9 Amazing Things to Know About HAL India

(Last Updated On: February 5, 2021)

HAL India is a reputed company in the aeronautical engineering industry.
Most of you know and dream of working in this reputed aeronautical engineering company in India.

In this post, you will know 9 amazing things or facts about HAL India.

So let’s start learning.

#1 Things to know about the beginning of HAL India

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was founded by well-known industrialist Walchand Hirachand on December 23rd, 1940 in Bangalore. In the beginning, the name of the company was Hindustan Aircraft Limited. The company was started in association with the government of Mysore.

Later the company was taken over by the government of India and placed under the department of defense. After 1960 the Hindustan Aircraft Limited was amalgamated with Aeronautics India Limited and the company was renamed Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

#2 First Aircrafts built at HAL India

The exciting thing about HAL India is that at the beginning they built some aircraft in collaboration with the continental aircraft company of the USA. Harlow Trainer, Curtiss Hawk Fighter, and Vultee Bomber Aircraft are the aircraft manufactured at HAL India in collaboration with the Continental Aircraft Company.

HAL India had manufactured aircraft and engines for companies like Prentice, Vampire & Gnat. Later HAL India starts focusing on the design and development of aircraft indigenously. HT-2 Trainer aircraft, Pushpak, Krishak, HF-24 jet fighter (Marut), HJT-16 Jet Trainer(Kiran) are the indigenously developed aircraft by HAL India.

#3 Thing to know about Indigenous fighter aircraft of HAL India

HAL India has different types of indigenous aircrafts the indigenously developed aircraft fall in the categories of Agricultural aircraft, Fighter aircraft, Helicopters, Trainer aircraft, Observation, and reconnaissance aircraft, Transport and passenger aircraft, Utility aircraft, and Gliders.

HA-31 Basant is the agricultural aircraft built by HAL India. This monoplane can be used for spraying operations.

#4 Things to know about the fighter aircraft designed by HAL India

HF-31 Marut and Tejas are the two operational fighter aircraft designed and developed by HAL India. HF-31 is the first jet built by HAL India and it becomes a part of the Indian airforce in 1967. HAL Tejas is another fighter aircraft designed by HAL India. It is a fourth-generation multirole fighter aircraft. It was developed to replace the Mig 21 fighters used by the Indian Air force.

#5 Exciting things to know about the undergoing next-generation fighter aircraft in HAL India

Tejas Mk.2 (MWF) and HAL AMCA and TEDBF are some of the 4th and 4.5 generation aircrafts underdevelopment in HAL India. HAL Tejas Mark 2 is a medium Weight Fighter aircraft, it is designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency(ADA) and Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

HAL Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is fifth-generation stealth all-weather multirole aircraft. A CAD model of HAL AMCA was introduced at Aero India 2019.

#6 Things to Know about HAL India’s Dhruv Helicopters

Dhruv and Rudra are the helicopters developed by HAL India and currently in production. HAL Dhruv is the utility helicopter suitable for civil and military use design and developed by HAL India. The helicopter started its service in 2002 and it was exported to Nepal and Israel.

#7 Things to Know about HAL India’s Rudra attack Helicopter

HAL Rudra is an attack helicopter designed by HAL India and it is the armed version of Dhruv Helicopter. The Rudra helicopter has advanced technologies like Thermal Imaging Sights Interface, a 20 mm turret gun, 70 mm rocket pods, anti-tank guided missiles, air-to-air missiles, and forward-looking infrared (FLIR).

Light Combat Helicopter, Light Utility Helicopter, and Indian Multi-role Helicopter are the attack and multirole helicopters currently under development in HAL India.

#8 Important thing to know about the International Agreements of HAL India

HAL India is made an international agreement between Sukhoi Corporation of Russia to develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The project is named as Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). The aircraft is based on Sukhoi Su-57.

HAL India came up with an agreement to built Dornier Do 228 twin-turboprop aircraft from Dornier GmbH. It is a Short Takeoff and Landing utility aircraft.

Agreement between Airbus and Boeing to manufacture aircraft parts and joint research facilities between Honeywell to develop TPE331 aircraft engines are some of the important things to know about the international agreement by HAL India.

#9 HAL India Designed Lightest attack helicopter in the world

One of the fascinating things to know about HAL India is that HAL indigenously developed a Light Compact Helicopter which is suitable for high altitude operations. It is specifically developed for the Indian Airforce to meet its requirement at high altitude places like Leh Sector.


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