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In a significant development for India’s defence and aerospace sector, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) have joined forces to characterize high-strength intermediate modulus carbon composites. This collaborative effort marks a crucial step toward advancing indigenous technology and materials for military aviation.

The joint project involved the characterization of high-strength intermediate modulus carbon composites, which have shown immense promise in terms of durability and weight reduction. These advanced composite materials are anticipated to play a pivotal role in the development of India’s medium-weight combat aircraft, particularly in the Tejas MkII Program.

One of the key achievements resulting from this collaboration is the realization of a Flaperon structural assembly using co-cured technology. The Flaperon assembly, a critical component for aircraft control and stability, has now been prepared for structural testing. This accomplishment highlights the successful integration of high-strength carbon composites into aircraft structures.

On October 5, 2023, the completed Flaperon structural assembly was officially handed over to ADA by NAL. This significant milestone paves the way for ADA to incorporate these cutting-edge materials into the design of the Tejas MkII, which is part of the ongoing Tejas Program.

The utilization of high-strength intermediate modulus carbon composite materials offers several advantages, with a primary focus on weight reduction. Lighter aircraft can achieve improved fuel efficiency, enhanced performance, and increased payload capacity. These innovations are crucial for ensuring the future competitiveness and effectiveness of India’s combat aircraft.

The Tejas MkII Program is poised to benefit significantly from these advancements, further enhancing India’s defence capabilities.

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