Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a cooperation agreement with Indian companies Dynamatic Technologies and Elcom Systems for the production, assembly and support of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in India.
Under the terms of the agreement, IAI will transfer its UAV technology and production capabilities to Dynamatic and Elcom.
Dynamatic will provide its aerospace production technologies and expertise with UAVs in India, while Elcom will offer its technology platforms in the fields of electronics and communications.
Together, the companies will work towards the indigenous development of UAV systems for the Indian Armed Forces.
Commenting on the collaboration, Dynamatic Technologies CEO and managing director Udayant Malhoutra said: "This cooperation agreement with IAI for local manufacture and assembly of medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) UAVs will support Dynamatic's vision of establishing a world class UAV enterprise in India.
“Dynamatic and IAI have already partnered earlier this year for the manufacture of Mini UAVs under the Indian government's 'Make in India' initiative.
In addition, Dynamatic and Elcom will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to India’s fleet of IAI-produced, remote-piloted aircraft.
Elcom Systems director Shiv Vikram Khemka said: "Elcom Systems is delighted to be able to partner with Israel Aerospace Industries and Dynamatic Technologies to offer MRO, modernisation, upgradation and training services for India’s fleet of IAI produced remote piloted aircraft, that is already in service in India for over two decades.
“This will allow IAI to further increase the already high serviceability levels for its UAVs and to further the Government of India's "Make in India" vision.”
Elcom will also offer its capabilities to future programmes in India, ranging from MRO to the manufacture of electronics systems and sub-systems.
Image: IAI signs a strategic teaming agreement for industrial cooperation for UAV systems with Dynamatic Technologies and Elcom Systems in India. Photo: courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries.