Telangana initiatives to promote Defence & Aerospace Hub

  • Plans Aero Skills Academy in collaboration with Aerocampus Aquitaine, France
  •  Aerospace Incubation Center in collaboration with IIT, Hyderabad
  • Over 500 delegates representing 11 countries &  70 exhibitors attended conclave

The Govt. of Telangana is pulling out all stops to promote the State as a Defence & Aerospace Hub with provision of incentives, ready infrastructure and necessary policy reforms. The State Govt. has identified four key factors that helps a potential investor to identify locations for new investments to set up an industry – land, power, ease of doing business and ready infrastructure, Mr. Arvind Kumar, Secretary – Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Telangana said at the 3-day global conclave being organized by Kenes Exhibitions & Govt. of Telangana on Tuesday at Hyderabad.

Speaking at the session on “Telangana Destination for the Aerospace Industry,” Mr. Kumar said the Govt. is actively working on three proposals – Aero Skills Academy in collaboration with Aerocampus Aquitaine, France; Aerospace Incubation Center in collaboration with IIT, Hyderabad and development of a Third Aerospace Park in north of Hyderabad.” These proposals are aimed at making Hyderabad a Hub for Defence & Aerospace industry in India. The State Government entered into a 5-year policy agreement with Bordeaux Aeronautics that also includes Aeronautics and was signed by Chief Secretary, Govt. of Telangana on Oct. 13, 2015.

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Further elaborating the initiatives by the State Government at the 3-day global conclave being organized by Kenes Exhibitions, Mr. Kumar said the Govt. identified 1.45 lakh acres of land classified for industry use free from any encumbrances. To ensure supply of continuous & uninterrupted power supply, the Govt. is making provision of 3000 MW of thermal & 2500 MW solar energy in the immediate short term. For the long term over the next 4 years, there are plans to generate 14000 MW with different companies completing the basic process of land acquisition, clearances and other approvals.

Speaking about the perspectives of cooperation with Govt. of Telangana, Mr. Frederic Woringer, Director – International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bordeaux, France said a 5-year framework agreement has been signed with Chief Secretary, Govt. of Telangana on Oct. 13, 2015. The Aerospace Valley has created 40000 jobs in aerospace sector with an investment outlay of 10 billion Euros. The cooperation will cover policy framework, Make in India, SME Focus, Ease of Doing Business, local partners, Green Aeronautics & MRO and the innovative skills training in collaboration with Aerocampus Aquitaine, he said.

Mr. Jerome Verschave, Director – Aerocampus Aquitaine, France said the Aerospace Industry will see a huge spurt in business over the next decade with creation of 1 million pilots and technicians. There is a need for creation of a training cluster in aeronautical industry to offer trained manpower to the Defence & Aerospace industry and is partnering with the Govt. of Telangana to set up a similar school in Hyderabad. The Aerocampus Aquitaine aims to offer comprehensive training for professional skills in Defence & Aerospace industry and training has EASA certification. The center in France was established with an investment of outlay of 26 million Euros and will cater to the professional skill training for the pilots & technicians.

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Mr. B V Papa Rao, IAS (Retd.), Advisor to Govt. of Telangana & Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IAS & Secretary IT, Govt. of Telangana moderated the session on “Digital & Additive Manufacturing” which had Mr. Arun Mahendru Balraj, Senior Development Officer, Dept. of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, Mr. Ashok H Varma, CEO & Chairman Efesto LLC, USA, Mr. Chris Van Dam, Airborne Metals , Holland and Mr. R Mohana Rao, GM – Manufacturing Engineering Services, Cyient India.

There were two other sessions on “Photonics – Future Computing Paradigm” was moderated by Dr. P Madhav, CEO, Photonics Valley Corporation, Govt. of Telangana and had Dr. Ajay Kumar, IAS & Additional Secretary – Dept. of Electronics & IT, Mr. N. S. Krishna, Director – INTEL, Dr. Abdulfattah M Obeid, VP – Photonics, KACST, Saudi Arabia and Mr. William Hocker, VP – PhotonIC Corporation UAS as speakers. The last session was on “Technology Transfer & Technology Workshops” moderated by Mr. Jonathan Lison, MD – BrightStar Group with Mr. Suhaan Mukerji, Partner, PLR India Mr. Marco Marotta, Chairman, P2M Italy, Mr. Yuval Schuster, CEO – Rangson-Schuster, India and Mr. Yaron Bul, RosAerosystems, Russia as speakers.

The three-day conclave had participation of over 500 delegates who represented 11 countries like UK, Israel, France, Russia, Poland, Macedonia, Holland, US, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Italy among others. There were 70 exhibitors showcasing their prototypes & products at the conference-cum-exhibition organized by Kenes Exhibitions & Govt. of Telangana.

The conclave aims to bring global companies with focus on technologies, high-end products and expanding their supplier’s base to explore new business opportunities in the Indian market. It will cover the India policy debate on Defence & Aviation, changes in Defence procurement, public & private partnerships besides skill development and human capital for this emerging sector. For more details, check