Saturday, August 29, 2020

Telangana emerges as aerospace and defence hub

Hyderabad: Telangana has emerged as the most vibrant aerospace and defence ecosystem in India. Hyderabad has been a strong defence manufacturing hub with over a dozen major DRDO labs and defence PSU establishments besides over 25 large private companies and over 1,000 MSMEs. With the major drive on indigenisation announced by Government of India, Hyderabad is geared up to be a prime driver for delivering the Atma Nirbhar goals, point out experts.

The State has attracted large investments from global OEMs such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and GE Aviation. Among strategic Indian players, TATA group currently runs over 90 per cent of its aerospace manufacturing from Hyderabad. Adani Group and Kalyani Group also established various projects.
The State has five dedicated aerospace parks in Hyderabad and 50 general engineering parks. Telangana is creating two more aerospace and defence parks to meet the increasing demand. A dedicated Composite Park has also been created by TSIIC where over 50 composite manufacturing units are coming up. Speaking at the virtual summit on ‘Make in Telangana- State with Infinite Opportunities’ organised by CII and Telangana government, Praveen, director, Aerospace & Defence, Government of Telangana, said: “Several new institutions are coming up in the State. Airports Authority of India is setting up a civil aviation research organisation in Hyderabad with an investment of Rs 250 crore at Begumpet airport. ISB is setting up a centre of excellence (CoE) in civil aviation. The Aeronautical Society of India is setting up Dr Abdul Kalam CoE in aerospace& defence. Land is being allocated for this centre. The State government is also setting up an Aerospace University.”
On the startup front, T-Hub has partnered with leading US OEMs such as Boeing, Pratt and Whitney, Collins Aerospace etc. to promote and accelerate startups. T-Works, India’s largest prototyping centre for electronics, electromechanical and mechanical startups will further facilitate more home-grown aerospace and defence hardware startups.
Dr Y Sreenivas Rao, project director, Research Centre, Imarat, DRDO, said the transformation the State government has brought into the ecosystem has enabled attracting global companies in the aerostructures, avionics and control systems. The Government of India has banned import of over 100 items and this opens up opportunities for Hyderabad. TATA Advanced Systems Limited which started with one unit spread over 6,000 sq m a decade ago, today operates a 5,00,000 sq m space. The core reason for this growth has been the investor-friendly State government with its TS-iPASS system that ensured speedy clearances, said Ganesh Raghavan, Head of Business Development, TASL.
28/08/20 Telangana Today
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