Saturday, February 05, 2011

British aerospace firms eye partnerships at air show

Bangalore: About 40 leading British aerospace firms will participate in the Aero India 2011 trade expo from Feb 9-13 in this tech hub to forge partnerships and joint ventures with Indian companies, the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) office said Thursday.
British Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology Peter Luff will lead a large defence and business delegation to the five-day air show at the air force base near Yelahanka on the city’s outskirts, where the British firms will showcase their cutting edge technology in the defence, aviation and security sectors.
‘Forging industrial partnerships and joint ventures between our defence industries, air force and defence scientists and Indian counterparts will be high on our agenda during the visit to Aero India, a world class show and best in the region,’ Luff said in a statement.
The delegation will also discuss with the Indian authorities prospects of the Eurofighter Typhoon as a multi-role medium combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet.
Typhoon, a product of the European consortium, including Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, is in race with five other global aerospace majors for the 126 fighter aircraft order from the IAF at an estimated $10 billion.
04/02/11 IANS/Coal Geology
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