Thursday, September 16, 2021

Telangana planning to establish Drone Testing Corridor: KTR

Hyderabad: The Telangana government plans to establish a Drone Testing Corridor in the State soon considering the boom in the drone industry, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said on Wednesday. “With the State fast emerging as an aero-engine cluster with numerous foreign and domestic industry majors operating out of Hyderabad, and with aerospace and defence sector witnessing a steady growth, the State government is also working closely with industry and academic partners to establish an aerospace/defence university or centre of excellence as well as an incubator for startups,” he said.

Rama Rao pointed out that Telangana was the first State to come up with its own Drone Policy and is the first State to deliver life-saving drugs and vaccines to remote areas in the State through the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project launched in partnership with the World Economic Forum. The Minister was addressing a gathering at an event organised to mark the delivery of the 150th C-130J Super Hercules empennage from the Hyderabad manufacturing facility of Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) here.

Rama Rao said the aerospace and defence sector was witnessing a steady and unprecedented growth in Telangana over the last five years. He stated that the State had attracted mega investments from leading foreign and domestic aerospace majors through its progressive policies, world-class infrastructure, pro-active skilling initiatives and focus on innovation. “I would love to see more people of Telangana employed. Hence, we are working closely with the leading industry players and academic partners to set up an aerospace defence university or a centre of excellence. It will go a long way in attracting good talent and ensuring a steady stream of employable personnel,” he said.

He explained that the other focus area was innovation in the aerospace and defence sector which was extremely important. He revealed that the Telangana government was in discussion with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and several other labs and urged the industry to work closely with the State government to partner and come up with a strong defence/aerospace incubator that would focus on startups. Hyderabad also has a significant space sector cluster as part of ISRO programmes. Over 30 per cent of components of Mars Orbitor Mission were manufactured by Hyderabad-based companies, he said.

15/09/21 Telangana Today

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