Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command inaugurated “Aviation Indigenisation Expo 2018” organised by FICCI in association with Indian Navy and the Aeronautical Society of India, Goa.
The two-day expo is being held at Rajhans Hall, Dabolim Goa on May 18 and 19. The expo has twenty displays, with the Navy displaying their Aviation indigenisation requirements, and Indian industry showcasing their indigenisation solutions.
Concurrent to the Expo, technical papers on Maintenance of Naval Air Assets were presented by FOEMs, Indian Industry and certifying agencies.
A great interest was shown by the industry in Naval Aviation Indigenisation stalls put up by Indian Navy, to display proposed aviation spares and items to be indigenised in accordance with ‘Naval Aviation Indigenisation Roadmap’. Stalls by MSMEs are witness to the efforts put in by theIndian defence industry to achieve self-reliance through innovation and indigenisation in accordance with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The Inaugural Session commenced with Rear Admiral Philipose G Pynumootil, NM, Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA) and Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area (FOGA) giving the welcome address.
Thereafter, while Rear Admiral V Mohan Doss, VSM, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materiel) presented Indian Navy perspective for aircraft maintenance, industry perspective to support Aviation Indigenisation was presented by Cmde. Mukesh Bhargava(Retd), Vice President L&T Ltd. on behalf of FICCI. Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM, Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff delivered the keynote address.
At the end of the inaugural session, Commodore Sanjeev Dureja,Superintendent, Naval Aircraft Yard (Goa) and Chairman, AeSl Goa branch delivered the “Vote of Thanks” prior to commencement of paper presentations.
In his Inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra emphasised that the life line of Naval Aviation fleet are the maintenance services, as the serviceability and reliability of aircraft are of paramount importance.
He stated that maintenance of aircraft has become a mixed challenge demanding seamless integration of new technology and also finding solution for obsolescence of legacy systems.
He further remarked that while the Naval Aircraft Yards and Station level workshops have been meeting the challenges, there is a need to encourage OEMs to set up facilities and carryout repair up to module level.
While summing up, he emphasised that indigenisation efforts to ensure that the “right spare is available at the right time” must begin much earlier in the life cycle of a platform after its induction.
Not only would this approach reduce aircraft down time as many aircraft remain grounded until components from abroad are shipped back to India, but it also results in downward cost of repair and maintenance. Admiral Luthra was optimistic that OEMs participation would be a win-win strategy for both the user and the OEMs.
The Aviation Indigenisation Expo was attended by Flag Officers, Senior Officers, Officers of Tri-Services, CmdeSujeet Samaddar (Retd.), Senior consultant NITI Aayog, delegates from HAL, CEMILAC, foreign OEMS, Indian Industry and Indian Navy personnel of Goa Naval Area.
Towards the end of the day, a guided industry tour to Naval Aircraft Yard (GOA) and HANSA was conducted to familiarize the industry with major indigenisation items displayed at the Aviation Indigenisation Gallery and Air Station Hangers.
The Aviation Indigenisation Expo would culminate on 19 May 2018.