Lockheed Martin hosts Indian industry to chart the future of India’s indigenous defence and aerospace ecosystem at its 8th Annual Suppliers Conference

More than 450 delegates from 135 companies including large, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and start-ups participated in the conference

New Delhi November 17, 2021 Photo(s): By NiraniMurugesh/Twitter
Lockheed Martin’s 8th Annual India Suppliers Conference

Reinforcing its commitment to Indian government’s initiatives such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Lockheed Martin announced the culmination of the 8th edition of its annual Suppliers Conference on November 11, 2021.

Themed “Partnership for Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Make for the World”, the two-day conference was hosted in association with Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The event saw 135 companies of all sizes large, MSMEs and start-ups participating in the conference and receiving the opportunity to showcase their company to key stakeholders from the government and industry. More than 250 delegates participated in person while more than 200 delegates participated virtually through Society of Indian Defense Manufacturers CII Hive platform. The two-day event also saw more than 110 business to business meetings being organized.

Murugesh R Nirani, Honorable Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries, Government of Karnataka was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the conference on Nov. 10, 2021 wherein he reiterated the role played by Karnataka in creating an aerospace and defense ecosystem in India. The session was also addressed by representatives from Lockheed Martin, Ministry of Defense, Society of Indian Defense Manufacturers and Confederation of Indian Industry.

Lockheed Martin RMS Global Supply Chain organization and the Aegis Program Office recognized SASMOS HET Technologies Limited for its outstanding support, dedication and commitment to the success of the Aegis Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) program in the presence of Murugesh R Nirani.

“In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for creating an Aatmanirbhar Bharat in defence manufacturing, Lockheed Martin continues to support the growth of an indigenous defence manufacturing ecosystem in India,” said William L. Blair, vice president and chief executive, Lockheed Martin India.

“Hosting the annual Suppliers Conference is one such initiative from our end to advance the defence, aerospace and start-up ecosystem in India, and strengthen the country’s strategic security and industrial capabilities,” Blair said. “Like previous editions, this year too, we saw an encouraging response from our supply chain network, MSMEs, start-ups and the industry at large who contributed to productive conversations on realizing the government’s vision of ‘Make in India, Make for the World’.”

During the conference, Lockheed Martin shared new partnership opportunities with the Indian industry on its business areas including Aeronautics, Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS), and Missiles and Fire Control (MFC).

A key announcement from the event is Lockheed Martin’s partnership with Bengaluru-based Rossell Techsys for work on the company’s MH-60R helicopters. Rossell Techsys has been awarded a contract with Lockheed Martin to build Electrical Wire Harness and Interconnect System (EWIS) parts in support of Lockheed Martin’s MH-60R aircraft that are being supplied to the Indian Navy. As part of the contract received from Lockheed Martin, Rossell Techsys shall perform “Build to Print” (BTP) manufacture of the wire harnesses that will be installed on the MH-60R. Manufacture of these parts is being performed in the “Center of Excellence” (COE), set up by Rossell Techsys for Lockheed Martin platforms. The manufacture of parts has commenced, with the first parts having successfully undergone acceptance by Lockheed Martin. The contract shall also enable Lockheed Martin to obtain offset credits towards this platform sale.

Lockheed Martin also highlighted that the company is working with the U.S. government to secure licenses to allow parts for the Legion-ES™ infrared search and track sensor system and Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod to be manufactured in India and has plans to start sending out requests for quotations before the end of the year.

The event reiterated Lockheed Martin’s resolve to develop the capabilities of suppliers and to give them access to the global supply chain to manufacture in India, from India, for India and the world.