We regard India as a strategic “resource hub” for the Group
CEO, EADS India, Yves Guillaume
Yves GuillaumeThere has been a lot of talk about the increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and co-production with foreign manufacturers in the Indian defence sector. What is your opinion on it?
Currently, the FDI in defence is limited to 26 per cent with the provision for the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to allow higher limits on a case-by-case basis where the government determines that state-of-the-art technology is involved. Though we respect Indian government’s stand, we believe that should this cap be liberalised it will be easier for the Group to develop a larger industrial base, securing the self-reliance of Indian armed forces without compromising national security.

What is the immediate focus for EADS in the Indian Navy programmes?
Currently, Eurocopter is participating in a campaign for 56 Naval Utility Helicopters where it has pitched the AS565 MBe. It is also in race for the 120 Naval Multi-Role Helicopters (NMRH) programme where it has offered the EC725 along with transfer of technology.

What are the latest advances in your Bangalore engineering and technology centres?
India is known worldwide for its quality talent pool. Hence, naturally, it is a preferred research and engineering hub for us. We operate three research and engineering centres in Bangalore: Cassidian Engineering Centre, EADS Innovation Works and Airbus Engineering Centre India (AECI). Let me give you a brief snapshot of recent activities at each of these:

Cassidian Engineering Centre: Indian engineers there have designed and developed two products which were first presented at Aero India this year. The first one is a Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) compliant Altimetry System. It is a critical on-board sensor providing highly accurate altitude readings to aircraft systems. The device is highly miniaturised, modular and designed as per military qualification standards. The software for the system has also been developed at the Centre in Bangalore. The second is a Structurally Integrated Antenna (SIA) for satellite and GPS applications. SIA is a novel concept to embed the antenna within the structure of the aircraft. This integration makes the aircraft completely free from protruding antennas, thus reducing its maintenance, aerodynamic drag and radar cross section.
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