“As a Major Business Unit of EADS, We Are Able to Draw on a Wide Range of Industrial Activities and Technologies to Provide Opportunities to Indian Companies”

Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific Airbus Military, Federico Lacalle
The Indian ministry of defence has approved IAF’s plan to replace its Avro fleet. When do you expect to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP)?
Our understanding is that an RFP is likely before the end of the year but the important thing is that, whenever it comes, we are ready to respond, and we look forward to seeing the exact details of India’s requirements.

The government envisages maximum 60 per cent indigenous element in the programme. What would this mean for Airbus Military in terms of technology transfer?
At Airbus Military we are absolutely committed to working with the Indian government and Indian industry to develop offset arrangements in line with India’s technological aspirations in aerospace. As a major business unit of EADS, we are able to draw on a wide range of industrial activities and technologies to provide opportunities to Indian companies.

At the same time, there has to be a realistic assessment of the capabilities of the private sector in Indian aerospace. In terms of aerostructures, India has important capabilities but private sector companies still have some way to go before being ready to undertake full assembly and systems integration of aircraft. Nevertheless, we want to explore the capabilities of potential Indian partners and better understand their full potential.

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