters under Transfer of Technology (ToT) from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) since 1949, such as, Vampire, Gnat, Jaguar, various versions of MiG-21s, MiG-27M, Su-30 MKI, Prentice Trainer, Hawk, HS-748 (Avero), Doornier-228, Chetak and Cheetah / Cheetal.
 Raw materials, a number of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) and highly specialised test equipment hitherto not developed in the country, spare parts for which technologies have not been transferred by the OEMs are imported on need basis.
(1) ADA has spent an amount of about Rs.3500 crore till date on import of components.
(2) A total of Rs.162.68 crore have been spent towards import of components by CSIR-NAL till date.
(3) HAL has spent Rs.8046 crore towards imported raw material, spare parts and components consumed during 2013-14.
(1) ADA has ab initio designed 179 LRUs and 46 LRUs are under the process of indigenization out of total 344 LRUs of LCA Air Force fighter.  CSIR-NAL had launched a limited indigenisation effort for the development of some of the LRUs, such as, landing gear actuator, Engine Indication and Crew Alert System (EICAS) etc. for civil aircraft.  HAL has indigenously developed and produced over 600 types of components / systems.  HAL has been working with the Indian Industry with a view to developing indigenous capabilities for manufacturing various aircraft components.
(2) In addition, the Government has introduced defence offsets with the intent of boosting indigenous production.  Through defence offsets, foreign vendors purchase eligible defence products from Indian Offset Partners (IOP).  This will have the effect of building indigenous capabilities for production of products belonging to the global value chain in aerospace manufacturing. Foreign vendors also invest in defence industries through offsets, which enhance their capabilities for boosting production of indigenous defence components.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Feroze Varun Gandhi in Lok Sabha today.

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Losses to S&T Laboratories due to Hudhud Cyclone 

Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) located at Visakhapatnam was severely affected by Hudhud cyclone, which struck Visakhapatnam on 12th October 2014. Roof structures of buildings, doors, windows, rolling shutters, interiors of buildings, street lights, trees, compound walls, etc. were damaged due to high velocity winds. 

A Board was constituted by the Director, NSTL to assess the damage. The Board estimated the cost of repairs due to damage to be approximately Rs.8.10 Crore. 

Three agencies i.e. Military Engineering Service (MES); Chief Construction Engineer (CCE) South; and Chief Construction Engineer (CCE) Estates, Hyderabad have been assigned repair / replacement jobs to handle the huge volume of work simultaneously for the restoration. 

DRDO initiated repair / restoration work on priority by utilizing its own resources to restore the basic amenities / facilities to enable day to day functioning of the Laboratory, immediately after the calamity. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Kambhampati Haribabu in Lok Sabha today.
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Construction of Border Roads 

Identification of Border Roads is done based on recommendations of various agencies like Army, ITBP, MEA, MHA and keeping in view the strategic aspects, requirements and other factors like importance of the road from the point of view of communication link to strategic border areas of the country.

The state wise details of roads constructed / improved by BRO during last three years and current year is given as under:


Roads are constructed by BRO as per laid down specification.  However, due to the difficult terrain (mountainous, high altitude and slide prone areas), natural calamities and ongoing construction activities / widening works etc, roads get damaged and the riding quality gets affected.  Inspection of works on roads is carried out regularly by executives at Project and Task Force level and the damaged roads are repaired regularly.

The state wise details of funds allotted and utilized for various Projects of BRO during last three years and current year is given as under:-
(Rs. in crores)



Government has taken following measures to expedite the pace of road projects:
(i)Chief Secretaries of various State Governments have been requested to constitute Empowered Committee under their chairmanship with Secretaries of concerned departments as members to resolve issues related to land acquisition, wildlife clearance, allotment of quarries etc.
(ii) Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) has given the General Approval under section 2 of forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land required for construction / widening of roads entrusted to BRO in the area falling within 100 kilometers aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and for link roads between Border Roads in the area within 100 Kilometers aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and National Highways / State Highways / Other roads subject to certain conditions.

(iii) Outsourcing has been allowed to augment capacity of BRO.

(iv) Long Term Roll On Works Plan (LTROWP) and Long Term Equipment Plan (LTEP) has been approved.

