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world repor t EUROPEAN JOINT VENTURES TAKE OFF IN INDIA In the last month, two European companies – Sweden’s Saab and Germany’s Cassidian – have joined numerous other western countries pursuing joint ventures in India. With billions in planned military purchases upcoming, the India has been the hot area for foreign companies looking for new opportunities in what seems to be a shrinking global defense market. Thus the joint venture, which ensures in-country technology assistance for India while giving western companies a foot in the door, has become the partnership of choice as companies work to capitalize on the lucrative possibilities of India’s planned spending spree. A big part of that spree includes the opportunity to win India’s new Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition, which under current plans includes the purchase of 126 new fighter aircraft and is worth about $10 billion. Six companies – Boeing, Dassault, Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin, Mikoyan and Saab – are in the race for the contract, which should see a short list revealed by April and contract awarded by December, according to recent reports. Saab, perhaps hoping to position itself for the MMRCA, not only entered into a joint venture with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to manufacture jointly an airborne electronic warfare system, but also announced plans to build a research and development center in the country. Both were announced at Aero India last month. The research and development center allows Saab to co-develop technologies in India and is described as part of Saab’s future offerings for the world market. The center is set to employ 100-300 Indian engineers and has been slated to open in the next six months. The joint venture with HAL would allow the two companies to cooperate on a new system for India’s Dhruv light helicopter, which currently carries Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) as a result of a contract awarded in January 2009. The new system would be exportable to other countries. Though it was reported initially that this deal would cause Saab to close its South African production line for the Dhruv EW systems, company spokespeople later said that this information was incorrect. Saab’s ownership in the joint venture is 26 percent – which is the current maximum allowed for foreign direct investment. Though recent calls by Indian defense companies and published reports have recommended that the Indian government allow for even more investment by increasing foreign ownership levels to 49 percent, no action has been taken. Meanwhile, Cassidian (formerly EADS Defence & Security) has joined forces with the Mumbai-based engineering firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to form a new joint venture aimed specifically at electronic warfare, as well as radar, avionics and mobile systems. Cassidian maintains the maximum 26 percent in the joint venture, though in the release regarding the agreement, Cassidian CEO Bernd Wenzler seemed to suggest that the low percentage may be limiting to the company. “Our joint venture is proof of our commitment to India,” Wenzler said in the company’s press release. “Cassidian would like to establish an Indian industrial base for our European technologies with the development of a long term partnership. We are prepared to bring additional capabilities into the JV company after the Indian laws allow an increase of shares up to 49 percent.” The new Cassidian/L&T joint venture will be based in Talegaon and Bengaluru, where Cassidian opened a new engineering center in mid February. – E. Richardson 26 The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2011 IN BRIEF ❍ The NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) has published a request for information (RFI) addressing a possible future acquisition of remote control improvised explosive device (RCIED) jammers. The NC3A is seeking programmable man-pack, vehicle-mounted and fixed-site systems that can operate from 20 MHz to 3 GHz with active and/or reactive jamming capabilities. The NC3A point of contact is Ms. Rebecca Benson, +32-(0)-2-707-8328, ❍ The Australian Government has given First Pass approval for Project SEA 1448 Phase 4A, an electronic support system upgrade for the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC-Class frigates. The program will either upgrade or replace the CENTAUR ES systems currently installed on the ships. Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation is expected to issue a solicitation within the next two years. The program point of contact is the Director of Maritime EW Systems Program Office, +61 (02) 6265-1624. ❍ The Czech Air Force has evaluated Selex Galileo’s SEER digital radar warning receiver on an L159 fighter. Currently, the Czech Air Force uses the company’s Sky Guardian RWR on its L159s. The Royal Malaysian Air Force recently tested SEER on its Hawk fighter-trainer aircraft. ❍ MC Countermeasures (Kanata, Ontario, Canada) entered into a memorandum of understanding with EWAS Technology Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore, India) to explore joint business opportunities in India. MC Countermeasures develops radar jamming software for EW test and radar operator training applications. EWAS develops and manufactures EW subsystems and operational support tools. a

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