Thursday 18 October 2018, 12:16 PM
GIFAS launches mission to strengthen Indo – French aerospace cooperation
By BDK Bureau | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 4/10/2018 5:53:08 PM
GIFAS launches mission to strengthen Indo – French aerospace cooperation

New Delhi: GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association, a driving force behind French-Indian cooperation, will head a major industrial mission to India from 16 to 19 April 2018.This mission is an exceptional opportunity for the Indian and French aerospace industries to meet and explore common fields of win-win cooperation.

Drawing on the very constructive State visit to India of French President Emmanuel Macron in March 2018, this mission will support the commitment of French industries to the “Make in India” policy, will accelerate the development of the industrial eco-system in India in the field of defence and aerospace, will support the growth of civil aviation in the country, and will contribute to the emergence of a private industry in the field of space.Eric Trappier, the Chairman of GIFAS and Chairman of CIDEF (Council of French Defence Industries), has enlisted 60 French aerospace industrial companies for this outward mission to further French-Indian cooperation efforts.
 
The delegation will make stops in New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad, where meetings are organised to bring together the sectors’ companies from both countries. The major aviation and space players representing both civilian and defence business interests will be present – Airbus, Ariane Group, Dassault Aviation, MBDA, Safran and Thales – not to mention 54 subcontractors, suppliers, SMEs and equipment manufacturers.Cooperation in the areas of aeronautics and space that started in the Fifties, is organised and well established. It has been strengthened by a strategic partnership that was brokered twenty years ago between the two countries.
 
The Chairman of GIFAS, Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, will lead this important mission to India. In advance of the occasion, he stated: “GIFAS is impatient to start this visit. It will prove that French industry is partnering with all the stakeholders in India and looking at a long term involvement, fully in the spirit of the “Make in India” initiative. We are glad to contribute to strengthening the strategic partnership between India and France”.
 
About GIFAS
 
GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales), the French Aerospace Industries Association, is an industry body formed in 1908, that brings together some 400 companies ranging from the main prime contractors and system suppliers to SMEs that together form a cohesive, supportive and hard-driving high-technology sector specializing in the design, development, construction, marketing and maintenance of all aeronautical and space programmes and equipment, both civilian and military, as well as defence and security systems – planes, helicopters, drones, motors, devices and missiles, satellites and space launchers, major systems and equipment, defence and security systems.GIFAS represents an industry whose 2016 sales turnover was € 60.4 bn, and that exports 86% of its output, directly employs 187 000 individuals and annually invests more than 14% of its sales turnover in R&D.
 
 

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