It seems Make in India program has started delivering the results. The strenuous efforts of PM Modi and his entire team have started bearing the fruits now. India’s first private sector missile manufacturing facility has been setup in Hyderabad, which in on the verge of becoming the new Regional hub for Aerospace and Defense Industry.
Many Industry Experts have already expressed that city has become the ground for implementing the Make in India initiative as several global giants have joined hands with the Indian players to set up manufacturing units.
Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), a joint venture between Israel’s Rafael and Kalyani Strategic Systems, will produce the third generation Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Indian Army. The state-of-the-art facility is described as the biggest ever Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in defense.
Spike joins a long list of aerospace and defense products being manufactured in Hyderabad. It is already famous for manufacturing facility of cabins of the helicopters that fly the US president and F-16 fighter jets.
Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has signed an agreement with US defense giant Lockheed Martin in June to produce the F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the newest and most advanced version of the world’s most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter.
TASL and Lockheed Martin already have a joint venture that manufactures airframe components for the C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft.
TASL also joined hands with Boeing to manufacture aero structures for AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and CH-47 Chinook heavy-life helicopters.
TASL has also formed a joint venture with Sikorsky, to manufacture cabins for S-92 helicopters, in which the US president travels.
It is also making air-to-air refueling pod structures for Cobham Mission Systems (CMS) for use on the Airbus A-400M, aero structures for the Pilatus PC-12 ‘green aircraft’ of Swiss-based Pilatus Aircraft Ltd and assembling wings and fuselage of the Dornier 228 NG aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney, a leader in aircraft manufacturing, opened its third global center, after the US and China, for training aircraft engineers and technicians near Hyderabad airport.
Earlier this year, Aerospace major Airbus signed a MoU with the Telangana government, the National Skill Development Corporation and Aero campus France to set up an aerospace skill development center in Hyderabad.
Several Companies are choosing Hyderabad as their base because it is considered as an unofficial missile center of India, it has several public-sector defense labs and missile manufacturing facilities located here. Hyderabad already have a Natural Eco-system for the research and development of Defense and Aerospace Equipment.
Apart from that there is a presence of several defense research laboratories in the city, three aerospace parks and above all the industry-friendly policies of the state government is something which is propelling Hyderabad on Defense Manufacturing map.
Another major strength of Hyderabad is the presence of about 1,000 aerospace and defense related small and medium enterprises. Not many people know that some of the components of French nuclear submarines were procured from Hyderabad’s defense eco-system.
Little wonder then that it’s full speed ahead for Hyderabad in the defense manufacturing sector.