Chief of Air Staff of Indian Air Force (IAF), BS Dhanoa gave a big statement on Friday about Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said attacking HAL that due to this organization, the capacity of fighter aircraft affected so much. This statement of Dhanoa came at a time when many types of questions are being raised about the role of HAL in French aircraft Rafael’s deal. BS Dhanoa said this during Majumdar International Conference held in Delhi, which is being organized in the Center for the Air Power Studies (CAPS).
Air Chief Marshal raised the question and said, “The Indian Air Force has not shifted any goal posts & is fully committed to indigenisation. I as the service chief can make concessions to HAL. Will the enemy make concessions? In combat, there is no silver medal. You win or you lose”. He said this when he was asked about the continuous criticism of Light Combat aircrafts Tejas prepared by HAL on behalf of the IAF. Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said, “The IAF has never changed its target.” Dhanoa also dismissed all allegations on the Air Force.
The Air Force was accused that HAL could not develop the Tejas properly, because the IAF constantly keeps changing its specifications to specifications. BS Dhanoa replied, “The IAF had sought first 20 LCA Tejas aircraft as per requirements issued in 1985. Even then, the HAL has been able to manufacture only 10 fighters of these 20”
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa at a seminar in New Delhi yesterday: The IAF had sought first 20 LCA Tejas aircraft as per requirements issued in 1985. Even then, the HAL has been able to manufacture only 10 fighters of these 20 (file pic) pic.twitter.com/lyc7lmSowg— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2019
Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa informed that one squadron of Jaguar Strike Bombers, two squadron of Sukhoi-30 and a Squadron Mirage -2000, a multi-roll jet, have been given to HAL for upgradation. He said that this work is being delayed by HAL’s side. He further added, “Additional production of Su-30 is delayed by over two years and LCA production commitment (has been delayed) by over six years,”. He said that Indian Air Force has so far lost 17 test pilots and engineers in various types of the accident.