aero india AHMEDABAD BANGALORE CHANDIGARH CHENNAI HYDERABAD KOCHI KOLKATA LUCKNOW MUMBAI NEW DELHI PUNE A SPACE MARKETING FEATURE 201 1 Disembark in Bengaluru for jaw-dropping visual delights and hard-nosed business W HumaSiddiqui stopoverfor global aviation market ITH JUST A COUPLE of months left for India to ink the motherof-all defence deals, the country’s biggest contract after the 1990s,theheatissurelyon.The contenders’ for the MMRCA contractfor126aircraftwillbemakeafinalpitchto impress the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian public at Aero India 2011, the eighth edition of the international air show that opens on February 9 at the Air Force Station at Yelahanka in Bengaluru. India’s constantly growing defence market, pegged at more than $100 billion, has attracted the best of the aerospace industry to the biennial air show. About 95 aircraft, including 47 foreign, would be either on static or flying display atthisshow. Among the aircraft to fly are contenders for the IAF’s$11-billiontenderfor126MediumMulti-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA)---European consortium EADS’ Eurofighter Typhoon, US majors Boeing’sF/A-18andLockheedMartin’sF-16s,Swedish Saab’sGripenandFrenchDasault’sRafale. Delegations from Boeing, Dassault, Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin, RSK MiG and Saab will number in the dozens and no expense will be spared on chalets, booths, flight simulators and live flight demonstrations. Continued on Page 3 WHERE STRONG PARTNERSHIPS TAKE FLIGHT. THIS IS HOW TheIndian EXPRESS THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS THE EXPRESS GROUP WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 INTERVIEW HAKANBUSHKE CEO,Saab ‘SAABISREADYTOSHARE LATESTTECHNOLOGIES WITHINDIANINDUSTRY’ How does India feature in Saab’s game plan? You have talked about India being a home market. How far down the road are you in making that happen? India is the most important market for Saab. In India, we see not only a market for Saab products but also partnerships with Indian industry, both public and private sector, for manufacturing products for the Indian as well as global markets. As our partnerships are being finalised, we see India to be a home market for us in the later half of this year. How does Sweden and Saab look at transfer of critical technologies given the orders that Saab is bidding for? Saab and Sweden are ready to share the latest technologies with Indian industry as we believe that through the joint venture which we will have with Indian industry, our IPR will be protected. What are the key programmes Saab is interested in and what has been the progress so far? We are currently supplying the Carl Gustaf system to OFB under a TOT programme. Continued on Page 2 It takes strong partnerships on the ground to produce strong capabilities in the air. Lockheed Martin and India have proven to be successful collaborators. As a partner, Lockheed Martin brings advanced technology and answers to the toughest security questions. Helping build India’s future is all a question of how. And it is the how that Lockheed Martin delivers. lockheedmartin.com/how
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