Sunday, August 30, 2009

UAC-HAL's Multirole Transport Aircraft JV To Be Incorporated Next Month

When Indian Defence Minister AK Antony visits Russia next month on an official visit, the two countries will formally incorporate a joint venture (upgrade the existing Inter-Governmental Agreement or IGA) for the joint development and production of the Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA), agreed upon back in early 2006. The documents of incorporation were finalised by senior HAL/MoD officials before and during the recently concluded MAKS-2009 air show at Zhukovsky outside Moscow. Workshare aspects have already been worked out between the two countries.

Very much like the agreement on BrahMos, the agreement will chart out production for the armed forces of India and Russia, in addition to friendly third countries, a list of which has already been drawn up and will be enshrined as an annexure to the main agreement document. According to sources, the agreement also contains the agreed joint intention to spin-off (to be pioneered by HAL's Aircraft Research and Design Centre, Bangalore) and market a civilian variant of the MTA in the form of a 100-seater passenger airplane for which HAL will be the lead partner and principal integrator. The Indian part of serial production of the MTA, when ready, will take place at HAL's Transport Aircraft Division in Kanpur.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

About freaking time they do...

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute! so we agreed to a JV in 2006 and have yet to sign it! so no development work has started yet? what did we do since 2006? and doesn't the original proposal dates to the last century? Great going! Really inspiring! wonder what is to come of MMRCA, Navy subs and of course arty guns.

Ashmann said...

How about somebody spelling out the production arrangement for INDIA?

Will all of the 45-100 be built partially/wholly in Russia?

Or as usual INDIA gets diddled?

Anonymous said...

paint, some nuts and bolts will be made in India. We used to make fun of Puki's manufacturing claims....

AK said...

So HAL is again going to get orders for assembling the parts while all IP is owned by the Russians. Another LCA in making.

Shivendra said...

Apparently it is to be called IL-214.

Anonymous said...

shiv any idea of the target years ?

Vincent said...

Why not ask the Americans to move the C-17 know how to India?

Anonymous said...

must read this article: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20090831.aspx

Anonymous said...

wtf shiv!..i thought u had blocked vincent!...u must do the needful...