Seminar on Opportunities in Defence & Aerospace for the Industry

21 June 2018, Hotel Four Points Sheraton, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

The Ministry of Defence has taken some important policy initiatives in the recent years, to position India as an emerging manufacturing hub. Several changes have been made to procure new platforms and to sustain the existing equipment to ensure operational capability of the Indian Armed Forces. These initiatives have paved the way for creation of a robust defence manufacturing ecosystem in the country and promote the entire spectrum of large, medium & small industries.

With due focus on higher level of indigenisation, opportunities in the defence sector are immense. The opportunities could come through meeting the requirements of Capital and Revenue procurements. A major source of opportunity, especially for the MSMEs in defence and aerospace, also comes in the form of being integrated into the supply chain of the business outsourced by large Indian OEMs from public and private sector, Ordnance Factories and Foreign OEMs.

Andhra Pradesh has established itself as one of the most prominent connection points with major world markets. The State is home to number of Defence manufacturing facilities which offer significant advantages to industrial units in Aerospace, Defence & Naval sector. The infrastructure of the state provides ample opportunity to industries to trade with various countries across the globe.

Against this backdrop, Confederation of Indian Industry and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers in partnership with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board organised a seminar on opportunities in Defence and Aerospace on 21 June 2018 at Vizag, Andhra Pradesh.

The seminar created a platform to bring together key stakeholders-Government officials, senior representatives of the three Services, DRDO, Defence PSUs, and private Industry, deliberated on opportunities in Marine, Land and Air systems (both capital & revenue) of the Indian Armed Forces and galvanise business engagements.

Mr RVS Rudraraju, Chairman, CII Andhra Pradesh and Director, RHI Clasil Pvt Ltd Welcomed participants & dignitaries at the Seminar.  He said that Government of Andhra Pradesh has identified Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing as thrust sector for industrial development. The Sector has tremendous potential to generate upstream and downstream investment opportunities and foster innovation & growth. Furthermore, it aims to attract atleast 4 anchor units and at least 10% of all offset obligations discharged by companies in India.

Lt Gen SubrataSaha, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, VSM (Retd), Director General Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) in his Theme Address said that SIDM works closely with the Government towards enabling the growth of the defence industry and collaborates with experts from the armed forces, academia and defence industry to optimize the industry’s development capabilities. With a vision to ‘Catalyse the Indian defence industry to effectively contribute to India’s national security and become a trustworthy global partner’, SIDM provides an array of services to its members including Policy & Progress Advocacy, Policy & Market Research, Access to Emerging Technologies & New Opportunities, Promotes Indigenisation& Innovation, Export Promotion and Education & Skill Development. SIDM is keenly working on emerging technologies and innovations; works with countries looking for single body to facilitate B2B connect and facilitates collaboration between MSMEs to help them function as clusters.

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Indian Navy in his address mentioned that about 65% of value addition to a ship being constructed comes from Manufacturers – supplying shipboard material, equipment. He also said that MSME’s will have a major role in the growth of the ship building industry and the future navy.

He also said that the navy is not only the platforms but technologies that operate in six dimensions such as air, sea, underwater, land, cyber and space. This opens up a host of the opportunities for the Industry. While concluding his address, he said that Indian Navy’s roadmap for the future will continue to remain anchored firmly on self-reliance and indigenisation.

MrSrinivasaRaju, Chairman for CII-AP State Panel for Defense & Aerospace and Managing Director, Geomarine Dynamics (I) Pvt Ltd said that there are several opportunities that are available and are opened up in Defencesector recently.  Followed by this Seminar a series of workshops are being organised to sensitise industry fraternity and specially entrepreneurs, how to get into the Defence market.

Other eminent speakers spoke during the seminar are :

 Dr Samir V Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (NS & M), Defence Research & Development Organisation;

  • MrJayant D Patil, Vice President, Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) & Whole-time Director (Defence Business) & Member of the Board, Larsen & Toubro Ltd:
  • Rear Admiral Amit Bose, VSM, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam;
  • Dr OR Nandagopan, Outstanding Scientist / Scientist 'H' & Director, Naval Science and Technological Laboratory;
  • Commodore PK Mohan, VSM, Material Superintendent, Vizag, Indian Navy;
  • Mr V VenkataRaju, Chairman and Managing Director, VEM Technologies Pvt Ltd.
  • AnuragAwasthi, Director (P), Indian Army
  • Gp Capt. N Naiwal, Director Indigenisation, Indian Air Force
  • Ashok Sindhu, Chief Technology Officer, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.

The following representatives from Industry interacted with Defence& Aerospace officials:

  • Andhra Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
  • Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology & Sciences
  • Automotive Robotics India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Automotive Robotics India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Avantel Ltd
  • Dassault consulting India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Deccan Ferro Alloys (P) Ltd.
  • East West Marine Engineering Works
  • Embeeded Software Dev Systems
  • Garuda Aerospace (P) Ltd.
  • Genius Filters & Systems (P) Ltd
  • Geomarine Dynamics (I) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Hoverdock LLP
  • Kakinada SEZ Limited - GMR
  • Krasny Defence Technologies Pvt Ltd.
  • Sriram Enterprises
  • Nunet technologies Pvt Ltd
  • PSG college of technology
  • Sahuwala Auto Forge and Engineering (P) Ltd
  • SBTEQ Automation & Systems LLP
  • Sigma Microsystems Pvt. Ltd.
  • SPPV Pune
  • SreeSreenidhi Engineering
  • Sri Sai Agencies
  • Steel Bio Industries Pvt. Ltd.
  • SVC Projects Private Limited
  • Tata Steel Special Economic Zone Limited
  • Trans Logistics
  • Ultra Dimensions
  • Unistring Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd
  • Xion Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
  • Yeoman Marine Service Pvt. Ltd.
  • Hastalloy India ltd.

