December 5, 2023

Eyeing the potential market of South-East Asia, India’s state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL) expands its presence in Malaysia. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday inaugurated Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted’s (HAL) regional workplace in Kuala Lumpur, facilitating nearer defence industrial collaborations between India and Malaysia. 

In line with the defence ministry, the regional advertising and marketing workplace of HAL in Kuala Lumpur can even function a hub for engagements with the broader South-East Asian area. It can act as a window for different Indian defence PSUs as nicely. 

Defence Minister’s 3-day Go to to Malaysia

Rajnath Singh was on a 3-day go to to Malaysia, the place on Monday he met Malaysia’s high management together with Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to debate a variety of points to strengthen bilateral defence and strategic ties. That is the primary bilateral go to to Malaysia after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the institution of the Enhanced Strategic Partnership throughout his go to in 2015. 

The Defence Minister met his Malaysian counterpart, Mohamad Hasan, and had discussions on initiatives to additional broaden bilateral defence ties, specializing in methods to strengthen industrial cooperation. 

Each nations on Monday agreed to amend a Memorandum of Understanding MoU signed in 1993 by signing an Trade of Letters (EoL) to broaden bilateral defence cooperation within the space of mutual pursuits. 

The joint press assertion stated that this may facilitate extra bilateral actions between all three army providers sooner or later. The assertion additionally stated that each defence ministers have reaffirmed their dedication to implement the Enhanced Strategic Partnership. The 2 ministers agreed to the subsequent Malaysia-India defence cooperation committee (MIDCOM) assembly which is being deliberate in India later this yr.

Singh additionally had a “fruitful assembly” with the international minister of Malaysia Zambry Abdul Kadir exchanging views on bilateral significance and cooperation in worldwide fora.

Later at an occasion, Singh facilitated a 99-year-old Indian Nationwide Military veteran who fought alongside Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on the Burma border. He additionally unveiled a bust of Bose.

Rajnath Singh interacted with Indian Diaspora within the occasions acknowledging their position within the development of India. Malaysia is dwelling to the second-largest variety of Individuals of Indian origin and has a major NRI presence. He visited the Ramakrishna Mission in Petaling Jaya to supply tribute to the statute of Swami Vivekanand. This statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 2015 go to. The Minister visited the long-lasting Batu Cave temple as nicely, which is an emblem of friendship between the 2 nations.

On the inauguration of the HAL regional workplace in Kuala Lumpur, the Defence Minister stated, in a tweet, that as the primary abroad workplace of HAL, it symbolizes the potential for nearer defence industrial collaboration between India and Malaysia and in addition, the South East Asian Area.

HAL Regional Workplace – Hub to Serve South-East Asian Market

One of many essential causes to open the HAL workplace is to offer Upkeep, restore and overhaul (MRO) of the Su-30 fleet of the Royal Malaysian Air Pressure (RMAF). HAL is without doubt one of the largest producers of  Su-30s and it was trying ahead to supplying spare components to RMAF. Malaysia has additionally proven curiosity within the acquisition of Tejas fighters jets that are manufactured by HAL.

HAL workplace in Kuala Lumpur will make it simpler to cater to different markets in South-East Asia. Experiences say that HAL is in talks with a couple of extra nations within the area who’ve proven curiosity within the Tejas. The nations are additionally involved in helicopters in addition to Mild Fight Helicopters. 

HAL is in talks with the Philippines for the sale of six indigenous Advance Mild Helicopters. The nation has already signed a contract with India for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.