Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the first step towards Tamil Nadu’s entry into defence manufacturing would be consolidating the expertise already available in the state in the automobile manufacturing sector, and upgrading skills and technology – thus sowing the seeds for the establishment of what is now loosely termed as Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor.
She recommended this at a Defence Industry Interaction in Chennai in mid-February this year in response to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanswami’s call for the establishment of a major defence manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu
Following this, there have been quick follow-ups by the the Ministry of Defence (MoD), which is said to have engaged a top consultancy firm for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) to set up a defence production corridor in Tamil Nadu.
The defence quad or quadrilateral in Tamil Nadu is one of the two defence production corridors announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the 2018-19 budget. Read More