A Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) has been approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The scheme with an outlay of Rs 400 crore, has been approved to offer private sector defence and aerospace companies affordable facilities to test as well as validate the weaponry designed by them. The DTIS scheme has been approved to promote indigenous defence capability, specifically amongst micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and start-ups. Under this scheme, the private sector will also have access to facilities such as sophisticated and costly testing facilities for firearms, ammunition, electronics and radar at government expense.
The Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme intends to set up Greenfield Defence Testing Infrastructure as a common facility in Defence Industrial Corridors (DICs), under the private sector with government assistance. The scheme will run for 5 years and envisages the setting up of six to eight test facilities in partnership with private industry.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Union Minister of Defence: Rajnath Singh.