Israel Aerospace Industries announced Wednesday (February 6) the signing of what it called strategic contracts with leading Indian companies, thus expanding its cooperation with partners in India.
The Israeli company will cooperate with Indian firms in the production of various advanced strategic systems for the country's defense establishment in accordance with the "Make in India" initiative that the Indian government is leading.
The contracts were signed on the sidelines of DefExpo, India's largest defense exhibition, in the city of Lucknow.
In the framework of activity in the field of air defense, IAI and the Indian state-run company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which the two companies will cooperate and establish a service and maintenance center for air defense systems around India.
"The center will supply maintenance and technical support to the three arms of the Indian military: the air force, the navy and the ground forces. The cooperation broadens the existing cooperation between the companies, and is intended to provide a long-range solution for IAI-produced air defense systems in India as well as other systems that will enter operational service in the various corps," the company explained.
As part of its activity in the field of drones, IAI signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Indian companies Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Dynamatic Technologies Limited (DTL).
"This agreement", IAI pointed out, "will display existing abilities that IAI developed over the years in the field of UAVs, and will promote the production of the Indian UAV, in accordance with the Indian government's 'Make in India' policy. The strategic partnership with Indian companies will give IAI the opportunity to fulfill the needs of the local customer in an optimal manner, due to its familiarity with the technologies and relevant needs of the customer."
In addition, the company said, IAI established an MRO body for drone systems in India, with local cooperation, to supply the customer with rapid responses and quick maintenance.
Moshe Levy, IAI executive vice president and general manager of the company's Military Aircraft Group, said "We are delighted to sign the strategic agreements with our partners, HAL and DTL. India is an important strategic partner for UAVs and I am confident that the combination of IAI's extensive experience and the technological the abilities of HAL and DTL will lead to significant advancements in the field."
Boaz Levy, IAI executive vice president and general manager of the company's Systems, Missiles and Space group, also commented on the agreements that were signed, saying, "The memorandum of understanding marks the continuation of cooperation and the deepening of ties with BEL. This partnership will complete IAI's ability to provide solutions for air defense systems in India, and provide an optimal solution in real time and in the field with our partners and customers in India. This cooperation is strategic for IAI and its customers. We hope to expand it in the future."