Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

hindustan aeronautics limited

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company headquartered in Bangalore, India. It is governed under the management of the Indian Ministry of Defence.

The government-owned corporation is majorly involved in the operations of the aerospace and is currently involved in the design, fabrication, and assembly of aircraft, jet engines, helicopters, and their spare parts. It has various facilities spread across India including Nasik, Korwa, Kanpur, Koraput, Lucknow, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kasaragod. HAL HF-24 Marut fighter-bomber was the first fighter aircraft made in India.


One of the biggest aerospace companies in Asia, HAL has an annual turnover of over US$2 billion. More than 40% of HAL’s revenues come from international deals to manufacture aircraft engines, spare parts, and other aircraft materials. Some part list of major operations undertaken by HAL includes the following:

International agreements

  • The US$35 billion fifth-generation fighter jet project with the Sukhoi Corporation of Russia.
  • US$1 billion contracts to build aircraft parts for Boeing.
  • Multi-role transport aircraft programme with Ilyushin of Russia worth US$600 million.
  • 120 RD-33MK turbofan engines to be manufactured for MiG-29K by HAL for US$250 million.
  • Contract to manufacture 1,000 TPE331 aircraft engines for Honeywell worth US$200,000 each (estimates put the total value of the deal at US$200 million).
  • US$120 million deal to manufacture Dornier 228 for RUAG of Switzerland.
  • Manufacture of aircraft parts for Airbus SAS worth US$150 million.
  • US$100 million contract to export composite materials to Israel Aircraft Industries.
  • US$65 million joint-research facility with Honeywell and planned the production of Garrett TPE331 engines.
  • US$50.7 million contract to supply Advanced Light Helicopter to Ecuadorian Air Force. HAL will also open a maintenance base in the country.
  • US$30 million contract to supply avionics for Malaysian Su-30MKM.
  • US$20 million contract to supply ambulance version of HAL Dhruv to Peru.
  • Contract of 3 HAL Dhruv helicopters from Turkey worth US$20 million.
  • US$10 million order from Namibia for HAL Chetak and Cheetah helicopters.
  • Supply of HAL Dhruv helicopters to Mauritius’ National Police in a deal worth US$7 million.
  • Unmanned helicopter development project with Israel Aircraft Industries.

Domestic agreements

  • 220 Sukhoi Su-30MKI being manufactured at HAL’s facilities in Nasik, Koraput, and Bangalore. The total contract, which also covers Russia’s Sukhoi Aerospace, is worth US$3.2 billion.
  • 200 HAL Light Combat Helicopters for the Indian Air Force and 500 HAL Dhruv helicopters worth US$5.83 billion.
  • US$900 million aerospace hub in Andhra Pradesh.
  • US$57 million upgrade of SEPECAT Jaguar fleet of the Indian Air Force.
  • US$55 million helicopter simulator training facility in Bangalore in collaboration with Canada’s CAE.
  • 64 MiG-29s to be upgraded by HAL and Russia’s MiG Corporation in a programme worth US$960 million.
  • Licensed production of 82 BAe Hawk 132.
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