Singapore. Business was brisk and mood upbeat for Rockwell Collins at Singapore. Flight2™ avionics were selected by subcontractor L-3 Mission Integration for the P-3C upgrade contract for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), Air Asia had selected a comprehensive suite of Rockwell Collins communication, navigation and surveillance systems, including MultiScan ThreatTrack™ weather radar and GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), for 36 new Airbus A320s and China Eastern Airlines have selected a comprehensive suite of Rockwell Collins featuring their new MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, for 80 new aircraft – 20 Boeing 777s and 60 Airbus A320s.
Maintaining a flawless supply chain and creating a global asset management pool is the American aviation major’s priority. With a thrust on the expansion strategy for the Services Solutions business, close to 8,000 aircraft under performance based agreements, more than 1,000 parts shipped every day, Rockwell Collins aims to expand its global footprint stated Colin Mahoney, Senior Vice President, International and Service Solutions, in an exclusive conversation with India Strategic.
Present in 27 countries with service centres in thirteen countries their priority is the state-of-the-art asset management programme. With India, the company also has a growing relationship with the commercial aviation market. Air India has entrusted Rockwell to manage all their avionics assets on the Boeing 787 which include logistics, management and maintenance repair and overhaul.
“Developing our strength in India is a special and extremely important step in achieving global aims. We plan to grow our Service Solutions business in India by offering performance based programmes, such as FlexForce for military customers, Dispatch for next generation commercial aircraft, and Corporate Aircraft Service Programmes (CASP) for business aircraft. We had sold our 721S radios for the Indian Air Force’s advanced telemetry system. Our RT8400 Software Defined Radio (SDR), aviation products like ProLine Fusion, HeliSure and Patrol Persistent Surveillance System (PPSS) for physical security of borders, power plants and infrastructure have attracted attention at the recently concluded Defexpo,” he informed.
US success in NATO countries, Australia and all countries where technology is required has made India a preferable FMS market for USA. But despite such contracts, Indian market is all about low cost. “Keeping this in mind Co-teaming, Co-development and Co-production are Rockwell’s steps in the strategy for India. So assembly by harnessing Indian technical power is a great solution. Keeping this in mind, we have set up partnerships with both public and private centres in India. We have done several presentations on our two sets of products – SatCom for communication infrastructure which will really enable the communications for a vast network; and secondly, PPSS for the security systems that monitor broad range of territories without deploying extensive manpower. PPSS is just apt for border and airport perimeter security.” he added.
Electronic counter-counter measure equipment and GPS on aircraft are supplied to Indian defence forces through Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL). Rockwell Collins teaming agreement with Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED), as part of their pursuit of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Software Defined Radio programme, provides Indian defence with not only a local, long-term support and maintenance provider, but also access to state-of-the-art technology within the country.
Rockwell also has had a long standing relationship with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd communication and navigation equipment for Dornier 228 where the end customers are Navy, Coast Guard and the IAF.
The company’s India Design Centre in Hyderabad supports aerospace OEMs, and contractors with engineering design services and systems that can help customers achieve a shorter time to market, at a lower programme or project life cycle cost, with the highest quality innovative solutions, reiterated Mahoney. He also stressed that the company’s strength in network-enabled communications, advanced, integrated avionics and communications systems for fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, precision navigation and nose to tail systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aligns well with India’s needs, which is an existing market in India.
For the uninitiated, Rockwell Collins’ aviation technology is all set to enter the world of Formula 1 racing under a strategic agreement with Caterham F1 Team. On being asked whether Indian automobile industry could be a future market, Mahoney added that the size and interests of the Formula 1 audience perfectly compliments Rockwell Collins’ international growth strategy to establish stronger local presence in key markets.
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