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Transport Aircraft R & D Centre was established in 1967 and has been engaged in product updates, modification and system integration on medium capacity transport aircraft, trainer aircraft and gliders.

The center is engaged in development of major structural and avionics modifications for both civil and military aircraft and is also engaged in development of repair technology for in-situ repairs and permanent repair for civil and military aircraft. The Centre is currently working on anti-submarine warfare role and integration of electronic warfare equipments on DO-228 transport aircraft. The Centre has also integrated weapon system on DO-228 aircraft for paramilitary operations.

Adaptation of integrally milled and hydraulically formed wing panel for integral fuel tank development to replace rubber tanks on HPT -32 aircraft is an illustration of our commitment to the pursuit of excellence through continuous improvement and innovation.

The centers successful integration of state of the art maritime surveillance Radar system of M/S Elta on Navy & Cost Guard DO-228 aircraft is an illustration of our commitment towards meeting customers needs.
While the inspection coverage for the fabricated parts and assemblies is provided by the central QC department, the Centre looks after the other QA activities of research and design which involve:
  • Design quality
  • Standards
  • Reviews for inspectability and testability
  • Defect investigation
  • Vendor selection and approval

Aircraft Technology

Our capabilities in project design are evidenced by our skills in executing it, right from the concept stage to final product certification.

The Centre has extensive expertise in:
  • Requirement Analysis and Design Synthesis
  • Configuration Evolution and Optimisation
  • Product Updates and Role Modification
  • Cabin Furnishing and VIP-Conversion
  • Development of Repair Technology and Application to Transport and Trainer Aircraft
  • Cabin Layout

Structural Technology

Through innovative design, structural analysis and progressive application of emerging technologies, we have accomplished several successful designs of airframe modules which have stood the test of time.

We have comprehensive capabilities in :
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Design of Advanced Composite Structures
  • Corrosion Prevention and Control Procedure VIP Layout
  • Static Structural Analysis and Optimisation
  • Fatigue / Fracture Analysis and Life Estimation
  • Static and  Dynamic Testing
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Material Testing
  • Airworthiness Requirement

System Design Integration

Our excellent skills in systems design and vast technical experience have resulted in the development of several successful role modifications and update programmes.

Our design expertise includes know-how in:
  • Requirement Analysis
  • System Design and Architecture
  • Installation Design
  • Reliability / Failure Mode Analysis
  • Formulation of Test Plans
  • Ground and Flight Testing
  • System Testing
  • Design of Test Rigs 

Programmes Completed

The Centre has successfully designed a large number of role modifications and product update of transport and trainer aircraft.

HPT - 32 Basic Trainer Aircraft :
  • Integral Fuel Tank to Replace Rubber Tank
  • Integration of Solid State Cockpit Voice Recorder
  • Design for Improved Crashworthiness
  • Increase of Time between Overhaul
DO-228 Transport Aircraft
  • Extra Large Cabin Door for Cargo Loading
  • Integration of:
    - Elta Radar
    - Gun Pod
    - IR / UV line Scanner
    - Flight Data Recorder
    - Super Marec Radar
  • Cabin Furnishing and VIP Layouts
  • Integration of Mandatory Airworthiness Modification viz, GPWS, TCAS and Mode-S on transport aircraft like DO-228

HS-748 Transport Aircraft

  • Avro Upgrade Program
  • Integration of Mandatory Airworthiness Modification viz, GPWS, TACS and Mode-S on HS-748 and AN-32 transport aircraft also

Our Facilities

The Centre has well established facilities for manufacturing and meeting quality standards. These include:

  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Aircraft Quality Welding
  • Conventional, NC and CNC Machining
  • Advanced Composite Components, Tooling and Assembly Technology
  • Vacuum Forming and Deep Drawing Machine
  • Test Lab including UTM, 3D CMM, Nikon Profile Projector, Hardness Testing Machine, CNC Machining Facility, Impact Test Facility, Ultrasonic Testing
  • Tool Design and Engineering
  • Aircraft Assembly and System Testing
  • Equipment Overhaul and Testing
  • Flight Preparation and Testing
  • Aircraft Painting
  • Runway Adjacent to Assembly Hangar
  • Technical library
  • Documentation & Publication

Customer Support

  • Training of Ground and Flight Crews
  • Well proven Customer Information and Documentation System
  • Defect Investigation and Failure Analysis for Continuous Product Update
  • Accident Investigation
General Manager -Transport Aircraft R & D Centre(TARDC)

Post Bag No. 225
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Chakeri, Kanpur 208 008

Telephone: +91 - 512 - 2402774
(Direct) +91 - 512 - 2451749-758
(Exchange No.) Extension: 4300
Fax: 0512 - 2450085