Within a year of its incorporation, L&T (India’s multinational engineering conglomerate) and its joint venture European defence partner MBDA (a world leader in missiles and missile systems) to meet the missile requirements of the Indian Armed forces.
In fact, the JV of L&T and MBDA have already participated in various RFIs on missile systems by the three services – Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and is also preparing to participate in various ‘Make’ category projects.
“Our long-standing commitment to India’s defence program is evident in our approach to offer best in class technology solutions. The L&T-MBDA joint venture has been working proactively to make available advanced missiles and missile systems catering to the needs of the Indian defence forces. We look forward to showcasing some of these offerings at the global defence industry exhibition Defexpo 2018,” said Mr. J. D. Patil, Senior Executive Vice President and Whole-time Director, L&T.
The JV was incorporated on 05th April 2017 as an Indian Company. L&T holds 51% and MBDA holds 49% equity in the joint venture company fully complying with India’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy norms for a Defence Manufacturing Company.
The RFI’s responded to by the L&T-MBDA JV for meeting requirements of missile systems to address Indian Armed Forces’ operational requirements includes the 5th Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM 5) for the Indian Armed Forces.
This is the only 5th generation ATGM missile with substantially advanced features vis-à-vis other 3rd and 4th generation ATGM missiles.
In fact, ATGM5 is making its public debut at Defexpo 2018, where a model of the missile will be displayed on the L&T MBDA stand and where its operational advantages will be demonstrated using a fully functional simulator.
The missile is offered under the Buy (Indian – IDDM) procurement category for the Indian Armed Force. The other RFI for which the JV has participated in is for the Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM). For this, the JV has offered the latest in surface to air missile technologies under the Buy and Make (Indian) Category for the Naval Surface Platforms requirements of the Indian Navy. The JV is also in the race for supplying the Medium Range Anti-Ship Missile System and has offered the latest generation anti-ship missile system under the Buy and Make (Indian) Category for the Naval Surface Platforms requirements of the Indian Navy.
The L&T MBDA JV that has showcased its capabilities at the Defexpo 2018 at Chennai (in Hall 8, Stand 1.5A) is clearly leveraging its strong parentage to bring in world class guided weapon systems technology for the Indian Armed Forces under the ‘Make in India’ initiative
A senior company official at the L&T stall said the joint venture is targeting opportunities under the ‘Buy (Indian – IDDM)’, ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ and ‘Make’ categories of defence procurement.
“For over 50 successful years our strategy has been one of true partnership with the Indian Armed Forces and Indian industry. The JV offers the Indian Armed Forces the flexibility of choice regarding the timely acquisition of key operational capabilities, coupled with the optimized means of acquiring and mastering the very latest and most advanced guided weapon systems technology currently available anywhere in the world,” said Loïc Piedevache, India Country Head, MBDA.