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Eurofighter anticipating partnership with India

The Eurofighter Partner Companies are now eagerly looking to partner with India with the aim to produce and develop the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft.
During the Aero India 2011, the biennial Air Show organised by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian Air Systems and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eurofighter GmbH, explained details of the industrial partnership offer and the intention to integrate India as a partner in the Eurofighter programme.
With an ambitious industrialization strategy the major plan is to plug India as an industrial partner, the Eurofighter Consortium is seeking to develop and produce future upgrades and enhancements, new sub-systems, software, etc. in collaboration with India.
11/02/11 Duica Karljikovic/e Yugoslavia

Eurocopter vying for deals worth €10-15 billion

Bangalore : Eurocopter, a division of aerospace and defence company EADS, is looking at projects worth €10-15 billion (around Rs60,000-90,000 crore) over the next five years, with India being the largest market for military helicopters in Asia.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to replace its entire fleet of over 600 Cheetah-Chetak helicopters, which Eurocopter had jointly produced with HAL.
The helicopter major is bidding for the order of 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters that Indian government plans to procure. For this, Eurocopter showcased the best in its breed of helicopter — the AS550 Fennec. The military-certified and combat-proven AS550 C3 Fennec has exceptional performance at high altitude and in hot weather conditions.
“The field trials with full mission equipment were completed flawlessly.It is a fully certified and a reference helicopter across the world that has been sold in many countries, underlining its capabilities. It is a huge order and we are sparing no resources in this campaign (reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters),” said Norbert Ducrot, senior VP, Eurocopter.
Eurocopter is also eyeing other major projects in India, including cooperation with HAL on co-developing and co-producing a 10-12 tonne helicopter specially designed to address the needs of all the armed forces.
Eurocopter will offer the AS365 naval Panther for the tender to the Navy and Coast Guard. Panther is the military version of the civilian Dauphin, which has been very well received in the Indian market.
12/02/11 Supriya Ghorpade/Daily News & Analysis

Eurocopter sells five choppers in India

Bangalore: European helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter on Friday announced it has sold five AS350 B3 passenger transport helicopters to three Indian customers .
Three were ordered by Global Vectra, whose fleet will grow to seven AS350 B3s, while Summit Aviation and SS Aviation purchased one each.
“All five are scheduled to be delivered during 2011,” said Eurocopter president and CEO Lutz Bertling here on the sidelines of Aero India-2011.
“Seeing this trend, we are confident the AS350 B3 will be instrumental in developing such segments as heli-tourism, passenger transportation, rescue, aerial work and law enforcement throughout the country,” Bertling said.
Capable of performing at extremely high altitudes, the AS350 B3 single-engine helicopter can carry more passengers in hot and high conditions than any other rotary-wing aircraft in its class.
The AS350 B3 has experienced major success in heli-skiing applications at such locations as the Alps in Europe, North America’s Rocky Mountains and Alaska, and the Andes in South America – with operations now extended to the Himalayas in India.
11/02/11 IANS/Times of India

MMRCA deal: EADS ups ante

Bengaluru: Defence minister A K Antony has announced his intentions to stave off political pressure from countries in race for the $11.5 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract, but one European consortium believes in flaunting its political connections along with technological superiority to clinch the deal.
The defence ministers of Germany and United Kingdom visited the pavilion of EADS at Aero India 2011 along with air force chiefs and diplomats, a move described by Yves Guillaume, Chief Executive Officer-EADS (India) as “show of unity” in support of Eurofighter Typhoon, one of the six contenders for the mega bucks acquisition. “We know it is always a combination of choice of technology and political decisions that guide such purchases, not only for Eurofighter but others”, he told Deccan Chronicle.
11/02/11 Deccan Chronicle

