B'lore-based private firm designs black box for Sukhoi-30

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Bangalore, Sep 1 (UNI) Showcasing the capability to produce state-of-the-art electronic gadgets by an Indian firm, a city-based firm has successfully designed the black box for the sophisticated Sukhoi-30 MkI jet fighter.

'SLN Technologies' has obtained orders from the Defence ministry to build eight such black boxes for the Indian Air Force, after the Ministry asked the company to design the black box in 2005.

Talking to newspersons on the sidelines of a function here, SLN Technologies Director M Anil Kumar, who is also President of the Indian Printed Circuit Association (IPCA), said the Defence Ministry was likely to place a regular order of 16 such black boxes per annum.

''India is the 'design shop' for many types of complex electronic components and the city has been its hub. Unfortunately it is yet to emerge as a major producer. We have full capability to become one, if the industry gets enough push from the government,'' he felt.

As a partner to the Defence Ministry in bringing out indigenously designed and manufactured electronic components, SLN had also developed a control system for ISRO's ambitious Chandrayaan-I project. Under the project, the space agency would launch an arbiter around moon using the PSLV next month.

''We have done the designing and development of the control systems for Chandrayaan-I. Now we are developing the technology to be used in Chandrayaan-II mission, which includes landing of a rover on the surface of the Moon. This technology has a lot of export potential,'' he said.

Mr Kumar said about 30 private companies were involved in producing strategic designs of electronic components for the Defence forces.


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