HAL and MIDHANI signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the ongoing Aero India 2021 for development and production of composite raw materials. This is the first time that such a MoU has been signed for composite raw materials. This is the major step forward in the area of composite materials. There is no equivalent proven Indian approved & qualified supplier for various types of Prepregs Carbon, Aramid, Glass types etc for the Aircraft applications. This creates dependency on foreign OEMs, which is likely to continue in future indigenous programs. Efforts need to be made to develop and manufacture such Prepregs in India through collaboration.
The usage of composites in the Aerospace is going to exist and increase, particularly for fighter Aircrafts & Helicopter because of its inherent advantages over metallic raw materials. In addition, similar requirement exists for other Aerospace and Defense programs including those of Indian Space Research Organization, Defence Research Development Organization and National Aerospace Laboratories.