In­dra of­fers In­dia cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies

Some of the most cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy is made by Span­ish com­pa­nies such as In­dra. Right now, In­dia is hun­gry for the best sys­tems, and In­dra, ac­cord­ing to Vic­tor Munoz Tor­res, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, In­dra In­dia, has the req­ui­site where­withal in terms of sk


SP’s M.A.I. (SP’s): Could you briefly in­tro­duce your ac­tiv­i­ties? Vic­tor Munoz Tor­res (Tor­res): In­dra with its head­quar­ters in Madrid, Spain, is a global com­pany whose strength lies in its tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tion and talent. It is a leading firm that pro­vides world class, value added so­lu­tions and ser­vices to sec­tors such as de­fence, air traf­fic man­age­ment, home­land se­cu­rity, trans­port and traf­fic, en­ergy and in­dus­try, pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion and health care, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and me­dia. We cur­rently have 42,000 skilled pro­fes­sion­als, sub­sidiaries in 45 coun­tries and ex­e­cut­ing so­phis­ti­cated projects in 128 coun­tries in­clud­ing In­dia. While roughly 40 per cent of the com­pany’s busi­ness comes from Europe, the re­main­ing is from coun­tries in the other re­gions and con­ti­nents world­wide. Our of­fer­ing in­cludes 67 per cent ‘So­lu­tions’ where we ‘Think and Build’ and 33 per cent is ‘Ser­vices’, where we ‘Op­er­ate’. The com­pany’s turnover in 2013 was 3,000 mil­lion euro. SP’s: Since when has the com­pany been in In­dia and what has been the growth? Tor­res: In­dra started its pres­ence in In­dia in 2007, with a con­tract for de­sign­ing and co-pro­duc­tion of Elec­tronic War­fare Sys­tems with a de­fence pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ing (DPSU) for the In­dian Navy. This was fol­lowed by more sim­i­lar projects. In­dra Sis­temas In­dia Pvt Ltd, which is a wholly-owned sub­sidiary of In­dra, was in­cor­po­rated in March 2009. Since then, we have won con­tracts in many ar­eas in the air traf­fic man­age­ment sec­tor. In­dra has been awarded the au­to­ma­tion of air traf­fic con­trol (ATC) sys­tems at 38 air­ports man­aged by the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) fol­lowed by a con­tract for nine sec­ondary sur­veil­lance radars and ATC train­ing sim­u­la­tors at four metro air­ports—Delhi, Mum­bai, Chen­nai and Kolkata. The lat­est in line is the award of pres­ti­gious project for sup­ply, in­stal­la­tion and com­mis­sion of au­to­ma­tion sys­tem at the Kolkata Air­port. SP’s: There is men­tion that In­dra is the sec­ond big­gest com­pany in Europe when it comes to in­vest­ment in R&D. Are you look­ing at In­dia as a place where R&D could hap­pen, con­sid­er­ing the talent pool avail­able here? Tor­res: At In­dra, we are pas­sion­ate about what we do. We have in­depth knowl­edge about our client’s needs, and we make the seem­ingly most dif­fi­cult things look easy. The com­pany’s long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to in­no­va­tion has al­lowed us to im­prove our com- pe­t­i­tive­ness year af­ter year and con­tinue to main­tain our pro­file as a com­pany with sus­tain­able growth. In fact, the com­pany in­vests be­tween 6 per cent and 8 per cent of rev­enue in in­no­va­tion per year (more than €550 mil­lion in the last three years) and has car­ried out 270 R&D&I projects.

As the Am­bas­sador of Spain has men­tioned in his in­ter­view re­cently, some of the most cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy is made by Span­ish com­pa­nies such as In­dra. In­dia is a very fast de­vel­op­ing coun­try. She is hun­gry for the best sys­tems, has the req­ui­site where­withal in terms of skilled hu­man and man­u­fac­tur­ing re­sources, and there is a vast po­ten­tial for solid part­ner­ship. We, from In­dra, are keen to part­ner with the In­dian in­dus­try, the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), etc and since the tech­nol­ogy that we can of­fer has been de­vel­oped by us, we have no hes­i­ta­tion what­so­ever to of­fer the lat­est to In­dia. SP’s: Could you in­di­cate what is your break­through in de­fence in In­dia, what prod­ucts and so­lu­tions would you of­fer to In­dia? Tor­res: In­dra has vast ex­per­tise in de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of de­fence and se­cu­rity sys­tems. Over 3,400 km of the Span­ish land and sea borders are guarded and most of the land, air and sea plat­forms of the Min­istry of De­fence in Spain and other NATO forces are pro­tected with In­dra tech­nol­ogy. We have a com­plete range of so­lu­tions for de­fence needs that in­clude elec­tronic war­fare, radar sys­tems, air de­fence, C4I, sen­sors and elec­tro-op­tics, sim­u­la­tors for all types of land, air and sea plat­forms, space, ILS, CBRN, UAVs, etc.

In In­dia, we al­ready have a work­share agree­ment with a DPSU for de­sign and sup­ply of EW sys­tems for the In­dian Army and Navy. We also have the con­tract for a pres­ti­gious SAT­COM project for the In­dian Min­istry of De­fence (MoD). Be­sides, we have col­lab­o­ra­tion ar­range­ments with some leading In­dian pri­vate in­dus­tries as well. Other fields where we are ag­gres­sively par­tic­i­pat­ing in­clude radars, CBRN and sim­u­la­tion sys­tems. SP’s: Would you be look­ing at In­dia as a tech­nol­ogy part­ner and in­vest ac­cord­ingly in a joint ven­ture? Tor­res: Yes, we see In­dia as a very big mar­ket where we can pro­vide niche tech­nol­ogy to meet the re­quire­ments of the clients. So far, we have been op­er­at­ing on col­lab­o­ra­tion and trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy ba­sis. But given an ap­pro­pri­ate op­por­tu­nity and busi­ness case, we are open to start a joint ven­ture in In­dia in the fu­ture.

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