BHEL secures heat exchanger control for Tejas light combat aircraft

Government engineering and manufacturing company Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured an order to supply Cornpact heat exchanger assemblies for 83 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas MK1A light combat aircraft for a fee of not disclosed. This order concerns the manufacture, assembly, testing and supply of compact heat exchangers intended to equip the LCA Tejas aircraft.

BHEL-HPVP and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) Bangalore jointly designed and developed 13 different types of compact heat exchangers for the program’s Environmental Control System (ECS) and Secondary Power System (SPS) ACL MK-1.

So how does BHEL-HPVP work? For the uninitiated, BHEL’s Heavy Plate and Vessel Plant (HPVP) in Vishakhapatnam has been the sole supplier of heat exchangers for LCA Tejas to HAL since 1996. BHEL-HPVP has manufacturing facilities and dedicated and complex inspection for the manufacture of advanced equipment. -art Compact Heat Exchangers for different types of aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics.

BHEL is also ready to meet the requirements of future programs of LCA, ALH, Sukhoi and AMCA, according to the publication of BHEL. BHEL is also working with DRDO for the development of a liquid cooling system (LCS) based on an air cycle machine for the Aircraft POD application for LCA Mk-2.

“Significantly, the company has already established specialized manufacturing facilities and capabilities aimed at making a major contribution to self-sufficiency in the production of defense equipment. These initiatives by BHEL will be a driving force for the AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan of the Government of India,” BHEL further mentioned in its statement.

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