Saab and Ashok Ley­land team up for SRSAM


De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab and In­dia’s trans­port specialist Ashok Ley­land have joined forces to com­pete for the In­dian Army’s short-range sur­face-to-air mis­sile (SRSAM) air de­fence pro­gramme. The Saab BAMSE SRSAM is an all-weather, all-tar­get, air de­fence mis­sile sys­tem that can be de­ployed to pro­tect fixed and mo­bile as­sets. The BAMSE SRSAM is a pur­pose-built ground­based air de­fence mis­sile and is the lat­est in a long line of suc­cess­fully de­vel­oped and de­ployed Saab mis­sile sys­tems.

Ashok Ley­land will deliver high-mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cles to trans­port the BAMSE SRSAM so­lu­tion. All sub­units within the BAMSE SRSAM are be­ing in­te­grated with the Ashok Ley­land Su­per Stal­lion 8x8, a high-mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cle ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing in all types of ter­rain un­der all weather con­di­tions.

Saab’s Head of Mar­ket Area In­dia Lars-Olof Lind­gren says, “The tie-up brings to­gether two great en­gi­neer­ing com­pa­nies with front-end tech­nolo­gies that to­gether could serve the In­dian Army well. The BAMSE is a proven air de­fence mis­sile sys­tem and the Ashok Ley­land plat­form is a very suit­able all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle. The need for mo­bil­ity for air de­fence units is es­sen­tial for flex­i­ble and op­ti­mal de­ploy­ment. We are very happy to find a ro­bust ve­hi­cle in Ashok Ley­land’s prod­uct range that meets the re­quire­ments. We look for­ward to work­ing closely with the com­pany to deliver to the needs of the In­dian Army.”

Dr V. Su­mantran, Vice Chair­man of Ashok Ley­land, says: “We are pleased to an­nounce this co­op­er­a­tion with Saab and to­gether we are able to of­fer the In­dian de­fence forces, state-of-the-art air de­fence sys­tems based on proven tech­nolo­gies. Saab is a rec- og­nised tech­nol­ogy leader and in the BAMSE Saab has a very ad­vanced and ca­pa­ble sys­tem. Ashok Ley­land has a proven track record of serv­ing the mo­bil­ity needs of the In­dian armed forces for over three decades. Our Su­per-Stal­lion 8x8 plat­form will of­fer the best com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity”.

The com­plete SRSAM sys­tem in­cludes the GI­RAFFE AMB, a pow­er­ful 3D sur­veil­lance radar and com­mand and con­trol sys­tem in­tended for short and medium-range ground based air de­fence and the BAMSE MCC mis­sile launcher with six ready-to-fire mis­siles.

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