Indian Air Force Prepares 10-year Modernisation Plan
The Indian Air Force wants the private sector to pitch in to substitute imports. Here is what it wants:
NEW TECHNOLOGY to manufacture aircraft parts
technology for canopy repair
materials, realtime health monitoring technologies
radar technology for air to air and air to ground
Infra-Red seeker and sensor technology
of aviation grade material, from glues to rubber casings
MRO POTENTIAL and aero engines electrical rotables
equipment and ground support equipment
crash fire tender, arrester barrier
POLICY use of offset policy to identify specific indigenisation requirements at induction stage itself
approach by industry and setting up of ‘cluster of industries’
Maintenance Agreement and Long Term Repair Agreement to give assured work for specified time (say 5 years) New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has prepared a 10-year modernisation plan that identifies technologies and services that it requires and is set to share it with the private sector. But just 10-15% of the over ₹ 2.5 lakh crore projected acquisitions are expected to be from domestic manufacturers.
The plan is to share details of its requirements — from aircraft tyres to rotor blades and 3D printing technology, with specific quantities needed over 10 years — to enable private sector players to set up manufacturing facilities and replace imports.
The Indigenisation Roadmap (20162025), which is set to be released at a CII event on Tuesday, also lists out 174 parts — from subsystems for Jaguar fighter aircraft to parts and spares for the An 32 transport fleet — that are in dire need of being indigenised. The roadmap, a copy of which has been accessed by ET, says the concept of indigenisation is being transformed from being dependent on public sector units to “participative collaboration with Indian industry”.
On the anvil are acquisition projects worth more than ₹ 2.5 lakh crore, it says. “Unfortunately, only 10-15% of these are expected to be from indigenous sources as the technologies needed are not available indigenously.”
The report lists maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) as a major area for industry participation, as “creating a defence MRO in private sector has not only become a reality but it is also well facilitated by liberal government policies”.
The areas that the private sector can contribute in MRO range from air- frame and aero engines to airfield safety systems like crash tender and arrester barriers, it says. The paper suggests a cluster of industries — particularly of micro, small and medium enterprises — to be set up to meet the needs of the air force.
“There is a huge potential for indigenisation of capital equipment as well as maintenance spares in IAF.
3D PRINTING NANO SMART AESA IMAGING ALL TYPES PROACTIVE LONG TERM AIRFRAME MECHANICAL, TEST
Economic and optimal exploitation of this potential by Indian industry can lead to greater self-reliance,” the paper says.
On future technologies needed, there is a detailed chapter that lists out requirements, from modern 3D printing technology to advanced weaponry and sensors where the private sector may have opportunity to collaborate.
INDIGENISATION ROADMAP (2016-2025)