Fighter Radar: Saab Eyes Tech Trans­fer Un­der Make in In­dia

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GOTHEN­BURG ( SWE­DEN) Swedish aerospace and de­fence ma­jor Saab Group is plan­ning to in­tro­duce its lat­est fighter radar in In­dia. It is also ready to of­fer full tech­nol­ogy trans­fer un­der the Make in In­dia pro­gramme. “Saab as a radar sup­plier will of­fer and trans­fer the high­est tech­nol­ogy level for the fighter jets,” said Lars Toss­man, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Head of busi­ness unit Air­borne Sur­veil­lance, Saab.

Saab, which man­u­fac­tures the Gripen fighter jet, is will­ing to co- pro­duce the lat­est Gal­lium Nitride AESA ( Ac­tive Elec­tron­i­cally Scanned Ar­ray) radar with the In­dian de­fence firms, Toss­man added. “The idea is to com­ple­ment the In­dian in­dus­try with ex­pe­ri­ence as a fighter radar sys­tem and cre­ate fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties for In­dian in­dus­try to­gether with Saab.”

Ear­lier this year, Saab held a se­ries of meet­ings with top of­fi­cials from the De­fence Min­istry and Air Force to jointly de­velop the tech­nol­ogy in In­dia if the Cen­tre ap­proves the pro­duc­tion of Gripen in the coun­try un­der Make in In­dia. Saab is the first com­pany to de­velop and de­ploy Gal­lium Nitride AESA radars in var­i­ous forms. It has re­ceived orders from other fighter pro­grammes around the world for its GaN AESA tech­nol­ogy.

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