Also at Aero India, and in recognition of the stature the event has achieved on the world stage, BAE Systems will be showcasing products and services from across the four domains the company addresses; just as the company does at other tier one events such as the Farnborough Air Show. BAE Systems is bringing a comprehensive range of air, naval, land and security capabilities to Aero India and demonstrating the power of industrial partnerships in the India domestic market.
BAE Systems, along with campaign leader Cassidian, is one of the four industrial partners in the Typhoon programme, which is a strong candidate in the MMRCA competition. There will be two Italian Air Force Typhoons at the show, one flying regularly in the air displays and one on static display. Six Royal Air Force Typhoons took part in the joint exercise Indra Dhanush with the Indian Air Force in West Bengal during November last year.
Andrew Gallagher, Managing Director and Chief Executive, BAE Systems India said, “Typhoon is the world’s best new generation, multi-role combat aircraft. Not only is it already the most modern aircraft in the competition, Typhoon is also at the beginning of a 40 year development path. So it offers the Indian Air Force 40 years of further capability growth through upgrades. Just as importantly, Typhoon provides 40 years of opportunity for India in managing the upgrade path of its aircraft on its own terms.”
At the BAE Systems pavilion presenting capability across air, naval, land and security domains, there is the opportunity to see, for the first time in India, the Global Combat Ship (GCS). GCS is a 5,000 tonne frigate being designed for maximum flexibility and for like minded nations to become international partners in this world-leading naval design programme. Co-operation will enable international partners to influence platform development to ensure it meets their specific requirements. The Global Combat Ship programme will deliver ships for multiple roles with variants including anti-submarine, air defence, and general purpose. The UK is currently developing a variant of Global Combat Ship for the Royal Navy that will be known as Type 26 and will replace the Type 23 frigates.
There is also a focus on through life support; navalised Typhoon for carrier operations; Hawk virtual training system; unmanned air vehicle technologies; capabilities that address national security issues such as counter terrorism, border security and fraud; advanced systems for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, tactical communications systems, armoured vehicles and artillery; amongst many others.
BAE Systems India continues to grow in capability and aspiration. Andrew Gallagher adds, “Defence Land Systems India and BAeHAL, our joint ventures with Mahindra and HAL have great potential and are developing into core assets and centres of capability on which we can build a strong domestic industry, and present an avenue to realise our commitment to indigenous technology development. A supply chain initiative to give Indian companies, including SMEs, access to our domestic and global supply opportunities is also under development.”