Mahin­dra and Tele­phon­ics joint ven­ture agree­ment


Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra Ltd., one of In­dia’s lead­ing busi­ness houses, and Tele­phon­ics Cor­po­ra­tion (Tele­phon­ics) an­nounced that they signed a de­fin­i­tive agree­ment to form a joint ven­ture ( JV) to be called Mahin­dra-Tele­phon­ics In­te­grated Sys­tems.

The JV will pro­vide the In­dian Min­istry of De­fence and the com­mer­cial sec­tor with radar and sur­veil­lance sys­tems, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion friend or foe (IFF) de­vices, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems. In ad­di­tion, the JV in­tends to pro­vide sys­tems for air traf­fic man­age­ment ser­vices, home­land se­cu­rity, and other emerg­ing sur­veil­lance re­quire­ments.

The project en­vis­ages es­tab­lish­ing a plant in Ban­ga­lore, which will ini­tially man­u­fac­ture and ser­vice air­borne radar sys­tems that are al­ready be­ing sup­plied to the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Ltd and sup­port air­borne maritime sur­veil­lance sys­tems for the In­dian Navy and Coast Guard. Tele­phon­ics sup­plies RDR-1400 weather avoid­ance radar sys­tems for he­li­copters be­ing built in Ban­ga­lore. It is also con­tracted to sup­ply Boe­ing with APS-143C(V)3 multi-mode radar for In­dia’s P-8i maritime sur­veil­lance air­craft, and is re­spon­si­ble for in­stal­la­tion of a so­phis­ti­cated in­ter­com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem for the C-17 Globe­mas­ter con­tracted by the In­dian Air Force.

Mahin­dra-Tele­phon­ics will li­cence tech­nol­ogy from Tele­phon­ics for use on a wide range of prod­ucts that has both de­fence and civil ap­pli­ca­tions.

Backed by strong R&D, Tele­phon­ics has de­vel­oped a state-ofthe-art IFF MK-XII sys­tem, which has the ca­pa­bil­ity to in­te­grate with civil and mil­i­tary air­craft, as well as ground- and sea-based IFF sys­tems. Tele­phon­ics’ ex­pe­ri­ence with re­spect to these sys­tems in other coun­tries will pro­vide a plat­form for the JV to meet the emerg­ing In­dian cus­tomised civil and mil­i­tary re­quire­ments of a Na­tional IFF Pro­gramme. Tele­phon­ics has also de­vel­oped se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems which may be de­ployed on a va­ri­ety of ground and air­borne plat­forms. Tele­phon­ics has an es­tab­lished pres­ence in the In­dian de­fence and civil mar­kets.

The mo­bile sur­veil­lance sys­tem is a rapidly de­ploy­able ground sur­veil­lance sys­tem which can de­tect hu­man and ve­hic­u­lar move­ment dur­ing the day, at night, and in ad­verse weather con­di­tions. Through net­work­ing, a cen­tral com­mand and con­trol sys­tem can ef­fec­tively mon­i­tor a large area for ve­hic­u­lar and hu­man move­ment.

The JV will be the first pri­vate sec­tor com­pany in In­dia to man­u­fac­ture air­borne and maritime radars util­is­ing li­censed tech­nol­ogy. Nearly 100 per cent in­dige­nous ca­pa­bil­ity is expected to be achieved in the near fu­ture. The JV will also be strate­gi­cally poised to de­velop fu­ture tech­nolo­gies for civil and mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions.

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