Stressing that Indian's premier aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) should become the market leader in one or two aircraft programmes, President APJ Abdul Kalam urged it to venture into making unmanned supersonic fighters, remote-piloted vehicles, space systems and their derivatives.
"Working through a full cycle of design, development, production and marketing of the total aircraft systems indigenously will enable HAL to become a world leader in aviation," Kalam said in an interview to HAL's official journal "The Plane" to be launched later in December.
Asked about the marketing mantra HAL should adopt, Kalam said the customer must get the best performance at the most competitive cost.
"Customer is the king and he should get the product at the right time and in the right place," the president maintained.
Speaking about some of HAL's frontline projects, he termed the indigenously designed light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas as an excellent combat machine.
"We should persevere and ensure that it graduates for squadron service before 2010," Kalam maintained.
On the advanced light helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, he urged HAL to design new-generations of the machine that could cater to both civilian and service requirements.
Pointing to the need for creative leaders, Kalam said: "Creative leadership means exercising the vision to change the traditional role from the commander to the coach, manager to the mentor, from director to delegator and from who demands respect to one who facilitates self-respect."
He also urged HAL to introduce inspiring leaders in the organisation.
"This will facilitate young engineers and designers to mingle with performers, seek their guidance and get inspired to excel in their tasks," Kalam maintained.
Emphasising that success comes to an institution only when it has the culture of taking risks and succeeding, Kalam said: "When you are in sensitive missions, you will definitely encounter certain failures. In such situations, you should not allow failures to become your master. Instead, you should become master of the problems and succeed."
"The Plane", a quarterly journal, will be launched in Bangalore on December 23 when the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, receives the first copy from AK Saxena, managing director of HAL's Bangalore complex.