Saab-Adani JV: beyond the Gripen
The joint venture between Saab and the Adani Group will address a broad portfolio of programmes including UAVs and helicopters for the Indian armed forces, besides the key programme for supply of Gripen multi-role fighters for the Indian Air Force. Asish Rajvanshi, head of Adani Group’s Defence and Aerospace division, said focus of the joint venture was on development of “foundational capabilities” to produce a wide-range of products in the aerospace sector for the domestic as well as export markets. On 1 September, Saab and the Adani Group formally announced their collaboration at a high level function in New Delhi, where Saab’s Håkan Bushke and Gautam Adani were together.
Chairman and Managing Director of Saab Group’s India operation Jan Widerstrom has re-iterated the JV was not only for the Gripen but there were other areas, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), military helicopters and various other aerospace components and equipment with a broad focus on developing a world-class ecosystem for the aerospace sector in India.