IAF proposes Private sector Production of Transport Aircraft
Written by Anand   
Saturday, 03 September 2011
New Delhi: Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, PVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of Air Staff said that the Indian Air Force has proposed to get transport aircraft produced by private industry for replacing its fleet of 56 Avro aircraft. "Once the private industry has the technology and know-how of the whole system, then it will not be confined to the IAF only and it can be given to the private sector also," he said.

"We have told the Defence Ministry how to go about it. Otherwise it will go to the Defence PSUs who already have their hands full," he said. He mentioned that though modernization is a continuous process, the maximum impact of modernization in the air force will be visible during the 11th and 12th Five year plans.

According to the Air Chief, CII will have to play a larger role in recommending to the government, ways and means to streamline the procurement procedures and Indian Industry’s greater participation in the Indian Armed Forces’ projects. Air Chief also assured the Indian industry that Indian Air Force will continue to provide support to all the major forthcoming projects including Multi-Role Transport Aircraft.

A total of 271 contracts/MOUs with a value of Rs 1,12,000 crores have been signed till date by the Indian Air Force, said Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, PVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of Air Staff.

He was speaking during the Brochure Release of 6th International Conference on Energizing Indian Aerospace Industry, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman CII National Defence Council, said that the total opportunities in the Indian defence aerospace sector are going to be more than US$ 100 billion in the next 10 to 15 years. These obviously include Fighter Aircraft, Transport Aircraft, Helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and MRO.

If we include civil aerospace sector also, the overall opportunities for the industry will be more than US$ 250 billion in next 10-15 years.

The Defence Offset also provides a lot of opportunities to the Indian industry. There is a huge opportunity for the industry in the defence sector. Roughly around US $ 22-23 billion worth of Offset Obligations will be discharged in next 15-20 years. One can imagine the push Indian industry is going to get with these offsets. However we should make sure that offset should be targeted to augment overall technological and manufacturing base in the country rather than just any other business dealing.

CII has already proposed to play a lead role in facilitating the evaluation and monitoring of offsets. Air commodore Jasjit Singh, Director, Centre for Air Power Studies said that India is presently undergoing the process of Industrial Technological Revolution. The invigorated aerospace industry will not only benefit Indian Air Force but also instrumental in energising and meeting the requirements of civil aerospace market. Gurpal Singh, DDG CII said that the fundamental strength of Indian Industry exists in its vibrant small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

SMEs have remained the important supply source of components and sub-components for aerospace DPSUs, DRDO, ISRO etc. These companies are modernizing with cutting edge technologies, transforming themselves into major players and in the process becoming suppliers for global aerospace companies.

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