Saab has partnered with India-based transport specialist Ashok Leyland to compete for the Indian Army's short range surface to air missile (SRSAM) air defence programme.
The solution offered for the SRSAM requirement combines the Saab BAMSE missile system with Ashok Leyland's Super Stallion 8x8, a high-mobility vehicle capable of operating in all types of terrain under all weather conditions.
Saab Market Area India head Lars-Olof Lindgren said the BAMSE is a proven air defence missile system, while the Ashok Leyland platform is a very suitable all-terrain vehicle.
''The need for mobility for air defence units is essential for flexible and optimal deployment,'' Lindgren said.
Ashok Leyland vice-chairman Dr. V. Sumantran said the company has a proven track record of serving the mobility needs of the Indian Armed Forces for more than three decades, and Saab is a recognised technology leader.
''We are pleased to announce this cooperation with Saab and together we are able to offer the Indian defence forces, state-of-the-art air defence systems based on proven technologies,'' Sumantran said.
''Our Super-Stallion 8x8 platform will offer the best combination of performance and reliability.''
The complete SRSAM system comprises the Giraffe AMB radar, a powerful 3D surveillance radar, command and control system intended for short and medium-range ground based air defence , as well as the BAMSE missile control centres (MCCs) with six ready-to-fire missiles.
All SRSAM components are expected to be integrated into the Super Stallion 8x8 high-mobility vehicle for transportation to specific locations.
The RBS 23 BAMSE is an all-weather, all-target, air defence missile system deployed to protect fixed and mobile assets against a range of threats, including fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft, stand-off missiles, cruise and anti-radiation missiles and guided bombs.
Image: the Saab-Ashok Leyland solution for Indian Army's SRSAM programme also includes Giraffe AMB radar. Photo: courtesy of Duch.seb.