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HAL and L&T to manufacture industry-made PSLV for Isro: Chairman K Sivan

ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that a consortium has already been created between L&T and HAL and they are ready to take up the production of PSLV

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

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PSLV-C40 at its first launch pad (Photo: Isro)

The Friday said that its strategic partners and have signed a MoU to manufacture the industry-made (PSLV).

has initiated an action plan to get the production-ready through the industry, with the Government clearing the proposal.

has been ISRO's workhorse with 45 flights, including India's successful missions to the Moon and Mars.

Until now, public and private industries have been supplying devices, components and for the

is taking steps to hand over the entire gamut of launch vehicle manufacturer to the domestic industry by 2020.

"Anticipating such a proposal and earlier interactions, the current strategic partners of -- HAL and -- signed a MoU for realising the PSLV stages and supply to ISRO, making use of existing for materials and components and production and integration facilities of ISRO," the space agency said on its website.

ISRO K Sivan said that a consortium has already been created between and HAL and they are ready to take up the production of PSLV.

Terming it as a "major milestone", he said "L&T and HAL have already come together. They have signed an agreement.

They came and spoke to me in this consortium, other are also going to join."

Citing several advanced time-bound projects like the commercialisation of GSLV Mk III, Gaganyaan human space mission and other advanced space exploration missions, ISRO said its limited resources would be utilised for these projects for their timely completion, where a lot of Research and Development is involved.

"The regular production of PSLV shall be realised by an industry consortium and ISRO will confine itself to do mission analysis and planning and configuration controls," it said.

PSLV, a "versatile" vehicle designed and developed by ISRO, has been successfully deployed for remote sensing, Navigation, communication and deep space missions.

According to ISRO, the reliability of the vehicle is as high as 0.97 and the vehicle is gaining importance in the international market as the demand for are increasing continuously from customers, in addition to domestic users.

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 18:55 IST