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Ashok Leyland adopts Dassault Systèmes GVPP Platform for improved manufactoring

Aurelien Sostaponti - 18-févr.-2019 08:00:44

    Ashok Leyland adopts Dassault Systemes’ GVPP platform for improved manufacturing   Taking Indian automotive manufacturing to next level, Ashok Leyland has adapted the 3D Experience industry solution platform of the French company Dassault Systemes. Global Validation Proven Performance (GVPP) as a solution on the 3D Experience platform,  will reduce Ashok Leyland’s product development cycle from three years to 18 months and bring down the cost by 5%.

French cybersecurity firms increasingly successful in fast-growing market

Thibaut Barde - 08-août-2014 07:40:36

In 2013, there was a 12% year-on-year rise in cybersecurity attacks, with nearly 60% of them causing either brand damage or direct revenue loss to businesses. This, coupled with highly publicized commercial and government breaches of IT security, has increased the demand for cybersecurity services. French companies are strongly placed in this growing market and their advanced solutions are in demand. The 12% year-on-year increase in cybersecurity attacks that affected businesses in 2013 (Source: IBM 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index), regrettable as it may be, translates into the fact that the IT-security sector is experiencing sustained growth in this segment of the market. High-profile cases, such as the cyber-attacks on US retail chain Target, have raised awareness among business executives. While US-based and British companies dominate current business in this sector, client entities are looking for alternatives in order to alleviate their worries of government intrusion. In this respect, French specialist companies are a strong contender in the eyes of many professionals and executives working for SMEs and start-ups, but also at established, larger groups: these clients are leveraging the French know-how stemming from top R&D centres and universities.  

Indo-French Air exercise ’Garuda-5’ to begin from June 3

Nathalie OSTERNAUD - 22-avr.-2014 09:14:02

Jodhpur, April 19, India and France would start a ten-day joint Air exercise ’Garuda-5’, aimed at training the pilots and crew of Indian and French fighters in air superiority operations in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur airbase from June 3, IAF sources said. Both the Indian Air Force and French Air Force would be engaged in various missions ranging from close combat engagement of large forces, slow mover protection, and protecting and engaging high-value aerial assets in the exercise at the strategic airbase near Indo-Pak border, they said. The flying consisting of air to air refuelling, basic and advanced fighter interceptions, protection of high-value aerial targets and group combat manoeuvring would be the main focus of the exercise, IAF sources said. Objective of the exercise is to expose IAF Pilots to French Fighter Tactics and French Pilots to Indian Fighter Tactics, to expose IAF Aircrew to Air to Air Refuelling, Cross-servicing of a common type between ground crews and Understanding basic concepts of each countries fighter operations. Four Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft and one air Refueler aircraft with more than 100 personnel would form the France delegation. "The focus of the Air Exercise from June 3 to June 13 is learning from each other’s best practices," Defence spokesperson Col SD Goswami told PTI today.   Source : PTI

Antony refuses govt guarantee to France for Rafale deal

Nathalie OSTERNAUD - 31-mars-2014 14:52:53

New Delhi, March 30th, With the UPA-II’s tenure coming to an end, France had wanted India to sign a pact to provide government guarantee for completion of negotiation for 126 fighter aircraft with Dassault company but Defence Minister A K Antony has refused to do so. France, whose company Dassault has been shortlisted for supplying the multi-role medium combat Rafale aircraft, had proposed the signing of the agreement apparently to ensure that negotiations for the multi-billion dollar deal do not get affected if a different party comes to power after the Lok Sabha elections. "The French side wanted government guarantee to the negotiations," sources said. Antony, however, refused to sign such an agreement, arguing that governmental guarantee cannot be provided as negotiations were still underway, they said. The Defence Ministry is still negotiating the price and terms and conditions of the contract with the French firm Dassault Aviation, whose Rafale combat aircraft was selected as the lowest bidder two years ago for supplying 126 warplanes. Antony had recently ordered that the process to arrive at the lowest bidder in the multi-vendor tender be reviewed after completion of the whole procedure involved in the procurement as questions had been raised over it. The two sides are trying to tackle the issue of life cycle costs (LCC) relating to Rafale. "There are complaints about the procedure of calculating the life cycle cost and that issue is not yet settled. Before bringing the deal to the Cabinet Committee on Security for final approval, we would like to get clear on that aspect," he had said. As per the Indian defence procedure, the firms offering lowest prices and meeting the requirements of the respective services are given the contract and in this deal to procure 126 combat aircraft, LCC has been taken into view to determine the lowest bidder. Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha has written to Antony raising a number of questions over the "conceptual shift" in the defence procurement policy and expressed fears that LCC concept may bring in corruption.   Source: PTI

