THE RISE OF INDIAN AEROSPACE
tee of Experts under the chairmanship of Dhirendra Singh to identify bottlenecks, offer simplified procedural solutions and incorporate best practices from global defence procurement policies. The Committee advised several encouraging initiatives, the most radical of which was a Strategic Partnership Model (SPM). Another body, Aatre Committee, was set up to further explore and formalise this concept's inclusion into the DPP 2016. copter programmes this year. The Indian Navy's quest for a worthy naval utility helicopter (NUH), naval multi-role helicopter (NMRH) and medium lift helicopter for the Coast Guard continues, as does its search for amphibious maritime patrol aircraft (AMPA). The Indian Air Force, having signed transport and attack helicopter deals in 2015, is on the lookout for another rotorcraft platform to extend its reconnaissance and surveillance abilities. After adding the lethal Rafale to its arsenal, the Indian Air Force is now aggressively looking for another single-engine fighter aircraft and should look to conclude the MRTT and AVRO replacement programmes this year.
The authors are part of the A&D team at EY India