On August 16, 2005, the opening day of the MAKS 2005 International Aviation and
Space Salon (the town of Zhukovsky, August 16-21, 2005), the Rosoboronexport
State Corporation and the Indian Corporation Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
signed a general contract on license production of the AL-55I aeroengines at HAL
The agreement covers the whole spectrum of works from the new engine's
development up to its serial production and export. According to the general
contract the HAL Corporation has the right to produce 1,000 engines. At first
250 units of AL-55I will be manufactured. The Ufa Engine Manufacturing Plant JSC
is identified as the main integrator on organization of license production.
The Indian side has chosen the Russian engine in the result of a convincing
victory of Rosoboronexport, representing the developer of the AL-55I engine -
the Saturn Science and Production Enterprise, over European manufacturers in the
tender for engine project for the perspective HJT-36 trainer and the newest
HJT-39 combat-trainer of the Indian Air Force. Russian aircraft builders have
managed to develop such an engine actually from scratch, which enables Indian
pilots to perfect flight skills on practically all types of Indian Air Force
fighters of Russian and foreign origin, including Mig-29, Su-30MKI, Mirage-2000.
Signing of the agreement with India is very important for the further
development of bilateral military-technical cooperation. Rosoboronexport is
confident, that Russian-Indian partnership relations in military-technical
sphere have good perspectives and solid potential, realization of which will
serve economic prosperity of our countries and strengthening of international
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