General Dynamics focuses on India’s defence market

February 5th, 2009 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) Eyeing India’s Rs.1.4 trillion ($30 billion) military hardware pie, US-based, General Dynamics, a global leader in providing defence-related information and communication systems, combat vehicles, munitions, weapon systems, special-mission aircraft and commercial space-related systems, Thursday announced the opening of its liaison office here.”The liaison office will provide assistance and information to potential Indian customers as well as facilitate meetings among representatives of General Dynamics, the government of India and potential partners,” a company statement said.

Speaking on the occasion, William O. Schmieder, General Dynamics vice president (International) said: “As India addresses its future defence and security requirements, General Dynamics is eager to become a partner in meeting the needs of the Indian armed forces and other elements of the government of India and identify opportunities where our expertise may be of value in meeting India’s objectives.

“Our office in India will provide local representation and pursue opportunities to supply defence-related products and services to the government of India,” Schmieder added.

Newly appointed country head Subimal Bhattacharjee, a widely recognized expert on cyber security and critical infrastructure protection, will direct the liaison office.

“He will have responsibility for supporting the full range of General Dynamics business pursuits in India,” the statement said.

“He will work to establish a strong local presence and working relationships with the Indian government and forge industry partnerships to strengthen General Dynamics’ ability to pursue business opportunities in India,” it added.

“General Dynamics is currently pursuing opportunities in India in the areas of communications, specialized vehicles for the defence and paramilitary forces, armaments, ammunition, rugged computing, naval systems and special mission aircraft,” the statement said.

The $29 billion company has four main business segments, the largest of which is the Information Systems and Technology group. This group provides systems integration expertise, hardware and software products and support services in three principal markets: tactical and strategic mission systems, information technology and mission services, and intelligence mission systems.

Among the company’s notable products are the US Army’s M1 Abrams main battle tank, Stryker infantry combat vehicle, the US Marine Corps’ expeditionary fighting vehicle, Virginia-class submarines, the littoral combat ship, the TAK-E combat-logistics ship and the Gulfstream business jet.

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, the company employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide.

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