U.K. Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin was given a BAE Systems/Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Advanced Hawk demo during its debut at Aero India, BAE Systems says.
The company is also planning to build a naval variant of the IMRH. The 12-ton class helicopter conceived by HAL will have a service ceiling of 25,000 feet, 3,500 kg payload and seating capacity of up to 24. "The Army/IAF version will have a significant hovering and payload capability especially at high altitude", reads a statement released by HAL. SKAT, with a fleet of brand new single engine, jet powered advanced Hawk aircraft and redefined manoeuvres was back after having skipped two editions of the Aero India.
At a seminar here on opportunities to integrate India into the global supply chain held by USIBC, Mission co-lead George Standridge, Vice President for Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said, "India is an important partner for the United States industry". It involves flying demonstrations by stunt teams, militaries and commercial pavilions where aviation companies display their upcoming products and technology.
The Indian Air Force base in Yelahanka is hosting India's largest aerospace and defence expo from February 14 to 18.
But the one that did not fly was the mammoth Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH), which is still in the planning stages, although a full-size (1:1 scale) model in its stall at the Aero India 2017 kept attracting foreign and Indian business delegates by the droves through the day. Speaking about private participation, the minister spoke of the Future Infantry Combat Vehicles, and said at least 20 other projects under Make in India have been cleared for the army, navy and the air force.
The prototype was piloted by Wing Commander Unni Pillai.
"We have an ecosystem for defence manufacturing, easily of doing business for global firms, a liberalised investment policy and norms to set up production units, joint ventures and research facilities across the country", said Parrkiar inaugurating the 11th edition of the five-day biennial Aero India 2017 expo here.
Almost 600 defence manufacturers from India and overseas, such as HAL, Lockheed Martin, SAAB, BAE Systems are taking part in the five-day aerospace exposition.