July 7, 2010
A National Center of Aerospace and Innovation Research (NCAIR) is being set up at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.
The NCAIR will be sponsored jointly by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Boeing. The first meeting is being held on July 15 in Mumbai.
DST is expected to invest $4.3 million. The aim is to get 5-6 patents in three years.
NCAIR will work on innovation and research on avionics and structures, with the aim of building an ecosystem for the manufacture of aerospace components. Others involved with the project include Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., (HAL) the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL), Tata and Larsen & Toubro.
Around 50 companies are expected to join the center as dues-paying members to participate in projects at a low cost. “While no profits are expected to be made from this, companies will use it as a training ground for young engineers, which will benefit both the private and the government sector,” an official says.
NAL, whose priority is to make a Regional Transport Aircraft, is likely to tap NCAIR, as is HAL for its fifth-generation fighter, a source tells AVIATION WEEK.
NCAIR is a different entity from the Boeing Research & Technology - India Center that opened last year. This is its third advanced research center outside the U.S., after Europe and Australia for radio frequency identification, materials and computational fluid dynamics.