With Tejas in lead to bag Malaysia order, HAL to open office in Kuala Lumpur – Times of India

BENGALURU: Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), whose light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas, appears to be in the lead to bag the Malaysian fighter aircraft order, will be establishing an office in the country’s capital — Kuala Lumpur (KL).
An MoU for the same has been signed by HAL general manager (LCA) Ravi K and Major (retd) Mohd Husairi Bin Mat Zain of Forte Drus, the official representative of HAL in Malaysia.
“The office will help HAL in tapping the new business opportunities for Fighter Lead-in Trainer (FLIT) LCA and other requirements of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) like Su-30 MKM and Hawk upgrades. It will reinforce the commitment of India in supporting the Malaysian defence forces and industry for a sustainable aerospace and defence landscape in Malaysia,” HAL said.
HAL had submitted a proposal to the Malaysian ministry of defence for supply of 18 FLIT LCAs against a global tender issued by RMAF in October 2021.
“The final winner of the tender is expected to be declared soon by Malaysian authorities. LCA Tejas stands a fair chance of selection in the bid as it meets all the parameters sought by RMAF,” HAL added.
An HAL official, while stating that the PSU was confident of bagging the order, however, said that in deals of this scale, involving another country, nothing was a 100% certain until the deal is inked.
“As part of the offset clause, HAL is also offering to set up an MRO complex, offer aviation management courses and local manufacturing of aero structures with Malaysian entities. This will enable human capital development and strengthen the capabilities of Malaysian entities for other programmes too,” the official said.
Further, being one of the largest producers of Russian-origin Su-30 aircraft, HAL said it has capabilities to extend the required support to RMAF for Su-30 MKM fleet which is facing low serviceability issues due to ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis.
“HAL can support RMAF for upgrading their Hawk fleet as well. Other HAL platforms like HTT-40, Do-228, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) etc., have the potential to be inducted by RMAF in future,” the PSU added.
In this backdrop, HAL said, its Kuala Lumpur office will take up market promotion of HAL’s range of products and services not only in Malaysia but in the entire South East Asia.
“The office will also contribute in increasing serviceability of existing platforms being operated by RMAF and for neighbouring Air Forces in the region,” HAL said.

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