Raytheon con­tin­ues Pa­triot push in In­dia

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Adecade af­ter Raytheon first be­gan its big push of the Pa­triot PAC-3 in­te­grated air and mis­sile de­fence sys­tem to In­dia, the com­pany re­mains com­mit­ted to In­dia as a po­ten­tial cus­tomer. Raytheon CEO Wil­liam Swan­son re­cently de­scribed the PAC-3 as a “never-end­ing op­por­tu­nity” and listed In­dia as one of the coun­tries that re­mained in­ter­ested in the sys­tem and tech­nol­ogy.

The De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), which de­scribes the in­dige­nous BMD pro­ject as equal to, if not bet­ter than the Pa­triot, has said the coun­try doesn’t need an im­ported sys­tem, but has in­di­cated that it is will­ing to forge tech­no­log­i­cal part­ner­ships. Dis- cus­sions have con­tin­ued over the years at var­i­ous lev­els in this re­gard. With the In­dian sys­tem to be ready for de­ploy­ment in the next 18 months, it re­mains to be seen what part­ner­ship DRDO will be look­ing for.

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