Sweden‘s Saab Group and India’s Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd., gear up to win the Indian Army’s $2 billion surface-to-air missile contract. Even though the joint venture between the two companies has not yet been finalized, the transfer of technology has begun for the air defense missile system called the BAMSE SRSAM, an all-weather operational Automatic Command-to-Line-of-Sight missile system with unjammable missile guidance. It is designed for flexible usage both for stand-alone operations as well as in a network with other sensors and weapon systems.
Under this program, 52 Ashok Leyland 8/8 Super Stallion trucks will be fitted with Saab’s Eagle radar that will be used to track enemy radars, while two more such trucks will be mounted with Saab’s Giraffe radar, which has the capability to target and shoot, reports BusinessLine. The production line will likely be set up in Satara, in the western state of Maharashtra.
Bo Almqvist, who heads Saab’s air defense systems, told BusinessLine, “We have a long-term commitment based on Make in India for maintenance and research and development of future generations.”