As India works to further strengthen its armed forces by equipping them with the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA), Hyderabad-based defence PSU, Midhani, has begun supplying the titanium alloy material needed to make the airframe for the aircraft.
“The airframe is an important part of AMCA which is being developed for the first time in India. Other structures come up on airframe and to make it, we have provided a strategic titanium alloy. Some of the requirements have already been met,” Midhani CMD Suresh Kumar Jha told TOI.
It was decided that the needed material would be developed indigenously under the Atmanirbhar Bharat programme, the technology for it was developed at Midhani. While five slabs have been supplied so far, another seven will be supplied in due course for the work that has begun on the AMCA.
Midhani has used a similar technology that it used to provide a specialised titanium alloy used in the making of the crew escape system of ISRO’s Gaganyaan programme.