Rafale In­ter­na­tional look­ing for SMEs to set up in­dus­trial aero­nau­ti­cal sec­tor in In­dia


On Fri­day Novem­ber 24, Das­sault Avi­a­tion, Safran and Thales, which to­gether make up Rafale In­ter­na­tional, were in­vited by the Cen­tre Val de Loire Re­gional Coun­cil and Ae­ro­cen­tre to the aero­nau­ti­cal fo­rum be­ing held in Tours, to present its cre­ation of an in­dus­trial aero­nau­ti­cal sec­tor in In­dia, as part of the ‘Make in In­dia’ off­sets pro­gramme for the Rafale In­dia con­tract.

To an au­di­ence of more than fifty French SMEs at­tend­ing this Busi­ness to Busi­ness event, the Rafale In­ter­na­tional part­ners pre­sented their con­tri­bu­tion to the ‘Make in In­dia’ pol­icy as part of the Rafale Off­set pro­gramme and pre­sented the po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties for French SMEs to also in­vest and set up pro­duc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia.

By re­in­forc­ing Franco-In­dian co­op­er­a­tion re­gard­ing SMEs in the De­fense aero­nau­ti­cal sec­tor and by en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing French SMEs com­ing to In­dia as part of the off­sets pro­gramme for the Rafale Con­tract signed in Septem­ber 2016, this ini­tia­tive will help set up an in­dus­trial ecosys­tem that will be of ben­e­fit to both French and In­dian part­ners un­der Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive…

The con­tacts made and the dis­cus­sions held dur­ing this event de­fined a roadmap for the French SMEs, to help them join the Das­sault Avi­a­tion, Safran and Thales global sup­ply chain, thus open­ing the door to them for new in­ter­na­tional mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Das­sault Avi­a­tion air­craft have been an in­te­gral part of In­dian de­fense forces for over six decades. The first Das­sault Avi­a­tion air­craft, Toofani was sup­plied to In­dia in 1953, fol­lowed by the Mys­tere IV, the naval Al­ize, the Jaguar (man­u­fac­tured un­der li­cense by the Hin­dus­tan Aeronat­i­cal Lim­ited), and the Mi­rage 2000. These air­craft have con­trib­uted to In­dian sovereignty all along and the Mi­rage 2000 fighter air­craft con­tin­ues to be the In­dian Air Force’s ‘cut­ting edge’ till date. 36 Rafales fighter air­craft has been ac­quired on 23 Septem­ber 2016 to equip the In­dian Air Force.

Rafale In­ter­na­tional is a Joint-ven­ture (G.I.E Groupe­ment d’In­térêt Economique) set up by Das­sault Avi­a­tion, Safran Group and Thales to pro­mote the Rafale fighter air­craft to in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers. The three part­ners are ma­jor in­ter­na­tional lead­ers in the aero­space and de­fense fields with more than 1,35,000 em­ploy­ees and a turnover of 28 bil­lion Eu­ros.

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