Raytheon, TASL to co-pro­duce Stinger mis­sile com­po­nents


Raytheon Com­pany signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with In­dia’s Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited (TASL) to en­gage in co-pro­duc­tion of Stinger air de­fence mis­sile com­po­nents. “Our agree­ment with Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems deep­ens our in­dus­trial part­ner­ship in In­dia with a global tech­nol­ogy leader and will ex­pand the range of op­tions and ca­pa­bil­i­ties for US and coali­tion forces to achieve their mis­sions,” said Duane Gooden, Vice Pres­i­dent, Raytheon Land War­fare Sys­tems.

As part of the new pact, TASL could pro­duce com­po­nents of the Stinger mis­sile in In­dia. Stinger has both sur­face-to- air and air-to-air ap­pli­ca­tions against a va­ri­ety of air­borne tar­gets.

“This col­lab­o­ra­tion with Raytheon is in keep­ing with other part­ner­ships that TASL has with global lead­ers in the de­fence and aerospace sec­tor. We look for­ward to be­com­ing a key con­trib­u­tor to the Stinger mis­sile for In­dia,” said Sukaran Singh, CEO and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of TASL.

“We will seek to ex­pand our re­la­tion­ship to other mis­sile sys­tems and tech­nolo­gies, and con­trib­ute to the pro­gres­sive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive to ad­dress mul­ti­ple ob­jec­tives of the gov­ern­ment, such as value ad­di­tion, em­ploy­ment, and con­trol over key tech­nolo­gies,” added Singh. In 2016, In­dia was one of three in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers to or­der Stinger mis­siles. In­dia will equip its AH-64 Apache at­tack he­li­copters soon to en­ter ser­vice with the In­dian Air Force.”

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