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British aerospace firms eye partnerships at air show


Bangalore: About 40 leading British aerospace firms will participate in the Aero India 2011 trade expo from Feb 9-13 in this tech hub to forge partnerships and joint ventures with Indian companies, the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) office said Thursday.

British Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology Peter Luff will lead a large defence and business delegation to the five-day air show at the air force base near Yelahanka on the city’s outskirts, where the British firms will showcase their cutting edge technology in the defence, aviation and security sectors.

“Forging industrial partnerships and joint ventures between our defence industries, air force and defence scientists and Indian counterparts will be high on our agenda during the visit to Aero India, a world class show and best in the region,” Luff said in a statement.

The delegation will also discuss with the Indian authorities prospects of the Eurofighter Typhoon as a multi-role medium combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet.

Typhoon, a product of the European consortium, including Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, is in race with five other global aerospace majors for the 126 fighter aircraft order from the IAF at an estimated $10 billion.

“Our strategic relationship with India is important and we are keen to engage in both the defence and security sectors to enhance the relationship,” Luff said.

Other British aerospace firms with business interests in India are Cobham, Hampson, Magellan, STG and Preston.

“British aerospace firms are developing their business across India. Our representation at air show spans a wide spectrum with business interests here such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce,” British High Commissioner to India Richard Stagg noted.

According to UKTI’s defence and security organisation (DSO) head Richard Paniguian, the British industry is keen to identify opportunities in the Indian sub-continent for long-term industrial partnerships in air, land, maritime and security sectors.

The delegation will include Air Marshal Kevin J. Leeson, chief of material, Royal Air Force; Air Vice Marshal Nigel Maddox, UKTI-DSO military adviser and Alan Malpas, UKTI regional director for India, the Middle East and Northern Africa.