Dynamatic sets sights on becoming ‘private sector HAL’

In an environment where large companies with no experience in defense equipment construction – such as Adani and Anil Ambani groups – are expected to be chosen by the Ministry of Defense as “strategic partners” for defense manufacturing, Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL ) Is a rarity: a company that has gradually developed the ability to design and manufacture military equipment; In the search of a danger to train for the manufacture of military aircraft.

Last month, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, DTL has signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a global leader in UAVs. DTL plans to take advantage of this partnership to become a “system integrator” of India – the entity at the top of a production line that integrates assemblies and sub-assemblies manufactured by Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.

The manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles at the cutting edge of technology, such as medium resistance altitude system, the Indian Army purchase, is only a starting point for DTL. Finally, the company, which already built a sixth Sukhoi-30MKI fuselage, and a fifth of the Texas band’s fuselage to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) – aspires to become a sophisticated systems integrator combat aircraft.

To this end, DTL proceeded systematically. Precision hydraulic pump manufacturing in the 1980s, aerospace quality components in the 1990s, aerospace assemblies later in this decade to major sections of the aerospace industry today, DTL believes that the next logical step towards sophisticated construction Aerospace systems is to be an integrator of unmanned aerial vehicle systems – platforms to fly, but less complex than equipped warplanes.

“We believe that this is the logical time to move the value chain to become a systems integrator. In the way of building full-fighter aircraft or larger aerospace systems, we believe that the development and integration of airborne vehicles Unmanned vehicles are realistic and achievable for Dynamatic, “said company CEO Udayant Malhoutra.” In spirit, we are working to have the HAL private sector tomorrow, “he said.

To assess DTL’s aspirations and capabilities, Business Standard has visited its new manufacturing site – a 27.5-acre Devanhalli facility, next to the new Bangalore International Airport, where unmanned aerial vehicles line up. Capable of harboring a space spilled half a million square meters, Devanhalli is accessible by large cargo trucks and offers easy access to the airport. Near Doddabalapur, DTL has a large research farm that could be converted into production later, if necessary.

With the installation of long DTL to Peenya out of Bangalore, little space, manufacturing aircraft components large beams to Airbus A330 body has already been moved to Devanhalli, and assembly Bell-407 cabins in Bell helicopters. Meanwhile, the Peenya DTL plant continues to manufacture rail beams for each of the 54 had a single line (A318, A319, A320 and A321) Airbus assembles every month; And also components for marine P-8I aircraft and Boeing CH-47E Chinook helicopters.

Unlike the relatively stable revenues in global aerospace manufacturers, DTL is in uncertain territory in the manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles. The company envisages a market opportunity in India for around 5,000 unmanned aerial vehicles for military and civilian uses, but so far there are only three “requests for information” (DGR) issued by the military, whereby the DTL-IAI combination Will compete with unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturers around the world.

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