Bengaluru, Oct 6: Much before Prime Minister Narendra Modi readied the blueprint for his Make in India mission, a young team of aerospace engineers from SasMos were developing mission-critical electrical panels for F/A-18 Super Hornet, a fighter its makers Boeing says is the ‘most-advanced one’ that took part in the MMRCA race. While Rafale eventually won the race, Boeing says the Super Hornet didn’t lose either.
On Thursday, SasMos handed over the first electrical panel assembly for the Super Hornets to Boeing -- a high quality job, delivered on time. While often technology might and its mission capabilities eat up all the space when success stories in military aviation are celebrated, the passion behind men gets miniaturised.
This piece should beat that trend, because, more than technology, it is the passion of a young team that’s propelling this chapter of ‘Make in India' story.
Headquartered in Hoody Village, near Whitefield, SasMos HET Technologies Ltd, Managing Director Chandrashekar H G said he had no money when military aviation inspired him. The Mysorean fell in love with flying machines while pursuing his Mechanical Engineering at National Institute of Engineering.
“It’s a real technology that stands out from the rest, because it files. We were just a handful of us who began this passionate journey, with only hope funding us,” says Chandrashekar, now 50 years old.
According to him Make in India is an inspiring concept. “Because a very strong thought is being communicated to look within the country. We are excited at the new opportunities offset has given us,” he says.
The average age of engineers at SasMos is 30 years and today the employee strength has gone up to 450 from the initial 20 in 2008. Interestingly, Chandrashekar’s love for his friends is visible in the name he gave to his company. SasMos stands for Shastri and Mosale – two of his close friends.
Having delivered cockpit panels of F-15s earlier, he says his team took on the challenges of Boeing and its work philosophies.
“It needs a lot of hardwork to live to a Boeing mandate. We decoded their expectations. We motivated ourselves. And, we knew if we did it once, we could do it again and again,” says Chandrashekar.
While the rules of game didn’t permit him to share any technical details of the electrical panels, nor the numbers, all he could say was it plays a mission-critical role.
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