Saab, Wipro tie up for land-based protection systems

September 15th, 2011 - 11:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Swedish defence firm Saab and Indian software and infrastructure engineering giant Wipro Limited have signed a teaming agreement to jointly pursue opportunities for land-based active protection system (APS) in the Indian market.

Under the agreement, Wipro will manufacture, deliver and market Saab’s entire suite of land electronic defence systems in India.

“The land electronic defence system (LEDS) provides active protection to light and medium combat vehicles as well as to main battle tanks against engagement by weapons like the rocket propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles, mortars and artillery shells.

“In this association, Saab brings in the technological knowhow and Wipro supports in aligning this to the Indian requirements,” a press release issued here Thursday said.

The agreement announcement was made by Saab’s senior vice president and head of electronic defence systems business Micael Johansson and Wipro Infrastructure engineering president Pratik Kumar at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) 2011 being held in London.

“Wipro and Saab will jointly pursue opportunities for LEDS in India with Indian defence establishments and original equipment manufactures. Wipro will be involved in the development, adaptation and integration of the LEDS equipment and software for Indian customers.

“The components will be developed, manufactured and systems integrated by Wipro to address the Indian market for land based APS systems. There is also the possibility of Saab leveraging the India advantage to market these systems manufactured by Wipro internationally as well,” the release said.

The partnership will include sourcing of components from India, transfer of technology to Wipro and the manufacture and integration of APS by Wipro in India.

The agreement is a continuation of an earlier memorandum of understanding signed in 2008 and 2010, and a consulting agreement earlier in 2011 between the two companies to address the Indian survivability technology market and Saab’s usage of Wipro competences in the LEDS development.

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