Honeywell has been helping Make in India for close to half a century: Faizi Mohsini

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Updated: February 17, 2017 2:01:13 PM

From helping commission the country’s first oil & gas refinery in Digboi in the 1930s, to partnering locally to ‘Make in India’, US-based multinational Honeywell’s comprehensive offerings in the aerospace sector range from wheels and brakes and propulsion to cockpit systems and satellite communications.

Faizi Mohsini country head, defense & space, Honeywell Faizi Mohsini country head, defense & space, Honeywell

From helping commission the country’s first oil & gas refinery in Digboi in the 1930s, to partnering locally to ‘Make in India’, US-based multinational Honeywell’s comprehensive offerings in the aerospace sector range from wheels and brakes and propulsion to cockpit systems and satellite communications. The company’s mechanical and electrical innovations are used on virtually every commercial and defence aircraft platform. The company also provides worldclass turbochargers that help enable vehicle performance and fuel efficiency. In India, Honeywell has been supporting the country’s defence, civil aerospace and automobile industries for more than 40 years. Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial and defence aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by most automakers in the country. Honeywell country head, defense & space,

Honeywell is already present in India and has been making products here. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative, what more is the company doing?

Honeywell strongly supports Make in India and boosting the local aerospace and defence market. We deliver Honeywell’s high-performance TALIN inertial navigation system through our partnership with Tata Power SED in India. We have licensed the TPE331 engine technology to HAL, which comes as a result of our close to 45-year relationship with the company. This is a great example of how Honeywell has been helping ‘Make in India’ for close to half a century.

In addition to working with local partners, Honeywell is deeply invested in India through its 7,000 engineers at Honeywell Technology Solutions. We are dedicated to developing technologies to tackle some of India’s toughest challenges. Close to 3,000 of these are aerospace engineers, whose work helps millions of people fly safer, greener and more comfortably every day.

How is Honeywell helping in regional connectivity?

Last year the ministry of civil aviation launched the regional connectivity scheme, UDAN. Honeywell supports this innovative programme in its mission to develop the domestic aviation market.

India’s domestic civil aviation market is projected to grow. Honeywell’s technologies can support both in-the-air and on-the-ground innovation through its cutting-edge technologies and helping airlines become more cost effective and fuel efficient, as well as greener and safer.

Can you share about inflight connectivity solutions by Honeywell for civil aircraft?

Our JetWave technology is a satellite communications hardware enabled by Inmarsat’s Ka-band service. The combination of Honeywell hardware and Inmarsat’s global satellite connectivity service make up our GX Aviation product and service offering. This helps us deliver airlines and airplane manufacturers a truly connected aircraft at high altitudes, which allows pilots, passengers, operators and maintenance personnel to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, which is comprised of three fully-functioning and launched satellites. Hence, passengers, pilots and other airline personnel can access seamless connectivity through GX Aviation on flights worldwide.

Leading global airlines have already adopted our JetWave hardware including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways, in addition to a number of business and private jet operators.

What are your updates on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) venture?

The MRO market in India is one of the key opportunities for Honeywell to further grow its presence in the region. We are working to support the domestic MRO market to help make India a global MRO hub. The Honeywell team in India provides a dedicated technical and customer support to our clients which include those operating defense and commercial aviation, including airlines and airports.

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