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UK Government reiterates support for the Eurofighter Typhoon in India Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Goal is to integrate India into the global supply chain of the Eurofighter - Bernhard Gerwert.

New Delhi: UK's Secretary of State for Defence Dr. Liam Fox today met Defence minister A K Antony and discussed military cooperation and regional security. He also visited the Eurofighter Typhoon Office here and met high-level company officials.

"Europe's leading aerospace and defence companies are ready to enhance their industrial cooperation with India's advanced defence industry for the benefit of all parties. Our goal is to integrate India into the global supply chain of the Eurofighter Typhoon by developing a strong and diverse supplier base in India which will also cater to this global programme," said Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian Air Systems. CASSIDIAN is the new name of EADS Defence & Security.

The consortium members will also provide India access to key technologies in a unique industrial partnership designed to further catalyze India’s indigenous defence sector.

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian Air Systems and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eurofighter GmbH, briefed Dr. Liam Fox on the current status of the Eurofighter Typhoon campaign to win India’s tender for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA).

"We are grateful for the visit of the UK Secretary of State for Defence in our Delhi Office and his encouraging messages to further intensify our campaign activities. Our Governments in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy are strongly supporting the Eurofighter Typhoon campaign in India," Bernhard Gerwert said.

During a recent meeting of the Eurofighter Supervisory Board in New Delhi, senior representatives of EADS (Germany and Spain), BAE Systems (United Kingdom) and Finmeccanica (Italy) highlighted their combined commitment to develop a long-term strategic relationship with India and establish a new benchmark for Europe’s defence and industrial cooperation with Indian defence and aerospace companies.

Eurofighter Typhoon is currently competing with American Lockheed Martin's F-16 and Boeing's F/A-18, Russian MiG-RAC's MiG-35, French Dassault's Rafale and Swedish SAAB's Gripen aircraft in the USD 11 billion Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tenders that the IAF had floated in 2007 and a decision on the deal is expected in another six months.

This is the first visit to India by a serving UK Secretary of State for Defence since 2005.

In their joint statement of 29 July 2010, Prime Ministers David Cameron and Manmohan Singh welcomed “the development of broad-based UK-Indian co-operation in the Defence sector”.  Dr Fox’s visit represents the next stage in taking this forward.  Together with Shri A K Antony, the Indian Defence Minister, Dr Fox will provide senior political leadership to the bilateral Defence relationship.  This will ensure that the Defence aspects of the new UK-India enhanced partnership play their rightful, central role.

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