January 29th 2013 - General Dynamics UK supports UK Security Minister’s visit to India and focus on partnering innovations

General Dynamics UK has welcomed positive statements on how UK industry can partner with Indian organisations to support India’s security needs made by UK Minister for Security James Brokenshire MP during his visit to India. The minister was leading a business delegation to India to promote the UK security industry’s capabilities and further strengthen long term historical links between the two countries. 

During the visit the minister said, “At over 15,000 companies, the UK security industry has a strong international reputation, grown over decades as the UK has faced significant and varying terrorist threats, many of which are common to the issues India also faces today. We are here to listen, to learn and to forge the partnerships with Indian colleagues that will help to support India’s security needs now and in the future.”

General Dynamics UK has already taken an innovative approach to partnering in India through its intellectual property transfer contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to support the Indian Air Force’s Hawk fleet, and believes this approach will also work well for major security programmes in the country. Wayne Beck, India country head for General Dynamics UK, who was a member of the delegation, said, "General Dynamics recognises the importance of providing solutions that are appropriate for the challenges that India faces, the need for technological and intellectual collaboration and most importantly the provision of solutions that can be supported in India by Indian industry and agencies well into the future. We have already demonstrated our commitment to innovative partnering in the India aerospace sector thorough our contract with HAL to support the Indian Air Force’s fleet of Hawk aircraft. Through our work with a number of India's police organisations we are developing collaborative strategies for the security sector that exploit the joint capabilities that exist in both countries."
James Brokenshire concluded, "The UK government and its defence and security industry are committed to this approach to develop solutions for Indian security. Partnerships with Indian companies, intellectual and technology transfer are key elements to providing a framework for collaboration between our two nations well into the future. Sharing learning and expertise builds trust, and trust builds better partnerships. It is this kind of partnership that we believe India deserves from its international partners."
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