Next gen BrahMos missile unit to kick off in UP

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Next gen BrahMos missile unit to kick off in UP

Lucknow : ?The BrahMos unit in Lucknow will serve as the "centrepiece" of Uttar Pradesh's Defence Corridor Project. Work on the mega unit will begin in October,? according to Awanish K Awasthi, the Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. India will produce its next-generation BrahMos missile in Uttar Pradesh. BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture of India's Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroyeniya, has committed ? 3,000 crore to the project as an investment. In phase one, ? 1,500 crore will be invested, and over 100 BrahMos missiles will be manufactured in India over the next three years.
Awasthi stated that UP has been assured that all DRDO clearances for the project will be obtained by September, and construction of the unit will begin in October. "We have allotted 80 hectares of land at no cost, and the joint venture has taken possession of the land; 50 percent of the boundary work is also finished. They've expanded their plans beyond what they had originally planned," Awasthi explained.
On December 26, last year, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation for the BrahMos Missile unit in Lucknow. According to the Additional Chief Secretary, the BrahMos Unit will be the "heart of the production that will make the biggest difference" in UP's upcoming Defense Corridor.
Another critical project in the Defence Corridor is the establishment of a cutting-edge common Defense Testing Infrastructure under the Ministry of Defence's scheme, according to Awasthi.
The Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor is planned to be established in six nodes across the state in various districts. According to the UP government, a total of 93 industrial and institutional MoUs have been signed with various private investors and organisations, totaling over ?11,256 crore in investment. The Aligarh node has signed the most MoUs (35) followed by the Lucknow node (15), Kanpur node (12), and Jhansi node (9).Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) is establishing an anchor unit in Jhansi with an investment of ? 400 crore in phase 1 to manufacture propulsion systems on 183 hectares of land. The state of Uttar Pradesh has acquired nearly 1,600 hectares of land parcels for the Defence Corridor. In the Agra node, no land has been identified or acquired. "The Lucknow node is very active, and the Aligarh node is completely sold out. We expect significant investments in the Kanpur node, as well as Jhansi for BDL and others," Awasthi said. However, the Agra node has stalled due to Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) restrictions, which prohibit all industrial activities in a large portion of the Agra region.
According to defence sources, the central government is implementing a number of policy measures to encourage as many foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) as possible to form joint ventures with Indian manufacturers in the defence industrial corridors. "This would be consistent with the government's efforts to ensure that not only homegrown start-ups set up ventures in this industrial corridor, but also larger foreign OEMs come in with domestic partners," an official said. The draft defence production and export promotion policy of the Defence Ministry is awaiting final approval from the government.