Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL), a subsidiary of Bharat Forge Limited, will expand its partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries
(IAI). The two companies
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on this as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel earlier this week.
The new MOU covers the establishment of a maintenance centre for select advanced air defence systems in Hyderabad. The two companies
have also agreed on expanding their joint operations for development, manufacturing, and marketing of precision ammunition systems. In February 2017, IAI had inked an MOU with KSSL on establishing a joint-venture that will develop, build, market, and manufacture select air defence systems and light-weight special-purpose munitions, in accordance with the Indian Government's 'Make in India' policy.
Bharat Forge Limited Chairman and MD Baba Kalyani said, "It augments the group's efforts in developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art indigenous systems in niche technology areas of defence sector in India."
IAI President and CEO Joseph Weiss said, "India has been IAI’s partner for many years as well as a key market for us. The Indian government's 'Make in India' initiative requires international companies
to rethink their operations in India. The changes in India have not gone unnoticed by IAI. We have been revamping all of our operations in India and believe that together with our partners in the Kalyani group, we will preserve our position in India for both countries' continued growth."
The partnership will combine IAI's development capabilities and expertise in air defence and missiles with Kalyani’s advanced production and technological capabilities. The establishment of a local maintenance centre will offer the best technical and operational support to customers in India while implementing the 'Make in India' initiative.