HAL completes rocket engineering fabrication facility

The state-of-the-art ICMF, built on a 4,500 square meter space containing more than 70 high-tech tools and test facilities for the production of cryogenic (CE20) and semi-cryogenic (SE2000) engines of Indian rockets, will be officially inaugurated by President Draupadi Murmu on Tuesday.

In order to create a cryogenic engine module production facility in the aerospace division of HAL, a memorandum of understanding with ISRO was signed in 2013. This memorandum of understanding was later revised in 2016 to allow the creation of the ICMF with an investment of Rs 208 crore.

Commissioning of all critical machinery for manufacturing and assembly requirements has been completed, according to Bengaluru-based HAL, which also announced the start of pre-production operations, including the creation of blueprints and drawings. process and quality.

In a statement, HAL promised that it would start producing the modules by March 2023. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV MK-II), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle geosynchronous satellite (GSLV Mk-III) and the integration stage for GSLV Mk-II are all manufactured by HAL Aerospace Division.

“Under one roof, the facility (ICMF) will house all of ISRO’s rocket engine manufacturing. Increased self-sufficiency in high-thrust rocket engine production would result from the facility,” HAL added in a statement. communicated. The statement claimed that cryogenic engines are the engines most often used in launch vehicles worldwide. Due to the complexity of the cryogenic engine, only a few countries – the United States, France, Japan, China and Russia have yet achieved technological mastery.

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