Friday 24 November 2017

Dassault Falcon and Rafale components to be manufactured at Aerospace SEZ in Maharashtra

Dassault Falcon and Rafale components to be manufactured at Aerospace SEZ MIHAN in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Components for business class jet Falcon 2000 and Rafale fighter jet will be made at MIHAN SEZ in Nagpur. A deal was signed by Reliance Group with Dassault Aviation for building an aerospace manufacturing facility.

The Dassault-Reliance manufacturing facility Dhirubhai Ambani Technology Park is located in the Mihan SEZ adjoining Nagpur International Airport. Under this Joint Venture (51% Reliance Infrastructure and 49% Dassault Aviation) the facility will manufacture several components of the offset obligation connected to the purchase of 36 Rafale Fighters from France, signed between the two Governments in September 2016.

Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd. (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 an unequaled 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.

Eric Trappier, the CEO of Dassault Aviation, said, "Apart from supplying the aircraft to IAF, the company is also keen to offer the 57 planes needed by Indian Navy. Assembling of the Rafale aircraft at the Nagpur unit would depend on the additional orders it gets.”

The Reliance Dassault partnership will bring high levels of Technology Transfer. It will make India a major supplier into the global aviation supply chain. It will be the endeavor of both Dassault and Reliance to fully support Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” and “Skill India” policies and to accelerate India’s pursuit of self-sufficiency in the aerospace sector.” – Anil Ambani, MD, Reliance Group.

DRAL expects that the first Make-In-India Falcon aircraft will take off from MIHAN factory by 2022.

Source – Dassault Aviation.

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