Celebrating 84 Years of the Indian Air Force

October 7, 2016 | Author: Helena Harris

Saturday 8th October marks the 84th edition of India’s Air Force Day. This date each year celebrates the creation of the Indian Air Force back in 1932 and features an impressive air display over New Delhi. This year the stars of the show will undoubtedly be the Red Arrows, the world-famous aerobatic display wing of the Royal Air Force. The Red Arrows fly the Hawk Trainer aircraft, which is now being produced in Bengaluru by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force program.

Honeywell Aerospace has supported the Indian Air Force for more than 40 years. We began our relationship with HAL, a partnership which continues to grow today. Together we have co-produced TPE331 engines for India for more than 30 years, building more than 300 for the Indian military services, including the national Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force. Many of the aircraft flying during the celebrations on Air Force Day will feature Honeywell technology on-board, technology designed to improve safety, operational efficiency and performance.

It is not just Honeywell Aerospace that is active in India, in fact all four of our strategic business groups – aerospace; performance materials & technologies; safety & productivity solutions and home & building technologies, have a presence in India, dating back more than 80 years. We have seven manufacturing locations across the country, as well as five engineering and technology development centres. We employ close to 15,000 people in India – 6,000 of whom are engineers and close to 3,000 of those engineers are dedicated to our global aerospace business. As you can see from the numbers – we are fully committed to the Indian Government’s Make-in-India policy. In fact we were dedicated to Make-in-India even before it was policy. We have, and continue to be, focused on growing our relationships with Indian industry, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Government as well as with local schools, universities and engineering projects.

India is important to us and we value our relationships with the Indian Air Force. It gives us great pleasure to extend our congratulations to the Indian Air Force on their 84th birthday. Here’s to many more!

Helena Harris

Helena Harris