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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 the country. Started on June 1, 1959 in Delhi, it moved to Bengaluru in 1960 and later on to its own two campuses (Kodihalli and Belur) in Bengaluru. CSIR-NAL is a high-technology oriented institution focusing on advanced disciplines in aerospace 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. NAL’s committed efforts over the last five decades have resulted in achieving expertise and core competencies in most of the disciplines of aeronautics. It has always readily accepted challenges and delivered programme critical products and technologies and has become the preferred destination for almost all the mission-mode aerospace programmes in the country. The major aerospace programmes of ISRO & DRDO have significant contributions from the laboratory. CSIR-NAL’s developmental work in strategic areas has helped the country in overcoming the technological denial regimes. The laboratory’s significant contributions both in civilian and strategic sectors have resulted in the development of new technologies and systems which are also of interest to industries. To mention few key technologies and systems developed which are of interest to industries include; Hansa-3, two seat ab-inito all composite trainer aircraft, Such an mini UAV for surveillance, carbon bre airframe components using innovative and cost-effective fabrication technologies, 55 hp Wankel engine developed with VRDE for DRDO-ADE’s Nishant UAV, radomes for airborne and weather applications, indigenous autoclaves for composite airframe manufacture, Detection and Hit Visualization using acoustic N-wave identification (DHVANI) for locating bullet hits on targets for the Indian Army, DRISHTI - an airport runway visibility assessor system developed is a fast and accurate transmissometer, advanced display system for aircraft cockpits, Integrated Global Bus Avionics System (IGAPS), Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA) software as a key tool for aviation and is being used by many Indian aircrafts for over a decade, NiTi Shape Memory Alloy for engineering and bio-medical applications, GMR Sensors for automotive applications Chromate free corrosion resistant coating for aerospace & automobile applications, and so on. Many technologies have been developed for societal applications. NALSUN solar selective coating for industrial and domestic solar water heaters, wind turbines of 300 kW and 500 kW capacity for wind energy harvesting, coatings for cutting tools to enhance wear resistance and improved tool life are some of the significant achievements with societal impact. As can be seen above, CSIR-NAL has contributed significantly to indigenous technology and product development and has been the backbone of many national aerospace programmes.

I therefore request you to spend a few minutes browsing through this site. I also invite to you visit this site at least once in two weeks so that we can share the exciting events unfolding at NAL with you. It will be my pleasure to personally receive your queries and suggestions and I shall endeavour to give you a quick and positive reply.

Shri Jitendra J Jadhav
Director, CSIR - NAL


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