The AgustaWestland deal in India for AW101 helicopters that is being investigated after bribery allegations has prompted the Indian government to re-examine its already delayed defense procurement procedure 2013 (DPP). This is now focusing on “indigenization,” which defense minister A.K. Antony described recently as the “ultimate solution to the scourge of corruption.”
Software companies of India
After a “stringent multi-vendor review lasting several months,” UK aerospace group Meggitt (Stand AO7) has chosen India-based HCL Technologies’ Engineering and R&D Services division (HCL ERS) to provide it with engineering support for development programs.
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) of India acquired a 75.1-percent stake each in Australia’s Aerostaff Australia (AA) and Gippsland Aeronautics (GA), a deal worth about $37.4 million. Mahindra said it will retain the existing managements of GA and AA. The company earlier invested $10 million in Mahindra Aerospace’s facility in the south India city of Mallur, which it expects to be ready by July.
Corona, Calif.-based Circor Aerospace (Booth No. 2042) has selected India-based HCL Technologies to provide product research and development, IT and engineering services from HCL’s new delivery center in North Carolina and other worldwide centers.
HCL Technologies, a $4.9 billion company that in three decades has grown from a garage-based start-up (Hindustan Computing) into India’s fifth largest IT company, has been selected by EADS as a tier One partner to support the activities
Faced with a shortage of qualified engineers, U.S. aviation electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins has expanded a strategic relationship with HCL Technologies of India to employ the services of around 300 hardware, software and mechanical engineers.