Forg­ing al­liances in de­fence and aero­space

In­dus­try urges to put in place the right ecosys­tem to take co­op­er­a­tion be­tween France and In­dia in civil and mil­i­tary aero­space to the next level


FICCI and GIFAS or­gan­ised “France Makes With In­dia – Ses­sion on Forg­ing Al­liances in De­fence and Aero­space” at the Paris Air Show with the sup­port of Em­bassy of In­dia, Paris.

The In­au­gu­ral Ses­sion was ad­dressed by Ra­jiv Nayan Choubey, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion, In­dia. He high­lighted the huge op­por­tu­nity that In­dia of­fers in the civil avi­a­tion sec­tor. He fur­ther shared that In­dia is the third largest do­mes­tic mar­ket and the fastest grow­ing mar­ket in terms of pas­sen­gers. He high­lighted the ini­tia­tives of his min­istry of con­vert­ing 400 un­used airstrips built dur­ing World War II to us­able air­ports thus pro­mot­ing re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity. He fur­ther em­pha­sised that to fa­cil­i­tate pas­sen­ger traf­fic at th­ese re­mote sites Gov­ern­ment of In­dia is as­sist­ing by keep­ing low air fares through vi­a­bil­ity gap fund­ing.

Su­rina Rajan, Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary (DP), Depart­ment of De­fence Pro­duc­tion, Min­istry of De­fence, In­dia in her ad­dress shared the pol­icy re­forms in the re­cent past by the Depart­ment of De­fence Pro­duc­tion in pro­vid­ing a level play­ing field to the Pri­vate Sec­tor in terms of tax­a­tion and ex­change rate vari­a­tion. She high­lighted the de­tails of re­cently an­nounced Strate­gic Part­ner­ship (SP) Model and urged the French OEMs to take the op­por­tu­nity of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the four iden­ti­fied sec­tors cur­rently on of­fer.

Man­ish Prab­hat, Deputy Chief of Mis­sion, Em­bassy of In­dia, France elu­ci­dated the his­tor­i­cal re­la­tion­ship be­tween In­dia and France in strate­gic ar­eas like space, de­fence and civil nu­clear. He was very op­ti­mistic of deeper en­gage­ment of B2B in­ter­ac­tions in the strate­gic sec­tors thereby tak­ing this re­la­tion­ship to higher lev­els.

In his ad­dress Gen­eral De Garidel, Di­rec­tor Asia Pa­cific, Min­istry of Armies, DGA, France high­lighted the cur­rent en­gage­ment of French ma­jors like DCNS with the MDL and the pur­chase of Rafale Air­crafts by the In­dian Air Force as ma­jor suc­cesses in this area.

This was fol­lowed by a Round­table In­dus­try Ses­sion ad­dressed by S.P. Shukla, Group Pres­i­dent, Aero­space & De­fence, Mahin­dra Group and Co-Chair­man, FICCI De­fence Com­mit­tee; Pierre de Baus­set, Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Air­bus In­dia; Richard Lavaud, Di­rec­tor for In­dia, Das­sault Avi­a­tion; K. Sound­har Ra­jhan, Pres­i­dent – Ma­chine Tool, Foundry Di­vi­sions & Ad­vanced Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre, Lakshmi Ma­chine Works Ltd. and Udit Jalan, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Nu­con Aero­space Pvt Ltd.

The speak­ers em­pha­sised on the syn­er­gies and nur­tur­ing the ecosys­tem for the in­te­gra­tion of SMES in the global sup­ply chain of OEMs. With­out any fa­cil­i­tat­ing ecosys­tem, no ma­jor sys­tem in­te­gra­tor will suc­ceed.

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