IIT Madras, which is the ‘Knowledge Partner’ of Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor, will form part of the TIDCO (Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation) Pavilion in the Expo. Professor of Practice Lt Gen (retd) P R Shankar, department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras, said, “We are now on the verge of making a mark in the Defence industry through technologies developed by our faculty and through our startups incubated in our research parks. We have come a long way since the last DefExpo held in Chennai.”
Some of the technologies that will be showcased include multi role expendable UAVs, which is in the process of design and development, to encompass Surveillance, Logistics, NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Weapons) Monitoring, and offensive roles. A next generation fire control network based on Shakti processor, developed by IITM, in a lightweight tablet configuration. The ramjet projectile technology, under development, for incorporation in Artillery projectiles will also be showcased.
The institute will also sign two MoUs including one with Ordnance Factory Board for establishing a joint Centre of Excellence for Ammunition in emerging technologies in hypersonic/ supersonic ballistics. A second MoU will be signed with Bharat Electronics Limited for establishing research and collaboration in the areas of ‘Propellants, Explosives and Related Technologies.
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