USIBC Launches 14th Executive Defense Mission to DEFEXPO 2014; Continues to Strengthen U.S.-India Defense & Security Partnership
U.S. brings largest industry delegation; focuses on enhancing industrial partnership and co-production / co-development opportunities
February 4, 2014 – New Delhi, India – The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) today launched its 14th landmark Defense Executive Mission to DEFEXPO 2014, showcasing continuity in the deepened defense and security partnership between the United States and India, and building on the strong momentum of recent Pentagon-led efforts to co-produce and co-develop defense capabilities with India. USIBC’s Executive Mission is led by William Blair, President (Asia), Raytheon International Inc, and special military advisor and former Commander, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, Brig. Gen. (Retd.) Chris Tucker, Vice President, Exelis Inc.
USIBC again brings the largest industry delegation to DEFEXPO 2014, comprised of over 20 senior executives from America’s premier aerospace & defense companies seeking to enhance industrial partnerships with India and to meet India’s growing security requirements. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is the host and organizer for DEFEXPO 2014 and is USIBC’s strong partner on the ground.
Senior executives representing America’s top defense companies will be present at DEFEXPO 2014, including ATK, BAE Systems Inc, Barrett Firearms, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Colt Defense LLC, Exelis Night Vision & Communications Solutions, FLIR, General Atomics, General Dynamics, General Electric, Honeywell, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Sikorsky, Telephonics Corporation, and Textron Systems.
U.S. industry will showcase advanced capabilities geared toward India’s air, land, naval, and internal security systems’ needs. On display will be best-in-class systems such as border protection and intelligence systems, night vision sensors, armored security and light combat vehicles, tactical communications equipment, howitzer and naval gun capabilities, integrated weapons systems, thermal imaging technologies, and network munitions systems.
“The past decade has been a period in which our bilateral security ties have seen robust growth, not just in value, but in the level of technical capability,” said Ron Somers, President of USIBC.
“USIBC’s 14th Defense Executive Mission to DEFEXPO is about looking forward – and the future is even brighter, full of the possibility of partnership. Our respective armed forces will one day soon be using equipment that has been jointly designed, developed, and produced in both the United States and India. This speaks volumes about our partnership and that is why we are here today,” said Somers.
Recent U.S. offerings to India, including heavy-lift and transport aircraft, Sensor Fuzed Weapons, advanced maritime surveillance aircraft, attack helicopters, and light towed howitzers all signal a high level of trust and cooperation between our two countries.
“Our objective going forward is to ensure full-spectrum engagement across our respective defense industries and to find synergy in research and development, design, and production. Our two democratic governments have made tremendous progress in advancing technology release procedures and streamlining the acquisition process to accommodate two bureaucracies. While seeking to advance our industrial cooperation, we also hope to advance our defense and strategic partnership,” said Rahul Madhavan, who leads the aerospace & defense sector with the U.S. – India Business Council.
Defense sales have risen from just over $200 million in 2001 to over $14 billion today. “This remarkable growth in defense sales translates to thousands of high-skill jobs being created both in India and the United States, making it a win-win for both countries,” said Somers.
The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) was formed in 1975 at the request of the United States and Indian governments to advance two-way trade and deepen commercial ties. Today, USIBC is the premier business advocacy association comprised of nearly 350 of America’s and India’s top companies dedicated to enhancing the U.S.-India commercial relationship. Ajay Banga, President and CEO of MasterCard serves as chairman of USIBC.

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