In September 2021, HAL is awaiting government approval for funding of > Rs. 700 crore (US$ 94.79 million) to develop an indigenous High-altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS). This project is a part of the drone warfare programme being carried out for the defence forces.
In September 2021, HAL and Rolls-Royce have signed an agreement for Make-in-India Adour engine parts to support Rolls-Royce's international defence customer base. Through this partnership, Rolls-Royce aims to strengthen the ecosystem for Adour engines in India by building on HAL’s existing capabilities for manufacturing and supporting the Adour engines for Indian customers over several decades.
In August 2021, HAL placed an order for 99 F404-GE-IN20 engines and support services—worth US$ 716 million (Rs. 5,375 crore)—with GE Aviation (USA) to power the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.
In August 2021, HAL successfully carried out the Ground Run and Low-speed Taxi Trials (LSTT) of the Hindustan-228 (VT-KNR) aircraft on August 15, 2021, for Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) ‘Type Certification’. The event was part of the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence Day celebrations at HAL’s Kanpur facility.
In June 2021, three Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) produced by HAL were inducted into the Indian Coast Guard, boosting the ALH Mk-III Coast Guard programme.
In May 2021, HAL and Rolls-Royce signed an MoU to build support services for installation, packaging and marketing for Rolls-Royce MT30 marine engines in India.
HAL announced the completion of 140 Su-30MKI jets from raw material stage (phase 4).