HAL Could Have Built Rafale With Cheaper Lfe Cycle Cost in long run
Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 20 September 2018
In a telephonic interview to National Defence, former CMD of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), T. Suvarna Raju, claimed that HAL had capability to produce Rafale Fighter jets if there was any technology transfer agreement with Dassault Aviation. Emphasising not to relate his statement with that of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Mr. Raju said India’s public sector unit, HAL has been manufacturing fighter aircrafts under Transfer of Technology and License production agreements since decades. Mr Raju clarified that it is not that HAL produced Rafale would have been cheaper, rather it should have been look through the perspective of ‘self reliance’ in fighter jet production as learning comes at a cost. However, he said if included life cycle cost, HAL could have made it ‘cheaper’. “But if you look in the long run, the life cycle cost of making in India will definitely be cheaper than depending on OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer; read Dassault Aviation in this case) for 40 years”, said Mr. T. Suvarna Raju. Watch the full interview at video url: https://youtu.be/ErkruNyuxHY
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.