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Indian-American named General Atomics Chief Exec

Washington: Indian-American aerospace and defense expert, Vivek Lall has been appointed as the Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation at its headquarters in San Diego.

Lall, who played key roles in some of the major defense deals between India and the US, had recently resigned as vice president of Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin.

“With Dr Lall’s expertise, GA Global will expand its global footprint for managing sales, service, and international industrial collaboration in strategically important countries like Japan, Australia, the UAE, and others,” the company said.

General Atomics (GA) is the world’s leading nuclear and defense company, founded in 1955 as a Division of General Dynamics and acquired by the Blue family in 1986. The company is a leader in development of next-generation nuclear fission and high-temperature materials technologies and has constructed more than 60 TRIGA nuclear research reactors in 24 countries.

Jakarta-born Lall has been instrumental in major US-India defense deals worth around USD 18 billion.

The latest was the procurement of 24 MH-60R multi-role helicopters from Lockheed Martin for the Indian Navy. The USD 2.6 billion agreement was signed during President Donald Trump’s visit to India in February.

In his capacity as vice-president and India country head for Boeing Defence Space and Security in late 2000, Lall played a pivotal role in several multi-billion bilateral defense deals.

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