Phil Shaw, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Lock­heed Martin In­dia

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & In India -

: The In­dian Air Force con­tin­ues to seek new fighters to build up much needed com­bat num­bers. Lock­heed had in­di­cated a will­ing­ness to sup­ply and lo­cally man­u­fac­ture F-16 Block 70s for this re­quire­ment in re­sponse to a let­ter cir­cu­lated last year. This pro­cure­ment, how­ever, is yet to be for­malised and no for­mal RFI, RFP or qual­i­ta­tive re­quire­ments (QRs) have been cir­cu­lated. What flex­i­bil­ity does Lock­heed have with the of­fer if, say, RFPs are is­sued un­der Chap­ter 7 (Strate­gic Part­ner­ships) of the DPP 2016? LM: We are con­tin­u­ing to meet with the ap­pro­pri­ate gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties and we’re cur­rently in the wait-and-see mode in terms of gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion-mak­ing. We are en­cour­aged by the di­a­logue at this stage. We are mak­ing our case and wait­ing for the gov­ern­ment to de­cide how they choose to pro­ceed. : Could you pro­vide an up­date on the sta­tus of the sec­ond lot of six C-130J Su­per Her­cules for the In­dian Air Force? Also, has the IAF/ MoD ap­proached Lock­heed Martin about an at­tri­tion re­place­ment for KC3803, which crashed last year?

LM: We con­tinue to de­liver C-130Js to the In­dian Air Force. Please con­tact the In­dian Air Force with any specifics re­lated to de­liv­er­ies and ac­qui­si­tions.

: Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited ( TASL) is presently man­u­fac­tur­ing em­pen­nages and cen­tre wing box assem­blies for the Su­per Her­cules prod­uct line. What pro­por­tion of C-130Js pro­duced in a year con­tain parts from Tata? Are you look­ing to source more aerostruc­tures from In­dian sup­pli­ers, across your var­i­ous prod­uct fam­i­lies?

100 per­cent of all C-130Js pro­duced con­tain these TLMAL-made parts. We are in­deed look­ing for ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to part­ner with In­dian sup­pli­ers on other Lock­heed Martin plat­forms.

: Could you com­ment on Lock­heed Martin’s plans to ful­fil the In­dian Navy’s naval mul­ti­role he­li­copter (NMRH) re­quire­ment, par­tic­u­larly in re­gard to the In­dian ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fo­cus on large-scale mil­i­tary projects need­ing to have an In­dian pro­duc­tion el­e­ment? Would this im­pact your abil­ity to of­fer the tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced MH-60R, for in­stance? LM: Lock­heed Martin re­mains very much en­gaged in pur­su­ing and win­ning the In­dian Navy’s NMRH con­tract. We un­der­stand that a sig­nif­i­cant amount of the work would

be per­formed in In­dia by an In­dian prime con­trac­tor and that any such agree­ment must meet the tech trans­fer re­quire­ments of In­dia’s De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure (DPP-2016).

VAYU : Does LM sub­sidiary Siko­rsky have a suit­able he­li­copter avail­able to of­fer for the Navy’s NUH re­quire­ment, should that re­quire­ment be firmed up around a mul­ti­role con­fig­u­ra­tion in­clud­ing radar, sonar and guided/un­guided weapons?

LM: Yes. Siko­rsky is aware of the NUH pro­gramme and we will eval­u­ate those re­quire­ments at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.

VAYU : The F-35 pro­gramme seems to have turned a cor­ner, with the USMC and USAF declar­ing IOC, and the Is­raeli Air Force tak­ing de­liv­ery of their air­craft and op­er­at­ing them do­mes­ti­cally. Full ca­pa­bil­ity, how­ever, is still some time away – could you give a brief up­date on the pro­gramme and the chal­lenges that lie ahead?

LM: The F- 35 pro­gramme is pro­ceed­ing well. The F-35 fleet re­cently ex­ceeded 100,000 flight hours while the F- 35 In­te­grated Test Force teams are com­plet­ing the re­main­ing re­quire­ments in the pro­gramme’s Sys­tem De­vel­op­ment and Demon­stra­tion ( SDD) phase. The re­main­ing de­vel­op­ment flight test­ing in­cludes val­i­dat­ing the fi­nal re­lease of 3F soft­ware, F-35B ski jump test­ing, F-35B aus­tere site op­er­a­tions, high-Mach Loads test­ing for both the F-35B and F-35C, and com­ple­tion of the re­main­ing weapons de­liv­ery ac­cu­racy tests.

VAYU : Lock­heed made a rel­a­tively quiet and low pro­file en­try into the In­dian sim­u­la­tion mar­ket with FSTC, based in Gur­gaon. Could you com­ment on fur­ther plans in this sec­tor, and op­por­tu­ni­ties both civil and mil­i­tary?

LM: We are proud of our suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with Fly wings on the Flight Sim­u­la­tion Train­ing Cen­tre in Gur­gaon. We are con­tin­u­ing to eval­u­ate ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia’s sim­u­la­tion mar­ket.

Lock­heed has pro­posed the F-16 Block 70 for the IAF’s sin­gle-en­gine

An F-35B de­vel­op­ment air­craft car­ries out ski-jump test­ing with ex­ter­nal stores, as re­quired by the UK cus­tomer (photo: Ar­nel Parker)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.