(v) Enhanced financial and administrative powers have been given to the executives of BRO.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Arjun Meghwal and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Recognition of Soldiers as Martyr 

Fifty four (54) missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 Wars (including one from Border Security Force) are believed to be in custody in Pakistan.  A list of such personnel is as under:- 

S. No.
Rank  &  Name
1.
Major SPS Waraich
2.
Major Kanwaljit Singh
3.
Major Jaskiran Singh Malik
4.
Captain Kalyan Singh Rathod
5.
Captain Giriraj Singh
6.
2/Lt Sudhir Mohan Sabharwal
7.
Captain Kamal Bakshi
8.
2/Lt Paras Ram Sharma
9.
Major S.C. Gulari
10.
Major A.K. Ghosh
11.
Major A.K. Suri
12.
Sq. Ldr Mohinder Kumar Jain
13.
Flt Lt Sudhir Kumar Goswami
14.
Lt Cdr Ashok Roy
15.
Flt Lt Harvinder Singh
16.
Fg Officer Sudhir Tyagi
17.
Flt Lt Vijay Vasant Tambay
18.
Flt Lt Ilyoo Moses Sassoon
19.
Flt Lt Ram Metharam Advani
20.
Flt Lt Nagaswami Shanker
21.
Flt Lt Suresh Chander Sandal
22.
Flt Lt Kushalpal Singh Nanda
23.
Wg. Cdr Horsern Singh Gill
24.
Flt Lt Tanmaya Singh Dandass
25.
Captain Ravindra Kaura
26.
Sq Ldr Jal Miniksha Mistry
27.
Flt Lt Ramesh Gulabrao Kadam
28.
Flg Officer Krishan Lakima J Malkani
29.
Flt Lt Babul Guha
30.
L/Naik Hazoora Singh
31.
Sq Ldr Jatinder Das Kumar
32.
Flt Lt Gurdev Singh Rai
33.
Flt Lt Ashok Balwant Dhawale
34.
Flt Lt Shrikant Chandrakant Mahajan
35.
Flt Lt Kottiezath Puthiyavettil Murlidharan
36.
Captain Vashist Nath
37.
L/Nk Jagdish Raj
38.
Sep Madan Mohan
39.
Sep Pal Singh
40.
Sep Daler Singh
41.
Lt Vijay Kumar Azad
42.
Sujan Singh
43.
Gunner Shyam Singh
44.
Sep Gian Chand
45.
Sep Jagir Singh
46.
Subedar Kali Das
47.
Flt Lt Manohar Purohit
48.
Pilot Officer Tejinder Singh Sethi
49.
L/Naik Balbir Singh
50.
Sqn Ldr Devaprashad Chatterjee
51.
L/Hav Krishan Lal Sharma
52.
Sub Assa Singh
53.
Capt  OP Dalal
54.
SBS Chauhan.

The Government has repeatedly been taking up the matter with the Pakistan Government.  However, Pakistan does not acknowledge the presence of any such personnel in its custody.  A delegation of 14 relatives of missing defence personnel also visited 10 Jails in Pakistan during 1-14 June, 2007.  The delegation, however, could not conclusively confirm the physical presence of any missing defence personnel.

Hon’ble High Court of Gujarat vide their judgement dated 23.12.2011 passed an order, interalia, regarding payment of service and retirement benefits to the next of kin of the missing defence personnel believed to be in the custody in Pakistan, as if they retired on superannuation.  The order of the Hon’ble Court has been accepted by the Government and necessary action has been taken towards compliance of the ibid judgement.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Laxman Giluwa and Shri Chandrakant Khaire in Lok Sabha today.

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Defence Production Units 

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) consisting of 41 factories and 9 Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) with 40 production units in the country are involved in the production of defence items. Besides this, Government has issued 222 number of Licenses to 131 public / private sector companies till 31.10.2014 for manufacture of wide range of defence items. 46 licensed companies covering 72 licenses have so far reported commencement of production. 

Over a three year period, i.e. 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, about 69% of the total capital and revenue requirement of the services was met through indigenous procurement. 

The total number of employees deployed in Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and 9 Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) as on 31.10.2014 is approximately 1.65 lakhs. The data on people employed in private sector is not maintained in the Department. 

Data related to production by the private companies is not maintained in the Ministry. Department of Defence Production has issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to Private Exporters for export of Military Stores for an amount of Rs.286 crore during the year 2013-14. 29 private sector companies are having FDI varying up to 26%. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Shri Kirti Azad in Lok Sabha today. 

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Special Uniform for Soldiers 

Scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have developed the following items to improve operational efficiency and safety of soldiers.


·  Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Suit.

·  NBC Gloves.

·  Integrated Field Shelter.

·  NBC Decontamination Suit.

·  Respiratory Mask.

·  Integrated Hood Mask.

·  Flame Retardant Overalls Mk-II.

·  Flame Retardant Gloves.

·  Flame Retardant Auto Inflatable Life Jacket.

·  Flame Retardant Anti G Suit.

·  Flame Retardant Aircrew Survival Jacket.

·  Upgraded NATO Suit.

·  Combat Free Fall Oxygen System.

·  Aircrew Helmet.

·  Arctic Gloves with Active Heating Element.

·  Submarine Escape Set.

These items have been developed and productionised.

DRDO has also undertaken a project to develop combat shoes with improved shock absorbing material.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Konda Vishweshwar Reddy in Lok Sabha today.

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