Tata Technologies, the engineering services arm of TATA Group, provider, has signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the Vidarbha Defence Industries Association (VDIA) at the Made in Vidarbha – Aerospace and Defence Summit held last week in Nagpur. This partnership will lead to the setting up of a new state-of-the-art aerospace & defence Centre in Nagpur. The MoU was signed in the presence of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis.
Anand Bhade, President – Asia-Pacific, Tata Technologies said, Made in Vidarbha – Aerospace and Defence Summit is a great initiative, and we’re proud to be associated with it. Tata Technologies’ unique offerings for aerospace and defence are perfectly aligned to VDIA’s vision of creating a first-of-its-kind ecosystem to facilitate defence-integrated development by supporting the Indian Aerospace and Defence industry to be globally competitive”.
In alignment with the Make in India initiative, this centre will help establish Maharashtra as the preferred investment destination for aerospace & defence manufacturing, promote indigenous and modernized technological capabilities and develop skilled resources to support MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises to be globally competitive in the aerospace & defence sector. This will be done by setting up ‘NIRMAN’, a not-for-profit Common Facilitation Centre for aerospace & defence and ‘UDAN’, an initiative to create high-end skilling centres and provide competency-based education for engineering institutes & universities. The partnership between Tata Technologies and VDIA supported by the Government of Maharashtra, will promote the state as an aerospace & defence manufacturing and export hub.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen (Retired) Ravindra Thodge, the chairman of VDIA said, “Our objective is to create an aerospace & defence manufacturing hub in the Nagpur and Vidarbha region. Tata Technologies is well positioned to provide the right impetus to this initiative by leveraging their domain expertise”.