CSIR-NAL and Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems an­nounce MoU for in­dige­nous Mis­sion Com­puter


The In­te­grated Global bus Avion­ics Pro­cess­ing Sys­tem (IGAPS) pop­u­larly called Mis­sion Com­puter, is a CoreAir­craft Com­put­ing Plat­form with fea­tures like ARINC 664 global bus, ARINC 818 fi­bre chan­nel video bus and ARINC 653 com­pli­ance. This so­phis­ti­cated state-of-the-art on­board com­put­ing sys­tem has been suc­cess­fully de­signed, de­vel­oped and in­te­grated for the first time in In­dia by CSIR-Na­tional Aero­space Lab­o­ra­to­ries (CSIRNAL), Ben­galuru, for civil avion­ics re­quire­ments in line with ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive.

To take this de­vel­op­ment fur­ther to the In­dian and world­wide mar­ket in­cor­po­rat­ing ap­pli­ca­tion spe­cific up­grades and air­wor­thi­ness ap­provals re­sult­ing into a cer­ti­fied prod­uct, CSIR-NAL and Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited (TASL) have signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) to un­der­take this as a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions to­wards fur­ther­ing the ‘Make in In­dia’ Na­tional Mis­sion of the Govern­ment of In­dia.

The Mis­sion Com­puter, a key elec­tronic sys­tem on air and de­fence plat­forms for sub­sys­tem in­te­gra­tion and con­trol, and its vari­ants will be man­u­fac­tured in In­dia and cater to the In­dian and global mar­kets. Fur­ther, the Mis­sion Com­puter will be used for wide rang­ing ap­pli­ca­tions across var­i­ous aero­space and de­fence plat­forms. The col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ship with CSIR-NAL re­in­forces TASL’s con­tin­ued ef­forts to de­velop, in­te­grate and main­tain crit­i­cal pieces of tech­nol­ogy for large Aero­space and De­fence sys­tems within In­dia as part of the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive, and strive to be­come a pre­ferred part­ner to the In­dian and global aero­space & de­fence in­dus­try.

For CSIR-NAL, this MoU is a land mark achieve­ment in re­al­is­ing com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of de­vel­oped tech­nolo­gies en­abling In­dian in­dus­tries to com­pete glob­ally and achieve self-re­liance in a high tech­nol­ogy strate­gic area. “This is one of the best ex­am­ple of pub­lic pri­vate col­lab­o­ra­tion ef­fort to­wards ‘Make in In­dia’,” said Shyam Chetty, Di­rec­tor, CSIR-NAL.

“This col­lab­o­ra­tion with CSIR-NAL re­in­forces TASL’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to­wards in­dige­nous de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing of key sys­tems and sub­sys­tems for aero­space and de­fence ap­pli­ca­tions, lever­ag­ing the tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by ma­jor aero­space and de­fence labs in In­dia” said S. Ra­mado­rai, Chair­man, TASL.

The IGAPS is one of the most tech­no­log­i­cally chal­leng­ing air­craft core com­put­ing plat­form to be ever de­signed within the coun­try for civil avion­ics re­quire­ments. This de­vel­op­ment is part of CSIRNAL’s vi­sion of achiev­ing self-re­liance in in­dige­nous de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of com­plex air­borne sys­tems for na­tional air­craft pro­gramme needs. The avion­ics ar­chi­tec­ture whose life-cy­cle costs are cur­rently es­ti­mated to be ap­prox­i­mately in mil­lions of dol­lars is an ar­chi­tec­tural change which will en­able it to keep up with the grow­ing de­mand of low op­er­at­ing cost and high per­for­mance re­quire­ments de­manded by in­dus­try to­day.

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