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National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of the Council of Scientic 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 ve 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 signicant 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
signicant 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
trainner aircraft, Suchan 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 Identication (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 signicant
achievements with societal impact. As can be seen above, CSIR-NAL has contributed signicantly to
indigenous technology and product development and has been the backbone of many national
aerospace programmes. This booklet provides a detailed view of CSIR-NAL technologies and systems
which are of benet to the Indian industries for possible collaboration in indigenous production and
furthering Make in India.

Shri Jitendra J Jadhav

Director, CSIR - NAL
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