Bengaluru, Feb 12: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is lining up a series of its star performers during the 10th edition of Aero India 2015.
HAL, one of the largest participants from India, is warming up to capture the imagination of the plane people by exhibiting the versatility of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.
HAL is also projecting itself as a company actively pursuing in the development and production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) through collaborations with India's defence laboratories, academia, and its own design.
"UAV is an area we are getting into with lot of focus. It has got immense potential," HAL Chairman T Suvarna Raju told OneIndia.
He said that the company would be showcasing its technical competence built over the years at the show.
"Our air show theme is woven around the evolution of HAL as a centre of excellence in aviation R&D and related technologies over 75 years. We believe the government's vision of Make in India will be a game changer in aerospace and defence," says Raju.
Visitors can ‘fly' the Hawk
HAL is throwing open a Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer cockpit on a full scale cockpit simulator for the visitors.
"We will have an upgraded cockpit mock-up to showcase the cockpit functionalities for a variety of platforms. Our growing partnership in India's space programme would also be showcased where visitors will have a feel of the Martian surface on Earth," adds Raju.
On the static display, the Weapon System Integration (ALH-WSI) of Advanced Light Helicopter (Rudra), ALH Skid Utility, LCH and the first series production Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas SP-1) would act as the company's brand ambassador.
For the first time, the full-scale model of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) designed and developed by HAL would also be on display.
Expected to undertake its first flight this year, the LUH is a single engine multipurpose helicopter in the three-tonne class.
"It is designed to perform various roles like policing, urban surveillance and medical ambulance," Raju said.