Saab has entered into a strategic alliance with India's leading high-technology multinational Kalyani Group to address critical Indian Army air defence projects.
Signed during the recently concluded Defexpo 2014 exhibition in New Delhi, the agreement will initially focus on the army's very short range air defence (VSHORAD) and short-range surface-to-air missiles (SRSAM) programmes.
Kalyani Group chairman Baba Kalyani said that the collaboration marks a very significant step in the company's journey to address the indigenisation efforts of the Indian defence sector.
''The partnership between the Kalyani group and Saab will leverage our strong innovation-based manufacturing capability, coupled with Saab's technical expertise and leadership in air defence systems, to deliver state-of-the-art, world leading solutions to the Indian Army's air defence programmes,'' Kalyani added.
Saab president and CEO Hakan Bushke said that the company has made a long-term commitment to India and is keen to support the country's efforts to create an indigenous defence industry.
''This tie-up with Kalyani Group marks a significant step in that direction, where the two parties will serve India's air defence missile system requirements through indigenous production and transfer of technology,'' Bushke added.
Saab is offering a system based on its Robotsystem (RBS) 70 new generation (NG) missile system for the VSHORAD project. An upgraded version of RBS 70 man-portable air-defence system (MANPADS), RBS 70 NG, is designed to deliver a highly accurate, man-portable system with 24/7 all-target capability that is immune to countermeasures.
For the SRSAM requirement, the company is offering a unique combination of its BAMSE advanced ground-based air defence missile system and Giraffe agile multi-beam (AMB) 3D surveillance radar, command and control system.
Image: RBS 70 NG is an upgraded version of Saab's RBS 70 man-portable air-defence system. Photo: US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas E. Coffman.