Saab’s so­lu­tions for In­dian armed forces

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In an in­ter­ac­tion dur­ing De­f­expo 2012, In­der­jit Sial, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Saab In­dia Tech­nolo­gies Pvt Ltd, stated that with Saab’s ex­ports ris­ing steadily, the com­pany was ex­plor­ing op­tions world­wide. How­ever, as In­dia was clearly emerg­ing as a mar­ket with im­mense po­ten­tial, Saab in­tended to not only pen­e­trate the vi­brant and ver­sa­tile In­dian mar­ket but also to lever­age In­dia’s strong tech­nol­ogy base and man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in such a way so as to cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet the de­mands of the grow­ing world mar­ket. To this end, Saab will be ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for part­ner­ship with the pri­vate and pub­lic de­fence in­dus­try in In­dia as the way for­ward for busi­ness here. Saab had al­ready en­tered into a con­tract with the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited for man­u­fac­ture of the air­borne elec­tronic war­fare equip­ment for the ad­vanced light he­li­copter (ALH) pro­gramme for the In­dian Army as well as the In­dian Air Force.

At the De­f­expo, Saab show­cased cut­tingedge tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions for the In­dian armed forces, para­mil­i­tary forces, civil avi­a­tion and home­land se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus. As per In­der­jit Sial, given the im­por­tance of the In­dian mar­ket and the op­por­tu­ni­ties the coun­try has to of­fer, Saab re­garded the De­f­expo as an event cru­cial to its busi­ness in­ter­ests.

Saab has been and con­tin­ues to ad­dress the needs of the three ser­vices in In­dia of­fer­ing high tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions and prod­ucts in the ar­eas of C4I, elec­tronic war­fare in­clud­ing self-pro­tec­tion sys­tems, mis­sile and weapon sys­tems, com­bat air­craft, air­borne sen­sors, maritime and civil se­cu­rity sys­tems as also the Gi­raffe Fam­ily of radars. To meet the re­quire­ments of the In­dian Navy, in re­sponse to re­quest for in­for­ma­tion (RFI) and re­quest for pro­posal (RFPs) floated by ser­vice, Saab has of­fered the Saab 2000 medium-range maritime pa­trol air­craft, the Sea Gripen car­rier ver­sion of the sin­gle engine fighter air­craft, self-pro­pelled un­der­wa­ter acous­tic tar­get with the mod­u­lar and re­con­fig­urable au­ton­o­mous un­der­wa­ter ve­hi­cle, AUV 62 and the Sea Gi­raffe.

At the ex­hi­bi­tion this year, Saab’s pri­mary fo­cus was on land and naval sys­tems, with em­pha­sis on the RBS 70 NG mis­sile sys­tem. Saab also dis­played the un­der­wa­ter AUV sys­tems and the C4I sys­tems, along with cam­ou­flage and a va­ri­ety of other parts of the prod­uct port­fo­lio. Saab has also re­sponded to an RFP for Elec­tronic De­fence Sys­tems for the In­dian Army’s T-90 upgra­da­tion pro­gramme.

—Air Mar­shal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

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