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India’s first drone common testing centre

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Source: Business Line


Context: Tamil Nadu is establishing the country’s first Common Testing Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones).

  • The initiative is led by the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) as part of the TN Defence Industrial Corridor, aimed at nurturing the aerospace and defence industry ecosystem.
  • The lack of a Common Testing Centre has been a barrier for organizations in this sector. TIDCO has initiated the setup of such testing centres under the Centre’s Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme.

This initiative aligns with Tamil Nadu’s commitment to fostering a robust defence and aerospace manufacturing ecosystem, attracting investors and contributing to the self-reliance of the country in the aerospace and defence sector.