Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited to foray into defence sector

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KOLKATA: The government’s Make in India campaign received a major boost with Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited, one the country’s largest integrated stainless steel producers marking its foray into defence sector.

The company has signed a licensing agreement with Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), an arm of the defence ministry for transfer of technology for manufacturing High Nitrogen Steel (HNS) for Armour applications.

The development is part of a comprehensive joint effort leading up to almost a decade of reserch and dvelopment work by JSHL and Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) to develop HNS, an official JHSL statement issued on Wednesday said.

With this, Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited (JSHL) has now emerged as one of the first companies in India to commercially manufacture High Nitrogen Steel for the defence sector. The use of HNS will replace the existing import of Rolled Homogenous Armour (RHA), improving cost efficiency in material acquisition for armour applications by 50%.

This major development will not only accelerate the indigenization process of Indian defence arsenal in line with government’s ‘Make in India’ drive but will also help in easy availability of best material for manufacturing lighter armour vehicles, as import procurement often delays the manufacturing process. High Nitrogen HNS exhibits higher energy absorption level, enhances crashworthiness to the entire artillery system and has significantly higher impact values as compared to RHA which make HNS a far superior material for blast protection. HNS has passed multiple levels of ballistic tests in different calibers with 8-10 times higher impact/blast protection.

HNS has potential application in all armoured vehicles including Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV), Light Specialty Vehicle (LSV), Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle (LAMV), Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV), Main Battle Tank (MBT), Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV), Aviation and Naval systems. JSHL is also working to produce additional variants of HNS with enhanced blast and ballistic protection to cater to niche requirements of the Indian Defence sector.

Commenting on the development Abhyuday Jindal, vce chairman, Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited said, “We believe HNS will immensely benefit the Indian defence sector, going forward. The hard-work and perseverance of 10 years of JSHL with Ministry of Defence has culminated in a fantastic result for the country in line with PM’s vision of MAKE in India. We look forward to collaborate with Ministry of Defence to achieve greater efficacy of Indian armed forces and then take forward our capabilities.”