The establishment of the Air Force Technical College in 1949, the first such institution in Asia to train aeronautical engineers for military aviation; the development of Indian Navy Ship (INS) Nilgiri, a Leander-class frigate; the design and build of the first ever mine protected vehicle by the private sector in India; and the partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to establish a world-class manufacturing facility for the Hawk advanced jet trainer are only some examples of our commitment to Make in India.
BAE Systems recognises India among its top global defence markets. We are one of the first international aerospace and defence companies to make a direct investment in local manufacturing. In addition, we have created partnerships with India’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to create opportunities for them to become part of our global supply chain.
BAE Systems’ joint venture in partnership with HAL, named BAeHAL, is one of the first companies set up to focus on the aerospace and defence sector. Today, BAeHAL has built a track record of offering IT solutions to companies such as Airbus, Rolls Royce, Thales, MBDA, ISRO, BEL and DRDO.
The INS Viraat of the Indian Navy in the company of Harriers above the Indian Ocean. Also known as HMS Hermes, the Barrow-built Centaur Class aircraft carrier served in the Falklands and was sold to India in 1986. She was finally retired on 6 March 2017 as the oldest carrier in service anywhere in the world.