AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHANasik. 25 November, 2015. Indigenisation holds the key to success in attaining self reliance in Defence production and gaining strategic independence. Quality Control and Certification of indigenous products should be the focus area to produce world class high quality equipment, stressed the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of the Air staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha addressed senior officers of HAL at the inauguration of the Seminar& Exhibition on ‘Challenges in Make in India Initiatives’ at HAL Nasik Division.

While addressing the gathering, he commended the role of HAL and its rich legacy.   He said that its history and growth   over the last 50   years   was  synonymous with  the growth of  theAeronautical Industry in India.  The MiG Complex has undertaken licensed productionand overhaul of various Russian origin aircraft.The Air Chief further said that the status of the IAF aircraft inventory was mainly dependent upon HAL and he hoped that HAL would ensure timely inductions, quality product support and speedy overhaul of aircraft.

The Air Chief complimented HAL for its significant contribution towards ‘Make in India’ initiative and boosting self-reliance through indigenization.   He emphasized thatsetting up of state-of-the-art test facilities for future programmes should be a key focusarea so as to transform HAL into a major Manufacturing and Research & Developmentcentre of excellence in the field of aviation.