What has happened?
- Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the Defence Technology and Test Centre and BrahMos manufacturing centre that will be established by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Lucknow.
- The first-of-its-kind Defence Technologies and Test Centre is being set up to accelerate the growth of the defence and aerospace manufacturing clusters in Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor.
- It will consist of six sub-centres — Deep-Tech Innovation and Start up Incubation Centre, Design and Simulation Centre, Testing and Evaluation Centre, Centre for Industry 4.0/Digital Manufacturing, Skill Development Centre and a Business Development Centre.”
- The DTTC will facilitate industries through establishing a centralised state-of-the-art technology infrastructure,
- Which will accelerate the product development and reduce the induction time & the turnaround time for the futuristic systems development through its six sub-centres.
200 acre land
- The Yogi Adityanath government has allocated 200-acre land for the project in Lucknow.
- The BrahMos Manufacturing Centre, announced by BrahMos Aerospace, is a modern, state-of-art facility in the Lucknow node of Defence Industrial Corridor, Uttar Pradesh.
- It is a cruise missile which means that it can be controlled towards a pre-determined land- or sea-based target.
- It is classified as a supersonic cruise missile which can achieve a speed 2.8 times the speed of sound.
- The name comes with the amalgamation of rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva and was produced by a joint venture between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Mashinostroyenia of Russia.
- The Indian Navy indicted the missiles on its warships in 2005 while army began acquiring from 2007 after a series of tests.
- After the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully air-launched a Mach 2.8 supersonic surface-attack missile of this category from a fighter jet, it became the first in the world to do so.
- The next generation BrahMos missiles will be manufactured here.
- The Brahmos-NG is smaller, lighter and has smarter dimensions and is being designed for deployment on a wider number of modern military platforms.
- It will hugely bolster the Indian military’s modern combat capability and flexibility during the next few years.
When the production will start?
- “The work of setting up the BrahMos production centre is likely to start soon. Research and development work will also be done in these centres.
- More than 100 BrahMos missiles are planned to be built in the next three years.
- Due to the BrahMos production centre, many other well-known companies working in the defence sector in the UP Defence Corridor will come to the state,” a statement issued by the government said.
- “About 500 engineers and technical people will get direct employment in the BrahMos production centre, which will be built by investing
- Rs 300 crore on the land to be allotted at Lucknow node.
- About 5,000 people will get indirect employment and 10,000 people will get work through the production centre,” the spokesperson said.
- “The BrahMos missile and other weapons and defence equipment we are manufacturing are not to attack any other country.
- It has never been the character of India to attack any other country or grab even an inch of land of any country,” Singh said in Lucknow.
- “We want to manufacture BrahMos on Indian soil so that no country has the audacity to cast an evil eye on India,” he said.
- “India should have nuclear deterrents so that no country in the world can attack us, and we have shown this,” Singh said.
UP defence corridor
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the creation of a Defence Corridor in UP during the Investors’ Summit in January 2018.
- Further, it was announced that the State government is setting up defence corridors at Lucknow, Kanpur, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Agra, and Aligarh nodes.
- During the Defense Expo-Lucknow in February 2020, many domestic and foreign companies making products related to defence had signed MoUs worth Rs 50,000 crore for investment in the corridor.
- Most of the MoUs have been signed for the corridor being built in Andla on Khair Road in Aligarh.
- After this, various companies have shown interest in investing in the Lucknow node.
- According to UPEIDA officials, around 29 companies submitted their proposals to the government for setting up factories in the Aligarh node and requested to provide land for setting up factories.
- Similarly, 11 companies in the Lucknow node, six in the Jhansi node, eight in the Kanpur node have requested to provide land for setting up factories.
- In the last three years, over 65 big companies have requested the government to provide land in the Defense Industrial Corridor to set up their factories,
- Of which around 19 big companies have been allotted 55.4 hectares of land by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) recently.
- In the Aligarh node, among the 19 companies related to the defence sector, who have been allotted land, two companies are investing Rs 581 crore to make drones.
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