‘Our fo­cus is to first in­tro­duce the US-2 in the In­dian Navy’

This is the first time ever that Shinmaywa or even a Ja­panese com­pany would be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the De­f­expo 2012. In an in­ter­view with the com­pany elab­o­rated on prod­ucts they have on of­fer for the In­dian armed forces.

SP's NavalForces - - INTERVIEW / REPORT -

We have of­fered the same US-2 to the In­dian Navy. SP’s: The year 2012 marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties with In­dia. It is very in­ter­est­ing to see a Ja­panese com­pany par­tic­i­pat­ing in the De­f­expo. Is there a mes­sage for In­dia in this par­tic­i­pa­tion? ShinMaywa: In­dia and Ja­pan have a his­tor­i­cal re­la­tion­ship. We truly value the re­la­tion­ship with In­dia. In­dia was the only coun­try that signed a sep­a­rate peace treaty with Ja­pan and waived off all war claims. So, we have a long as­so­ci­a­tion. In fact, this is the first time ever that ShinMaywa or even a Ja­panese com­pany would be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the De­f­expo. We are re­ally over­whelmed with the re­sponse that we have re­ceived and it is clear that the In­di­ans have a lot of in­ter­est in Ja­pan and our unique prod­ucts. We see our high tech­nol­ogy prod­uct not only as a sale to In­dia but a step to­wards el­e­vat­ing our re­la­tion­ship fur­ther through shar­ing such unique tech­nol­ogy for the good of so­ci­ety. SP’s: How do you see the US-2 fur­ther­ing the mis­sion re­quire­ments of the In­dian Navy? ShinMaywa: We be­lieve that this air­craft is re­ally the best and sec­ond to none in its cat­e­gory. It’s huge ca­pa­bil­i­ties can play a ma­jor part in en­hanc­ing In­dia’s role in the re­gion us­ing cut­ting edge Ja­panese tech­nol-

SP’s Naval Forces, ogy for the good of the so­ci­ety. It can carry out a va­ri­ety of mis­sions rang­ing from con­stab­u­lary, hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief and lo­gis­tic sup­port mis­sions. SP’s: How do you see ShinMaywa grow­ing as a busi­ness ven­ture in In­dia? Will you be fo­cus­ing only on the US-2 or on an­other in­no­va­tive prod­uct for the In­dian mar­ket? ShinMaywa: ShinMaywa be­gan its In­dia op­er­a­tions al­most 20 years ago. We al­ready are a ma­jor sup­plier of pas­sen­ger board­ing bridges and wire ter­mi­nat­ing ma­chines to In­dian cus­tomers. We have now re­sponded to the In­dian Navy’s re­quest for in­for­ma­tion (RFI) for am­phib­ian air­craft. We also have reg­u­lar in­quiries for our other engi­neer­ing prod­ucts and en­vi­ron­ment sys­tems. There­fore, we are here in In­dia for the long-term and we will grow our busi­ness op­er­a­tions in a cal­i­brated and sys­tem­atic man­ner which will best con­trib­ute to the needs of the In­dian Navy as well as other cus­tomers in In­dia. SP’s: In what way is the US-2 dif­fer­ent from other am­phib­ian air­craft? ShinMaywa: The STOL Tech­nol­ogy based on bound­ary layer con­trol (BLC) which al­lows ul­tra-low speed op­er­a­tions and in­tro­duc­tion of spray sup­pres­sor tech­nol­ogy which en­ables op­er­a­tion in rough seas with waves of three-me­tre-high which no other air­craft has achieved. It also re­quires the least take­off and land­ing dis­tance whether on land or sea, the long­est range, the high­est pay­load and is the only air­craft in its class which is proven, in-ser­vice and cer­ti­fied/ruggedised for mil­i­tary spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Its radar sys­tem com­bines both weather and sur­face sur­veil­lance. For In­dia, the US-2 uses the same class of en­gines that the C130J uses. I think we have a very good prod­uct for our global and strate­gic part­ner—In­dia. I also see the US-2 as a very good ve­hi­cle to im­ple­ment the vi­sion of our two coun­tries to build a solid part­ner­ship be­tween In­dia and Ja­pan. The US-2 is the best way to be­gin this part­ner­ship since this air­craft ben­e­fits a larger world community and would rightly fit into In­dia’s grow­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. SP’s: What are your busi­ness ex­pan­sion plans for the In­dian mar­ket? Where do you see ShinMaywa in­dus­tries in In­dia 10 years down the line? ShinMaywa: Ten years is not such a long time. Our fo­cus is to first in­tro­duce the US-2 in the In­dian Navy. Our other prod­ucts are also of un­matched qual­ity and use very pow­er­ful mod­ern tech­nolo­gies. We ex­pect that the In­dian mar­ket will ac­cept our prod­ucts for their high qual­ity and high tech­nol­ogy. Our in­ten­tion is to be in In­dia for the long-term and we will ex­pand our op­er­a­tions in a cal­i­brated man­ner.

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