Delhi: EADS, the second largest European aerospace
company in its branch, intends to expand its cooperation
with the Indian aerospace industry. EADS and Indian companies
have always had a symbiotic relationship, with EADS purchasing
components and software in India and Indian companies
manufacturing EADS products for 40 years.
CEO Philippe Camus, who is also president of the French
association of aerospace industries, GIFAS, will be
visiting Aero India 2003 in Bangalore as a member of
a delegation headed by French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre
Raffarin. Camus will be meeting the top managers of
the Indian aerospace industry at the international aerospace
exhibition, Aero India 2003, which is being held at
the Jelahanka airport near Bangalore from 5 to 9 February
has for long elucidated his view that India is an attractive
market for Airbus aircraft, military and civil helicopters,
transport aircraft, guided missiles and the development
of future space technology. With our growing presence
in key regions in terms of sales, cooperation and technology
transfer, EADS has become a global player. Working with
our Indian partners, we intend to increase our presence
on the world market.
relationship between commercial aircraft manufacturer,
Airbus, which is a part of the EADS group, and India
dates back to 1974, when Indian Airlines decided to
purchase the A300B2. Today, more than 60 per cent of
the aircraft operated by Indian Airlines and Air-India
originate from Europe. Indian Airlines has the largest
A320 fleet in Asia, Air-India the largest A310 fleet
in the world. Airbuss interactions are not limited
to merely delivering to India, but also purchasing high-tech
products from the country.
aeronautics company Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) supplies
doors for the A320 and other aircraft components. Software
from India is also installed in Airbus aircraft.
the EADS owned helicopter manufacturer, is also in close
cooperation with the Indian industry. Since 1962, HAL
has built over 600 Chetak and Cheetah helicopters under
a licence for the world market leader, Eurocopter. In
1984, MBB (whose helicopter activities later merged
into Eurocopter) assisted HAL in the development of
the Indian Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
Eurocopter supplies rotor blades for the ALH. Among
the customers of the European regional aircraft manufacturer
ATR, a joint venture of EADS and the Italian company
Alenia, are the Indian airlines Jet Airways and Alliance
Air. The company also cooperates with HAL.
European missile manufacturer MBDA, in which EADS holds
a stake, has delivered air-to-air missiles to the Indian
Air Force and anti tank missiles to the Indian Army.
This relationship also resulted into technology transfer:
Bharat Dynamics has produced more than 31,000 Milan
anti-tank missiles and firing posts.
EADS is also in collaboration with the Indian space
agency, ISRO, through its subsidiary, the European space
company, Astrium. In 2000, Astrium in Munich received
an order from India worth $13 million for two antenna
testing facilities for satellite construction. One is
being set up in Ahmedabad, the other in Bangalore. In
addition, the Munich space plant supplies satellite
components to India.
is hopeful that the meetings with the heads of the Indian
aerospace industry will lead to closer cooperation between
EADS and the Indian industry. Successful talks will
result in the furthering and strengthening of the 40
years of partnership, which EADS and India already share.
is a leading aerospace and defence company and, with
revenues amounting to $30.8 billion in the year 2001,
the second largest in its branch. EADS has a workforce
of more than 100,000 and is a market leader in defence
technology, commercial aircraft, helicopters, space,
military transport and combat aircraft, as well as related
EADS group includes the commercial aircraft manufacturer
Airbus, the worlds largest helicopter supplier
Eurocopter, the space company Astrium and MBDA, the
second largest missile company in the global market.
EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium
and also develops the A400M military transport aircraft.
The company has over 70 sites in Germany, France, the
UK and Spain. It is active in many regions worldwide,
among them the US, Russia and Asia.