Thales has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India's Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to explore opportunities for its STARStreak missile technology in India.

The MoU has been signed to support the Government of India's 'Make in India' initiative.

Thales Land & Air Systems activities executive vice-president Alex Cresswell said: “We are proud to join hands with Bharat Dynamics for the strategic transfer of technology of our flagship STARStreak missile from the UK.

“Also, we are thankful to the government of the UK for their strong support to this initiative. Sharing technology has been one of the key ingredients of Thales’ strategy for India.

"We would continue to work in this direction and realise our objective to make in India and export from India through such endeavours.”

Currently in service with the British Army, the STARStreak missile has been designed to travel at speeds higher than Mach 3, allowing it to defeat fast-moving threats.

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The missile has three laser-guided darts that cannot be jammed by any known counter-measure, Thales stated.

“Sharing technology has been one of the key ingredients of Thales’ strategy for India."

Its three-dart ‘hittile’ configuration is said to maximise lethality, while the highly accurate laser beam riding guidance enables engagement of low-signature targets.

Thales' STARStreak has already been integrated with radars, infrared sensors, and command and control systems.

It can be used in a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) role as a single or multi-launcher configuration.

The Thales-BDL cooperation is also expected to strengthen bilateral relations between India and the UK.

Image: Thales and BDL signed a MoU to support the Government of India's 'Make in India' initiative. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.