DCQS Ltd were pleased to attend ‘Asia’s Premier Air Show’ in Bangalore – the 10th edition of Aero India. The Inauguration Day was attended by the country’s President Narendra Modi, who gave the opening address.
President Modi welcomed over 250 Indian companies and more than 300 foreign firms to Aero India 2015, saying ‘This is the largest ever Aero India and reflects a new level of confidence within our country and global interest in India.’
India’s Government sector of the defence industry employs nearly 200,000 workers and thousands of scientists and engineers with an output of nearly $7 billion annually. However, almost 60% of defence equipment continues to be imported and India is spending tens of billions of dollars on acquisitions from abroad. Studies have shown that a 20 to 25% reduction in defence imports could result in the creation of over 100,000 skilled jobs in India. Modi stated that raising the ‘percentage of domestic procurement from 40% to 70% in the next five years, would double the output in our defence industry.’ India is focusing on its defence industry with ‘a sense of mission’ and it is at the ‘heart’ of the ‘Make in India’ programme. India is introducing a scheme to provide up to 80% of funding from the Government for development of a prototype in India and has also launched a Technology Development Fund.
Steven Gillard, Vice President, Customer Service – Defence, Rolls Royce, reiterated their commitment to the ‘indigenisation’ of the Indian Defence industry through strong in-country partnerships. Rolls Royce have been working together with the Indian Army since 1933. Gillard continued, ‘We are committed to delivering the Government’s ‘Make in India’ vision that aims to position India as a global manufacturing hub.’
DCQS Ltd is also proud to support both Rolls Royce and HAL (Hindustan Aerospace Ltd), in this vision through direct involvement in the Adour MK871 programme at the HAL Engine Division. The Adour Engine was one of three key exhibits at this globally significant defence show. The Adour is a collaborative engine between Rolls Royce and Turbomeca, with thrust range from 5,240 lbf to 8,430 lbf and is available with or without thrust augmentation using reheat. Presently the Adour MK 871 is powering the new Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, which are being used to train the next generation of Indian pilots.
Managing Director, Doug Campbell,