Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday addressed local defence and allied industrialists, MSMEs and other stakeholders at a special conclave in Tiruchirappalli, who will be a part of the Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor
The manufacturing ecosystem in the state is aimed at boosting defence production in the country. The purpose, Sitharaman had said in a Tweet, is to “create synergy and further strengthen” the ecosystem.
Addressing the event, the Defence Minister said that her government encourages “emerging private sector companies to tie up with PSUs to manufacture world class equipment”.
The corridor will connect five major cities in the southern state and boost defence production through comprehensive and coordinated efforts of manufacturers, including small manufacturers.
Chennai, Hosur, Salem, Tiruchirappalli and Coimbatore are the cities which form part of the corridor. The government is looking at bringing together the individual manufacturing abilities in each of the cities to boost indigenous defence production under the ambitious Make in India project.
Chennai, which will host the Defexpo 2018, has over 200 vendors of Heavy Vehicles Factory located in Avadi and manufactures the Arjun main battle tank. The city also has over 550 vendors of Bengaluru-headquartered defence maker Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Read More…