Hyderabad: The Adani Group has opened its aerospace park near Shamshabad creating an aerospace and defence ecosystem for manufacturing and also enabling small and medium enterprises to operate from here. The company has invested $15 million (over Rs 105 crore) in the park that has come up on 20 acres.
The park also hosts Adani Defence and Aerospace and Elbit Systems’ joint venture manufacturing facility that will make unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The 50,000-sft facility is the first unit for Elbit outside Israel that will manufacture Hermes 900 Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV. The plant will first make carbon composite aero-structures for Hermes 900, followed by Hermes 450, catering to global markets. It will further ramp up assembly and integration of complete UAVs next year.
Telangana Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali formally inaugurated the facilities in the presence of Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary — IT and Industries, S K Joshi, Chief Secretary, Pranav Adani, director, Adani Enterprise, Karan Adani, CEO, Adani Ports and SEZ and Bezhalel Machlis, president and CEO of Elbit Systems.
Pranav Adani, said, “We have chosen Hyderabad for Telangana’s industry-friendly policies and ease of doing business. Last year, we met with Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao at the World Economic Forum in Davos where we discussed our plans to invest in aerospace. The aerospace park and the joint venture facility had been developed in a record nine months with the help of Telangana’s fast track approvals. We got all clearances from the State government in an aggressive timeline.”
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Bezhalel Machilis, president and CEO, Elbit Systems, said, “This facility where the Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 — the most advanced UAV systems in the world — will be manufactured is in line with the Indian government’s strategic plan and enables us to share our extensive experience in defence systems and benefit from the dedicated Indian workforce.”
Ashish Rajvanshi, head-Defence & Aerospace, Adani, told Telangana Today, “We will also be developing a carbon fibre R&D facility in the aerospace park next year that will provide us the advanced raw material needed for the UAVs.”
He added, “Adani aims to make India self-reliant in defence and aerospace systems and not depend on the US, Europe, Russia or any other nation. The first UAV could be rolled out next year. We anticipate to make four UAVs to start with, next year, and will take this to 18 by 2020. We have already received a three-year supply order for UAVs.”
Adani, which has tied up with Rave Gears, is also in the process of creating a separate facility in the aerospace park that will make helicopter transmission gears.
Companies such as Comprotech, AutoTEC, Alpha Tool and Alpha Design Technologies, which supply to HAL, BDL, BEL and global OEMs, will operate from the aerospace park.
Adani plans to set up a training centre in the park that will look at skill development catering to the companies in the park.
The Telangana Home Minister said the State had succeeded in attracting companies from all sectors because of its investor-friendly approach. The Chief Secretary too said Telangana would welcome more Israeli companies to invest across verticals.