First carbon fibre plant ready for production

The Rs 30-crore, indigenous carbon fibre manufacturing plant, which will feed the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), as well as civilian SARAS aircraft, among other applications, is ready for commercial production.

“The process of quality certification of the carbon fibres is under way, and we expect that everything would be ready by March 2007,” said Mr A.R. Upadhya, Director, National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL), Bangalore.

The 20-tonnes-per-year capacity plant at NAL campus is a joint initiative of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and NAL. It will be able to meet the demands of LCA, Agni missile, projects of the Indian Space Research Organisation as strategic material and also some commercial industry.

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