On May 19, 2018, L&T Defence successfully completed manufacturing of 1,000 Integrated Propulsion Airframe System hardware for the Akash Missile at L&T’s Precision Manufacturing Systems Complex (PMSC), Coimbatore.
Mr. J.D. Patil, Whole-time Director (Defence) and Member of L&T Board, handed over 1,000th Integrated Propulsion Airframe System hardware to Mr. V. Udaya Bhaskar, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Dynamics Limited, in the presence of Dr. S Christopher, Chairman, DRDO at an event held at L&T Defence’s PMSC Coimbatore facility.
Integrated Propulsion Airframe System hardware is a critical system of the Akash missile. It comprises Sustainer & Booster motors (Section IV & V) integrated with 112 other sub-assemblies and components. L&T Defence partnered Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), DRDO’s Missile System laboratory for production technology & process development for Akash propulsion motors and produced prototype and limited series production of both the Sustainer & Booster motors creating an ecosystem of medium and small-scale enterprises.
The propulsion system hardware is manufactured and integrated at L&T’s state-of-the-art facility at Coimbatore. L&T partnered DRDO in the development and productionisation of the Ground Mobile Launchers and Rohini Radar Systems that form part of the Akash Systems inducted by Indian Air Force as well as Indian Army.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Patil noted that L&T has been associated with the Akash missile program right from the development stage since 1987 and as a long-term development partner to DRDO, L&T has been following “ONE TEAM” approach with DRDL as well as BDL to speed up the industrialization phase of the Akash program.
On receiving the 1,000th Akash Propulsion system hardware, Mr V. Udaya Bhaskar said that L&T has played a key role in enabling serial production of this critical missile system through innovation and use of advanced manufacturing technology.
Lauding L&T further DRDO Chairman Dr. S Christopher, remarked that association of competent industrial partners like L&T in the early stages of the program’s development cycle is a key success factor in propelling Akash Weapon System induction by the users through accelerated industrialization phase.
Akash is an all-weather medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system indigenously developed in India as part of the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Program (IGMDP). It provides multi-directional and multi-target area defence. The missile can be launched from static or mobile platforms, such as battle tanks, wheeled vehicles providing deployment flexibility. The SAM system can handle multiple targets and destroy maneuvering targets such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), fighter aircraft, cruise missiles and missiles launched from helicopters. The Akash SAM system defends vulnerable areas in all weather conditions against medium-range air threats from low, medium and high altitudes.