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As Chennai is hosting the DefExpo 2018, venue of the biennial military systems, naval and air force exhibition being attended by close to 680 Indian and foreign firms, this thread is a must as Tamilnadu is all set to attract huge investments in this Defence Manufacturing sector :banana::banana::banana:
 

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Tamil Nadu to emerge as major defence hub: Nirmala Sitharaman

http://indianexpress.com/article/in...major-defence-hub-nirmala-sitharaman-5133851/

Tamil Nadu will soon become a major defence manufacturing hub in the region, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday, on the first day of the four-day defence expo being held on the outskirts of Chennai. Sitharaman said Tamil Nadu has been selected for the event with a clear purpose, as it lies in one of the two proposed defence corridors in the country. “We have chosen this place for many reasons, including cultural and historical — (it was) once a coastal belt used by Chola Kingdom, and a region that connected India with Southeast Asian countries,” she said.


MoU signed, key US firms in expo
On the sidelines of the event, Mahindra Group has signed an MoU with a Japanese firm to manufacture and assemble Amphibious Aircraft US-2. The Japanese company, ShinMaywa Industries Limited, is the manufacturer of the planes, which are to be made in India now. Mahindra will set up Maintenan-ce, Repair and Overhaul units soon, it was stated. The partnership between two companies also includes an understanding for transfer of technology for this large amphibious aircraft in India. At least 19 US firms are among those taking part in the Expo.
 

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Not only F-16 fighters, Lockheed-Martin ready to make Javelin missiles in India

http://morungexpress.com/not-only-f...rtin-ready-to-make-javelin-missiles-in-india/

With the Indian Air Force beginning the process of buying 110 fighter jets, in a deal that could be worth more than $15 billion, Lockheed-Martin has expressed its readiness to shift its F-16 fighter aircraft manufacturing unit to India — and the US government, according to the manufacturer, will allow it to do so.

At least two Lockheed-Martin officials at the DefExpo 2018 told IANS that if the defence procurement deals were signed with the company that is all geared to bid for the world’s biggest fighter jet order, it would walk the extra mile and transfer technology to local partners for sophisticated parts of defence products.

“We are offering a deal that is completely compatible with ‘Make in India’ — offering a stand-up production line in India,” said Randall L. Howard, who heads International Business Development for aircraft at Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics.

He said more than 4,000 F-16s have been sold to countries across the world. “We are offering to shift the manufacturing base and produce all of our F-16s in India; not just for India, but for the whole world — across South East Asia, across South America, across Middle East.”

Asked if the Trump administration would allow it to do so, Howard said the company had “full support of the US government”.

“So whenever we have a situation, we will be able to build the entire aircraft in India. But we will continue to have parts that come from the US. That will continue to create jobs in the US. This absolutely supports American jobs,” he said, adding Lockheed was also looking at the possibility of setting up the entire ecosystem, including one with a runway, to produce the fighters in flyaway condition.
 

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http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...rces-modi-at-defence-expo/article23510387.ece

CM's plea for HAL unit in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami urged the Centre to set up a manufacturing unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to make Light Combat Aircraft in Salem and a Defence MRO in Coimbatore.

Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said the Centre and the State governments were working in tandem to realise the vision of the Defence Corridor.
 

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GMR to set up defence hub in Tamil Nadu

https://economictimes.indiatimes.co...ce-hub-in-tamil-nadu/articleshow/63722320.cms

The project is a joint venture between GMR group and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation. Around 600 acres of prime industrial land has been made available for the project.

The proposed hub also benefits from the already established industrial ecosystem in Hosur where more than 700 micro, small and medium enterprises are engaged in precision engineering, it said.

“This defence manufacturing hub can potentially be a game changer for the region,” said BVN Rao, business chairman of transportation and urban infrastructure, GMR group. “We will be providing all the necessary infrastructure facilities to attract global majors to set up their manufacturing facilities here
 

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GMR Group to invest Rs 1,000 crore to develop aerospace & defence hub

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/b...to-develop-aerospace-defence-hub-2547813.html

The GMR Group will invest Rs 1,000 crore in developing the planned aerospace and defence manufacturing hub at its Special Investment Region, in Hosur, in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district.
The aerospace and defence manufacturing hub will be spread over 600 acres. The GMR Group overall has 2,100 acres in the area.

"Defence is a capex heavy sector. Investments in the hub will be sizeable," said the executive.
 

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GMR Group to invest Rs 1,000 crore to develop aerospace & defence hub

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/b...to-develop-aerospace-defence-hub-2547813.html

The GMR Group will invest Rs 1,000 crore in developing the planned aerospace and defence manufacturing hub at its Special Investment Region, in Hosur, in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district.
The aerospace and defence manufacturing hub will be spread over 600 acres. The GMR Group overall has 2,100 acres in the area.

"Defence is a capex heavy sector. Investments in the hub will be sizeable," said the executive.
Hope this will be developed like the Mahindra world city in Hosur.
 

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Yes Offcourse. Admin pls change the title as "Tamilnadu Defence Manufacturing Hub" as requested
But lets keep this thread Under Chennai itself. As Chennai is the anchor city of this corridor with the advantage of port infrastructure, We can expect half the total investments will bound to come towards Chennai and its peripheral areas (SCR).
If its kept in the Chennai region, it would be followed by members/guests more often than elsewhere. Hope you understand :)
 

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Speaking of the TN defence corridor...

Overall:

The pic below was a part of the TN pavilion. There were more corridors around with presence from other companies like Lucas-TVS and marked as "TN pavilion", but I didn't catch them. Hopefully, someone else was able to.

At DefExpo, I was surprised to see that no other state body had grouped companies like this. Would have been a good idea to showcase other clusters around the country, which surely exist. The good thing is that SIPCOT had a marked presence at Aero India in Bangalore last year as well, and was the only other state agency apart from the Karnataka industry body (KIADB?). Good to see they are taking efforts to promote local companies - despite the perception that TN does not market itself well. This week's event should put that to rest, at least here in SSC.

Anyway, enough talking. Let's see some pictures :) (representational only, there were a lot more stalls than what I could cover):


TNPavilion by arshyam, on Flickr
 
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