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CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd announce MoU for Indigenous Mission Computer for ‘Make in India’

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Mumbai, February 15, 2016: 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 (CSIR-NAL), 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 organizations 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 acrossvarious 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 MoUis 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 Mr. 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 sub-systems for Aerospace and Defence applications, leveraging the technology developed by major Aerospace and Defence Labs in India.’’ said Mr. S. Ramadorai, Chairman, Tata Advanced Systems.

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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 CSIR-NAL’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.

As a leader in the Aerospace industry in India, TASL with its global transition programmes with marque names in the aerospace industry like Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, has successfully demonstrated its ability to take complex aerospace programs and has recently announced partnership with Boeing Defence. TASL has also entered into the domain of precision manufacturing of aero-engines for Rolls Royce.

About CSIR

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), the premier industrial research & development organisation in India was constituted in 1942 by a resolution of the then Central Legislative Assembly. It is an autonomous body registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860.  The CSIR, known for its cutting edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization. Having pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units. CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience is embodied in about 4600 active scientists supported by about 8000 scientific and technical personnel.

CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.  It provides significant technological intervention in many areas with regard to societal efforts which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors.  Further, CSIR’s role in S&T human resource development is noteworthy.

CSIR is ranked at 84th among 4851 institutions worldwide and is the only Indian organization among the top 100 global institutions, according to the Scimago Institutions Ranking World Report 2014. CSIR holds the 17th rank in Asia and leads the country at the first position.CSIR has operationalized desired mechanisms to boost entrepreneurship, which could lead to enhanced creation and commercialization of radical and disruptive innovations, underpinning the development of new economic sectors.

About CSIR-NAL

CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories is a high-technology oriented institution focusing on advanced disciplines in aerospace and has a mandate to develop aerospace technologies with strong science content, design and build small and medium size civil aircraft and support all national aerospace programmes. It has many advanced test facilities recognized as National Facilities. These are not only best in the country but are also comparable to other similar facilities in the world. CSIR-NAL has provided significant value added inputs to all the Indian national aerospace programmes. Every major aerospace programmes of DRDO and ISRO has some significant contributions from CSIR-NAL. Its contributions over the last five decades have enabled it to create a niche for itself in advanced aerospace research and technology development. It has always readily accepted challenges and delivered programme-critical products and technologies and has become the preferred destination for almost all the mission-mode aerospace programmes in the country.Pioneer of India’s intellectual property movement, CSIR today is strengthening its patent portfolioto carve out global niches for thecountry in select technology domains. It is one of the leading organisation and the top patent holder in the country.

 About Tata Advanced Systems

Tata Advanced Systems Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, focused on providing integrated solutions for Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security. In a short span of five years, Tata Advanced Systems Limited has become a significant player in the global Aerospace & Defence market, becoming the premier manufacturing partner for global OEMs, including Boeing, Airbus Group, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Cobham Mission Equipment, RUAG Aviation, as well as the Government of India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation. It has demonstrated capabilities with established facilities throughout the entire Aerospace & Defence value chain from design, development, manufacture and integration of complex equipment and systems ranging from full aircraft assembly, missiles, command & control systems, unmanned aerial systems, radars, Optronics and homeland security.

About the Tata group

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising over 100 independent operating companies. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2014-15, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $108.78 billion. These companies collectively employ over 600,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors and shareholders. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of about $134 billion (as on March 31, 2015). Tata companies with significant scale include Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Teleservices, Titan, Tata Communications and Indian Hotels

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