BAE Systems has taken a lead in India’s defence industry with 120 of M777 guns to be assembled, integrated and tested in partnership with the country’s leading group Mahindra Defence, Dave Armstrong, the Group Business Development Director, said underlining commitment to the market.
“In our total relationship across the M777, we have over 60 business involved with over 50% in the SMEs,” said Armstrong, of the 145-gun order with the Indian Defence Ministry, 25 of which have been delivered.
Speaking at the MoU signing between Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers and UK India Business Council at the DefExpo 2020 held in Lucknow 5-8 Feb 2020, Armstrong highlighted BAE Systems’ 40 years of commitment to India.
“Ninety-nine of the 123 Hawks delivered to the Indian Air Force were assembled, integrated and tested by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in India,” he pointed out.
Partnering with India and doing industrial cooperation is not new to BAE Systems, he said of partnership with HAL, a part of the Indian Defence Public Sector Undertakings that are leading the development of indigenous industry along with foreign expertise.
“Our partnership extends across all the major players in the industry. We have great relationship with Mahindra and Tata to name a few,” highlighted Armstrong.
Going forward, BAE Systems has selected Lucknow-based PTC Industries Ltd, or Precision Technology Casting, to work in India since 2018.
“In that way BAE Systems is prepared to invest in PTC that we see something which is enduring,” he said of his group’s commitment to the manufacturer of titanium products right in the Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor, one of the corridors for building defence industry. The other is Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor.
“We identify PTC having the core capability to provide the titanium skill that we need to make the lightweight howitzer.