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We thought it’s an appropriate time to give you insights into “New Vistas of Indian A&D”, a strategic discussion event to get better understanding of the Indian Aerospace & Defense industry in Global context ahead of the Asia’s Premier Airshow, the Aero India 2013. This event comprising of several interactive panel discussions will be held on 5th February, 2013 at Fortune Select JP Cosmos, Cunningham Crescent Road, Bangalore. SAE India Aerospace Board & SAE India Bangalore Section in association with Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industries (IFCCI) and Indo-French Center for Promotions of Advanced Research (IFCPAR) is gathering the brightest minds of the Indian and International A&D industry under one roof to get the debates & discussions moving in a direction to explore solutions. Read on to learn more about the program.

What's the discussion about?

The aerospace industry is undergoing a global transformation. The aerospace supply chain is on the course of evolution with new players emerging outside the traditional aerospace dominating regions of the world like USA, France, Germany and the UK. In this transforming backdrop, India is witnessing its own growth. Several reports have been published on the potential in both military and commercial sector of aerospace in India due to the growing demands in the country. It is true that with potential and opportunities come challenges. India is expected to cater to a booming Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry in the coming decade, but as with every opportunity there will be challenges faced across various areas in the industry.

“New Vistas of Indian A&D” - this strategic level discussion program will explore the way forward for the A&D Industry and aim to seek solutions to the various issues and challenges faced by the industry. The discussion sessions will provide a platform to foster honest debates on the current scenario in the Industry. The panelists will respond to the issues faced by the visiting delegates creating an interactive environment with a hope to bring forth strategic solutions. With Aero India 2013 in the backdrop, this discussion session will help the participants better understand the Indian A&D industry and take informed decisions in the next few days at the airshow. Click here to read more on the program agenda.

Who is leading the discussion?

Eminent members from the Aerospace Industry will be present to share their views & opinions. Each panel will be chaired by key members from the SAE India Aerospace board including Dr. Bala K. BHARADVAJ, Head of Boeing R&T, Mr. Damodaran SUBRAMANIAN, Vice President at SAFRAN Engineering Services and Mr. Munirathnam JAVAJI, Managing Director of Assystem in India. These panels will have key industry leaders like Mr. Eugen WELTE, Mr. Dave RANSON, Mr. Gerard LE PAGE, Mr. Sreedeep NAIR, Dr. G. Venkatesh, Wg. Cdr. Neelu KHATRI, Dr. V. V. RAO and more. View the complete panel member’s list here.

What’s in it for you?

This strategic discussion event is an invitee-only event. Delegates from India and representatives from international companies are carefully filtered and invited by SAE India and IFCCI. This is an opportunity to interact with the key members of the industry through the course of the panel discussion and beyond during the networking sessions. The event concludes with Q&A session with SAE India Aerospace Board and Indo-French Center for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR), providing an ideal platform for participants to discuss both technical & business challenges faced in the Indian A&D industry.

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Program Agenda

09:00 to 09:30


9:30 to 9:45

Welcome address with lamp lighting

Mr. Vinay HARNE, Chairperson, SAE India Bangalore Section

9:45 to 10:00

Conference Background

Mr. Vasant KINI, SAE India Aerospace Board

10:00 to 11:00

D1 - Global Questions: A strategic discussion on global perception & expectation from Indian A&D Industry

It is anticipated that India will continue to expand and establish itself as an aerospace engineering center of excellence. However, it will face competition from other countries developing in the aerospace sector such as Brazil, China and Mexico. With multiple emerging markets moving forward in the aerospace industry, what do the global players expect from the Indian A&D Industry? What are the reservations from the global players on the potential of the Indian A&D Industry?

Mr. Damodaran SUBRAMANIAN (Chair), SAE India Aerospace Board
Mr. Eugen WELTE, Airbus Engineering Center India
Mr. Dave RANSON, MOOG India Technology Center
Mr. Alain BESNIER, Assystem
Mr. Gerard LE PAGE, Program Director Rafale India for SAFRAN

11:00 to 11:15

Tea Break

11:15 to 12:15

D2- Indian Answers: A strategic discussion on challenges in Indian A&D Industry to meet the global expectations
India is poised to become one of the largest commercial and defense aircraft market. With increasing military and defense expenditures and the rise in demand for commercial aircrafts, the nation is experiencing a growth in both local and international players in the A&D industry. As the manufacturing capabilities in India mature, as the policies begin to show its impact and as the need to meet these demands of the local market increase, is India ready to answer the global expectations?

Dr. Bala K. BHARADVAJ (Chair), Aerospace Board
Mr. Bejoy George, Axis Aerospace & Technologies
Dr. G. VENKATESH, Sasken Communication Technologies
Mr. Sreedeep NAIR, Rolls-Royce Operations India Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Vasanth KINI, Titanium Industries Pvt. Ltd.

12:15 to 12:45

D3 - What next? The Plan of Action: A panel to provide strategic solutions for various issues discussed by previous two panels

Shortages of skilled workers, lack of infrastructure, quality in the supply chain, transparency in policy making are some of the issues that are always discussed. This panel will highlight on the support system from various industry bodies in addressing the existing issues through a brief insight into the efforts of various bodies in building and developing the Indian A&D Industry.

Mr. Munirathnam JAVAJI (Chair), SAE India Aerospace Board
Wg. Cdr. (retd.) Neelu KHATRI, KPMG

12:50 to 13:00

Closing Note

Mr. Vasant KINI, SAE India Aerospace Board

13:00 to 14:00

Lunch & Networking

14:00 to 15:00

Question & Answer Session with SAE India and IFCPAR

SAEIndia is India's leading resource for mobility technology. As an individual member driven society of mobility practitioners the ownership of SAE India wrests with its members who are Individuals from the mobility community, which includes Engineers Executives from Industry, Government Officials, Academics and Students. The objective of the Aerospace Board is to develop a strong community of interest, leading to a healthy aerospace ecosystem in India.
IFCPAR (Indo-French Center for the Promotion of Advanced Research) or CEFIPRA is a model for bilateral cooperation in Science and Technology. The Centre established in 1987 receives financial support from the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of France. IFCPAR’s mandate is to promote collaborative research between India and France in cutting edge Science and Technology.
This session is open to the floor, encouraging the delegates to direct their views and questions to the members of SAE India and IFCPAR.

Members of SAE India & Indo-French Center for Promotion of Advanced Research

Speakers & Panel Members

Mr.Alain BESNIER, Offshore Delivery Director India, Assystem

Dr.Bala K. BHARADVAJ, Director of R&T, Boeing India

Mr.Bejoy George, CEO & Engineering Director, Axis Aerospace & Technologies

Mr.Damodaran SUBRANIAN, Vice President Engineering, SAFRAN Engineering Services

Mr.Dave RANSON, Managing Director, MOOG India Technology Center

Mr.Eugen WELTE, CEO & Director, Airbus Engineering Center India

Dr.G.Venkatesh, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Sasken Communication Technologies

Mr.Gerard LE PAGE, Program Director for RAFALE India

Mr.K.S. VISHWANATHAN, VP Industry Initiatives, NASSCOM

Mr.Munirathnam JAVAJI, Managing Director, Assystem in India

Wg. Cdr. (retd.) Neelu KHATRI, Head of Defense & Security Advisory Services, KPMG

Mr. Sreedeep NAIR, GM & Board Director, Rolls-Royce Operations India Pvt. Ltd.


Mr. Vasant KINI, Managing Director, Titanium Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Vinay HARNE, President New Product Development, TVS Motor Company | SAE India Bangalore Section Chairman