Chennai Based Hawking Defence Services signs MoU with Amphibian Aerospace Industries for Manufacturing Amphibious Aircrafts Components
• To invest Rs. 1000 crore in five years, to offer 850 direct jobs
• Albatross is an all-terrain amphibious aircraft capable of landing and Taking off from Land, Water and Snow
Chennai, 20th March 2023: Hawking Defence Services, a Chennai-based Def-Tech Company operating in the field of Defence and Aerospace signed a procurement cum partnership agreement with Australia-based Amphibian Aerospace Industries, manufacturers of “Albatross” amphibious aircrafts. Amphibian Aerospace is based out of Darwin, Australia. “Albatross” is a 28-seater Amphibious Aircraft capable of landing and taking off from land, water, and snow. The agreement includes the confirmation of procurement of a single aircraft by Hawking Defence Services. In turn, Hawking would be depositing an agreed sum for the said aircraft.
“This is just the beginning of our relationship. We have plans to establish a unit in Tamil Nadu to manufacture aircraft components and MRO services for the Amphibious Aircraft. We are looking at an investment of approximately Rs. 1,000 crores in the next 5 five years. Our aviation arm is expected to create around 850 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs too,” said Mr. Vijayanarayanan Rapalli, Chairman, Hawking Defence.
“Hawking Defence are our strategic partners in India. We have identified Albatross, one of our best-selling aircrafts to be introduced in India. This aircraft will be a game changer for India as similar to Australia, India has a vast coastal belt. Our amphibious aircraft can be used in any kind of terrain and weather and will add great value to India’s Civilian and Defence sectors,” said Khoa Trong – Chairman Amphibian Aerospace Industries.
“We also find Tamil Nadu has many advantages to offer. Apart from its coastal line that is the second largest in the world, the renewed Aerospace and Defence (A&D) policy announced by the Government recently is a big plus for us. Besides approximately 38,000 industries, Tamil Nadu also offers a full ecosystem including highly skilled manpower readily available which has led us to choose Tamil Nadu as our base,” said Mr. Rajeev Koundinya, CEO, Hawking Defence added.
The MoU signing that took place today between both the companies was in the presence of Mr. David Eggleston, Deputy Consul General, Australia, Mr. Adil Mohamed, Project Director- Australia India Business Exchange, Mr. Abdul Ekram- Trade and Investment Commissioner, South-East Asia, Mr. Tim Owen, Chair, Hunter Defence Net, Australia, and spokesperson Amphibian Aerospace Industries, Mr. Vijayanarayan Rapalli-Chairman Hawking Defence, Dr. Rajeev Koundinya- CEO, Hawking Defence, Capt. Amber Singh Uban, Director, Hawking Defence, Wing Cdr. P Madhusoodhanan, Vice President, Aerospace & Defence, TIDCO and Mr B Krishnamoorthy, IOFS, Additional Secretary, Project Director, TIDCO.
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Our Special thanks to Dr. Jagvinder Singh Virk from India Australia Strategic Alliance IASA
Hawking Defence Services Pvt Ltd, a Technology company operating in the domain of Unmanned Systems and based out of Chennai has signed a memorandum of understanding with Australian UAV Technologies, a premier UAV and electronics company based out of New South Wales, Australia to establish a joint venture company which would enable technology transfer, joint research and development, licensed manufacturing, product sales and services between these two entities.
This venture would enable these organizations to make advances in Unmanned technologies and provide cost effective solutions and services to defense services both within India and abroad thereby encouraging defence exports from India. This MOU is the first step in establishing a strong and reliable Unmanned systems solution provider and manufacturer for global requirements. This initiative by Hawking Defense strengthens our nation #AatmaNirbharDesh – make in India drive to become a formidable and self-sufficient military force
The MOU was signed at the Austrade office in the Australian Consulate in Chennai and is probable the first between defence industry companies since the initial initiatives of the Australia-India Free Trade Agreement came into effect. The MOU was signed by Dr. Rajeev Koundinya, CEO Hawking Defence and Mr.Ken Taylor, Managing Director of Australian UAV Technologies in the presence of Mr. Vijayanarayanan Rapalli, Managing Director, Hawking Defence Services, Capt. Amber Singh Uban, Director, Hawking Defence Services, Mr. Gerard Gerlach, CEO, Australian UAV Technologies, Mr. Travis Downie, Chief Technical Officer, Australian UAV Technologies, Mr. Siddharth Janakiraman, Legal Counsel, Hawking Defence Services and the team from both the companies.
Mr. Vijayanarayanan Rapalli, the Managing Director of Hawking Defence Services, further shared his vision of building an entire ecosystem for advanced Research and Development of cutting edge Defence products through investments into critical areas such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Chip development. Mr. Rapalli further stated that timely investments into the above mentioned areas will enable India becoming an epicenter for Advanced Research thereby increasing its global share of Defence exports.
Both the companies appreciate the stellar support provided by Mr. Abdul Ekram, Trade and Investment Commissioner, South Asia Consul Commercial, Austrade and Mr. Adil Mohamed, Investment Director, South Asia, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Austrade. Special appreciation was also provided to Dr. Jagvinder Singh Virk, Chairman, India-Australia Strategic Alliance for his unwavering work towards promoting trade partnerships between India and Australia.
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