"In the defence sector, Prime Minister has been saying from the very beginning that our first top priority is that defence manufacturing should be make in India," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters at a news conference here.

This is the message the Prime Minister conveyed to the Lockheed Martin Chairman Marillyn Hewson and other corporate leaders when he met them in various formats yesterday.

"We told them, India offers a huge market for you. India has all necessary facilities for manufacturing. There is a capable work force. We are ready to provide all required facilities for this. Defence manufacturing in India is a win win situation for both of us," Swarup said.

During the one-o-one meeting with the Prime Minister Hewson said she is very committed to India. In fact they already have a facility in Hyderabad in cooperation with the Tatas where they are manufacturing tail segment of C-130 cargo planes.

Swarup said she discussed aerospace industry with the Prime Minister.  It is well known that Lockheed wants to expand its manufacturing base in India in the aerospace industry and has been seeking a series of reforms from the Indian government including increasing the 49 percent cap on foreign direct investment in the defense sector.

Chairman and CEO of AECOM Mike Burke also called on PM Modi at his hotel for talks. "The Prime Minister thanked him for the leadership that he has taken in developing the port of Dholera in Gujarat. And now they also have the contract for developing the smart city in Vizag," he cited. AECOM currently employs some 2,500 people in India and plan is to double this.

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