HAL reinforced its presence in the International Aviation arena by continuing dialogue with important aerospace companies. The static display aircraft of HAL continue to draw large crowd at the show and many of the prospective customers took test flight in Dhruv, the Advanced Light Helicopter.
Various foreign delegations, including ministers and senior officials visited HAL static display area to enquire about Dhruv and IJT. The armament systems displayed along with Dhruv generated keen interest amongst the visiting military officials who spent considerable time enquiring about the details of the weapons to be integrated on ALH.
Chairman, HAL held discussions with the major companies on the ongoing co-operation on a range of issues such as progressing the joint marketing of ALH to international customers with Israel Aircraft Industries, new business opportunities in collaboration with Turbomeca of France, Elbit Systems Ltd of Israel and Smiths of UK.
Several business models placing great emphasis on mutually beneficial partnership were discussed at length. Shri Ashok K Baweja, Chairman HAL, reiterated that India of the current day and age has full range of expertise, skill sets and knowledge to forge mutually beneficial partnership with leading international aerospace industries.
He emphasized upon the rapid growth of knowledge in India, particularly in design, analysis and software related applications, to meet the most stringent standards in the field of aviation.