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We look forward to more interaction with the international aerospace community
Welcome to the Web site of National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL).
When NAL was established in 1959 (it was called National Aeronautical Laboratory till early 1993) its prime aims were to conduct front ranking research and development in the field of aeronautics and to build up a strong facility base that can be used for national aerospace programmes. Half a decade later, we note with pride that NAL has amply fulfilled this expectation.
Actually, NAL has done much more. We have played a key role in shaping the aerospace policies and programmes of India and in promoting a vibrant civil aeronautics industry. In the years to come, I see this national involvement growing even more.
The last decade has witnessed very
significant changes in the economic, political and technological perspective in India, and all major organisations have been asking themselves serious questions about their future paths and directions. At NAL too we have debated this question at considerable length. The outcome is our Vision 2002 statement, and our conscious forays into civil aviation
. One of NAL's major goals, therefore, is to take up total flying system development programmes, both to meet the perceived requirements of civil aviation in the country and to synergise our multi-disciplinary expertise into visible and marketable products. Our HANSA (2 -seater trainer) aircraft programme has been an unqualified success with half a dozen HANSA's already flying at Indian flying clubs in Hyderabad, Karnal, Indore and Trivandrum. Our SARAS (14-seat multirole) aircraft first flew on 29 May 2004 and has now completed its first block of seven test flights culminating with the inaugural flight on 22 August 2004 in the presence of the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Ocean Development, Mr Kapil Sibal.
We would like to expand our international visibility and are looking for R&D partners outside India. With our installed resource base (330 fulltime aerospace R&D professionals), long experience and success in front-ranking aerospace research and proven facility base, I believe NAL has a lot to offer the international aerospace community. Our location at Bangalore, India's fastest-growing electronic city, also guarantees quick first-time contact and speedy project implementations.
I therefore request you to spend a few minutes browsing through this site. I also invite to you visit this site at least once in two weeks so that we can share the exciting events unfolding at NAL with you. It will be my pleasure to personally receive your queries and suggestions and I shall endeavour to give you a quick and positive reply.