Primary focus: Airframe manufacturer
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (Hindi: हिंदुस्तान एरोनॉटिक्स लिमिटेड; HAL, Hindi: हि ए लि) is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company based in Bangalore, Karnataka. It is governed under the management of the Indian Ministry of Defence. The government-owned corporation is primarily involved in the operations of the aerospace industry. These include manufacturing and assembly of aircraft, navigation and related communication equipment and airports operation.
HAL came into existence on 1st October 1964. The Company was formed by the merger of Hindustan Aircraft Limited (est. 1940) with Aeronautics India Limited and Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur. Today, HAL has 19 Production Units and 10 Research & Design Centres in 8 locations in India. The Company produces 15 types of Aircraft/Helicopters manufactured with in-house R & D and 14 types produced under license. HAL has manufactured over 3658 Aircraft/Helicopters, 4178 Engines, Upgraded 272 Aircraft and overhauled over 9643 Aircraft and 29775 Engines.
HAL's supplies / services are mainly to Indian Defence Services, Coast Guard and Border Security Force. Transport Aircraft and Helicopters have also been supplied to Airlines as well as State Governments of India. HAL was conferred NAVRATNA status by the Government of India on 22nd June 2007.
The Rotary Wing Research & Design Centre (RWR&DC) was established in 1998 and leads HAL's efforts in the helicopter industry.