We would like to in­te­grate In­dia into global sup­ply chains: At­las


Its of­fi­cial, At­las Elek­tronik now has a sub­sidiary in In­dia. At a for­mal gath­er­ing in New Delhi, Khalil Rah­man, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, At­las Elek­tronik In­dia, an­nounced that be­sides in­ten­si­fy­ing the al­ready ex­ist­ing part­ner­ships in In­dia, the com­pany will now cre­ate and foster re­la­tion­ships with the re­search and man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties of In­dia’s Min­istry of De­fence as well as pri­vate in­dus­tries. At­las Elek­tronik In­dia, set up in March this year, will hence be the con­tact point for the Ger­man com­pany in In­dia.

“We would like to in­te­grate In­dia into global sup­ply chains,” said Rah­man, and added that the com­pany strives to build a coali­tion of part­ners in In­dia, both in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, in or­der to help the In­dian in­dus­try de­velop lo­calised so­lu­tions suited to the needs of the In­dian Navy’s mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme. “Our ob­jec­tive is to make long-term in­vest­ments in the In­dian mar­ket and re­main com- mit­ted to the in­di­geni­sa­tion needs of the In­dian Govern­ment.”

At­las Elek­tronik’s busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with In­dia dates back to the 1980s and the com­pany has pro­vided four com­mand and weapon suites for the In­dian Navy’s Shishu­mar class sub­marines. The com­pany is now look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing tor­pe­does and sonars for the In­dian Navy, and also par­tic­i­pate in the Pro­ject 75-I sub­ma­rine pro­gramme. Head­quar­tered in New Delhi, At­las Elek­tronik In­dia will deal with mar­ket re­search, anal­y­sis, sup­ply chain man­age­ment and pro­vide tech­ni­cal and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to cus­tomers and the par­ent com­pany in Ger­many.

Focke Sch­warzer, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, At­las Elek­tronik In­dia said that with strength­ened pres­ence, the com­pany will be able to ful­fill its on­go­ing and fu­ture projects in the coun­try smoothly as well as of­fer new sup­port ser­vices.

At­las of­fi­cials also in­formed that they are in talks with the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) and are ac­tively work­ing to de­velop Indo-Ger­man naval sys­tems. Be­sides of­fer­ing new gen­er­a­tion sonars, com­bat sys­tems and tor­pe­dos for the In­dian Navy, the com­pany is also putting for­ward its in­ter­est in up­grad­ing the old sub­marines. “Build­ing on an ex­pe­ri­ence and know-how of Ger­man tech­nol­ogy, At­las Elek­tronik In­dia is your lo­cal part­ner to sup­port this ef­fort,” said Rah­man. “We are ne­go­ti­at­ing con­tracts for Delhi and Tal­war class frigates. We are also work­ing on a trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy (ToT) with the Bharat Elek­tronik Limited.”

On be­ing asked about the com­pany’s ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with the In­dian es­tab­lish­ment, the of­fi­cial said that the In­dian Navy is very pro­fes­sional, but slow de­ci­sion-mak­ing is frus­trat­ing.

—By Sucheta Das Mo­ha­p­a­tra

Khalil Rah­man, CEO At­las Elek­tronik In­dia

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