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AERO INDIA: Goodrich touts local credentials, eyes MMRCA role

Goodrich is promoting a broad range of its aerospace technologies at the show, including systems for two of the types contesting the Indian air force's more than $10 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal.

The company provides hardware such as actuation equipment, engine control systems and its Terprom terrain avoidance technology for the Eurofighter Typhoon. For the Lockheed Martin F-16IN, it would provide the DB-110 reconnaissance pod, Aces ejection seat and Terprom. At Aero India, it is looking to establish a local manufacturing agreement to produce the Aces seat.

But far from having to start from scratch, the firm already has a resident capability here in India, with more than 1,200 employees at its wholly-owned Bangalore subsidiary Goodrich Aerospace Services. Established in the late 1990s, the company manufactures equipment such as aircraft lighting and evacuation systems.

"We will be growing more, as we bring more systems into India and grow our competencies further," says Goodrich Aerospace Services vice president Chris Rao. With reference to the MMRCA deal, he notes: "We are on many of those platforms, and offsets would flow down to the first tier suppliers."

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