US defence majors explore co-production partnerships to support Make-In-India

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on February 19, 2019 Published on February 19, 2019

Premier American aerospace & defence companies under the umbrella of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) to take part at the India’s premier air show – Aero India 2019.

The USIBC on Tuesday launched its ‘Executive Defence Mission’ to Aero India 2019 led by Dr Vivek Lall , Vice President of Lockheed Martin indicating industry’s commitment to deepen defence and security partnerships between the United States and India.

USIBC, formed in 1975 at the request of the US and Indian governments, is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States, based in Washington, DC, with a global presence in New York, San Francisco, New Delhi, and Mumbai.

The companies taking part include Raytheon, Textron, AECOM, General Atomics, Boeing, Harris, Telephonics, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and others.

“Aero India 2019 is an ideal forum for Lockheed Martin and American industry to highlight new possibilities while drawing on a century of innovation and successful international partnerships in India and around the globe,” said Dr Vivek Lall

Co-production partnerships that support both Make-In-India and American business are front and centre on the agenda.

Telephonic Corporation’s President Kevin McSweeney who is part of the USIBC delegation said, “I’m pleased to celebrate the significant milestone achieved by Telephonic’s joint venture with Mahindra having manufactured and delivered over 100, RDR1600 airborne weather radars to global market customers.”

“From advanced helicopters to state of the art fighter aircraft, American industry is pushing new frontiers in technology transfer and co-production arrangements,” said Benjamin Schwartz, USIBC’s Head for Defence and Aerospace.

Other programs

On the side lines of Aero India 2019, the USIBC delegation will also host a panel discussion on the opportunities in U.S.-India strategic ties as well as the political context of the relationship.

Published on February 19, 2019

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