Publish Date: December 13, 2021

Indian Air Force Signs MoU with IIT Delhi To Accelerate Indigenisation Efforts

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                                                                            (Pic: IAF, IIT Delhi Sign MoU)

New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) and IIT Delhi have recently signed an MoU for various developmental projects to support the requirements of the IAF. The MoU was signed by Air Vice Marshal Samir V Borade VSM, Deputy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer (Dy SMSO), Headquarters Maintenance Command, IAF and Prof. M R Ravi, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi. 

The joint partnership between the IAF and IIT Delhi aims to accelerate IAF’s indigenisation efforts for achieving self-reliance. Under the ambit of the MoU, the IAF has identified key focus areas involving technology development and finding indigenous solutions towards sustenance of various weapon systems. IIT Delhi will provide cooperation and consultancy, duly supported by research, for feasibility studies and prototype development.

The partnership between IAF and IIT Delhi will significantly boost the efforts by Base Repair Depots (BRDs) of Maintenance Command IAF, towards enhancing sustenance capability, obsolescence management, indigenisation and achieving self-reliance.

IIT Delhi had also established a Joint Advanced Technology Center in the year 2017 with funding from the DRDO. Over 80 faculty members and close to 150 staff and PhD students are currently working on various defence related projects in the Institute. This MoU with the Indian Air Force is expected to give a further fillip to these ongoing projects.