Plans to set up fighter plane unit in Rajasthan: Parrikar


Jaipur, Jan 16 :Rajasthan may look forward to a fighter plane and helicopters’ factory soon.

Union defence minister Manohar Parikkar talked about plans to set up a factory for building fighter planes and helicopters in Rajasthan, here today.
He added although the place has not been decided as yet, it can be somewhere on the Delhi-Jaipur highway but far from residential areas and all environmental concerns would also be taken care of.

He added: “There is no manufacturing unit in defence sector in Rajasthan and at least one such unit should be set up in the state. We are considering setting up of a unit to manufacture helicopter or fighter plane’s parts or something like that.”

He said that since the state shares border with Pakistan, the unit would be set up far from the border and close to Delhi though location has not been finalised yet.I had spoken to Rajasthan Chief Minister about it. There is ample land available in the state and the location of the unit will be decided later.”

Parrikar, who was here to interact with common people in rural constituencies on their expectations from the Union Budget,answered on a question about Pathankot episode: India’s tolerance level has peaked and that propaganda is being matched by propaganda, which is one of the best ways to counter the enemy effectively. We have to think of alternate ways to defeat the enemy. We have to know the ways by which the enemy can attack us.”
On Indian defence forces being target of ISI, Parrikar said: “Whatever is being seen outwardly is not true. Our network is much more bigger and better than their propaganda machinery. In view of security concerns, everything cannot be told to the media.”

He also emphasised on time-bound security audit of vulnerable installations of armed forces, para-military and police, the second round of which would be conducted in February.

He said : “Security audit will us help to know where we can bridge the security of the base. We would carry out the second round to see which bases are more sensitive. Secondary security audit will be done in February by special teams.”

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