Rs 400 crore Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme okayed

DEFENCE Minister  Rajnath Singh has approved the launch of  Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) with an outlay of  400 crore INR for creating a state of the art testing infrastructure for this sector. The scheme is intended for boosting domestic defence and aerospace manufacturing, for five years and envisages setting up six to eight new test facilities in partnership with private industry. This will facilitate indigenous defence production, consequently reduce imports of military equipment and help make the country self-reliant, says DEFENCE Ministry PRO in a statement. The projects under the Scheme will be provided with up to 75 per cent government funding in the form of ‘Grant-in-Aid’. The remaining 25 per cent of the project cost will have to be borne by the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) whose constituents will be Indian private entities and State Governments. The SPVs under the Scheme will be registered under Companies Act 2013 and shall also operate and maintain all assets under the Scheme, in a self-sustainable manner by collecting user charges. The equipment/systems tested will be certified as per appropriate accreditation. While the majority of test facilities are expected to come up in the two Defence Industrial Corridors (DICs), the Scheme is not limited to setting up Test Facilities in the DICs only. The DTIS Guidelines have been uploaded on the MoD/DDP and DGQA websites.

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