HAL Full Form

What is the Full form of HAL?

The full form of HAL is Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. HAL is a state-owned Indian aerospace and defence firm headquartered is located in Bangalore, India. The Indian Ministry of Defence handles it.

The government-owned company mainly engages in aerospace activities and is presently involved in the fabrication & production of aircraft, design, helicopters, jet engines & their replacement parts. It has many facilities scattered throughout India, including Bangalore, Kanpur, Nasik, Koraput, Korwa, Lucknow, Kasaragod and Hyderabad.

History of HAL

  • HAL was founded in Bangalore on 23 December 1940 by Walchand Hirachand as Hindustan Aircraft Limited. The office began in a bungalow on Domlur Road named “Eventide.”
  • The Indian Government bought a one-third stake in HAL and realized its strategic significance in 1941.
  • The HT-2 Trainer aircraft, built by HAL, was first operated in August 1951.
  • Whereas AIL (Aeronautics India Limited) was founded in August 1963, an enterprise owned and run by the Government of India to start production of MiG-21 aircraft in India.
  • Hindustan Aircraft Limited was combined with Aeronautics India Limited in October 1964, and therefore HAL came into existence.
  • A separate HAL unit for the development of Cheetah & Chetak Helicopters in Bangalore was formed in 1970.
  • Avionics Design Bureau was founded at Hyderabad in 1971 to produce and develop UHF, IFF, HF, Radio altimeters & components and so on.
  • It started production of ‘Jaguar’ aircraft in 1979, following the licensing deal with British Aerospace.
  • It signed an agreement with the USSR in 1982 for swing-wing MiG-27 M production.
  • In 1988 a separate HAL department was formed to contribute to the country’s space programmes.
  • A new ACD (Aircraft Composite Division) was established in March 2007 to produce composite material for its with in-house applications, such as LCA, ALH, and so on.
  • A separate LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas Unit for manufacturing Light Combat Aircraft was founded at Bangalore in March 2014.


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