Defence Minister A.K. Antony will inaugurate HAL’s (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd) strategic electronics factory at Kasaragod in Kerala on November 17.

A press release by HAL said here that the factory will produce advanced avionics for aircraft and helicopters.

Antony laid the foundation stone for the construction of the factory buildings on August 23, 2008. Kerala Government had allotted 196 acres of land at Seethangoli in Kasaragod district for setting up the new plant.

The release said the first phase of the factory has been set up at a cost of Rs 66 crore. At present, seven buildings have come up on an area of 4250 sq metres. The factory is fully operational, it said.

The production of airborne special purpose computers such as mission computer, display processor, radar computers, and open architect mission computers for various fighter aircraft have been taken up at this factory, it said.

In the second phase, the factory will be expanded to undertake the manufacture of avionics for medium multi-role combat aircraft.

The required manpower has been trained and positioned for carrying out production. There will be need for substantial augmentation in manpower in phase-II, it said.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the production facilities on the occasion, the release added.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 15, 2012)
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