SOURCE: GIRISH LINGANNA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.
Karnataka, located in southern India, has established itself as a hub for the country’s aerospace and defense industry. With a strong presence of top research and design institutions, a large pool of skilled professionals, and modern infrastructural facilities, the state has become a preferred destination for aerospace and defense. Bengaluru, in particular, has become a key player in attracting foreign investments in the sector, making the future look bright for Karnataka’s aerospace and defense industry.
The Preferred Destination for Aerospace and Defence
Karnataka, located in the southern part of India, has emerged as the hub of the country’s aerospace and defence industry. With 67% of all aircraft and helicopter manufacturing for defence services being done in the state, it is no surprise that Karnataka contributes to over 65% of India’s aerospace and defence exports. The state is also home to 25% of India’s aircraft and spacecraft industry.
The state’s expertise in various activities across the value chain is a major reason for its success in the aerospace and defence sector. Karnataka is the only state to house top research and design institutions such as the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The state has also set up a Center of Excellence in partnership with Dassault Systems to provide industry-ready manpower, and is home to 70% of the supplier base for India’s aerospace and defence industry. In addition, there are over 2000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Karnataka that carry out niche subcontracting work.
Adjacent industries also play a significant role in the state’s success in the aerospace and defence sector. Bengaluru alone produces 60% of machine tools in India, and the state is the second-highest producer of heavy electrical machinery. With over 85 chip-designing companies, Karnataka is the largest chip design hub in the country, and the state is also the largest software exporter in India.
Under the Aerospace and Defence Policy 2022-2027, the state has laid out an attractive incentive package for the aerospace and defence sector. The policy identifies five focus sub-sectors, including units providing integrated end assemblies for civil and defence aviation, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), units manufacturing for space applications, composite manufacturing and 3D printing for aerospace and defence applications, and electronic components manufacturing for aerospace, defence and space sectors.
The policy also includes six key measures to promote the development of the aerospace and defence sector in the state. These measures include the creation of aerospace and defence parks at five identified hubs, promotion of common testing facilities, skill development, strengthening of R&D infrastructure, promoting the state as a destination for manufacturing for space applications, and continuing the thrust on MSMEs. The policy also enables the classification of the aerospace and defence sector as “essential services” to allow for industry operations without disruption.
Bangalore: A Preferred Destination for Aero India
Bangalore, India has established itself as a preferred destination for conducting aeroshows. This is due to several factors, including the presence of the aerospace and defense industry, modern infrastructural facilities, a large pool of skilled professionals, and favorable weather conditions.
The strong presence of aerospace and defense companies in Bangalore attracts a large number of aviation enthusiasts and professionals. This, combined with modern infrastructural facilities, such as airports and convention centers, make the city an ideal location for hosting large-scale events such as aeroshows.
Moreover, Bangalore boasts a large pool of skilled professionals and technicians, who play a crucial role in ensuring the success of aeroshows. The city’s favorable weather conditions throughout the year also make it an ideal location for outdoor events.
The combination of these factors has established Bangalore as a preferred destination for conducting aeroshows. With its strong presence of the aerospace and defense industry, modern infrastructural facilities, skilled workforce, and favorable weather conditions, the city is well-equipped to host large-scale events in the aviation industry.
Karnataka’s expertise in the aerospace and defence sector, strong support from adjacent industries, and the attractive incentive package offered by the Aerospace and Defence Policy 2022-2027 make it a preferred destination for aerospace and defence. With Bengaluru ranking among the top three global aerospace cities in attracting foreign investments, the future looks bright for the state’s aerospace and defence industry.
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