After some strong projective push from the Central Government for Aerospace and Defence, Odisha lately unveiled its Aerospace And Defence Manufacturing Policy 2018.
Assuring to congregate public-private partnerships, the policy allows for a capital subsidy of Rs 100 crore per company, for the first three defence OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) to set up base in Odisha.
The only stipulation is that these companies will have to make a minimum investment of Rs 1,000 crore in plant and machinery, and hire at least a thousand employees.
“The policy aims to carry forward the process of industrialisation in the state through the promotion of aerospace and defence manufacturing enterprises, generate employment opportunities and provide value-addition,” said Sanjeev Chopra, principal secretary (Industries), Odisha government. The policy also promises 24-hour power supply to all manufacturing units and dedicated industry feeders when production commences.
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Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin India Phil Shaw said his company would be looking for aviation grade materials in Odisha. The American origin aerospace and defence major offers top-end technologies to Indian Armed Forces. “Odisha provides a robust ecosystem for manufacturers as it has one of Odisha investment defence the best test ranges of the world for testing of arms and ammunition besides the materials. We are open to partnerships with small and medium enterprises of the State,” he said.
Director, ITR, BK Das said defence manufacturers in the country are doing exceeding well. “Earlier we were depending on foreign countries for defence equipment. But, now we have indigenised most of our systems. India has developed the best-in-its-class re-entry tracking systems in the world without the support of any other country,” he said.
Commandant of Army Air Defence College Maj Gen PS Bhatia emphasised on collaborative approach by user, industry and academia to cater to the needs of Armed Forces. He said industry and academia have come out with path-breaking solutions to the problems of Army.