‘In The Long Term, we are Looking for Technology Transfer for In-Depth Manufacturing in Critical Technology Areas’
Joint managing director and chief operating officer, domestic operations, Rolta India Ltd, Atul D. Tayal    

Joint managing director and chief operating officer,domestic operations, Rolta India Ltd, Atul D. Tayal 
How was DefExpo 2012? What areas of your business drew most attention?
It was an excellent opportunity for networking with large number of users/customers, global OEMs, PSUs and Indian industries. Optronics, military communications, particularly TCS solutions, C2 Systems including Battle Field Management Systems (BMS) and soldier system, fire control system, solutions for maritime security were the focus of attention in addition to our traditional Rolta GIS based solutions.

We also saw very large footfalls in our stalls, both indoor and outdoor where we had showcased TCS test bed on fully-militarised mobile shelters. Visitors also showed a lot of interest in the mobile surveillance vehicle displayed outdoors.

In terms of opportunities for joint ventures and multinational collaborations, what are you looking at both in the near term and the long term?

In the near term, as system integrator we are looking for equipment and systems required for providing integrated solutions. In the long term, we are looking for technology transfer for in-depth manufacturing in critical technology areas.
What is the scope of your JV with Thales? What solutions has this JV designed for the Indian defence market? Do you have similar agreements with companies, both foreign and Indian, including the PSUs?
Rolta is one of the select few vendors for ‘Make India’ procurements and has qualified by MoD against stringent criteria. Through our teaming agreements with world leaders we have access to world class technologies through transfer of technology which provides us flexibility to customise solutions to suit Indian requirements. We have about 15 strategic partnerships worldwide with major defence players such as Thales, Selex, Carl Zeiss and many more.

Our JV with Thales was formed in 2006 to address C4ISTAR information systems. We have also entered into strategic partnership with Selex Elsag of Italy for the TCS programme for the Indian market. Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), a PSU under the department of atomic energy, is our consortium partner for this programme. We are also poised to form more partnerships to get access to state-of-the–art technologies.

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