DRDO hires IITs to develop new aero engines

Mumbai: The nation’s technology institutions IIT BOMBAY and IIT MADRAS will sign an agreement with DRDO to jointly develop crucial aerospace technologies as part of the “Make In India” initiative. The agreement was inked by DRDO D-G S. Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay, and B. Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras.

The DRDO signed an agreement by which a bi-nodal “Centre for Propulsion Technology” (CoPT) will be established at the IIT Bombay and IIT Madras campuses. Assuring the DRDO’s full support for the CoPT, Christopher said it would attract talent to the field and urged it to maintain a result-oriented approach.

It would facilitate and undertake research in areas like futuristic aero engines, hypersonic propulsion for long duration flights, solid propellant combustion modelling and morphing aircraft technologies. The CoPT will further strengthen the DRDO’s alliances with IITs and other research bodies in the country and enhance interaction with the academia and researchers.