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Lockheed Martin is Focussed on Three Programmes Right Now: C-130J; MH-60R/S for the Indian Navy and the Javelin Missile
Phil Shaw, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India
 

Phil Shaw How was the year 2014 for Lockheed Martin defence business in India?
Lockheed Martin signed a follow-on contract for the C-130J Super Hercules in December 2013 and so work commenced on them in 2014 and deliveries will commence in the next couple of years. The year also saw the delivery of the first major C-130J aerostructure part delivered from the LM-Tata JV facility in Hyderabad for the global supply chain. The first aircraft fitted with this major Indian aerostructure flew in October 2014 and is now in service with an overseas customer.

In November, Lockheed Martin launched a university challenge for concept design to develop Roll-on/Roll-off cargo aircraft modules for disaster relief operations for C-130J aircraft. Teams from five leading Indian universities presented their designs to LM officials. The university teams participating in the challenge include Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, IIT Chennai, Delhi Technological University (DTU), University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), and Birla Institute of Technological Studies (BITS) Pilani–Goa Campus.

Lockheed Martin is also actively engaged in several other campaigns for all services and other critical areas like renewable energy and has made presentations to several state governments. From being an aerospace and defence giant, Lockheed Martin is entering new areas and creating a new profile in India.

Protecting national security requires not only good arms and equipment but also good tactical communication for situational awareness and coordination. Lockheed Martin has the ability to offer the most effective and efficient equipment to deliver this affordable capability. Border security is a strength of ours and we offer a full gamut of capabilities which we would like to offer India. At the moment we are in dialogue with ministry of home affairs and paramilitary forces to determine what capabilities we can offer to meet their requirements.

So, overall I would say 2014 was an excellent year for Lockheed Martin in India and we are really looking forward to getting stuck into 2015 and beyond.

Tell us about Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd. What key aircraft components, and how many units, did the facility manufacture in 2014?
Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures facility is a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Ltd and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Hyderabad. It was built in a greenfield site in nine months from contract signature and was producing its first parts within 12 months, which is an extremely impressive timetable to achieve for anywhere in the world. The JV is export-oriented, and all of the products currently manufactured form key aircraft structural components that Lockheed Martin will either use as spares or integrate into the C-130J production line for its global customers. The objective of this facility is to create strategic cost effective, high quality manufacturing capabilities in India. Initial focus area is the assembly of aero-structures, which includes centre wing box spares and production tail empennage sections for the C-130J aircraft.

A benefit from this JV is also in skill development for the aerospace industry. Over the last few years of its existence, the JV has generated over 400 new aerospace engineers through apprenticeships and on the job training which have now entered the larger aerospace sector around Hyderabad. These newly skilled professionals have been exposed to world class processes and procedures and are a valuable addition to the work force as India looks to expand its aerospace and defence sector.

Does the facility cater exclusively to the C-130J aircraft components? Are you planning to manufacture spares parts etc, for other Lockheed Martin aircrafts as well?
The Tata-Lockheed Martin Aerostructures facility is producing parts for the LM C-130J platform and also producing refuelling pods for another contractor. As India expands into the global supply chains of some of the biggest defence suppliers in the world, India’s potential as a manufacturing hub for aerospace and defence sector is just starting and so we envision lots of potential for this plant and the skills being generated here.

 
 
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