Hyderabad: IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao, on Wednesday, said that defence and aerospace industry was one of the most important sectors from Telangana’s perspective as the State has an entrenched and well-established defence eco-system. Telangana has 1,000-plus SMEs in the defence and aerospace sectors which have been adding to growth in this specific sector, he said.
“We have four dedicated Aerospace Parks here, and 50 general engineering parks in which large number of precision engineering companies work,” the Minister said, addressing the third edition of Defence Conclave titled ‘Advantage Telangana: Examining Transformations and Exploring Opportunities’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.
In a short span of over a decade, aerospace majors including Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation, Boeing, Rafael, etc. established their manufacturing facilities in our Aerospace Parks, he said. “I have been pointing out that the helicopter cabin used by the US President Donald Trump has been manufactured here by Sikorsky. We also have majors such as Rolls Royce and Airbus starting their manufacturing facilities and assembly units here and exporting out of Hyderabad units,” he said.
What makes Telangana unique was that we have good ecosystem besides having a large pool of skilled and industry-ready work-force that has made the State a front runner in the industry, he said. “We had tie-ups with renowned institutions to offer need-based defence certification courses at affordable cost. We are also considering setting up an Aerospace University in partnership with private entities,” the Minister said.
Seeking the Centre’s help to set up a Defence Incubator at T-hub, he said that Telangana government had made several efforts in the past to partner T-hub with Boeing, Pratt and Whitney and Ministry of Defence to promote and accelerate innovation and start-up in aerospace industry. “We also requested the Union Government to help us in setting up a Defence Incubator. I hope it will be a reality some day,” KTR said.