‘India will see next revolution in aerospace sector’

Mubarak Ansari
Thursday, 14 December 2017

Pune: CP Ramanarayanan, Director General (Aeronautical Systems) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Wednesday, said that after Information Technology (IT) and automobile sectors, India will see the next revolution in the aerospace sector.

Pune: CP Ramanarayanan, Director General (Aeronautical Systems) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Wednesday, said that after Information Technology (IT) and automobile sectors, India will see the next revolution in the aerospace sector.

Ramanarayanan was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 6th international conference on ‘Product Life, Cycle, Modelling, Simulation and Synthesis (PLMSS) – 2017’, which is being jointly hosted by the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune, and Tech Mahindra. The conference will emphasise the use and development of CAD, CAM, CAE, PLM and ERP, etc. It is being organised at DIAT to provide a platform to discuss the trends and advancements in the area of PLMSS for Engineering and Technology applications and processes.

In his address, Ramanarayanan said, “If we look at the Indian scenario, initially it was IT revolution and within a short span, India became an IT giant. IT became a big revenue generator. After IT, it was automobiles and we are now trying to catch up with the other leaders. The next predicted and likely evolution is in the aerospace. But the major difference between the first two and the third is the need for perfect ‘Product Life Cycle Management’. Development of any subsystem in aerospace requires a different breed of engineers. We want engineers who not just understand the product and its costing but also those who know how to keep the cost of lifecycle management at the minimum.”

He added, “You will also be aware that in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), when an aircraft, ship or submarine is purchased, the negotiations are always about the life cycle. It is not the direct acquisition cost that matters but it is the life cycle cost that is always the deciding factor. So that perspective has to be there from the conception of the very project.” 

PLMSS 2017 conference
The conference was inaugurated on Wednesday by Ramanarayan, in the presence of Kartik Natarajan, Vice President of Tech Mahindra, and Prof B Gurumoorthy, Vice Chairman of PLMSS Trust. Dr Surendra Pal, Vice Chancellor of DIAT along with Dr SE Talole, Dean (Technology) and Dr SK Panigrahi, Professor of mechanical department, were also present on the occasion.

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