National Defence Bureau,
Chennai, 20th Jan 2019
Under the Government of India’s larger vision of encouraging ‘Make in India’, the Ministry of Defence has taken multiple measures to promote indigenisation in the defence industry. In the 2018 budget, two Defence Corridors were announced in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Subsequent to the announcement, the process to set up these corridors has moved at a rapid pace.
As part of setting up the Industrial Corridors, Hon’ble Defence Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman launched series of projects as part of the Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor in Tiruchirppalli today in the august presence of Shri. M. C. Sampath, Minister of Industries, Government of Tamil Nadu. The meeting, which was attended by over 500 industry representatives coming from different parts of the state were addressed by Defence Minister. Several ministers and senior officials of Tamil Nadu Government and senior officials from Ministry of Defence, Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Ordnance Factory Board were also present during the event.
In her inaugural address, Defence Minister spoke about the several initiatives taken by the Ministry for ensuring that the Indian industry including the big players, the Startups and MSMEs can engage with our armed forces and co-create the best in defence technologies, especially through the flagship program of ‘Make in India’.
She also stated that development of these corridors will not only help in accelerated growth and regional industry agglomeration, but will also facilitate a well-planned and efficient industrial base which will lead to increased defence production in the country and the region. This will also help the industry to integrate with the global supply chain of defence manufacturing.
Several products of OFB, HAL and BEL were released in the event. DRDO also handed over the Model of Arjun Mark-1A to Director General Ordnance Factories. This tank is much superior to the earlier version in terms of fire power, mobility and protection features. The highlight of the event was investment announcements of over
Rs 3,100 crores by the OFB, DPSUs and Private Sector put together. Details are at Annexure-I. Many large conglomerates like Lockheed Martin, LMW also announced their intentions to invest in the Corridor.
Defence Minister also launched the “CODISSIA Defence Innovation and Incubation Centre” to support the MSMEs, Start-Ups and also the existing industries in their endeavour to expand and contribute significantly for defence indigenisation and other areas.
The Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor, also called the Tamil Nadu Defence Production Quad as the nodal cities form a quadrilateral, will include Chennai, Hosur, Salem and Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli as the nodes. These nodal cities have existing defence ecosystem in the form of OFBs, vendors working with Defence PSUs, and other allied industries. The Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor aims to bolster interaction between all the industry players in order to create long-term synergy and eventual development of the area into a Defence Production powerhouse.
INVESTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS AT TIRUCHIRAPPALLI
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