Scindia is in talks with US aerospace giants to strengthen alliance with India


The Secretary of Civil Aviation is in New York for the first leg of his visit to North America.

The Secretary of Civil Aviation is in New York for the first leg of his visit to North America.

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia held talks with American aerospace giants on further strengthening cooperation with industry in India.

Mr. Scindia arrived here on Thursday for the first leg of his visit to North America, beginning his engagement with discussions with New York-based, technology-enabled, global air mobility platform Blade.

On Thursday, he also interacted with members of the Indian diaspora during a session and reception hosted by New York Consul General Randhir Jaiswal.

Mr. Scindia’s engagement on Friday began with a roundtable hosted by the US-India Business Council. The roundtable, attended by senior industry leaders, focused on “opportunities to strengthen” India-US cooperation across the aviation sector.

“Had a productive interaction with members of @USIBC from the aviation community. Discussed the growing focus and opportunities in regional connectivity and urban air mobility in India,” Mr. Scindia tweeted.

He later met vice president of aerospace and defense giant Raytheon Technologies, Ambassador Paul Jones, and senior vice president of American aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Rick Duerloo.

“Potential collaboration discussed to improve civil aviation infrastructure ecosystem in India, including establishment of MROs and promotion of our GAGAN project,” Scindia tweeted, referring to GPS-based GEO Augmented Navigation, a jointly developed Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS) . Indian Space Research Organization and Airports Authority of India to provide navigation services over the Indian FIR (Flight Information Region).

Mr. Scindia also had an in-depth discussion with Sikorsky Vice President Hamid Salim on Lockheed Martin’s deepening engagement in India, “including developments in the helicopter sector and the establishment of offset and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facilities in India. Scindia will travel to Canada on Monday, where he will visit Bombardier and Airbus facilities, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters and the Air India Memorial.

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