The Su-30 MKI aircraft would be fitted with indigenously certified 3D printed fuel system elbow part for the first time using additive manufacturing technology.

The certification was handed over by P Jayapal, CE (CEMILAC) to Arup Chatterjee, Director (Engineering and R&D) at the Aero India 2019 on Saturday. The 3D printed fuel system elbow part is certified by CEMILAC. As part of the Phase-IV Su-30 MKI manufacturing under Transfer of Technology from Russia there is a shortage of some castings for manufacturing of components. Owing to this HAL has chosen Fuel system elbow as a pilot component for fabrication through additive manufacturing process.

Dr T R Rajanna, CD (AERDC-HAL) handed over the certified elbow part to Huliraj R V, CD (AURDC-HAL) in the presence of R Madhavan, CMD, HAL.