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The Design Department at HAL Nasik Division was established in 1964 to provide design support to the manufacturing programme of MiG-21 FL aircraft. It has grown over the years in strength, capability, infrastructure, facilities and transformed into a full-fledged R&D centre. In the year 1998, it was recognized as “Aircraft Upgrade Research and Design Centre (AURDC)”.
It has qualified designers with vast experience on Su30MKI, MiG series aircraft in design and development of product improvements, role capability enhancement, indigenisation, technology up-gradation, structural integrity studies for life extension, flight test analysis and mid-life upgrade.
The Centre is recognized by CEMILAC as Design House and also by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
The Centre is supported by three laboratories viz. Static Test Lab, Environment Test Lab and Material Test Lab.
Core Competencies:
Core Competencies
Quality System and Accreditations:
  • Quality system is certified to AS 9100C including ISO 9001:2008. 
  • Central Laboratory is accredited by NABL in Mechanical, Chemical and Non Destructive Testing (NDT). 
Test Facilities
Test Facilities
Test Facilities
Software facilities :
  • PLM: Teamcentre 
  • Unigraphics
  • CATIA V5
  • MSC product suite (Patran, Nastran, DYTRAN), hyper works suite 
  • Flow Master 
  • CFD ++  ,TRANSE Magic     
  • AMESIM    
  • IBM Rational Tools 
  • LDRA Testing Tools
  • SCADE     
  • NI Lab View      
  • MATLAB R15 
     1.   Aircraft Upgrade:
MiG-27M has been upgraded with State of Art Core Avionics Computer for Nav-attack   computations and Avionics & Display management, HUD, MFD,DMG,INGPS, EW systems, communication systems, environmental control system  with total indigenous efforts without the support of Russian OEM.

Su-30 MKI upgrade is on hand.

     2.   Modifications:
More than 400 modifications on MiG-21 variants, 90+ modifications on MiG-27 and                 50+ modifications on SU-30MKI aircraft have been carried out to improve flight safety, reliability, performance, maintainability and role capability enhancement in the following areas:
  • Integration of State-of-the-art Avionics Systems 
  • Integration of New Weapons/Stores of Foreign and Indian Origin
  • Improvement in Electrical/Instrument and recording Systems
  • Improvement in Mechanical Systems
  • Structural Modifications

    3.   Life Extension:
AURDC undertakes Life extension (Airframe and Rotables) programs of Su-30MKI, MiG-21 series, MiG-23, MiG-27M, MiG-29 and AN-32 aircraft for the following:
  •  Time Between Overhaul (TBO)
  •  Total Calendar Life (TCL)
  •  Total Technical Life(TTL) 
4.  Indigenisation:

AURDC has given thrust for indigenous development of aerospace materials, Line Replaceable Units (LRU), different variety of spares of MiG-21 series, MiG-27 and 
  • Su-30 MKI aircraft
  • Private Business Partners have been developed under Make In India campaign for indigenous development.
  • Major items indigenized are;
  • Canopy Sealing Hose
  • Hydraulic Filter Elements
  • Landing, Taxing & Refueling Lights
  • Wires and Connectors
  • Battery 
  • Drop Tanks

    5.   GHE/GSE:
AURDC has developed numbers of Testers/ Ground Support Equipment (GSEs)/ Ground Handling Equipment (GHEs) indigenously for Su-30 MKI &  MiG-29 aircraft  viz :
  • Hydraulic Service Trolley
  • Fuel Control Trolley
  • Ground Power Unit
  • Nitrogen/ Oxygen Generation trolley
  • Ground Engine Performance Monitor
  • Aircraft Lifting Devices

     6.   Technical Publications:
Development of Technical Publications Viz. Pilots Manual, Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Battle Damage Repair Manual, Technical Description Books, Trouble Shooting Manuals, Illustrated Parts Catalogue, Flight Reference Cards.

   7.   Services:
  • Training in Aircraft Systems and Technology
  • Aircraft Modifications
  • CFD analysis for stores carriage and release
  • Life Extension (Airframe/ Rotables)
  • Material  Testing and Failure Analysis
  • Failure / Accident Investigation of aircraft  and repair technology 
  • Calibration of Pyrometric instruments and load cells
  • Environmental Testing
  • Periodical proof testing of aircraft slings and lifting devices
  • Modification and Test Instrumentation of aircraft for proving weapons
Aircraft Upgrade Research & Design Centre
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited , Nasik
PO: Ojhar Township,
Ojhar , Maharashtra - 422207
Phone: (02550) 275464
Fax: (02550) 271965