On Thursday, SKM Technologies Pvt Ltd, a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) industrial partner involved in the manufacturing of aerospace and defence components, opened its state-of-the-art 70,000 sq ft. advanced facility at Aerospace Park in Adibatla. Rafael, Pratt & Whitney, Dedienne Aerospace, Dassault Aviation, Magellan Aerospace Corporation, Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), DRDO, and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) are among the reputed companies in India and abroad that SKM Technologies Pvt. Ltd manufactures high precision components and assemblies for. Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of the DRDO, said there is a big opportunity for private industry in the defence sector when speaking at the opening ceremony.
He underlined that private companies can use government testing processes and resources to help boost India’s defence industry. DRDO has facilitated royalty-free access to over 1000 patents. “Defense export has enormous potential for our country, and it will set new benchmarks and strengthen the commitment of Make in India and Make for the World in the coming years,” Dr. Reddy added. To boost indigenous development, the Indian government has produced a positive indigenization list and enforced import limits on many defence equipment. India is now attempting to transition from being one of the largest importers of defence materials to one of the leading exporters.
“We have been receiving interests for export of our Defence products and besides BrahMos missile, we are looking to export Akash, Anti-Tank-Guided Missile (ATGM), Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), Torpedoes and Radars,” added Dr Reddy. This move will give a boost to indigenization efforts with active participation of companies like SKM Technologies Pvt. Ltd and other public and private sectors for fulfilling twin objectives of achieving self-reliance & promoting defence exports. Chairman of SKM Technologies Pvt Ltd, GR Surya Rao said, “since SKM Technologies which we had acquired existed in Aerospace Park already, it made our efforts faster and easier in foraying and establishing a firm foothold. Our desire is to be part of the Make in India program.”
“We’ve collaborated with BDL on indigenous missiles like the Akash, the Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM), and many others that are still in R&D.” Surya Rao continued. The newly opened SKM Technologies facility has a built-up area of 70,000 square feet and 1000 class clean rooms. This will not only house production, but also crucial assembly activities and services like specialised welding and special treatment procedures. In the presence of important dignitaries from DRDO and industry, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy officially opened the facility.