London: Seeking to form a strong partnership with Indian defence industry, a UK trade mission comprising over 20 defence firms -- the largest since the David Cameron government assumed power -- will undertake a 5-day visit to India from Monday to meet key decision-makers and potential partners in the crucial sector.
The high-profile delegation's visit comes days after UK-backed Eurofighter Typhoon lost out to French firm Dassault Rafale in bagging the 126 fighter jet deal worth USD 10 billion from India.
The mission is organised by the UK's Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) in cooperation with UK trade association Aerospace Defence Security (ADS).
It will be led by Parliamentary Undersecretary of State Gerald Howarth, MP, who is also UK's Minister for International Security Strategy.
The mission has the full support of the Indian Ministry of Defence, a statement here said.
The trade mission will visit three Indian cities, each with a particular focus: Delhi for the overarching Indian government perspective; Bangalore for aerospace, electronics and land systems; and Mumbai for maritime systems.
Each hub will provide an opportunity for real business to business interaction identifying opportunities and potential partnerships as well as providing UK companies a better understanding of how to do business in India. A range of private sector and government speakers will provide an overview of the defence market place and environment in India.
Face-to-face discussions between UK missioners and Indian defence companies will be facilitated in each hub by the Indian defence trade associations Confederation of Indian
Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).