National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, is the only civilian aerospace R&D laboratory in India. CSIR-NAL is a high-tech oriented institution focusing on advanced topics in aerospace and related disciplines and has a mandate to develop aerospace technologies with strong science content, design and build small and medium-size civil aircraft and support all national aerospace programmes.
CSIR-NAL has many advanced test facilities (many of them recognized as National Facilities) which are the best in the country and comparable to those outside. Along with these facilities, its globally recognized competence has enabled CSIR-NAL to achieve notable R&D successes, innovative technology developments and advanced testing capabilities. CSIR-NAL has a strength of 1100 with 400 scientists, 460 technical staff and 160 administrative staff. CSIR-NAL has also provided value added inputs to all national aerospace programmes. Its contributions over the last five decades have enabled it to create a niche for itself in the areas of advanced aerospace research and technology development.