Aero India 2019

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 to Sunday, February 24, 2019
Event Venue: 
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

 

Aero India Exhibition, which is organized every two years, has already carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition, with eleven successful editions organized since 1996. This year’s show hosted over 400 exhibitors from all over the world. SIDM hosted four special sessions with the countries of France, USA, Russia, and Japan.

1. Indo-French Defence & Aerospace Cooperation - Building an Integrated Global Supply Chain

Date: 21 February 2019
Time: 1530-1730 hrs
Venue: Hall 1, Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru

Coinciding with Aero India 2019, CII, SIDM and GIFAS in association with Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence organized a Session on Indo – French Defence & Aerospace Cooperation on 21 February 2019 at Bengaluru.

The session was attended by senior government officials including minister of Industries of Tamil Nadu and top industry players from India & France.

Focus:   Senior government officials and top executives from major Indian and French companies shared their plans and perspectives for doing business in India. Both Indian and French companies deliberated on taking the existing relationship to the next level, from ToT to co-development and co-production to meet Indian and global demand. Deliberations were carried out to expand the partnerships to lower tiers of the Indian industry to build a complete ecosystem and serve the global supply chain.

Key Takeaways

  • The French defence industry is very keen to expand its trade with Indian industry, especially in the aerospace arena.
  • All states housing the Defence Industrial Corridors have laid out their Defence & Aerospace Manufacturing Policies that give a bouquet of attractive incentives to industries, both Indian and Foreign, for setting up units and business in the state. Copies of these policies may be obtained from the respective state ministry websites.
  • Safran will be setting up a €40 Mn LEAP Engine components manufacturing plant in Hyderabad.
  • Airbus plans to produce helicopters in India for the Indian as well as the global market.

Interaction with the US Deputy Under Secretary – Acquisition & Sustainment, Ministry of Defence

Date: 21 February 2019

On the sidelines of Aero India 2019 on 21 February 2019 at Bengaluru, CII & SIDM organized an Interaction with the Mr. Alan Shaffer, US Deputy Under Secretary – Acquisition & Sustainment, Ministry of Defence, Mr Scott Baum, the Special Representative for Industrial Policy and a team from the US government and the US Embassy in India,

Mr. Shaffer charted the progress of defence business between India and the US from Nil in 2008 to $21 Bn in recent times and that the US values this partnership. Mr. Scott spoke of Indian products meeting Global Standards and that India had certain technologies that the US could use just as the US had technologies that India could use.

Key Takeaways

  • Indian companies highlighted issues that impact business partnerships between US and Indian companies.
  • Discussions centered around the removal of hindrances to trade & collaborations and create smoother channels for procurement and build faster clearance processes to boost the defence supply chain ecosystem between the two countries.

Participants discussed ways to further deepen and increase B2B and B2G interaction to help deepen this critical partnership.


2. Defence Industrial Corridors - Linking India to the Global Aerospace Supply Chain 

Date: 22 February 2019
Time: 1200-1420 hrs
Venue: Hall 1, Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru

Coinciding with Aero India 2019, CII, SIDM and USIBC in association with Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence organized a Session on Defence Industrial Corridors Linking India to the Global Aerospace Supply Chain on 22 February 2019 at Bengaluru.

Focus:   The following issues were discussed:-

  • The session deliberated upon the policy initiatives taken by the various state governments including Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh in encouraging and facilitating investments in their respective states.
  • The Make in India Policy of the Government. Highlights of central government policy initiatives to promote defence manufacturing in India.
  • The efforts of the MoD in improving the Ease of Doing Business with special reference to policy support as also permissions and licenses.
  • Opportunities to Build Collaborations through Defence Offsets.

Key Takeaways

  • All major industries aligned with the Initiatives of the Government, especially in the Defence Corridors.
  • Tamil Nadu aims to have more than 1000 industries in their Defence Corridor providing at least one lac jobs.
  • The industry should identify areas of technical cooperation and go for JV with a partner/ partners to meet the requirements.

3. Indo-Russian Defence & Aerospace Cooperation - Glorious Past to Prospective Future

Date: 22 February 2019
Time: 1530-1730 hrs
Venue: Hall 1, Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru

Coinciding with Aero India 2019, CII, SIDM and FSMTC in association with Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence organized a Session on Indo – Russia Defence & Aerospace Cooperation: Glorious Past to Prospective Future on 22 February 2019 at Bengaluru.

Focus:   The following issues were discussed:-

  • A case study of Joint development approach in case of JVs of BRAHMOS and Ananth Technologies Ltd.
  • A better understanding of opportunities for Indian companies for Life Cycle Support for Russian Equipment in India.
  • Perspective on Co-development of Future Technology Platforms.

Key Takeaways

  • Russia is ever-willing to partner with Indian Industry to manufacture main platforms, spares, and components for supporting sustenance of existing Russian equipment in India.
  • Russia is offering MiG 35 for the latest query by the IAF.
  • Russian Helicopters offers a ‘One Stop Shop’ Model for after sales service in India.

4. India Japan Defence Industry Business Forum

Date: 23 February 2019
Time: 1400-1730 hrs
Venue: Vivanta by Taj, Tumkur Main Road, Yeshwanthpur Industrial Area, Phase 1, Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru

On the sidelines of the Aero India 2019, CII and SIDM in association with Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Government of India and ATLA, Ministry of Defence, Government of Japan organized a Seminar on India – Japan Defence Industry Business Forum on 23 February 2019 at Bengaluru.

A 21-Member delegation belonging to Japanese Defence and Aerospace companies like Mitsubishi Electric, Subaru, Memco Associates, NEC Corporation, Toshiba Systems, ShinMaywa, Kuraray, Fujitsu, Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC) & Japan Association of Defence Industries (JADI) etc., and senior members of the Japanese Ministry of Defence attended the seminar. The seminar was followed by G2B & B2B Meetings with Indian Industry.

Focus:   The following issues were discussed:-

  • Discussion Indian Defence Procurement Policies and Plans.
  • Discussion on Japanese ‘3 Principles on Transfer of Defence Equipment and Technology’
  • Company and product presentations by Japanese and Indian industries for JV for co-production and development.

Key Takeaways

  • G2B and B2B meetings between Japanese Industries and Indian Industry attendees.
  • A better understanding of Indian and Japanese Defence & Aerospace industries capabilities and business opportunity.
  • Sharing of their company profiles, likely areas of cooperation and modalities for further interaction.
  • Japanese understanding Indian need for Japanese industry to have a pre-approved product list for JVs so that Indian Defence industry can apply for RFPs in time when contemplating offering Japanese Technologies and products