French aerospace major Thales betting big on India – key take-away(s)

The French Aerospace entity, Thales, is reportedly chasing major plans of expanding operations in India.

The company has already started chalking out plans to set up a Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO) organization in India in a bid to support Indian carriers- many of which rely on the company for avionics troubleshooting and support.

Representative | Defence XP

We are looking to set up an MRO, so that they don’t have to travel to West Asia or Singapore. Final decision is yet to be taken, but this is a clear intent showing the growth potential in India that we are looking to set up a sub-centre here.

said Yannick Assouad, executive vice-president, avionics at Thales, who was on her maiden visit to the group’s India office at Bengaluru since taking charge
Yannick Assouad | L’Usine Nouvelle

Thales would be the second French Aerospace major to have expressed an interest in investing and scaling a major aviation infrastructure in the country.

Earlier, Safran S.A., another French aircraft engine manufacturer, had zeroed in on three places- Jewar, Nagpur, and Hyderabad, for the establishment of a new aircraft engine MRO unit, to cater to its customers.

It is to be noted though, that while Thales is planning an overhauled unit for major avionic components, Safran is targeting an engine MRO unit.

The A320 family of aircraft- one of the most popular among Indian operators, features numerous components, the technical support of which is provided by Thales. Apparently, the company predicts an exponential increase in the aforementioned aircraft type which could translate to an increase in support services of avionics in the fleet.

Given the growth of the economy in this country, more and more people will be travelling and consequently there will be an increase in fleet

said Assouad

Given its expertise in aircraft avionics, Thales is also reportedly trying to bag a contract from Tata Group for the refurbishment of In-flight Entertainment (IFE) in Air India’s fleet.

In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) | Representative | TripSavvy

The IFE that Air India is currently running is of Panasonic, which is really old. So a new IFE contract is probably a must. Not only that, we see opportunity in IndiGo’s Airbus A321 XLRs which will fly long-haul, for which it is sure it will be fitted IFE.

said Assouad

Furthermore, she also added that Thales will pitch its counter-drone technologies to government organisations in India, pointing to the growing use of drones in the country.

The use of drones will only increase if the operation of drones is safe in the skies. Thales has a solution in electromagnetic jammer which can be used for counter-drone tech

she said


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