Pa­tria and Kongs­berg in com­bat ve­hi­cle and weapon sys­tem pro­gramme in the Mid­dle East


Ateam of se­nior Lock­heed Martin ex­ec­u­tives led by Pa­trick De­war, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Lock­heed Martin In­ter­na­tional, vis­ited the Tata-Lock­heed Martin Aerostruc­tures Limited (TLMAL) fa­cil­ity in Hy­der­abad on Jan­uary 21, 2015, to in­spect the C130-Js as well as to tour the TLMAL site. Set up in 2012, TLMAL man­u­fac­tures air­frame com­po­nents for the global sup­ply chain of the C-130J Su­per Her­cules. TLMAL was the win­ner in the best joint ven­ture cat­e­gory at the 2013 Aerospace & De­fense Awards. Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems holds a 74 per cent stake in the joint ven­ture, with Lock­heed Martin hold­ing the re­main­ing 26 per cent stake.

“This is our first JV in In­dia, and it has strength­ened our re­la­tion­ship with the In­dian De­fense cus­tomers as well as re­in­forced our com­mit­ment and part­ner­ship with In­dian in­dus­try,” said De­war. “We are ex­tremely pleased with the role Tata has played in en­sur­ing

Pa­tria and Kongs­berg have an­nounced a team­ing agree­ment to pur­sue to­gether a ma­jor com­bat ve­hi­cle and weapon sys­tem pro­gramme in the Mid­dle East re­gion. Pa­tria is the mar­ket leader of mod­ern 8 x 8 wheeled ar­moured ve­hi­cles and tur­reted 120mm mor­tar sys­tems with strong sales track record. Both Pa­tria AMV 8 x 8 wheeled ar­moured ve­hi­cle and Nemo 120mm tur­reted mor­tar are al­ready in use in the Mid­dle East.

Pa­tria AMV 8 x 8 is cur­rently in com­mis­sion by seven na­tions in wide range of en­vi­ron­ments. The ve­hi­cle is com­bat proven in the real mission en­vi­ron­ment. Kongs­berg of­fers prod­ucts and sys­tems for re­motely con­trolled weapon sys­tems, com­mand and con­trol, weapons guid­ance, com­mu­ni­ca­tions so­lu­tions and mis­siles. The two com­pa­nies make a strong team to­gether and will now de­velop their so­lu­tion fur­ther to meet the fu­ture cus­tomer needs.

“To­gether with Kongs­berg we are a strong com­peti­tor with out­stand­ing per­for­mance, skills and so­lu­tions, en­abling us to of­fer the state-of-the-art sys­tems for next gen­er­a­tion sol­diers”, says Mika Kari, Pres­i­dent of Pa­tria’s land busi­ness unit.

“This is a strate­gic part­ner­ship – com­bin­ing each com­pany’s unique strengths and ex­per­tise as well as our best prac­tices means we can build even bet­ter so­lu­tions to fu­ture mar­kets”, says Espen Hen­rik­sen, Pres­i­dent of Kongs­berg Protech Sys­tems.

Pat De­war (fourth from left) with Tata and Lock­heed Martin ex­ec­u­tives at the TLMAL fa­cil­ity in Hy­der­abad

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