  • VIZAG Engineering
  • Tata Consultancy Engineers
  • VIZAG Engineering
  • GVP College of Engg
  • Narmada Switchgear Pvt. Ltd.
  • HMTD Engineering
  • Mudunuru limited
  • ASKAR Microns
  • Baylite
  • Blue Ocean e Solutions
  • Compressor & Controls
  • Greenfields Corporation
  • Hindustan Shipyard Limited
  • Kanth Enterprises
  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Maple Software Pvt. Ltd
  • National Maritime Foundation, Visakhapatnam
  • Neelgagan Stationers - Coastal Commercials
  • PG Power Systems Pvt. Ltd
  • SynecticInfotech (P) Ltd
  • Venkateswara Rubber Products
  • Vignan University
  • Visakha Trades Marine Modular Pvt Ltd
  • Premier Explositives Limited
  • Essen Electronics Systems Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sreeram Enterprises (P) Ltd.
  • BITS

Helms signs an MOU with Geomardy of India

Kuala Lumpur, 22 June 2017 – Helms Geomarine Sdn Bhd (Helms) and Geo Marine Dynamics (I) Pvt. Ltd. (Geomardy) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU signals a commitment by both companies to explore new opportunities available within the specialized geotechnical engineering and environmental industries in Malaysia and India and the same can be expanded to other countries within the Asian region.

HELMS is a Malaysian-based geotechnical engineering company specializing in marine coring, sampling and in-situ soil testing and engineering analysis, serving the Malaysian and South East Asian markets.

GEOMARDY is an Indian-based company specializing in a multitude of geotechnical, geophysical, environmental, laboratory and field testing and analysis services, covering the South Asia market.

According to this MOU, both companies intend to jointly pursue potential business opportunities in the area of geotechnical, engineering and environmental solutions using the infrastructure and expertise of available within each party for the Asian market.

Dato’ Ir. Mohd Helmi Zulkawi, Helms’ Technical Director, said: “ Helms has recently made substantial capital investment on specialized coring and in-situ testing tools that are now based in Malaysia to better serve the clients. I hope that this MOU signing event will lead Helms into the high-end area of value engineering and environmental solutions, taking advantage of the cooperation with Geomardy.”

Srinivasa Raju the CEO of Geomardy, added : “Geomardy is looking forward to working with a company such as Helms Geomarine, and we are confident that there will be the opportunity to jointly pursue business potential in the sectors as envisaged using the infrastructure, established networking and technical expertise available within the two companies.”

Unmanned Maritime Systems for Oil & Gas and Naval Projects

March 7, 2012 – via The Hindu Business Line

VISAKHAPATNAM, MARCH 7: Unmanned underwater vehicles and devices help cut operation costs and enhance efficiency in oil and gas exploration, says Mr Srinivasa Raju, CEO of Geomardy. The local company is working in the field with two foreign partners. He added that many advanced technologies have defence applications.

Mr Raju was speaking at a meeting on unmanned maritime systems for oil and gas and naval projects organised by the Visakhpatnam chapter of the National Maritime Foundation here on Monday evening. He said the most advanced unmanned underwater vehicles and devices were available for undertaking sea-bed sampling, geotech and geophysical studies, offshore pipeline inspection, and support services.

The devices and technologies would also be of great use to the Indian Navy and for climate change studies. He said his company – Geomardy had over a decade experience in the field. It had signed a memorandum of understanding with Global Fusion Inc, which is the holding company of C&C Tech and ASV Ltd, to introduce the technologies in India.

Mr Arthur Anthony Kleiner, Director of Government Programmes, C&C Technologies, US, spoke on applications of the technologies in different fields and their relevance to India.

Mr Vincent Dobbin, the Director of Business Development, ASV Ltd (UK), spoke about the advanced technologies in unmanned defence systems (drones) and also about the oil and gas industry. Dr Rangarajan, Director of the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, and other experts spoke with the visiting experts. Prof Prasanna Kumar presided over the meeting.

MoU with Global Fusion Inc.

Geomardy, a local company engaged in providing services in deep seabed engineering and underwater unmanned systems, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a US company, Global Fusion (a holding company of C&C Technologies Inc. and ASV Global Unmanned Systems ) recently, according to the CEO, Mr J. Srinivasa Raju.

Mr Raju said at a press meet here on Friday that Geomardy was engaged in providing innovative technological solutions to the defence sector, and ports and harbours on the east coast for the past few years.

“We are based at Visakhapatnam in the proximity of the Krishna-Godavari basin in the State where oil and gas exploration is going on both by the ONGC and several private companies. This tie-up with Global Fusion will enable Geomardy to bring in the cutting edge technologies, customise them to suit local needs and offer them to different companies in a cost-effective manner,” he said.


He said the technologies would make deep sea bed sampling, necessary in climate change studies, more precise and reliable. “Climate change has become such an important area of academic study and India wants to contribute significantly in the field. We need the technologies to fulfil the ambition,” he said.

He spoke about the applications in the Defence sector and how the tie-up would facilitate induction of new technologies into the field. “It is a very promising area and there is room for many more companies. At present, however, there are only three or four such companies based at Mumbai and on the east coast ours is the sole one,” he added.

Mr Raju said that Geomardy was providing opportunities to the post-graduates in geology, geo-physics and related fields to gain expertise in the latest technologies and improve their career prospects in the country and abroad.