Interview | Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India

‘Thales is fully committed to the ‘Make in India’ policy and is leveraging it to build partnerships with the local industry – public and private’

Emmanuel de RoquefeuilWhat are the key technologies and systems that you would be showcasing at Aero India 2019?

At Aero India this year, Thales will showcase its solutions developed in India through its supply chain partnerships with the local industry – supporting the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government. It will also present the latest advancements in its capabilities that seek to serve the interests of the IAF and also ministry of civil aviation. Thales stand AB 2.21 will bring alive a range of solutions across aero civil and defence domains through special immersive digital experiences. Some of the demos at the stand will include optronic pod TALIOS, latest generation mini-UAS Spy’Ranger, high velocity missile STARStreak, rockets and a range of communication radios, among others.


What aspect of your business is your primary focus at this air show, and why?

The defence sector is making strides under the present government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Thales is fully committed to the ‘Make in India’ policy and is leveraging it to build partnerships with the local industry – public and private and create job opportunities for the Indian talent pool. Apart from our high-tech offerings for the IAF, we would also bring the spotlight on India growing in volume and value-add in Thales’ global supply chain.

Our customers rely on us to achieve their big ambitions. At Aero India this year, we will demonstrate our expertise in helping our local customers master their decisive moments and further strengthen our support to them.


What are your expectations from the show?

With the success of its past editions, Aero India has carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition. We look forward to participating in this mega event and showcasing our cutting-edge solutions to the Indian customers and building new relationships with our stakeholders and industry at large. Thales, together with its local partners, looks forward to addressing the modernisation plans of the Indian armed forces with its decisive technologies. It also steps forward in its aim of expanding its industrial footprint in the country with the upcoming engineering competence centre in Bengaluru and seeks to showcase the same at the Skill India Pavilion too.


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