The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to increase in-country production and support to meet its sustenance requirements of aircraft and systems. The service is highlighting a host of indigenization requirements at the ongoing airshow.
India’s air arm has announced that indigenization of aircraft as well as systems spares and setting up of indigenous Repair and Overhaul (ROH) facilities for aggregates are key focus areas. The IAF says that there is immense scope for indigenization of a wide variety of spares and equipment ranging from aircraft general purpose spares, such as nuts, bolts, cables, gaskets, springs, etc to complex high technology spares, such as avionics equipment, and aero-engine accessories.
The service has already identified indigenization requirements of approximately 4,000 lines of spares. Critical requirements for indigenization include aviation grade filters (fuel, hydraulic & pneumatic), aeroengine bearings, hydraulic and pneumatic hoses, multifunction displays, aviation grade circuit breakers, lamp filaments, spark plugs, etc to name a few.
At present, IAF efforts for indigenization of spares for maintenance of aircraft and systems is undertaken through Base Repair Depots (BRD) located across the country and No. 1 Central Indigenization and Manufacturing Depot (CIMD), Nashik.
To facilitate dissemination of requirements for indigenisation, details of IAF RFPs issued through CPPP portal by BROs/ CIMD are also being listed in the IAF website indianairforce.nic.in . In addition, a list of over 200 lines of high value ex-import spares (unit cost > Rs 1 million) has been hosted at srijandefence.gov.in.
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