Rafale International and SMEs on ‘Make in India’
On 24 November 2017, Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales, which comprise Rafale International, were invited by the Centre Val de Loire Regional Council and Aerocentre at Tours to present their concept in creating an industrial aeronautical sector in India, as part of the ‘Make in India’ offsets programme in support of the Indian Air Force Rafale fighter contract which was signed in September 2016.
More than fifty French SMEs attended this Business-to-Business event, with the Rafale International partners presenting their approach on the Rafale Offset programme and outlined potential opportunities for French SMEs as also investment and productionisation in India. “Such an initiative will reinforce Franco-Indian cooperation and include SMEs in the Defence-Aeronautical sector, establishing an industrial ecosystem in India,for the benefit of both French and Indian companies”, according to a spokesman.
The event provided clear opportunities and defined a roadmap for the French SMEs to assist them in joining the Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales global supply chain, thus creating opportunities for new international markets.