Adani Defence and Aerospace, part of the diversified Adani Group, is forging ties to expand its presence. The company which opened its joint venture unit with Israeli firm Elbit Systems on Friday to make Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its newly developed aerospace park in Hyderabad is keen to establish more ties with defence and aerospace companies worldwide to make various systems and products. The company is also keen to play a key role in ‘Make in India’ drive to make for Indian defence wings.
As a part of the series of ties it is establishing, Adani in September last year entered into collaboration with Swedish defence major SAAB to manufacture Gripen fighter jets in India.
Ashish Rajvanshi, Head-Defence & Aerospace, Adani told Telangana Today, “Making Gripen fighter jets would require a strategic platform. Based on the Central government’s call, we will decide where we will make them in the country. We will choose the place that government will recommend.”
Wider opportunities ::
Adani which though sees adequate opportunities in serving the domestic market believes that there are also emerging opportunities in the export markets and the company will serve these markets with the help of its partners. Backed by all the partner companies, Adani has created capabilities for both Tier-1 and Tier-2 category supplies.
He added, “Adani today specialises in building defence equipment manufacturing units across India with an objective of putting India on the global map. We are making strategic investments by setting up defence manufacturing infrastructure with new lines of production in areas such as fighter aircrafts, unmanned aerial vehicles, avionics-systems and composites. Adani plans to expand its capacity in line with initiative of ‘Make in India’ both in the Hyderabad aerospace park and in Mundra, Gujarat, where it has a defence cluster.”
Import substitution ::
Rajvanshi informed that the company could also explore making carbon fibre in India, which is the raw material for making the unmanned aerial vehicles it will make in Hyderabad in collaboration with Elbit Systems.
“If we have to go backwards in the value chain, we will see. It depends on the right technology and right partner. The whole carbon fibre that is currently used in India is imported material. In future, if someone is going to bring the carbon fibre technology to India, we will collaborate on that,” he informed.
He added, “We are setting up a R&D centre in our aerospace park in Hyderabad in the next few months. We believe carbon advanced materials will completely transform the alloys segment, the way aluminum transformed steel.”
Adani which has partnered with Rave Gears is also in the process of creating a separate facility in its Hyderabad Aerospace Park that will make helicopter transmission gears. In April this year, Adani collaborated with Punj Lloyd and US-based Rave Gears to manufacture high precision aerospace gears. The partnership aims at making gears and gear assemblies primarily for rotary platforms, which are currently under production in India.