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Eurocopter bids to replace ageing Cheetahs and Chetaks

February 21, 2007

European defence manufacturer Eurocopter is currently bidding for an Indian Army contract for 197 light helicopters. The firm is offering its Fennec 550C3 model.

“We expect the selection (of Fennec 550C3) soon to replace the Cheetahs and Chetaks of the Indian army,” EADS president and CEO Lutz Bertling told FE.

He said, “We are 100% compliant to the specification given by the Indian Army. In fact, we have already started production in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and we expect the first inspection of the same in the first quarter of 2007.”

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India’s richest military deal set to take off

February 12, 2007

India’s biggest air show has set the clock ticking for the subcontinent’s richest military contract: an order for 126 fighter planes potentially worth $9 billion.

Five contenders scrambled to press their case at the event ending Sunday, showing off the capabilities of their machines and enlisting the support of their governments before India formally invites bids for the deal.

US giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing are in the race with the Russian Aircraft Corp, France’s Dassault Aviation, Sweden’s Saab and the Eurofighter consortium. Each wants to clinch what a Boeing official said would be the world’s biggest fighter plane contract in 15 years. This is the first time India will buy combat aircraft after evaluating rival bids through a global tender.

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L&T in pact with EADS for opportunities in aerospace

February 12, 2007

Engineering major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) today said it has entered into an alliance with European aerospace and defence group EADS to explore business opportunities in defence and aerospace.

A Memorandum of Understanding in this regard was signed by both the companies today, the engineering and construction major informed the Bombay Stock Exchange

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Buttressing the India focus

February 7, 2007

The Eurocopter Group, world’s No 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, has set its sights on the fast growing Indian aerospace industry. It is seeking to decisively increase its business platform by means of sales as well as by successful industrial deployment, says Rainer Farid, Eurocopter Regional Sales Director (Asia Pacific). “For that reason, we are not only participating in the Indian Army aviation tender for the Reconnaissance and Observation Helicopters with our proven AS 550 C3 Fennec, but we are currently discussing numerous opportunities for long-term industrial cooperation with the Indian aerospace industry especially regarding the 10 tons class helicopter”, he says. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 13,000 people. Its products account for 30% of the total world helicopter fleet.

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Typhoon on air

February 7, 2007

One of the highlights of Aero India 2007 will be Eurofighter Typhoon. Visitors will also have the opportunity to fly the unique Cockpit Demonstrator with air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities fully integrated. First hand information will be presented by Air Force and Industry pilots.

Says Eurofighter GmbH CEO, Aloysius Rauen, “Already the air forces of Germany, Italy Spain and the UK have a formidable air-to-air fighter in Eurofighter Typhoon and as we now have moved towards full swing-role capability, we will see Typhoon distance itself from the competition on a number of levels.”

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HAL eyes tie-ups with global majors

December 28, 2006

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd is embarking on new partnerships with global aviation majors for military and civil projects with an eye on trebling the turnover to $3 billion by 2011, according to its Chairman, Mr Ashok K. Baweja.

The defence PSU expects to cross the Rs 7,000-cr mark this year. For 2005-06, it posted a turnover of Rs 5,375 crore at a growth rate of over 18%.

Currently, the aircraft major is the object of interest of many global aircraft and aero engine majors such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, Bell, Eurocopter, Pratt & Whitney, for sourcing and manufacturing tie-ups, Mr Baweja told a news conference on Wednesday.

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Eurocopter Outsources Airframe Production to HAL

December 19, 2006

HAL is to become a first line partner for the global supply chain of Eurocopter’s Ecureuil and Fennec, for both metallic and composite components.

Norbert Ducrot, Eurocopter Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing -Asia Pacific said “HAL and Eurocopter are familiar with each other, having worked together in a trustful relationship for more than 40 years. Since the 1960s, HAL has manufactured around 600 Chetaks and Cheetahs, the predecessors to the Ecureuil/Fennec aircraft, under license from Eurocopter.

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India to issue maritime shortlist

December 12, 2006

The Indian navy is poised to announce the shortlist for its maritime reconnaissance aircraft contest “any day now”, says Boeing, which is offering a P-8I variant of its 737-based P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft now in development for the US Navy.

Other types in contention for the eight-aircraft programme include a special mission version of the Airbus A319/A320 from EADS, a package based on Dassault’s Falcon 900 business jet also backed by Israel Aerospace Industries, an improved version of the Ilyushin Il-38 and a refurbished P-3 Orion promoted by Lockheed Martin.

Boeing has urged the Indian government to broaden the rules of its offset policy related to the deal to allow companies to look across the nation’s aviation business, including both its defence and commercial aircraft activities. “The policy should be opened to the entire aerospace segment,” said Integrated Defense Systems president Jim Albaugh during a visit to India last week. “If done right, offsets will introduce more complex technology and processes that India doesn’t currently enjoy.”

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HAL to become major Aero Structure Excellence Centre for Eurocopter’s World Wide Supply Chain

December 5, 2006

During the visit of Norbert Ducrot, Eurocopter Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing -Asia Pacific, at the company’s India’s facility in Bangalore, an agreement with high-ranking HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.) representatives was settled to enlarge the production scale of Ecureuil/Fennec. With this, HAL is to become a first line partner for the global supply chain of the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer. This further enlarged cooperation isexpected to create approximately 150 high-quality jobs in the Bangalore region for more than ten years.

Mr. Ducrot said “HAL and Eurocopter are familiar with each other, having worked together ina trustful relationship for more than 40 years. Since the 1960ies, HAL has manufactured around 600 Chetaks and Cheetahs, the legendary predecessors to the Ecureuil/Fennec aircraft, under license from Eurocopter. The new Ecureuil work packages to be processed byHAL are expected to give job to up to 150 specialised Indian workers and technicians in Bangalore for more than 10 years”.

In the framework of this trustful and mutually fruitful industrial cooperation, Eurocopter iscontracting latest technologies in metal and composite work to its partner HAL and would behelping in creating high-quality jobs in India. HAL itself decisively contributes to the fact that Eurocopter’s yearly production rate of all Ecureuil versions is more than twice that of its closest competitors. Every second day, one Ecureuil (civil version) or Fennec (militaryversion name) leaves the final assembly lines.

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IAF reworking tender for 126 combat jets: air chief

November 30, 2006

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is reworking a tender it intends to float for purchasing 126 combat jets but the delay this will cause is not a reason for worry, said Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi Tuesday.

“No there is no cause for worry,” Tyagi told reporters on the sidelines of a conference of IAF station commanders here.

Apart from air refuelling ability and long-range capability, the IAF would also have to factor in life cycle costs as laid down in the new Defence Procurement Policy before the request for proposal (RFP) for the 126 multi-role combat jets is issued, he added.

“No, we don’t believe there is a problem (about the delay). The air force certainly is not worried,” Tyagi maintained.

The IAF has been waiting for the past two years to issue a tender for the aircraft. Four jets are said to be in the running – the US F-16 and F-18, the Russian MiG-29 and the Swedish Grippen. However, in the light of the impending India-US civilian nuclear deal, there is a growing feeling that the IAF order will be equally divided between the two US jets.

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