Honey­well in In­dia

A legacy of more than 80 years

India Strategic - - CONTENTS - By Ari­jit Ghosh – The au­thor is Pres­i­dent, Honey­well Aerospace In­dia

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.


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.


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

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