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USIBC Delegation to DefExpo 2020

USIBC Executive Delegation to DefExpo 2020

USIBC led an Executive Mission to DefExpo 2020, the 10th edition of the biennial mega defense exhibition of the Minister of Defence, Government of India at Lucknow from February 5-8, 2020. The mission met with key officials from the Ministry of Defense, as well as the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The mission focused on raising awareness within the Indian government of the work U.S. defense companies are doing in India and the enduring importance of the bilateral strategic and defense relationship. Across the board, defense officials emphasized that the Indian government has received USIBC’s policy submissions, heard member suggestions, and incorporated recommendations on issues essential to deepening U.S.-India defense and aerospace collaboration. Meetings also focused on raising awareness around new opportunities for U.S.-India partnership, following the signing of the Industrial Security Annex (ISA) to the bilateral General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) at the most recent U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue; India’s designation a Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) country in 2018; and the incorporation of industry players in defense co-development and co-production under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) framework.

USIBC is grateful to Dennis D. Swanson, Vice President, International Sales, Global Sales and Marketing, Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Global Services, and Dave Sutton, Director for Asia, Lockheed Martin, whose leadership of the DefExpo 2020 Delegation was critical to the mission’s success.  The delegation also included representatives from BAE, Continental Carriers, General Atomics, Jacobs, L3Harris, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Telephonics and Textron.

USIBC Defense & Aerospace Meetings & Interactions

For participating members, DefExpo 2020 was an opportunity to showcase the best U.S. industry can offer to the Government of India. The mission conducted a series of high-impact meetings, including the following:

Major topics of discussion included defense offsets, Defense Procurement Procedure, indigenous content development, foreign direct investment (FDI) in the defense sector, Critical Defense Technology Transfer, flexibility in standard DPP contracts, intellectual property rights (IPR), ease of doing business, the Strategic Partnership Model, Defense Industrial Corridors and the linking of Make in India to the creation of a defense manufacturing ecosystem in India.

U.S. Defense Industry Contributions towards ‘Make in India’

USIBC Session at DefExpo 2020

USIBC and the Ministry of Defence organised a session on the sidelines of DefExpo 2020, focused on the U.S. defense industry and ‘Make in India.’ Hon. Defense Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Deputy Defense Minister Shri Shripad Yesso Naik delivered the program’s keynote remarks.  Minister Singh emphasized that the United States and India have shared common values and principles in promoting global security, stability, and prosperity. These are not only showcased through close bilateral ties but also through trade, investment, and connectivity. The U.S.-India defense relationship has expanded significantly over the past decade, with India conducting more military exercises with the United States among other collaborations.

Deputy Defense Minister Naik noted the bilateral defense relationship has progressed from an exclusively buyer-seller relationship to a partnership focused on co-production, co-development and technology collaboration. He highlighted that under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, India is building a robust defense manufacturing base and U.S. companies will be important partners as India connects with the global aerospace and defense supply chain. In addition, Andhra Pradesh Minister of Industry and Commerce Shri Mekapati Goutham Reddy spoke on the defense and aerospace hub that the AP government is developing, and emphasized the government’s desire to see participation from U.S. industry.

The session also included remarks by Dennis D. Swanson, Vice President, International Sales, Global Sales and Marketing, Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Global Services; Dave Sutton, Director for Asia, Lockheed Martin; David Park, Regional Director, International Business, BAE Systems Inc.; and Capt Dan Fillion, OCD, U.S. Embassy.