BAE Systems has down-selected
Mahindra as its business partner for the proposed in-country Assembly,
Integration & Test (AIT) facility for the M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer. Mahindra
Aerospace and Defence Sector has led the Mahindra Group’s foray into utility
aircraft and aero structure manufacturing since 2008. The Mahindra Group also
has a major presence in India’s passenger and commercial vehicle segments.
India and the United States
are in discussions for a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 145 M777A2 LW155
howitzers for the Indian Army. BAE Systems looks forward to working with
Mahindra in the coming weeks to finalise details of this AIT facility and to
negotiate the terms of its contractual arrangement, said a press release issued
by BAE Systems.
In 2015, the Company developed and submitted a
US Government-supported proposal offering a higher degree of indigenisation on
the M777 weapon system. The highlight of this is the commitment to establish
AIT capabilities in India in partnership with a domestic Indian company.
The selection follows a
detailed assessment of Mahindra’s ability to fulfil the requirements and
provide the best value to the M777 India programme, and in the future, grow its
capability as a strategic partner for BAE Systems in India.
Dr. Joe Senftle, Vice
President & General Manager, Weapon Systems, BAE Systems Inc., “As a
founding partner of defence manufacturing in India, BAE Systems is pleased to
partner with Mahindra on our offer to develop an Assembly, Integration and Test
facility in India. The facility is a fundamental part of the M777 production
line. A domestic Assembly, Integration
and Test facility will enable the Indian Army to access maintenance, spares and
support for the M777 locally. We will continue to support the two Governments
to progress to contract agreement so that we may begin the process of ‘Make in
India’ for M777.”
“Mahindra and BAE Systems
share the same values and common vision towards ‘Make in India’. BAE Systems is
one of the largest defence companies globally and we could not have a better
partner. M777 will give our Defence Forces a much needed operational advantage
and an access to state of art technology. Mahindra M777 facility will also
ensure that the life cycle support is available locally thereby enhancing
operational availability of the guns. We look forward to making a major
contribution to our Defence Forces and economy of India” said SP Shukla, Group
President, Mahindra Defence & Aerospace, Mahindra Group.
About Mahindra Aerospace and Defence Sector
Mahindra Aerospace has led the
Mahindra Group’s foray into utility aircraft and aero structure manufacturing
since 2008. Its utility aircraft business, based in Australia, currently
produces the Airvan 8, the most capable, rugged and versatile utility aircraft
in its class. Certified in 38 countries, over 200 are in service. Mahindra
Aerospace is also developing a 10-seat turboprop, the Airvan 10
Mahindra Defence has companies
engaged in catering to needs of all three wings of Defence forces –Army,
Airforce and Navy and para military forces. The product range includes armoured
vehicles, underwater warfare equipment, simulators, radars and surveillance
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems provides some of
the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. The company employs a skilled
workforce of 83,400 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local
partners, it develops, engineers, manufactures and supports products and
systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people,
and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.
Source: BAE Systems
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