Can you describe your journey from the moment you took charge at Dynamatic Technologies to making it a global supplier of components to big players in Aerospace sector?
In the beginning, we were working closely with the Ministry of Defence. We were making hydraulic pumps for tractors that were also potentially needed for some of the vehicles like our battle tanks, that the Indian army was not able to get spares from Russia. We were successfully able to indigenise the battle tank hydraulics, develop these, for which we won National Awards.
Based on that, we went ahead and were invited to develop hydraulics for the DRDO’S main battle tank, Arjun. We also went ahead and became a developmental partner with DRDO ADE, for major structures of a small pilotless target aircrafts, the Lakshya.
We kept winning lots of awards, and worked closely with ARDC at HAL developing control surfaces for the IJT (Intermediate Jet Trainer). When the Sukhoi-30 program came on, we had matured a lot; We were able to win the largest work share for Private Sector Production of all the Major structures to build the Control Surface, the vertical fins, horizontal stabilizers, the ventral fins, canards, air brakes and slats.
In around 2005, some global players were looking to move out of Europe and find the best value. So, Airbus was looking to produce some of their structures; they went around to China, India, Indonesia, Poland, Russia, and Czech Republic. They liked India because we had use of English as a spoken language, the democracy, law and the good engineering talent available. So, they came to India to look for companies that would be able to do stuff for them. Along with them, world’s largest aerostructure manufacturer, Spirit Aerosystems, we entered into an agreement to become the sole supplier for a flight critical product called Flap track beam assembly for the Airbus A320.
By 2008, we started producing these, we excelled at it, and we got more orders. When Boeing was coming to India for some of their military programs, we went out and were able to secure orders for power and mission cabinets for the P-8 submarines hunting aircraft. Again, it’s a function of your performance level as these are very challenging, especially when you are dealing with global customers. We developed a lot of products, we overcame a lot of challenges and the customers kept giving us more and more business.
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