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Indigenously manufactured spares vital for grounded military planes: Official

IANS  |  Panaji 

Indigenisation will help of Indian aircraft, which are often grounded until the required foreign-made components are shipped to India, Luthra said on Friday.

Luthra was speaking at the 'Aviation Indigenisation Expo 2018' organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in association with the and the Aeronautical Society of in

"Indigenisation efforts to ensure that the 'right spare is available at the right time' must begin much earlier in the life-cycle of a platform after its induction.

"Not only will this approach reduce aircraft as many aircrafts remain grounded until components from abroad are shipped back to India, but it will result in downward cost of repair and maintenance," Luthra said.

He added that participation by indigenous original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) would be a "win-win strategy" for both the user and the OEMs.

Describing as the lifeline of the Indian naval aviation fleet, Luthra said that "the serviceability and reliability of aircraft are of paramount importance".

Maintenance of aircraft has become a mixed challenge, demanding seamless integration of new technology and also finding solution for obsolescence of

Luthra said that while the naval aircraft yards and station level workshops have been meeting the challenges, there is a need to encourage OEMs to set up facilities and carryout repair up to module level.



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 21:12 IST