Create solutions, reduce dependency on foreign OEMs: Air Marshal Vibhas Pande

An IAF seminar in Pune by Air Marshal Vibhas Pandey, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Maintenance Command IAF, focused on reducing dependence on foreign OEMs.

PUNE: The Indian Air Force (IAF) organized a two-day Avionics Indigenization Seminar (AVSEM-22) at the Base Repair Depot in Pune on Monday and Tuesday to reduce dependence on Western and Russian-based original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Air Marshal Vibhas Pandey, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Maintenance Command IAF, chaired the seminar titled “Integration of Avionics based on Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) Framework”.

“The main objective of the seminar was to translate the self-sufficiency mantra into a workable framework on the ground to promote adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology in aviation systems and reduce dependence on Western and Russian-based OEMs. Members of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) institutions, academia and the civil aviation industry discussed creating an actionable framework for domestic repair and development of avionic assemblies within the country,” a defense press release said.

Air Marshal Pandey emphasized the need to create in-country solutions for sustenance of IAF fleets and minimize dependence on foreign OEMs.

Five thematic sessions were conducted and each session was chaired by DRDO and IAF officers. Experts presented their views on developing local repair capacity using modern diagnostic and repair techniques, artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology infusion for fault diagnosis, reverse engineering of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and COTS-based MOSA framework for developing avionics assemblies. Challenges related to standardization in adopting COTS technology in aviation.

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