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Truly Indigenous: As LCA Tejas Aircraft Nears Production, Local UP Firm To Provide Essential Fittings

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As India ventures into consolidating the field of indigenous manufacturing, the Indian city of Prayagraj, famously known as ‘Sangam City’ will be providing essentials for the making of the advanced LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter jets, Times of India reported.

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The company, Naini Aerospace Limited based at Prayagraj has been entrusted by the Hindustan Aerospace Limited (HAL), the prime manufacturer of the LCA, to provide looms for the new Tejas. The company had already been providing looms for Tejas Mk-1 jets and Dhruv helicopters.

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Looms are the bunch of cables running around in the aircraft to support avionics and fly-by-wire controls, bypassing electronic signals and other commands. The HAL is expecting to receive an order for 83 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter jets from the Indian Air Force by the year-end.

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Rajnikanth Mishra, CEO of Naini Aerospace said “Tejas 1A fighter aircraft would represent self-sufficient India. The light combat aircraft will be completely indigenous and the factory has started preparations for making looms of new fighter jets of Tejas series.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared the Tejas Mk-1A fighter jets as an essential addition to the IAF fleet, stressing on the project of ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India).

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According to TOI, Naini Aerospace Limited had been making looms for the first Tejas series and Dhruv helicopters since December 2017 and July 2017, respectively.

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The company would also be making looms for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s different satellite launch vehicles. However, the commencement of work for the organization has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CEO mentioned.

“The team of ISRO had visited and audited our facility in November-December 2019 and were satisfied with the infrastructure and potential we have and soon we would be making looms for launch vehicles for ISRO too,” he said.

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The Ministry of Defense had acquired Hindustan Cables Limited and re-named it to Naini Aerospace Limited. After becoming a unit of the Ministry of Defense, some of the vital parts of the Dhruv Helicopter were built in Naini’s factory.

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