Jamshedpur, Dec. 7: National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML) and Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday signed a MoU in the field of Research and Development ( R&D). A top level IAF delegation led by Air Marshal Vibhas Pande VSM, Air Officer in charge Maintenance along with senior officials of NML signed the agreement.
“ During the visit, discussions were held on the areas of prime national interest in the field of materials, metals, corrosion science and other allied engineering domains with an aim to decide on aspects of collaborations between IAF and CSIR-NML,” said an official of NML.
The IAF delegation stressed upon the requirement of improving the reliability and serviceability of their legacy assets, with emphasis on material informatics, substitution, life extension and indigenisation. The importance of refurbishment, reclamation, simulation of material behaviour and increasing the envelope of operations were brought out. The need for HR development through training, workshops and knowledge exchange were highlighted.
During the visit, the IAF team visited the R&D facilities of CSIR-NML, discussions and deliberations were held on various issues, and interactive technical presentations were made by both organizations. The visit culminated in the signing of MOU for cooperation in activities of interest to IAF and within the domain expertise of CSIR-NML.
The National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur is the third in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) family of 38 laboratories. The laboratory was formally inaugurated and dedicated to the nation on the November 26, 1950 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.