Hyderabad: The establishment of India’s first private sector missile manufacturing facility here is seen as another feather in the cap of the Telangana capital, which has emerged as a key hub of the aerospace and defense industry.
Industry leaders say the city has become the ground for implementing the Make in India initiative as several global giants have joined hands with the Indian players to set up manufacturing units.
Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), a joint venture between Israel’s Rafael and Kalyani Strategic Systems, will produce the third generation Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Indian Army.
The state-of-the-art facility has come up under what is described as the biggest ever Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in defense.
Spike joins a long list of aerospace and defense products being manufactured in Hyderabad, including the cabins of the helicopters that fly the US president and F-16 fighter jets.
According to Baba N. Kalyani, chairman, Kalyani Group, the initial orders for the Spike missiles from Indian Army will be in thousands and valued about $1 billion.
The facility is planned to be developed into missile house of India with Israeli defense firm also proposing to manufacture some other missiles.
Hyderabad – a key player
KRAS chooses Hyderabad as it is considered as the missile center of India with several public-sector defence labs and missile manufacturing facilities located here. “With centers like missile manufacturing and R&D centres Hyderabad becomes a natural eco-system for anyone who gets into this space,” Baba Kalyani explained.
KRAS is also looking at other products like aircraft-launched glide bombs and is scouting for a location to set up a second facility in Hyderabad.
Telangana industry minister K.T. Rama Rao believes KRAS will propel the defense electronic manufacturing eco-system in Hyderabad to the next level.
“Hyderabad has all the trappings to become the number one destination…