A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a facility for the production of cryogenic engine modules at HAL’s Aerospace Division was signed with ISRO in 2013, and it was later amended in 2016 to allow for the establishment of the ICMF with an investment of Rs 208 crore.
A Rs 208 crore Integrated Cryogenic Engine Manufacturing Facility (ICMF) has been established here by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to handle all rocket engine production for the Indian Space Research Organization under one roof. On Tuesday, President Droupadi Murmu will officially open the cutting-edge ICMF, which has been constructed over a 4,500 square metre area and houses more than 70 high-tech tools and testing facilities for the production of cryogenic (CE20) and semi-cryogenic (SE2000) engines for Indian rockets.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a facility for the production of cryogenic engine modules at HAL’s Aerospace Division was signed with ISRO in 2013, and it was later amended in 2016 to allow for the establishment of the ICMF with an investment of Rs 208 crore. The pre-production activities, which include creating process and quality plans and drawings, have already started, according to Bangalore-based HAL, which also announced on Monday that all essential equipment for the manufacturing and assembly requirements has been fully commissioned.
By March 2023, HAL said in a statement that it would begin producing the modules. The HAL Aerospace Division produces the launch vehicle structures for the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV MK-II), and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV MK-III), as well as stage integration for these vehicles. “The facility (ICMF) will cater to the entire Rocket Engine Manufacturing under one roof for ISRO. The facility will boost self-reliance in manufacturing of Hi-thrust Rocket engines,” the HAL statement said.
According to the statement, cryogenic engines are the most often employed engines in launch vehicles worldwide. Due to the cryogenic engine’s complexity, only a few nations—the USA, France, Japan, China, and Russia—have achieved technological mastery to yet.
At 5 January 2014. According to the report, India became the sixth nation to develop cryogenic engines by successfully launching the GSLV-D5 with a cryogenic engine. The HAL-L&T collaboration recently won a Rs 860 crore contract from NewsSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of the Department of Space, for the end-to-end realisation of five PSLVs over a four-year period.