This HAL has much more benign intentions than the villainous computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) isn't concerned with interplanetary travel; it manufactures aircraft, engines, avionics, and communications equipment for military and civilian use. The government-owned company mainly makes fighter planes and helicopters for the Indian Air Force. From its 19 manufacturing plants and nine R&D centers across India, HAL has developed 12 aircraft models; with US, British, or Russian collaboration the company has 14 others under license. HAL also crafts satellite launch vehicles for the Indian Space Research Organization and exports its systems and components to 30 other countries.