Thiruvananthapuram-based CSIR-National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bengaluru, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on strengthening the indigenisation and import substitution programme for the nation’s aerospace and defence sectors, as envisioned by the Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiative.
The MoU, signed and exchanged in Bengaluru on Thursday, relates to the development of Magnesium and Aluminium alloy castings and related areas for the aerospace and defence sectors.
Dr C Anandharamakrishnan, Director CSIR-NIIST, Dr T P D Rajan, Senior Principal Scientist and Dr P Nishy, Chief Scientist and Head, Business Development, and other senior scientists from CSIR-NIIST were present at the MoU signing ceremony.
V N Anil Kumar, General Manager (Foundry & Forge Division), Praveen B, Additional General Manager (Projects & Planning), M S Rajalakshmi, Additional General Manager (Finance) and other senior officers represented HAL.
The MoU facilitates CSIR-NIIST to collaborate on human resource utilisation, facility utilisation, technology support services, consultancy services and collaborative research works in the field of light alloys for the design and development of aerospace components and welding.
The specific areas of collaboration include Manufacturing of aeronautical grade magnesium alloy castings using low pressure casting (LPC) process, design and development of filler materials for salvage welding of Aluminium and Magnesium alloy castings and other areas of research of mutual interest.
A constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), NIIST Trivandrum is a leading institution engaged in conducting advanced research and development programmes in areas relating to effective utilisation of resources of the region, which are of fundamental importance to the country.
CSIR NIIST is also a leader in R&D programmes in agro-processing and technology, chemical sciences and technology, materials science and technology, micro processing and technology, environmental technology. The institute has established state-of-the-art facilities for conducting advanced research.
HAL is involved in design, development, manufacturing, supply and maintenance of aircrafts, helicopters, aerospace systems and components.
Foundry and forging division of HAL at Bangalore is into development, manufacturing and supply of forging, castings and rolled rings for diverse industries; and designs, maintains and supports aircraft, helicopters, aero engines and accessories as well as a range of avionics and systems.