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Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC), one of the Ten Research & Design Centres of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and a name well recognized in the international Aviation circles for over 50 years, is one of the pioneering organizations in India in the field of Design, Development, Prototype Building and Testing of fixed wing aircraft. An organization which began as the Engineering Department of the erstwhile Hindustan Aircraft Limited has over the past decades grown into a full-fledged R&D Centre driven by top technologists, powered by bright Engineers and ably supported by Commercial, Finance, HRD and allied groups.

ARDC has 13 successful aircraft Designs to its credit, ranging from basic piston Trainers to the frontline combat aircraft (HT-2, PUSPAK, KRISHAK, MARUT, KIRAN MK-1, BASANTH, AJEET, KIRAN MK-II, HPT-32, AJEET TRAINER, HTT-34, LCA and IJT). These workhorses of Indian Air Force (IAF) have blazed their indelible trail on the Indian skies over the past few decades. In addition to de novo designs, the Centre has also integrated new weapons & systems on existing military aircraft.

ARDC has a full spectrum of expertise in all facets of aircraft design & development. Acquired through sustained learning and R & D, our proven capabilities are backed by rich in-service experience spanning over five decades. The Centre has extensive state of the art test facilities and full fledged manufacturing infrastructure for building aircraft prototypes & test articles to support flight development programmes. It has advanced CAD/CAM/PDM facilities & fully integrated Network systems. The Centre has been certified for the Development of Military aircraft and has been recognized as an R&D Centre by the Department of Science and Technology. ARDC is committed to the pursuit of excellence through continuous improvement and innovation

ARDC has well-established and proven design office procedures and configuration control procedures. Design quality is ensured through analysis, review, testing and documentation. We also have proven quality assurance procedures in all the phases of manufacture of prototype aircraft that conform to the requirement of military airworthiness requirements.
ARDC undertakes:
  • Design & Development of basic and advanced trainers and combat aircraft from concept to certification
  • Integration of new weapons and systems on existing aircraft.
  • Testing of aircraft structures and systems covering preparation of test requirement, test plans, rig design, instrumentation and analysis.
  • Wind tunnel model design, fabrication, testing and analysis.
  • Preparation of flight test plan, onboard instrumentation and flight testing of aircraft and systems.
  • CAD services including surface design, 3D modeling, digitization etc.
  • Research programmes in related areas.

CAPABILITIES: Our proven capabilities in design are backed by contemporary analysis tools, experimental testing and the ability to take a design from concept to final certification. The Center has extensive experience and expertise in :
  • Configuration Studies
  • Mass Properties & Layout
  • Aerodynamics & Wind Tunnel Testing/Modeling
  • Airframe Design & Analysis
  • Stress Analysis & CFD
  • System Design
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Prototype Manufacture & Assembly
  • System Integration
  • Ground Testing, Flight Testing & Certification
  • Upgradation, Life extension

STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGY: Through innovative design, static & dynamic analysis and application of emerging technologies, we have completed many successful airframe designs which have stood the test of time. We have comprehensive capabilities in :
  • Design of conventional light alloy structures
  • Design of primary structures using advanced composites
  • Static structural analysis and optimization
  • Dynamic analysis
  • Fatigue and fracture analysis and life estimation
  • Experimental Stress Analysis & Material testing
  • Computer Aided Engineering with advanced design and analysis tools

SYSTEM DESIGN & INTEGRATION: Our system design skills have been developed over many successful aircraft programmes and rich in-service experience.
Typical Design & Development Activity at ARDC
Typical Design & Development Activity at ARDC:
R and D
Design organisation
  • Centre For Military Airworthiness Certification (CEMILAC) – for Military and Fixed wing aircraft & systems.
  • Director General Of Civil Aviation (DGCA), GOVT OF INDIA – for certain aircraft systems.
Quality organisations
  • Director General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA): for Military and Fixed wing aircraft & systems
  • Director General Of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Govt. of India - for Military and Fixed wing aircraft & systems
  • ISO 14001-2004 approval
  • AS 9100 B Certification