D&S 2017: Honeywell sees growth in upgrades in ASEAN market
Honeywell sees increased investment in the ASEAN defence market across the board, said Ronald Lopez, Honeywell’s Asia-Pacific Defence senior director of sales and business development, at the Defence & Security 2017 expo in Bangkok from 6-9 November.
Investment in replacing and upgrading ageing platforms and equipment is occurring, and Honeywell has an eye on potential and current upgrades of C-130 transport aircraft in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, and F-16 fighters in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.
‘These upgrades improve deterrence in the region for peace and stability,’ Lopez said. Threats to the region vary from country to country and are complex and multi-layered, he said.
Some countries want to improve their C-130 capabilities for search and rescue, humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, and for continued military transport duties, and Honeywell offers a variety of upgrade packages for the Hercules. For F-16s, Honeywell provides upgrades for the multifunction display and Advanced Central Air Data Computer (ACADC).
Thailand is increasing its defence budget by 7.7% of total government spending, and Honeywell is in discussions with local Thai businesses for partnerships with expected agreements to be formalised in the next 6-8 months, Lopez said.
Thailand has expressed an interest in performance-based logistics (PBL), also known as performance-based contracting. PBL is a strategy for cost-effective weapon system support.
Other countries in the region have expressed interest in standard maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centres, with Honeywell as an alternative.
For Thailand’s procurement of 12 T-50TH Golden Eagle fixed-wing trainer aircraft from Korea Aerospace Industries, Honeywell has a lot of content on those aircraft, including navigation and avionics, Lopez said.
Thailand has also expressed interest in Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications system for integrating battlefield C4ISR data in real time.