UK sending high-level team to Aero India show in Bangalore

Looking to enhance military hardware cooperation with India, British is sending a high- level delegation to attend a five-day air show in Bangalore beginning February nine.

Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 21:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Looking to enhance military
hardware cooperation with India, British is sending a high-
level delegation to attend a five-day air show in Bangalore
beginning February nine.

Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology
Peter Luff will lead the British delegation to Aero India
show.

Close to 40 British companies will be showcasing their
capabilities and products and are intent on forging
long-lasting industrial partnerships and joint ventures with
Indian companies, a British High Commission release said here
today.

"Our strategic relationship with India is very
important, one we value and we are keen to engage in both the
defence and security sectors to enhance this relationship,"
it said quoting Luff.

On the support for Eurofighter`s bid in India’s Medium
Multi Role Combat Aircraft tender, the Minister said, "In this
regard, the UK, German, Italian and Spanish governments are
delighted to offer the Eurofighter Typhoon. All four
governments are represented at the show by ministerial teams."

Luff would be accompanied to the show by British High
Commissioner to India Sir Richard Stagg and Head of UK Trade
and Investment’s Defence and Security Organisation (UKTIDSO)
Richard Paniguian.

Companies such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce would be
present at the show along with Cobham, Hampson, Magellan, STG
and Preston.

PTI