EDGE Entity AL TARIQ Signs MoU with HAL and Bharat Dynamics
Abu Dhabi, UAE – EDGE Group entity, AL TARIQ, a leading developer and producer of highly modular long-range precision-guided munitions (LR-PGMs), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a leader in the design, development, manufacturing, supply and maintenance of aircraft, helicopters, engines, aerospace equipment, avionics and related accessories for military and civil markets.
The MoU was signed during Aero India 2023, Asia’s largest aerospace exhibition, which is being held at the Yelahanka Air Base, Bengaluru, until 17 February.
Under the MoU, AL TARIQ will explore the feasibility of integrating their line of LR-PGMs onto HAL platforms for enhanced mission flexibility.
At the signing, Theunis Botha, CEO of AL TARIQ, said: “AL TARIQ and HAL will partner to explore the integration of the AL TARIQ family of modular, long-range, all-weather, day/night, precision munitions, onto HAL’s fixed-wing aircraft.
Through our partnership with HAL, a leading producer of latest technology military aircraft, we can offer customers a LR-PGM that provides long stand-off ranges and increased safety.
“Additionally, we look forward to offering a unique, modular LR-PGM solution that will expand and enhance the aerial strike capability of the end-user.”
Mr. S Krishna Kumar, Executive Director (Aircraft Research & Design Centre) of HAL, said: “High precision, long range, focused munition integration will improve the lethality of our fighter aircraft. ARDC along with other stakeholders will explore the possibilities of integration of AL TARIQ’s LR-PGM solution to fixed-wing aircraft of Indian origin.”
HAL manufactured a number of aircraft types including HAL Tejas light combat aircraft, HAL HTT-40 trainer aircraft as well as license built Sukhoi Su-30MKM multi role combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
The company has a number of ongoing projects for future aircraft including HLFT-42 next gen supersonic trainer and AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft).
EDGE Entity AL TARIQ Signs MoU with Bharat Dynamics
AL TARIQ also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of India-made missiles and underwater weapons at the same show.
In line with the events theme of ’The Runway to a Billion Opportunities‘, highlighting local partnerships and investments in India, AL TARIQ and BDL will be jointly producing the AL TARIQ line of all weather, day/night, long-range precision-guided munition (LR-PGM) kits in India.
Theunis Botha, CEO of AL TARIQ, said: “We are extremely proud to be partnering with Bharat Dynamics, a well-established manufacturer of high technology weapon systems for the Indian Air Force. The MoU exemplifies the willingness and intent of AL TARIQ and Bharat Dynamics in cooperating and identifying opportunities to jointly produce the AL TARIQ LR-PGM in India. It will also enable us to meet the Indian Air Force’s requirements while fulfilling the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ mandate.”
Commodore A. Madhavarao (retired), Director (Technical) of BDL, said: “Our partnership with AL TARIQ, a producer of outstanding, mission-proven precision-guided munition kits, marks a notable addition to our precision strike portfolio. Under the MoU, Indian variants of AL TARIQ’s LR-PGMs will be developed and produced at our state-of-the-art facilities, adding a modular, advanced long-range capability to our precision-guided munition offerings.” — adj/mgm/mhi
Main pix: Theunis Botha, CEO of AL TARIQ, and Mr S. Krishna. Kumar, Executive Director of HAL, sign MoU at Aero India 2023