HAL not contending to be offset partner of any OEM: MD  |  Photo Credit: PTI
Bengaluru: Amid a political slugfest over the Rafale fighter jet deal, state-run HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director R Madhavan Wednesday stated the plane manufacturing firm is contending not to be an offset partner of any original equipment producer.
But it could like to be a “total Technology transfer partner” for manufacturing of plane, he stated. Madhavan’s reply got here when he was requested to make clear on one amongst many expenses that defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had been disadvantaged of an offset contract from the Rafale deal.
“We are not contending to be an offset partner to any OEM, rather HAL would like to be a total Technology transfer partner for production of aircraft,” he informed PTI right here. He additionally stated HAL’s primary focus was on manufacturing of plane, helicopters, related equipment and their restore and overhaul, and not in garnering offset enterprise.
Production of plane from switch of know-how is completely completely different from offsets, in accordance to him. Some portion of the offset enterprise from varied different programmes had been being administered on the HAL, but it surely does not kind a significant enterprise, Madhavan stated. “HAL will continue to get these offset business,” he added.
The Congress lately accused the federal government of forcing Dassault Aviation to make Reliance Defence its offset partner for the Rs 58,000 crore deal to buy 36 Rafale jets. It alleged that the federal government was serving to the Anil Ambani group get a contract value Rs 30,000 crore from the deal.
However, the Reliance Group, in a press release, has stated Dassault Aviation’s funding in Reliance Airport Developers Limited has no hyperlink with the Rafale fighter jet deal, and has accused the Congress of resorting to “blatant lies” for political features.
Reliance has additionally stated the Indian authorities, the French authorities, Dassault and Reliance have clarified on a number of events that there was no offset contract for Rs 30,000 crore to Reliance as alleged by the Congress. Earlier, in an interplay with the media on November 2, Madhavan had stated that the HAL was fully out of the Rafale deal, however at one level of time, it was half of it, which did not kick-off.
“We are not in that (Rafale) business now. We were in it at one point of time. It is a direct purchase by the government and (I) cannot make any comments on pricing and policy changes,” he had stated.
Escalating his marketing campaign in opposition to the Modi authorities over the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi final month accused it of destroying the “strategic asset”, state-run aerospace firm HAL, and informed its staff that “Rafale is your right.”
In an interplay, Gandhi had sought to attain out to current and former HAL staff, alleging that “temples of modern India are being attacked and destroyed; we cannot allow it to be done.”
The Congress has additionally been demanding solutions on why the HAL was not concerned within the deal as finalised throughout the UPA regime. However, the BJP and Reliance Defence have dismissed all of the allegations as false.