Rajnath Singh Inaugurates New Flight Control Systems Integration Facility to Develop Avionics for AMCA

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday opened a building that houses the new Flight Control System (FCS) Integration Facility being built at the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) that will support research and development (R&D) activities to develop aircraft avionics. fighter aircraft and FCS for the fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).

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Speaking to The Indian Express, G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO)said AMCA’s design work is taken very seriously.

“From avionics development, software and simulation training to combat aircraft pilots, everything will be supported at this facility. As for AMCA, last week we announced the proverbial metal cutting for the first prototype of the aircraft,” he said.

Reddy, however, declined to provide an update on AMCA’s critical design review.

“ADE is the parent company of the Flight Control System (FCS). This is the most critical part for manned or unmanned aircraft. The ACV FCS was developed at ADE. This system requires sensors, computers, hardware and software. It needs actuators to drive the control surfaces of the plane. This entire chain is done at ADE. We are the only ones with no FCS failure. Until now, the facilities were scattered across the city and now in this building we will have all the facilities here,” Asha Negi, Project Manager (had lived) at ADE.

Negi added: “The whole aircraft-like structure will be here in two hangars in this building for two aircraft (manned and unmanned). On this structure, I can put aircraft sensors, electronics, and I can do testing, performance evaluation, and failure injection, which is the most important thing. Everything is field tested in this building.

The state-of-the-art complex was built in a record 45 days, with in-house hybrid technology consisting of conventional, pre-engineered and pre-engineered methodology. The technology was developed by DRDO with the help of M/s Larsen & Toubro (L&T). Design verification and technical support were provided by the teams at IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee.

Singh said that with the changing political and economic equation globally, it is imperative to enhance India’s strategic capabilities. “Our defense needs must be increased and we must undergo constant modernization of the armed forces, this is the need of the hour. Staying ready is our top priority and we are constantly working to improve our strategic capabilities. Whether it is technology or products, services or facilities, their advanced and faster development is the need of the hour. The complex will also provide simulator training for fighter jet pilots. Simulation is one of the most important components of the complex. Simulators provide an opportunity to learn by making mistakes without the possibility of losses,” he said.

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