Dassault says profits slump, but closer to India fighter deal

Nathalie OSTERNAUD - 31-mars-2014 14:35:24

Paris, Mar 13 (AFP) France’s Dassault Aviation reported today a profit slump for 2013, but said it was moving closer to sealing a major fighter jet contract with India. Net profit for the year fell 8.5 per cent to 459.45 million euros (USD 641 million), but total orders intake rose 25 per cent to 4.16 billion. During the year, it recorded 64 orders for its Falcon private jets, up from 58 in 2012. Defence orders made up just 1.26 billion euros in 2013, up from 793 million euros in 2012. However, the group is seeking to significantly boost its defence segment, as it is trying to seal a deal with India worth USD 12 billion. The two parties began exclusive negotiations in January 2012 on the sale of 126 Rafale fighter jets, some 108 of which are to be built in India. Today, the group’s chief executive Eric Trappier suggested that the company was coming closer to a deal. "We have taken a step to a new level" with regards to finalising the contract, he said. "We have effectively a contract with HAL" -- India’s state-owned group HAL on manufacturing the Rafales in India, said Trappier. Separately, European aerospace giant Airbus forecast on today that India would have massive demand for new airliners in the next two decades. The group said the country’s airlines along would require 1,290 new planes over the period, a potential market worth USD 190 billion. Source: AFP

BEL, French firm Sagem to work in production of naval parts

Nathalie OSTERNAUD - 12-févr.-2014 10:33:58

New Delhi, February 7th Bharat Electronic Limited today signed an MoU with French firm Sagem to explore the potential of working together in the production and supply of naval sensors and other equipment. Under the MoU, the two sides will explore co-operation in the production and supply of navigational sensors like periscope, Inertial Navigational System and optronic mast to the Navy for its various platforms under consideration for future induction, a Defence Ministry release said. The MoU was signed at the BEL stall here at the Defexpo by BEL Marketing Director PC Jain and Sagem CEO Bruno Eve, it said. The Navy has ambitious plans of inducting ships and submarines into the service in the near future and these programmes have been approved by the government. The MoU will help in understanding and absorbing the critical technology adopted in these sensors for use in future induction platforms of the Navy, it said. The MoU will facilitate BEL and Sagem to work together for 24 months and if considered necessary, the same can be extended to a further period agreeable to both the companies, the release said.   Source PTI

HAL team’s visit to Dassault facilities in France put on hold

Nathalie OSTERNAUD - 05-févr.-2014 10:18:25

New Delhi, January 29th,   The visit by a HAL team to Dassault facilities in France has been put on hold amid efforts by the government to verify the linkages between AgustaWestland’s parent firm Finmecannica and other European defence companies. The Defence Ministry earlier this month scrapped a deal with AgustaWestland for procuring 12 VVIP choppers after charging it with breaching contractual obligations. A high-level team of HAL was scheduled to visit France to visit the facilities of the Rafale fighter jet as part of the ongoing negotiations between the two sides for jointly producing the aircraft but it was cancelled at the last moment, Defence Ministry sources told PTI here. The HAL team was also scheduled to meet other aerospace companies such as Eurocopter and Turbomeca for exploring potential to work on ongoing and future projects, they said. The French firm Dassault Aviation was selected by India to supply 126 Rafale combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force as part of its Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal expected to be worth over Rs 60,000 crore. India and France are holding negotiations on commercial aspects of the deal and have had differences on several points, including the work share for Reliance Industries Limited in the project. HAL has to produce 108 of the 126 Rafale aircraft in India as the lead integrator in the project while 18 aircraft would be supplied directly by the company from its facilities in France.   Source PTI

Infrastructure, Transport and Industry (Industries and Cleantech) The Industries and Cleantech Department assists French companies in their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and India. In order to maximize commercial opportunities between French and Indian companies, the Department organises French Pavilions at a number of key exhibitions in India, as well as offering other B2B networking events and individual partnering services. The key focus of the department are the urban development (“100 smart cities”), the clean technologies (Renewables Energies, Energy efficiency…) and the industry (automotive, aeronautics, railways…). The Department provides expertise in : • Transportation (automotive, railway, aeronautics, naval, ITS) • Infrastructures (roads, airports, ports, etc.) • Energy  (Nuclear, Renewable Energy, T&D, O&G) • Cleantech (water and waste management)  &nbs


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