ATK De­fense

SP's LandForces - - SHOW REPORT / INTERVIEW -

In an in­ter­ac­tion with ATK De­fense, it tran­spired that they are an in­dus­try leader in small cal­i­bre am­mu­ni­tion, pre­ci­sion and strike weapons, mis­sile warn­ing so­lu­tions, and tac­ti­cal rocket mo­tors across air-, sea-, and land-based sys­tems. The group is the largest US pro­ducer of small-cal­i­bre am­mu­ni­tion as well as a lead­ing pro­ducer of medium- and large-cal­i­bre am­mu­ni­tion and medi­um­cal­i­bre chain guns. The group is home to ATK's ad­vanced an­ti­ra­di­a­tion guided mis­sile (AARGM), next-gen­er­a­tion GPS-guided mor­tar and ar­tillery pro­jec­tiles, joint and al­lied threat aware­ness sys­tem (JATAS), AAR-47 mis­sile warn­ing sys­tem, fuses and war­heads, propul­sion and con­trols for mis­sile de­fence in­ter­cep­tors, weaponised spe­cial mis­sion air­craft and ad­vanced propul­sion. The group also brings ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise in de­fence fa­cil­ity man­age­ment and mod­erni­sa­tion.

(SP’s): Can you tell us about your im­me­di­ate plans for In­dia and co­op­er­a­tion with In­dian armed forces? Nor­bert Du­crot (Du­crot):

We have a wide range of prod­ucts that are suited to meet the armed forces’ needs, as we show­cased dur­ing De­f­expo 2012. At this stage, we are still await­ing a de­ci­sion from the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) re­gard­ing the 197 re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance he­li­copter re­quest for pro­posal (RFP), which has been on­go­ing for eight years now. We are very con­fi­dent about the he­li­copter that we have pro­posed—the AS550 C3 Fen­nec, a new gen­er­a­tion he­li­copter—fully meet­ing the Army’s and Air Force’s re­quire­ments. We don’t fore­see any rea­sons for fur­ther de­lays be­cause the MoD has fol­lowed all pro­ce­dures.

In this con­text, we are ready to ex­tend our 40-year in­dus­trial re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal part­ners—from trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy (ToT) and in­te­gra­tion into Euro­copter global sup­ply chain to set­ting up of pro­duc­tion line, with a com­pre­hen­sive train­ing sys­tem to be es­tab­lished.

We al­ready have a very suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with HAL. Euro­copter/HAL li­censed pro­duc­tion has been the foun­da­tion of the In­dian he­li­copter in­dus­try for the last five decades where over 600 Chee­tahs and Chetaks have been pro­duced. HAL is also part of the Euro­copter global sup­ply chain for composite he­li­copter fuse­lages. In re­cent years, we ex­panded our co­op­er­a­tion with Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra and signed var­i­ous in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial part­ner­ships, in­clud­ing the pro­duc­tion of the Ecureuil fam­ily air­frames and cus­tomi­sa­tion of civil he­li­copters in In­dia. And of course, we also have a long-stand­ing part­ner in Pawan Hans, who owns the big­gest Dauphin fleet in the world and op­er­ates a Euro­copter-ap­proved main­te­nance re­pair and over­haul (MRO) cen­tre for Dauphin he­li­copters.

SP’s: What ca­pa­bil­i­ties did you show­case dur­ing De­f­expo 2012? Du­crot:

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the armed forces’ needs, we show­cased the AS550 C3 Fen­nec, AS565 MBe Naval Pan­ther and EC725 ro­tor­craft.

The AS550 C3 Fen­nec is pro­posed for the Army and Air Force in the 197 re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance he­li­copters (RSH) com­pe­ti­tion.

SP’s: Any im­por­tant mile­stone/event you may like to re­fer to which would project your com­pany’s in­ter­est in In­dia strongly? Du­crot:

Euro­copter is the first in­ter­na­tional man­u­fac­turer to set up a full-fledged sub­sidiary in In­dia in Oc­to­ber 2010. With the HQ in New Delhi, it has ex­panded its foot­print with pres­ence now in other ma­jor cities such as Ban­ga­lore and Mum­bai. The growth in staff strength will also see the per­cent­age of In­dian em­ploy­ees in­creas­ing in

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