Samtel HAL Display Systems, a JV between Hindustan Aeronautics and Samtel Display Systems, has won a development order with a total value of more than Rs 250 cr ($50 million) over the next few years, to manufacture indigenous Multi Functional Displays (MFDs) for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The Samtel HAL JV was formed in 2006 as the first public-private partnership in this sector for developing and manufacturing avionics display systems. With the new development, the JV will become the first Indian company to produce these MFDs in India.
In the first phase, Samtel HAL Display Systems will provide indigenous MFDs for HAL's star programme – the SU-30 MKIs. The LCD-based MFDs have already undergone extensive testing by DARE (Defence Avionics Research Establishment) for their flight worthiness to be fitted on the fleet of SU-30 MKI to be produced over the next decade. The Multi Functional Displays (MFD), jointly developed with DARE (DRDO lab) and manufactured by Samtel, have recently got clearance for flight-testing from RCMA (Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness). With this clearance, Samtel becomes the first Indian company to indigenise multifunctional displays for the Indian Defence forces.
The Multi-Functional Display (MFD) is a device that puts all aircraft-systems monitoring and flight planning functions at the pilot's fingertips. The MFD displays a composite view of the aircraft's environment, providing the pilot with all necessary information to make safe decisions during every phase of the flight. Engine performance and situational data such as location, terrain, traffic, and weather and airport information are all digitally depicted and can be quickly interpreted at a glance on the large-format display.
Samtel Group CMD Satish Kaura said, "The long-term manufacturing agreement with HAL is clearly a milestone for public-private partnership in this highly sensitive and strategic sector. In addition to the production of MFDs, the agreement will also require sustained support for all of HAL's applied systems. The
defense industry demands high quality and high performance avionics equipment and systems and Samtel is committed to maintaining these standards."
Updated Date: Jan 31, 2017 01:45:08 IST