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Odisha CM writes to PM for Defence Industry Corridor and an Aeronautical University

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Bhubaneswar, May 19, 2018: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking establishment of Defence Industry Corridor and an Aeronautical University in Odisha.

He highlighted that Odisha, with its comprehensive industrial ecosystem and state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities is most suited for indigenous design, development and manufacturing in defence and aerospace sector.

Maintaining that Odisha is the largest producer of steel, stainless steel and aluminium in the country with availability of defence and aerospace grade products and the existing manufacturing, O&M, testing and research ecosystem in the form of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Aero Engine Facility at Koraput, Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, DRDO Laboratory at Balasore and Ordnance Factory at Balangir, Patnaik said, “The State is in advanced stages of promulgating a dedicated defence and    aerospace manufacturing policy to promote cluster based development of the industry.”

The CM stated that considering the advantages of Odisha, the dedicated defence industry corridor should be established in Odisha. The Aeronautical University can be established in collaboration with HAL, he suggested.

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