Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ (MII) call seems to have rung a bell with the global aviation majors, who have military manufactures in their portfolio. They, 330 of them, have bought space at the venue of the tenth Aero India ’15, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) own air field.
Coupled with 270 domestic manufacturers, the two groups are expected to feverishly tie-up deals at the air show.
The pie is certainly large enough: $ 100 billion to be spent over ten years. The air force that had stolen a march over the other two Services in initiating deals for fourth and fifth generation aircrafts, should be looking to firm them up in good measures.
The new demand is for about 1000 choppers of various kinds that all three Services need. Army Aviation needs ‘close air support’ attack helicopters – Boeing’s Apaches being on its purchase radar. They also want Chinooks as ‘heavy lift’ choppers.
The navy wants light utility choppers that will now have to be built under MII category with a joint venture between an Indian firm and a foreign entity. It also wants multi-role choppers for anti-submarine warfare and other similar functions. Then there are the medium lift helicopters for the air force.
Overall, Aero India, the sub-continent’s pre-eminent air show will again be the cynosure of many eyes.
Boeing will be displaying its F-15 Strike Eagle for the first time in Aero India, USAFs F-16s, C-17 Globemaster III, US Navys P-8A Poseidon and KC-135 are other aircraft that will be on display during the show. The F-15 will fly from Kadena in Japan
BAE Systems will be debuting Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rocket, S3000 and Mission Adaptable Crew Seats (MACS), Striker helmet-mounted display (HMD) and an array of equipment during the upcoming Aero India show, the company said in a statement. BAE will showcase commitment to a range of platforms and technologies eyeing Make In India program and will emphasize development of Hawks training, performance and operational capabilities
OIS-Advanced Technology (OIS-AT) announced Tuesday that it has indigenously produced new radar that offers protection to aircraft against the bird hits while another can detect and track unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), IANS reported. The company further stated that, the two radars would be unveiled at the Aero India 2015 Airshow later this month
Lockheed Martin has expressed that it is on a lookout for more opportunities with key industries in India. Lockheed Martin will focus on AGM-114R multipurpose HELLFIRE II, DAGR missile systems, K-MAX, E2D Hawkeye and Javelin during the upcoming Aero-India show
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Indian Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO)'s in-service surveillance drone, Panchi will be showcased in the upcoming Aero India Airshow commencing from 18-22 Feb 2015. The UAV currently available with the the Army is an un-wheeled version launched from a pneumatic rail launcher and uses a parachute drop system for recovery
Indian defense procurement procedure (DPP) will undergo a major changes pertaining to exports, offset, level playing field, agents and black listing policy and is likely to be completed by June, Times of India reported Monday. Indian Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on Monday speaking to media persons in Goa said that the MoD has already set up a committee to revive the DPP
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