UK defence equipment minister to lead defence and business delegation to Aero India 2011
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UK defence equipment minister to lead defence and business delegation to Aero India 2011

The British Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology, Peter Luff, will lead a large defence and business delegation to Aero India 2011.
Close to 40 UK companies, many involved in some of the most cutting edge technology in the defence, aviation and security sectors are expected to visit the Aero India 2011 exhibition to show case their capabilities and are intent on forging long-lasting industrial partnerships and joint ventures with Indian companies.

The UK government team is led by Mr Peter Luff Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. He is accompanied by British High Commissioner to India Sir Richard Stagg, Mr. Richard Paniguian Head of UK Trade & Investment’s Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) and Air Marshal Leeson Chief of Material Air, Royal Air Force, together with Air-Vice Marshal Nigel Maddox Senior Military Adviser UKTI DSO and Alan Malpas Regional Director for India, the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Minister Luff said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Aero India, which is a world class show and the best in the region. I would like to congratulate the organisers for this outstanding achievement. The theme for my visit is the depth of the defence relationship between India and the UK, built upon three valuable partnerships: between our technology-rich defence industries; between our modern and professional Air Forces; between our world class defence scientists. 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.

There will be much discussion at the show surrounding India’s Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft programme. In this regard, I am proud to be part of a Ministerial delegation from the UK, German, Italian and Spanish Governments fully supporting the Eurofighter Typhoon: the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft. Should India decide to invest in this aircraft, it will join the family of Eurofighter Typhoon nations and therefore have access to the capabilities and benefits of four major European nations to call upon.”

Sir Richard Stagg, British High Commissioner to India added:

“British companies in the aerospace industry, large and small, are developing their business across India. British representation at Aero India covers a wide spectrum: from household names with long-standing business interests here such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce, to specialist companies such as Hyde Group and Nasmyth Group, who are newer to the market. This is not a one-way street. Indian companies such as Dynamatic Technologies, Genser and Air Works are now operating successfully in the UK. The British delegation is excited about Aero India 2011 and I hope we will see even more business develop as a result of this important international event.”

Other British aerospace sector companies with business interests in India include Cobham, Hampson, Magellan, STG and Preston.

Richard Paniguian Head UKTI DSO said:

“The UK has a significant range of world class products across the air, land, maritime and security sectors and we are keen to identify opportunities in India in these sectors whist encouraging UK and Indian companies to have long term industrial partnerships”

Minister Luff’s visit this month follows successful visits to India last year by the British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Defence Minister Liam Fox. It also follows visits last month by the British Business Minister Dr. Cable and the British Minister for International Security, Gerald Howarth.


Further information
For media queries, please contact R Fernandez, Head (South India), British High Commission mobile: 0-98403-40282 or Adam Thomas, Senior Press Officer UKTI DSO at the UK stand mobile +44 7775 817 835.

Notes to editors

The UK stand at Aero India 2011 is in Hall B, Stand B19

Mr. Peter Luff, UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology read economics at Cambridge. His ministerial responsibilities include equipment, equipment cycle, investment decisions, science and technology and industrial strategy. He headed the Private Office to former Prime Minister the late Sir Edward Heath in the early 1980s. He then pursued a successful corporate communications business and was the company secretary of his family’s retail stationery firm. From 2005-10 election Mr. Luff was Chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee. He was first elected as MP for Worcester in 1992 and later for the new Mid Worcestershire seat in 1997.

UK Defence Exports in 2009 were worth £7.2b making the UK the second highest defence exporter in the world.
UK security exports in 2009 were worth £1.45b, making the UK the 5th most successful security exporter in the world.
The UK is the top destination in Europe for inward investment and second globally only to the US. According to a UN report (UNCTAD World Investment Report), it attracted a record $1.347 trillion in 2007.

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