Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Indian Air Force Modernizing Base Repair, Equipment Depots


NEW DELHI — The Indian Air Force is looking to modernize 27 base repair depots and equipment depots located all over India, and has invited industry to express interest in bidding.

The project, to be completed within three years, is expected to be worth around $390 million. It involves the procurement and supply of machine tools, electronics and electrical test equipment, the installation of material handling,packaging and allied machinery. It also will include fabrication of machine equipment and infrastructure and civil construction work for upgrades of existing hangars, bays, labs and warehousing facilities.

“This can be a wonderful opportunity for established Indian industrial groups to make a foray into the Aerospace and Defense manufacturing space,” says Rahul Gangal, executive vice president for defense advisory services at the Religare Strategic Advisory. “This is also a sizeable multi-disciplinary opportunity for private Indian industry to leverage upon.”

It is likely that the project will attract newcomers and expand the defense supplier base to including machine tool manufacturers, creating competitions for incumbents like Larsen & Toubro and Mahindras.

Machines required include those for material handling, packaging and allied machinery, machine tools, grinding, welding and rubber machines, electronic and electrical test equipment.

The successful bidder will need to ensure the procurement,supply and shipment of an entire range of equipment,installation, commissioning and training at the sites, and post-commissioning maintenance support.

To ensure bidders have the capability to deploy adequate resources at multiple locations for the completion of the projects within 3-5 years, they need to have the experience of having completed similar projects involving supply,installation, testing, integration, and commission of equipment and civil construction work on a turnkey basis.

- Neelam Mathews

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