Honeywell in India
A legacy of more than 80 years
NEW DELHI. Honeywell has a long- stand ing history in India, with its presence in the country tracing back to the 1930s. All four of Honeywell’s strategic business groups have a presence in India, including aerospace; performance materials & technologies; safety & productivity solutions and home & building technologies.
Honeywell Aerospace has supported the Indian aerospace industry’s growth for more than 40 years. Its presence initiated through the establishment of a strategic relationship with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s only defence- focused Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
Honeywell maintains seven manufacturing locations across India in addition to five global technology and engineering centres. In addition, Indian engineers play a key role in technology development for Honeywell’s global aerospace business.
Honeywell has close to 15,000 employees in India, 8,000 of whom are engineers. Of these, 2,800 are dedicated aerospace engineers who work on solutions for India and the rest of the world as part of Honeywell Technology Solutions, the global technology development and engineering arm of Honeywell.
Almost all of the military and commercial aircraft flying in India today has Honeywell technology on board. The company works with the country’s leading airlines, as well as global aircraft manufacturers, to help maximise operational efficiency and performance. More specifically, Honeywell Aerospace provides a vast range of products and services, including integrated avionics and communications systems; propulsion and mechanical systems; cond itioned- based maintenance, logistics, and flight management services. In addition, it provides full- service solutions for airliners, business and general aviation aircraft, military aircraft, rotorcraft, and spacecraft.
Honeywell is dedicated to supporting India’s aerospace and defence industries; from establishing strategic defence relationships with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited ( HAL), the Indian Air Force, and the Indian Government, to relationships with local schools, universities and engineering projects. Honeywell and HAL have co-produced TPE331 engines for India for more than 25 years, building more than 225 engines for the Indian military services, including the national Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force.
The TPE331 is one of Honeywell’s longest serving and widely used engines. The company has delivered more than 13,500 units and the engine family has logged over 130 million flight hours. Its flexibility in serving every aspect of general aviation combined with its fuel efficiency and fast throttle response, makes it a popular engine for both civil and military applications around the world.
On the commercial aviation front, Honeywell is focussed on air traffic management across India and has developed a wide range of advanced technologies for improving air traffic management on the ground and in the cockpit. These technologies ensure aircraft can land easier, faster and operate more efficiently while airport operators minimise flight delays and cancellations. A great example of this type of technology is SmartPath, the only certified Ground- Based Augmentation System ( GBAS). GBAS augments satellite signals to provide precision approaches and landings as an alternative to traditional instrument landing system technology. The greater accuracy means air traffic control can increase airport throughput, while airports can benefit from more than 21 million Indian rupees per year in maintenance savings as an alternative to traditional instrument landing system technology.
MAKE IN INDIA
The rapid growth of the Indian aerospace industry has attracted the attention of major global companies specialising in aviation and arospace. This is being fuelled by several factors that include manufacturing opportunities encouraged via the Indian Government’s ‘ Make in India’ campaign. The current and expected growth of India’s civil aviation policy and defense offset requirements coupled with a well-educated talent pool, offer numerous advantages to cater to domestic demand as well as support global product supply, and research and development activities.
To ensure success, the ‘ Make in India’ campaign requires its focus to remain on three core elements of manufacturing: land, labor and capital. In terms of the aerospace sector’s labor pool, it is vital for the government and ministries of human resources and education to focus on developing an entire learning ecosystem around aeronautics. Honeywell already offers and measures training programs aimed at further boosting the capabilities of domestic employees and suppliers.
In 2015, Honeywell began the first phase of the Tata TALIN inertial land navigation agreement, where Tata Power SED receives production kits, training and expertise to assemble the TALIN system. This year the programme moved into the second phase where Tata Power SED manufactures these build kits, under license.
Strategic partnerships, like the long- standing relationship with HAL on Engines and Environment Control Systems and with Tata Power on the TALIN inertial land navigator, remain critical for the success of the ‘ Make in India’ initiative.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Honeywell remains dedicated to supporting the Indian military by bringing its leadership in engine technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, navigation and helicopter safety to help the country safeguard assets, lower operational costs and increase mission success. The company’s Defense and Space business is also exploring opportunities beyond aviation in surface systems and space with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Honeywell has a long, established heritage of supporting space missions with technology, including every US space shuttle flight, the first moon landing, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta comet chaser and the International Space Station. Honeywell also has technology such as command and control systems, navigation, gyros and other radiation- hardened electronics on board many satellite constellations in orbit today.
With Ind ia targeting new communications, navigation and metrological satellites over the next decade, opportunities may arise for us to bring this long heritage and technological expertise to India’s space programme.
Arijit Ghosh, President, Aerospace, India