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Indian military embraces 3D printing

9th March 2021 - 06:00 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi

3D-printing technology could prove useful to the Indian armed forces, including for the production of hard-to-find spare parts for legacy equipment.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has for the first time released an RfP for 3D-printed components, including the development of flat washers for the Snecma M53 jet engine for the Mirage 2000-5 fighter.

Following the RfP for 140 components, the IAF said it will release another RfI for 3D parts soon.

‘The IAF has taken the lead in this arena,’ Raman Sopory, founder and president of the Aerospace Defence Consultants Association of India, told Shephard

‘This is a huge opportunity and boost for the industry. 3D printing can be used as a huge multiplier for defence and for MRO ...

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