MADRAS to have a Bangalore connection

Sharath S. Srivatsa
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It is a given that every time a plane crashes, news reports mention the black box.

This is a curious misnomer because this device is actually painted orange. Black boxes will now have a Bangalore connection; for, these Modular Airborne Data Recording/ Acquisition System (MADRAS), will be manufactured in Bangalore.

Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju on Thursday handed over the first such system to the U.S.-based L-3 Aviation Products Group, a leading flight data recorder technology.

These black boxes will be manufactured at Centum's premises in Yelahanka, where a manufacturing facility has been set up already. L-3 Aviation also announced product cooperation agreement with Centum, to provide development and manufacturing services for some of its aviation products.

First to make it

A Centum official said they were the only ones outside L-3 group to manufacture the flight data recorder, the first to manufacture it in India.

“While we will be looking to supply our products in domestic markets, including the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), markets abroad would also be tapped,” the official said, adding that more products would be added at a later stage.

A release said that L3's recorders fly on thousands of military fixed and rotary wing aircrafts throughout the world, including Blackhawk, Chinook, Kiowa and C130J.

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