‘Honeywell Remains Fully Committed To Supporting IAF and in their Procurement Process for an Engine Upgrade for Jaguar’
President, Honeywell Aerospace India, Pritam Bhavnani    

President, Honeywell Aerospace India, Pritam Bhavnani 
How does Honeywell see Indian defence aviation growing in the next few years? What opportunities and challenges will this growth involve?
Indian defence aviation will experience growth and modernization simultaneously in the next few years. We are already seeing the fruits of this effort with various new aircraft acquired and in the delivery process (C-130J, P8I, C-17, etc) and others which are in the pipeline (Mirage upgrade, Jaguar upgrade, Mi-17 Helicopter acquisition & upgrade, etc.) All these are important along with modern weapon systems that are also being acquired.

The opportunities are in multiple areas from equipment supply, Repair and Overhaul needs, technology transfer, training enhancements, higher
concentration of firepower, all of which will achieve precision delivery of weapons, higher pilot safety, shorter and more focused missions which are completed at the first attempt.

The challenges are around the ramping up of the new capability and absorbing it rapidly and effectively into the various processes and systems in India.

What is the update on new engines for the Jaguar? Will this eventually turn into a FMS contract or are you expecting the RFP to be issued again?
Honeywell remains fully committed to supporting the Indian Air Force and the Indian Ministry of Defence in their procurement process for an engine upgrade for their fleet of Jaguar aircraft. All further queries regarding the status of the RFP should be directed to the Indian Air Force.

In the military domain, what are the other programmes that Honeywell is involved in? What are the potential areas of cooperation with the Indian defence forces?
Initial efforts are around support of Honeywell equipment already delivered on the various IAF aircraft. This includes support, repairs, spares, and software updates on the C-130J, P8I, C-17, Mi-17, An-32, Mirage, Rafale, LCA, LUH, Cheetah, Chetak, etc. In addition we are exploring possibilities to upgrade aircraft with modern avionics and engines to enhance aircraft capabilities and improve pilot situational awareness.

Apart from this, one key offering that would benefit the land forces significantly would be TALIN — Inertial Navigation for the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar, which enables precision tracking of incoming artillery and mortar fire. The interesting thing about this technology is that it has continuous 360 degree surveillance that includes a mortar location and warning device. It is also capable of tracking small aircraft simultaneously while indicating mortar location. In relation to this, we have the aTALIN — Internal Isolation System, which contributes to the strong precision strike culture, thereby reducing collateral damage costs as well as costs of additional rounds (including logistics expenses associated with transport).  

Honeywell has capabilities for homeland security. What specific technologies would you be interested in offering to India?
We have demonstrated the T-Hawk UAV to the various homeland security agencies. Honeywell has supplied the raw material needed to make bulletproof vests in India for the various armed forces. Honeywell also has provided the security and access control systems at various critical infrastructure facilities like airport terminals (IGI–T3 amongst many others), national buildings, VVIP hotels, hospitals, factories, refineries, as well as food, chemical, and processing plants of all kinds. The T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle has been proven in combat with the U.S. Army and Navy, with more than 2,500 combat missions flown and 2,000 flight hours to date in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
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