Air­bus D&S awarded periscope main­te­nance fa­cil­ity for In­dia

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

Air­bus De­fence and Space’s Op­tron­ics business unit and the In­dian Min­istry of De­fence have signed a 13 mil­lion Euro con­tract for the de­liv­ery of a periscope main­te­nance fa­cil­ity in Delhi. The ded­i­cated fa­cil­ity will be for the main­te­nance and re­pair of all of In­dia’s sub­ma­rine fleet periscopes and is due to be com­pleted in Septem­ber 2016.

The main­te­nance fa­cil­ity con­tract demon­strates Air­bus De­fence and Space’s com­mit­ment to not only sup­ply sys­tems and tech­nolo­gies to cus­tomers, but also to equip them with the nec­es­sary op­er­a­tional main­te­nance ca­pa­bil­ity. Har­ald Hansen, Di­rec­tor Business De­vel­op­ment Sea at Air­bus De­fence and Space’s Op­tron­ics business unit, said: “When a prod­uct is ser­viced, a lot of time is lost dur­ing the trans­port be­tween dif­fer­ent fa­cil­i­ties. Once main­te­nance work can be done lo­cally, the op­er­a­tors can speed up this process and en­hance the op­er­a­tional readi­ness of the In­dian fleet.”

The es­tab­lish­ment of the periscope main­te­nance fa­cil­ity and the train­ing of tech­ni­cians from the In­dian Navy in Ger­many and In­dia can be seen as a first step in es­tab­lish­ing an in-coun­try ser­vice ca­pa­bil­ity for fu­ture naval op­er­a­tions. For the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the fa­cil­ity, Air­bus De­fence and Space is part­ner­ing with the Tata Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices and H&H Pre­ci­sion Pvt Ltd.

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