The Odisha government has decided to come out with a dedicated policy on defence manufacturing and the state industries department is giving final touches to the proposed policy. The policy is likely to be unveiled over the next three months.
“We see immense potential in defence manufacturing. Odisha is home to Chandipur which is one of the busiest testing facilities. We have been in discussions with some big companies in defence and aerospace sectors and we are planning to come out with a policy on defence manufacturing”, said Sanjeev Chopra, principal secretary (industries), Odisha.
Odisha already has in place an ecosystem to facilitate the growth of aerospace and defence sectors in the state. The state has one of the busiest integrated missile test ranges in the world in Balasore district on Abdul Kalam Island, which is a testing facility for major missiles in India.
Odisha also has a premier test laboratory set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The essential raw materials for manufacturing of aerospace and defence components viz. iron, steel, ferro-alloys and aluminium production which are produced in significant capacities in the state.
A study report by Asian Development Bank (ADB) believes Odisha has the means to grow into a major hub for defence manufacturing. “With the presence of iron, steel, and aluminium industries that can act as suppliers to the aerospace and defense sector, a huge workforce, low costs of doing business, government policies and incentives to draw in investments, and upcoming industries such as casting, forging, and ancillaries, which may also act as key suppliers of components to the aerospace and defense sector, there are good prospects for the growth of aerospace and defense manufacturing in the state”, the report says.
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