MoD pitches for aeronautical varsity, aero commission

MoD pitches for aeronautical varsity, aero commission

The defence  ministry has proposed the  creation of an aeronautical university in partnership with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to promote "design, development and manufacturing" in the Indian aviation sector.

The six-year-old idea of creating a National Aeronautical Commission  - in the line of the Space and Atomic Energy Commission  - has now also been revived by the NDA government.

Both proposals are part of the draft defence production policy that was released recently by the defence ministry in order to prepare a roadmap to spur indigenous defence manufacturing.

The aim is to achieve a turnover of Rs 1,70,000 crore in defence goods and services and an export of Rs 35,000 crore by 2025.

"An aeronautical university will be set up as an autonomous institution to promote design, development and the manufacturing industry in the country on a 50:50 cost-sharing basis between the government and HAL," it said.

The department of defence production said it would explore the possibility of setting up an autonomous National Aeronautical Commission, whose primary task would be to exploit the mutually benefitting links between military and civil aviation for expansion and indigenisation.

Other tasks cut out for the commission  were to bring together diverse agencies for technology development and create a defence economy through a competitive environment.

The idea for such a commission, first pitched six years ago, was recommended by a working group on aerospace sector set up by the Planning Commission, to strengthen the aerospace industry and harness the capabilities existing in HAL, National Aerospace Laboratories;  IISc-Bangalore,  IITs and Defence Research and Development Organisation units.

The new policy identifies 13 technology platforms, ranging from fighter aircraft, helicopters and warships to electronic surveillance system and night-fighting enablers, where India needs to become self-reliant with the involvement of the private sector.

To facilitate FDI of up to 74% through automatic route has been proposed in certain niche technical areas.

The draft,  which was open for public comments till March 30,  will be discussed at the upcoming Def-Expo 2018, the biennial defence exposition that was being held near Chennai between April 11-14.

 

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