Friday, May 12, 2023

Make flight-critical components, MSMEs told

Coimbatore: Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal, assistant chief of naval staff (air material), on Thursday urged the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to start manufacturing sophisticated flight-critical and mission-critical components, as the indigenisation in the two categories in the naval aviation was just 1-2% and 30-40%, respectively, and bring the imports down.

The naval aviation has, however, achieved 90% indigenisation of non-flight critical components, he said while addressing an outreach programme at Codissia trade fair complex in the city.

“We have to indigenise the field of flight-critical components category, as the safety of aircraft depends on the same. It is the most difficult and challenging area, as it deals with engines and controls. We can indigenise some parts. It is not possible to make all the parts now,” he said.

On the other hand, non-flight critical components include support equipment like trolleys, towing arms, jacks and platforms. “They are easy to make and the certification process is also very simple,” he said.

According to Bansal, the naval aviation indigenization roadmap is promulgated every five years. “The present roadmap is for 2022-2027. Upon successfully reaching the set targets, we will add new targets. As of today, the roadmap comprises 585 items.”

He said the naval aviation had 45 types of aircraft - the oldest being 60 years old and the newest just 12 months old. “It is a challenge to maintain the vintage aircrafts as the production is stopped.”

12/05/2023 Times of India

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