India Gets First facility to meet offset terms connected with Rafale fighters Featured

  • Saturday, Oct 28 2017

New Delhi, Oct 27 (Defence Express): In move that makes Indian private industry an important partner in combat jet manufacturing, a joint venture manufacturing facility has been inaugurated in Mihan, Nagpur of Maharashtra that will produce components connected to connected to the purchase of 36 Rafale Fighters from France.


French Defence Minister Florence Parly witnessed the stone laying ceremony facility Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park is located in the Mihan SEZ adjoining Nagpur International Airport.  


Eric Trappier, Chairman of Dassault Aviation and Anil D. Ambani, Chairman of the Reliance Group today laid the Foundation Stone for the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) manufacturing facility.


Union Minister for Road Transport  and Highways Nitin Gadkari, who is also the Member of Parliament of the city of Nagpur; and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were also present on the occasion.


Under Joint Venture company, DRAL (51% Reliance Aerostructure and 49% Dassault Aviation) the facility will manufacture several components of the offset obligation connected the Rafale acquisition, a contract for which was signed between the two Governments in September 2016.


DRAL will manufacture components for the Legacy Falcon 2000 Series of Civil Jets manufactured by Dassault Aviation and thus will become part of its Global Supply Chain. These first steps are expected to achieve in the coming years, the possible setting up of final assembly of Rafale and Falcon Aircraft.


The Joint Venture also represents a unequalled Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by Dassault Aviation of over 100 Million Euros, the largest such Defence FDI in one location in India.


The DRAL facility will train thousands of skilled workers in aviation assembly and integration, and lead to huge employment generation in Nagpur and its surrounding areas. It will also attract and house an organic ecosystem of over 200 MSME’s to secure the component and avionics manufacturing needs of Rafale and Falcon Jets.


Dassault Aviation Chairman, Mr. Eric Trappier said that “this Foundation Stone laying demonstrates Dassault’s firm commitment to implementing Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” program. It gives the 65 year-long strong association of Dassault-Aviation in India a new momentum and the will of future manufacturing developments.”


Reliance Group Chairman, Anil D. Ambani said that the Reliance Dassault partnership will bring high levels of Technology Transfer. It will make India a major supplier into the global aviation supply chain.


With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones.


Its Indian partner Reliance Group  is among India’s top 5 business houses, with a leadership position in telecommunications, power, infrastructure, financial services, and media and entertainment.


In January 2015, the Group entered the Indian Defence manufacturing sector, acquired a state-of-the-art Naval Shipyard, and is rapidly developing its Air, Land and Sea Defence manufacturing capabilities in collaboration with leading global defence firms.

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