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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 7:25 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 7:25 AM (IST)

Navy reaches out to north for aircraft spare parts

Navy reaches out to north for aircraft spare parts
Participants during an interaction between the Naval aviation and the industry in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 14

The Indian Navy, that is largely concentrated in the south, is reaching out to the industry in north India for indigenisation of spare parts and components for its air arm.

In a maiden venture, the Navy, through its Chandigarh-based Naval Liaison Cell (NLC), organised a face-to-face interaction between representatives of the industry in the region with naval officers involved in the indigenisation efforts here today.

The move comes in the wake of depleted product support for older generation aircraft combined with large dependence on foreign vendors leading to maintenance and sustenance issues.

Over 40 micro, small and medium enterprises attended the meet, aimed at familiarising the industry with the functioning of naval aviation and its efforts to tap local potential firms. The regional industry is already engaged in manufacturing a large variety of products for the Air Force and the Navy hopes to capitalise on this.

The Naval aviation operates about 250 aerial platforms of Russian, Israeli, western and indigenous aircraft, some of which are of the 1960’s vintage. The number of aircraft in the Navy’s inventory is stated to increase to about 500 in the next few years with the induction of new aircraft and helicopters.

The navy has taken multiple steps towards indigenisation and a naval aviation roadmap has been prepared for the next five years to indigenise more than 550 components, including flight critical and non-flight critical items.

Presiding over the meet, Rear Admiral VM Doss, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materials), said under the Make in India initative, the forces have eased procedures for indigenous industries to supply their products.

“In 10 years, the number of warships and aircraft will increase, leading to an increased requirement for components and the industry in the region can supply their products to various public sector undertakings, ordnance factories as well as research and development organisations,” said Doss.

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