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Rajnath Singh approves ₹400 cr Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on May 15, 2020 Published on May 15, 2020

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

In order to give a boost to domestic defence and aerospace manufacturing, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has approved the launch of Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) with an outlay of ₹400 crore for creating state of the art testing infrastructure for this sector.

The scheme would run for the duration of five years and envisages to set 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,” an official release said.

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 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, it added.

Published on May 15, 2020

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