Anil Dhirubhai Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Group, said that Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP) at MIHAN would be the first in the private sector to be the home of the final assembly line for the manufacturing of the most sophisticated fighter jet ‘Rafale’ in the world. Ambani declared the same while laying the foundation stone of DAAP – manufacturing facility of Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL)at MIHAN-SEZ (Multimodal International Hub at Nagpur Special Economic Zone). He said, “MIHAN would also be India’s first and complete state of the art aviation ecosystem with dedicated aerospace facilities and ancillary units. The Dassault – Reliance partnership will bring high levels of technology-transfer. It will make India a major supplier into the global aviation supply chain. It will be the endeavour of both Dassault and Reliance to fully support Narendra Modi’s Make in India and Skill India initiative and accelerate India’s pursuit of self sufficiency in the aerospace sector.”
DRAL will manufacture components for the legacy Falcon 2000 series of civil jets manufactured by Dassault Aviation and thus will become part of its global supply chain. The joint venture also represents an unequalled Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by Dassault Aviation of over 1000 million Euros, the largest such defense FDI in one location in India. The DRAL facility will train thousands of skilled workers in aviation assembly and integration and lead to huge employment generation in Nagpur and its surrounding areas. It will also house an organic ecosystem of over 200 MSEs to secure the component and avionics manufacturing needs of Rafale and Falcon jets.
Dassault Aviation Chairman Eric Trappier during the event said, “This foundation stone laying demonstrates Dassault’s firm commitment to implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India program. It gives the 65 year long strong association of Dassault-Aviation in India a new momentum and the will of future manufacturing developments.”
The Reliance Aerostructure will hold a majority 51% stake in DRAL whereas Dassault Aviation will hold 49% share. The plant is expected to start production in first quarter of 2018.
The foundation stone was laid in the presence of Florence Parly – Minister of Armed Forces of the French Republic, Devendra Fadnavis – Maharashtra Chief Minister Minister, Nitin Gadkari – Minister of Road, Transport, Shipping and Highways, Guardian Minister – Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Alexandre Ziegler – Ambassador of France to India. The Dassault – Reliance manufacturing facility will manufacture several components of the offset obligation connected to the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters from France, signed between the two governments in September 2016. Anil Ambani’s mother Kokilaben, wife Tina and son Jai Anmol Ambani too graced the event along with several prominent politicians and businessmen of the city.
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