BDL and MBDA Are Establishing Facility for Final Assembly
Hyderabad, 17 Aug (Maxim News): Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and MBDA are establishing a facility for the Final Assembly, Integration and Test (FAIT) of Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) missiles in India.
BDL and MBDA, UK today signed a licencing agreement to establish the manufacturing facility in India. The agreement was signed by Shri NP Diwakar, Director (Technical), from BDL and Mr George Kyriakides, International Industrial Cooperation Director from MBDA in the presence of Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd), CMD, BDL at a virtual ceremony. Shri P. Radhakrishna, Director (Production), BDL, Shri N Srinivasulu, Director (Finance), BDL and senior officials of both the companies were also present on the occasion.
Under the licensing agreement, MBDA will transfer the equipment and knowledge to BDL for establishing the facility. Work on establishing this capability in India is due to start immediately and is expected to commence operations by the year 2022-23.
Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd), CMD, BDL stated that signing of the licencing agreement reinforces the Company’s commitment to contribute towards ‘Make in India’ and the ‘Atmanirbhar’ initiatives of Government of India in the Defence sector. ASRAAM is one of the Within Visual Range missiles available and BDL will be manufacturing these at its Bhanur Unit for the domestic and export in future through MBDA. The new facility will provide India with the ability to carry out final assembly, integration and test of ASRAAM missiles. BDL has been endeavouring to enter into tie-up with foreign OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) in pursuit of its expansion programme. The agreement signed with MBDA today, is one such effort, which will go a long way in further strengthening the collaboration, which BDL has with MBDA for its various missile programmes.