Global Aerospace Firms To Take
‘Make-in-India' Vows At Air Show

By Arming India Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Leading global companies such as Airbus Group, Rolls-Royce and Rockwell Collins will commit to join the Make-in-India campaign of the Narendra Modi government at the tenth biennial AeroIndia-2015 show beginning Feb.18, 2015 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

Ahead of the five-day show that would end on Feb.22, these three firms are among the leading aerospace and defense firms that have announced that they would be ready to explore possibilities to expand their presence in India.

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who continues to push for defense modernization since taking over in May 2014, has cleared military acquisition proposals worth over $20 Billion till January 2015, which is double the total spend on military acquisitions in the previous fiscal that ended March 2014.

In the eight months of his government, Modi has gone aboard INS Vikramaditya, a refitted Russian aircraft carrier that was inducted in November 2013; commissioned INS Kolkata, a stealth Destroyer warship; feted Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) scientists and called for new ideas in defense research; visited the troops on the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield; apart from shaking up the DRDO by terminating the contractual services of its chief, Dr.Avinash Chander.

Rolls-Royce To Talk Partnerships

Rolls-Royce, globally the second largest provide of defense aero-engine products and services, will present its ‘Partnership with India - Past, Present and Future’ at the air show through an exhibition of its products and services, the company said in a statement from Bengaluru on Jan. 29.

The firm will feature three examples of its propulsion systems -- the Adour, which powers the Hawk trainer, the Trent 700 from the Airbus A330 tanker aircraft, and the C-130J’s AE2100 engine.

"We believe that AeroIndia offers a significant platform to further expand Rolls-Royce’s business opportunities in the defense sector. The event will allow us to demonstrate to India how our long-term commitment to the country, combined with our innovative technologies, makes us the natural ‘Make-in-India’ partner," Rolls-Royce India and South Asia President Kishore Jayaraman said.

A key strategic partner to the Indian Air Force (IAF) since 1933, Rolls-Royce had posted annual underlying revenues of £15.5 billion in 2013 and invested £1.1 billion on research and development. Currently, the Indian military has over 750 Rolls-Royce engines, consisting of 10 different engine types.

"We are also committed to delivering the government’s ‘Make-in-India’ vision that aims to position India as a global manufacturing hub," the company's Vice President Customer Business - Defense Steven Gillard said.

"India and Rolls-Royce share a common desire to grow and develop the Indian aerospace industry. Rolls-Royce is helping to drive the indigenisation of the Indian defense industry through our strong in-country partnerships," Gillard said

Airbus Group To Showcase India-Made Products

Europe's Airbus Group, which generated €57.6-billion revenues in 2013, too announced its plans to be present at the air show with a wide range of products and technologies to highlight its footprint in India and its commitment to Modi's 'Make-in-India' initiative.

"We have been used to partnerships in India, as is shown by our long standing collaborations with several Indian public and private companies as well as Research and Development organizations and academic institutions," Airbus India President Yves Guillame said in a statement in New Delhi on Jan.19, 2015.

"We are enthusiastic about the ‘Make-in-India’ campaign and are ready to leverage our existing local partnerships and invest in new ones to make the most of it. AeroIndia offers the perfect setting to discuss our plans to make in India with various stakeholders,” he said.

Likely on display at the Group’s pavilion would be scale models of the passenger aircraft A380 and the A320neo, apart from the A330MRTT mid-air refueller that has been selected by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for military use and the C295 transport aircraft that has been offered by the group in partnership with Indian firm Tata for the IAF's Avro replacement program.

Two ‘Made-in-India’ products -- the High Accuracy Air Pressure Measurement System and Structurally Integrated Antenna -- are also going to be part of the display line up. Both these products have been developed at the Airbus Defense and Space engineering center in Bengaluru.

The firm would bring a model of the EC725, which recently underwent Field Evaluation Trials (FETs) for the Indian Coast Guard’s tender for 14 shore-based helicopters. The EC725, fitted with the relevant weaponry and sensor suites, is also in contention to meet the Indian Navy’s over 120 Naval Multi-Role Helicopter (NMRH) program requirements and the Indian Army’s over 150 Tactical Transport Helicopters’ fleet expansion plan.

In addition, there will be models of the AS550 C3e Fennec and the AS565 MBe Panther helicopters. The Fennec has been offered by the Group for the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Helicopter (RSH) campaign, which was recently re-started under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category. The AS565 MBe Panther would contest for India’s Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) program, which envisages acquisition of around 100 units. On the civil helicopter side, a scale model of the single-engine EC130 T2 will be showcased.

Airbus would also bring scale models of TANAN unmanned aircraft system, SPEXER 2000 border/coastal surveillance radar, MILDS missile warning system and TRS-3D multi-mode surveillance and target acquisition radar.

In addition, information on the Group’s border security solutions, Maritime Satellite Services and GEO Intelligence Imagery and Net management System will be available at the Airbus stand.

New Aviation Simulation Product From Zen Technologies, Rockwell Collins

India's Hyderabad-based Zen Technologies and American Iowa-based Rockwell Collins will unveil a new aviation simulation product that they have collaboratively developed. The details of product would be made known only at the air show.

The two companies had in the later half of 2014 signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on aviation simulation and training solutions for Indian military customers.

Zen Technologies Limited specializes in supplying ground simulation and training solutions, while Rockwell Collins, which has facilities near Hyderabad and New Delhi, provides aviation simulation and training products, apart from carrying out systems and integration solutions.

"AeroIndia-2015 has given us the opportunity to showcase our prowess in the aviation simulation segment. With our pivot towards this segment and a robust association with Rockwell Collins, we are very optimistic that our latest aviation simulator solution will be able to address the burgeoning needs of our customers in India," Zen Technologies' Managing Director Ashok Atluri said in a statement on Jan. 15 in New Delhi.

After working on land-based simulators since inception in 1993, Zen Technologies has now deployed its effort to address the demand coming from the Indian aviation simulation market.

The new product unveiling will demonstrate how closely both companies have been able to collaborate in a relatively short period of time, Rockwell Collins Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Jim Walker said.

"This collaboration has already produced significant results in developing innovative solutions. We look forward to continuing this collaboration to bring the latest simulation and training technology to the Indian military market," Walker said.

In 2008, Rockwell Collins opened a design center in Hyderabad, to augment the company’s existing engineering capabilities.





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