L&T, Cassdian joint venture finally takes off

In view of the government altering its current foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the defence sector from 26% to a higher percentage, the joint venture (JV) between L&T and Cassidian – defence and security division of European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS) – has included a provision that would automatically raise the foreign ownership as and when the new rule comes into force.
According to informed sources, who did not want to be named, it was on this assurance of subsequent relaxation of the FDI cap that Cassidian has agreed to invest in the JV.
Initially, the Franco-German defence and security company did not want to come in as a minority stakeholder in the JV.
“We are hoping things will change soon and the government will rethink on the 26% FDI cap in the defence sector. Also, when a foreign firm enters into a joint venture with a local company, the new entity automatically becomes an Indian company. So why put a cap of 26%,” K Sreekumar, who will be heading the L&T and Cassidian JV said.
11/02/11 Suparna Goswami Bhattacharya/Daily News & Analysis

Eurofighter reveals offer to produce navalised Typhoon

The Eurofighter consortium is offering India the opportunity to acquire a new version of its Typhoon for use from a future indigenous aircraft carrier, with the first firm details of the proposal having emerged at the show.
One of six contenders battling for the Indian air force’s 126-aircraft medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal, Eurofighter is here touting the potential of a navalised development which has already been studied in detail in the UK.
“If Typhoon wins MMRCA then India will have the indigenous skills to develop a navalised version,” says Paul Hopkins, BAE Systems’ vice-president business development (air) India. “This is a perfect opportunity for the nation to add aircraft with both land and sea capabilities.”
Being shown in model form for the first time this week, the European type would receive several new features to support its proposed life at sea. These include a new, stronger landing gear, a modified arrestor hook and thrust-vectoring control nozzles for its two Eurojet EJ200 turbofan engines. The latter would enable the fighter to approach the vessel at a reduced speed without restricting pilot vision by requiring an increased angle of attack.
Eurofighter says only localised strengthening would be required on some fuselage sections near the landing gear, and to the EJ200. Conformal fuel tanks could also be integrated with the airframe to extend the strike aircraft’s range.
09/02/11 Craig Hoyle/Flight Global

Eurocopter Brings the AS550 C3 Fennec Helicopter to Aero India

Eurocopter’s AS550 C3 Fennec helicopter will make its Indian public debut at this month’s Aero India 2011 exhibition in Bangalore, showcasing the candidate for India’s acquisition of new rotary-wing aircraft in reconnaissance and surveillance missions.
The AS550 C3 Fennec recently completed field trials with full mission equipment for the Indian Armed Forces’ reconnaissance and surveillance applications, demonstrating its capabilities as the successor to the country’s existing fleet of Indian-produced Cheetah and Chetak helicopters – both which are based on Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft.
“We are very happy with the Fennec’s performance during the recent trials, and are confident it is the ideal proposition as the rightful successor to the Cheetah and Chetak,” explained Rainer Farid, the Eurocopter Vice President of Sales for South Asia. “By participating in the key competitive tenders with our best products, we hope to continue to support India in acquiring the right mission equipment and developing a strengthened aerospace industry.” The military-certified and combat-proven AS550 C3 Fennec has exceptional performance at high altitudes and in hot weather conditions. In addition to operating in Chile’s Andes Mountains at altitudes over 5,000 meters, Fennec helicopters have landed on Mount Everest and the Sziachin glacier in the Himalayas. Last month, a Royal Malaysian Navy Fennec assisted in the rescue of a hijacked Malaysian chemical tanker and its crew, firing on the Somali pirates’ mother ship to keep it at bay.

Cassidian opens defence engineering centre in Bangalore

Bangalore : With an aim to achieve an edge over its competitors, Cassidian, the defence and security division of European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS), has set up an engineering centre for its military aircraft, defence avionics and homeland security systems in Bangalore to develop products for the Indian market.
EADS already has an Airbus R&D and engineering centre for its civilian aircraft in the city that has been operational for around a year now.
While several companies have been off-shoring engineering work in difference disciplines to India, this is first instance of a foreign company opening its defence-oriented engineering centre in the country.
Stefan Zoller, CEO of Cassidian, said the move had been driven by the growing potential of India’s defence market and its emerging aerospace manufacturing ecosystem.
“The engineering centre goes to show our commitment to increase our industrial footprint in this rapidly growing country. It makes complete sense for a nation to develop its own product and export it,” he said.
The centre will be staffed largely by Indian engineers, Zoller said, adding that the company would raise the number of employees at the facility to 200 by the end of 2012 from the current 60.
09/02/11  Suparna Goswami Bhattacharya/Daily News & Analysis