Saab Speak: “Every­one wins - when we Make in In­dia”

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - News -

In­dia’s vi­sion for the de­fence and aero­space in­dus­try is clear: Make in In­dia is the fu­ture, so that In­dia can re­duce im­port of de­fence equip­ment, be­come more self-suf­fi­cient and ex­port more to other na­tions.

But what does Make in In­dia re­ally mean? We could look at Make in In­dia as talk­ing about man­u­fac­tur­ing com­po­nents and do­ing fi­nal in­te­gra­tion of sys­tems. We could talk about trans­fer­ring old assem­bly lines from for­eign coun­tries, and putting to­gether kits in In­dia. But Swe­den, and Saab, see part­ner­ships quite dif­fer­ently.

When it comes to in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion in any part­ner coun­try, Saab al­ways chooses to ex­pand the de­bate – so that both coun­tries lever­age their strengths and gain in skill de­vel­op­ment, de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of sys­tems, and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion. Ac­cord­ingly, Saab sees Make in In­dia as a way to make In­dia’s de­fence in­dus­try the cen­tre of the next tech­nol­ogy rev­o­lu­tion in De­fence. This would mean look­ing at not just assem­bly, but at ca­pa­bil­ity de­vel­op­ment at all lev­els. In­clud­ing sys­tem and sub-sys­tem re­search, de­sign and de­vel­op­ment; com­po­nent and sys­tem man­u­fac­tur­ing; qual­ity & pro­cesses; in­te­gra­tion; and fi­nally, sup­port and MRO – so In­dia’s armed forces don’t have to look abroad to re­pair sys­tems, but to get them back on the field and in the skies quickly.

Such ca­pa­bil­ity de­vel­op­ment will en­sure that in the com­ing decades, In­dia is not sim­ply li­cence pro­duc­ing for­eign fighters and mis­sile sys­tems, but is de­sign­ing and de­vel­op­ing its own plat­forms that com­pete with the best in the world.

Saab’s Make in In­dia vi­sion, for sys­tems such as Gripen air­craft, Saab’s AESA fighter radar and RBS 70 NG VSHORAD and BAMSE SRSAM mis­sile sys­tems, fo­cuses on ca­pa­bil­ity de­vel­op­ment from day one. It in­volves trans­fer of crit­i­cal lat­est­gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy to In­dian in­dus­try. It in­volves work­ing closely with In­dian part­ner com­pa­nies and sup­pli­ers at all lev­els, to de­sign and de­velop the most ad­vanced sys­tems and sub-sys­tems in In­dia. It in­volves re­search and de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ships be­tween In­dian and Swedish uni­ver­si­ties. It in­volves in­tro­duc­ing the world’s most strin­gent yet pro­fi­cient pro­cesses and qual­ity sys­tems that will en­able In­dia to de­sign, de­velop, pro­duce and sup­port fu­ture de­fence plat­forms - that are then ex­ported to the rest of the world.

Saab is not new to In­dia. In 2016, it cel­e­brated forty years of part­ner­ship with In­dia’s armed forces and in­dus­try, through a tech­nol­ogy part­ner­ship with the Ord­nance Fac­tory Board on the Carl Gustaf Sys­tem, a part­ner­ship that is still go­ing very strong.

Saab to­day, works with some ex­tremely pro­fi­cient In­dian com­pa­nies such as Tech Mahin­dra on an R&D col­lab­o­ra­tion in Hy­der­abad, do­ing de­vel­op­ment work on the Gripen E and the next gen­er­a­tion Carl Gustaf sys­tem; with Ae­qus, with whom Saab have a joint ven­ture that man­u­fac­tures aerostruc­ture as­sem­bles in Bel­gaum; Mahin­dra Aero­space, CIM Tools and Tata Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als on com­mer­cial aerostruc­tures com­po­nents, Elcome In­te­grated Sys­tems, on the Na­tional Au­to­matic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem, which is pro­tect­ing 7,500 km of In­dia’s coast­line against un­known ves­sels; Ashok Ley­land on trucks for Saab’s BAMSE SRSAM mis­sile sys­tem, and on truck sim­u­la­tors for the In­dian Army; and Bharat Forge, who is Saab’s main part­ner in In­dia for some of key mis­sile pro­grammes.

A grow­ing part­ner­ship be­tween Swe­den and In­dia is go­ing to greatly ben­e­fit both coun­tries – and help jointly de­velop the aero­space and de­fence sys­tems that will set the global stan­dard in the decades to come. Saab has an ex­ten­sive blue­print pre­pared for cus­tomis­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and fur­ther de­vel­op­ing the world’s most ad­vanced com­bat air­craft, the Gripen E, in In­dia, with In­dian com­pa­nies. This will ex­pand R& D ini­tia­tives in In­dia, given the suc­cess of cur­rent de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions in In­dia. It aims to build the world-class air de­fence sys­tems, the BAMSE SRSAM, the RBS 70 NG VSHORAD sys­tem and the path­break­ing anti-ship mis­sile sys­tem – the RBS15 Mk3 – in In­dia.

Saab wants to do all this in part­ner­ship with In­dian in­dus­try.

Be­cause Indo- Swedish Aero­space & De­fence sys­tems should be the best in the world.

That is why Saab will Make in In­dia.

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