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Introduction


Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials (ACEM) is the latest addition to DRDO's capability for Composite Propellant processing. Situated near the holy city of Nasik, the establishment caters for the development and limited series production of the current and future missile programmes of DRDO. The facility was commissioned in December, 2009.

Background
April 16, 2002: HEMRL presented a case to the Scientific Advisor to the Raksha Mantri for setting up a state-of-the-art dedicated facility for processing composite propellant. In view of the projections of propellant requirements in the 10th and 11th five-year plans, a decision was taken to set up the facility at Nasik.

March 29, 2005: Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) accorded sanction for a project for the creation of the facility at a cost of Rs. 324 Cr.

November 30, 2008: First processing of a large mix batch of composite propellant followed by casting of Ballistic Evaluation Motors.

December 4, 2009: First HPAB motor was processed.

December 31, 2009: The project was closed with the successful commissioning of the facility.
The facility entered the operation phase.

June 29, 2011: Formal inauguration at the hands of Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.

December 2012: 3T class motor with burn rate of 14mm/s with intricate grain configuration (machining of axi-symmetric slots) successfully developed and delivered.

April 2013: Largestsolid rocket motor (12T class motor) in composite casing successfully developed and delivered.

2013: Plant has delivered all the hardware by processing 85T of composite propellant in a calendar year (rated capacity of the plant).

2015: All the SRMs for HPAB successfully completed for test and deployment.

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