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AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS

     AERO cluster headquartered at Bengaluru and       by the IAF and type approval of aeronautical
headed by Dr. CP Ramanarayanan, Distinguished          stores supplied by the industry. Further, the
Scientist, handles some of the most complex and        Lab has expanded its R&D horizon and has
cutting-edge technologies in systems development,      been involved in design and development of
viz., aerodynamics, propulsion, navigation,            air-launched expendable target aircraft systems,
guidance and surveillance. These pertain to major      pilot training simulators, re-usable rocket pods,
systems like manned and unmanned aircraft,             head-up displays, electro-optic sensors, flight-
aero engines, lighter-than-air systems, airborne       control system evaluation, glass fibre reinforced
surveillance, etc. R&D in such areas is carried        plastic radome, UAV of two classes - the high-
out by a cluster of four laboratories namely,          speed UAV [i.e. pilotless target aircraft (PTA)]
                                                       for realistic simulation of enemy aircraft, and
• Aeronautical Development Establishment               low-speed UAVs [i.e. remotely piloted vehicle
                                                       (RPV)] for reconnaissance and surveillance, and
   (ADE), Bengaluru                                    Digital Fly-by-Wire Flight Control System (FCS)
                                                       for LCA. The Lab has delivered some notable
• Aerial Delivery Research and Development             products/technologies to the Services, viz., RPV
                                                       ‘Nishant’, PTA ‘Lakshya’, Airborne Guidance &
   Establishment (ADRDE), Agra                         Control System (AGCS), Computerized Pilot
                                                       Selection System (CPSS), Avionics Part Task
• Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS), Bengaluru       Trainer (APTT), etc.
• Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE),
                                                       Core Competence/Thrust Areas
   Bengaluru
                                                       • Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA)
Additionally, design validation, and certification
of aeronautical stores is carried out by:              • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

• Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification  • Engineering & Flight Training Simulator

   (CEMILAC), Bengaluru                                • Flight Control Systems (FCS)

     Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA),            • Flight Simulation
a society under DRDO spearheading the LCA
Programme, is a major contributor to DRDO              • Cockpit Display Systems
initiatives in the AERO domain.
                                                       • Pilot Selection System
Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA)
                                                       Aerial Delivery Research and Development
     ADA Bengaluru, an autonomous body under           Establishment (ADRDE)
Department of Defence R&D, is involved in the
design and development of fighter aircraft. The             ADRDE Agra, is engaged in design and
Full-Scale Engineering Development (FSED)              development of Parachute Systems, Aerial Delivery
Programme for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)              Systems, Aircraft Arrester Barrier Systems, Controlled
was sanctioned in 2001 and the naval variant           Aerial Delivery Systems (CADS), Lighter-than-Air
of LCA was sanctioned in 2009.                         (LTA) Systems, Recovery Systems, and Floatation
                                                       Systems. ADRDE has already developed various
Core Competence/Thrust Areas                           products including personnel, and ejection-seat
                                                       parachutes, recovery parachutes, armament and
• Design and development of fighter aircraft           ammunition delivery systems, brake parachutes
• System engineering                                   and Heavy Drop Systems (HDS). The establishment
• Test and evaluation of aircraft systems              has successfully participated in Space-Capsule
                                                       Recovery Experiment (SRE) Mission of the Indian
Aeronautical Development                               Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by designing
Establishment (ADE)

     ADE Bengaluru, was established with the
mandate to support the acquisition of equipment

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