The Indian Air Force and premier engineering institute IIT Madras inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 13 April for various developmental projects to the support the requirement of the IAF.
The pact was signed by Air Commodore S Bahuja, Command Engineering Officer (Systems), Headquarters Maintenance Command, IAF and Professor H S N Murthy, Head of Department Aerospace Engineering IIT Madras, at Air Force Station, Tughlakabad, Delhi.
The partnership aims to accelerate IAF’s indigenisation efforts for achieving ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’, the Defence Ministry said.
“Under the ambit of MoU, IAF has identified key focus areas involving technology development and finding indigenous solutions towards sustenance of various weapon systems. IIT Madras will provide consultancy duly supported by research for feasibility studies and prototype development,” the ministry said. “IIT Madras in partnership with IAF will significantly contribute in indigenisation efforts by Base Repair Depots (BRDs) of Maintenance Command IAF, towards enhancing sustenance capability, obsolescence management and achieving ‘Self Reliance’,” it added.