Airbus on Saturday said it was ready to manufacture in India, expressing support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative during his visit to the aircraft manufacturer's facility in Toulouse, France.
Modi took the tour of the facility where planes are manufactured. He was given a briefing by officials on the functioning.
Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, who received Modi, said, "We are honoured to host Prime Minister Modi in Toulouse and convey to him our desire to forge a stronger industrial bond with India. India already takes a centre-stage role in our international activities and we want to even increase its contribution to our products."
"We support Prime Minister Modi's 'Make in India' call and (we) are ready to manufacture in India, for India and the world," Enders added.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted, "500% increase in 5 years. @Airbus to PMA @narendramodi : Indian outsourcing to increase from $400 mil to $2 billion."
"Make in India gains further momentum. $2 billion cumulative outsourcing planned by @Airbus from India by 2020," Akbaruddin posted on Twitter.
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In India, Airbus Group already operates two engineering centres - one focused on civil aviation and the other one defence - besides, a research and technology (R&T) centre which together employ over 400 highly qualified people.
The group's senior representative conveyed their decision to expand these centres so that they can take on comprehensive design responsibilities for future Airbus group programmes.
The Prime Minister was given a tour of the Airbus A380 final assembly line. Currently, four A380 flights serve India daily.
"Much larger markets are waiting to be tapped, the potential for A380 to help Indian carriers win greater multinational market share with a flagship aircraft is enormous," an Airbus press release said.
The aircraft manufacturer is willing to set up final assembly lines and establish supply chains and related infrastructure for military transport aircraft and helicopters in India, the press release said.
These would be in full compliance with the procurement policies specified by the Ministry of Defence and local FDI (foreign direct investment) guidelines, the release said.
Airbus Defence and Space has submitted a joint proposal with Tata to produce the modern C-295 aircraft in the country as a replacement for the ageing Avro aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
The division also plans to develop and manufacture electronic sensors with a partner in the country and has advanced discussions to support Hindustan Aeronautics' (HAL) combat aircraft programme, the release said.
Airbus Helicopters is in discussions with domestic companies to finalise teaming arrangements of various helicopter programmes, including naval utility helicopters, reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters as well as naval multi-role helicopters.
Modi also visited the French CNES space agency's facility where a group of Indian students greeted him and posed for photographs and took selfies.
(With inputs from IANS)