India UK form industry-led defence aerospace group

IDD Bureau

The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) have announced the establishment of an Aerospace and Defence Industry Group (ADIG) to promote UK-India collaboration for make in India.

Core members of the group include Rolls-Royce, BAE systems, Thales UK, MBDA, Leonardo, TVS Logistics, PEXA, Pattonair and Cranfield University, the council said in statement  on Friday.  Most of these companies are already involved in India in big way  in military equipment, missiles and  aviation.

The move came the same day as India the UK Defecne Consultative Group meet in New Delhi on multiple issues. Indian Defence Secretray Dr Ajay Kumar co-chaired  the meeting with Sir Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, UK.

India Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar welcomes Sir Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, UK at the meeting in New Delhi on Friday.

The new vertical called the ADIG: The Aerospace and Defence Industry Group has been formed following suggestions of the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) and with the support of UK Defence Solutions Centre (UK DSC), ADS Group Ltd, the Department for International Trade (DIT), and industry.

This initiative recognises that the UK-India relationship in aerospace and defence is at a critical turning point and is another demonstration of the close ties between Indian and UK industry.

In 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Technology Industrial Capability Cooperation was signed between UK and India which highlighted the UK Government’s approach towards enhancing cooperation with India, and the Defence vertical is an example of how this cooperation is being taken to a new level.

Speaking at the launch, Richard McCallum, Vice Chair UKIBC, said, “The Aerospace and Defence Industry Group will support and build on the huge opportunities for collaboration that exist between the defence industries of the UK and India. Collaboration will not only advance India’s defence acquisition process but also foster long-term technology and hardware transfers”.

McCallum added “we support the Government of India’s Make in India initiative and believe the Aerospace and Defence Industry Group can contribute to India’s continued emphasis on defence modernisation and sophisticated military capabilities, which will be a win-win for both the UK and India”.

The reception for the launch in New Delhi was hosted by the British High Commissioner, Sir Dominic Asquith.

Chairman of the newly created ADIG, Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls Royce India and South Asia said “The ‘Make in India’ initiative is a great clarion call for the manufacturing sector and we believe the Aerospace and Defence Industry Group can contribute significantly towards building an ecosystem for defence manufacturing in the country. Together, we can build on India’s vision of indigenisation and defence modernisation with sophisticated military capabilities and advanced technologies, which will be a win-win for both countries”

IDD View: It’s a good situation for India. MBDA is already supplying missiles. The BAE systems has been working with the Army while Rolls Royce  was at one time working with India’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE)  to make a 125 Kn aero engine. The project needs to be revived as the Engine could be possible fit into the AMCA  or the fifth generation  fighter  jet India aims to make on its own.

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