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FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE


For us, India is One of Saab’s Home Bases And, Therefore, The Focus is Not Simply On Winning Bids But On Building Business In Partnership
Chairman Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd, Lars Olof Lindgren
 
Lars Olof LindgrenWhat is the update on Indian Army’s VSHORAD programme? There are reports that this programme may be scrapped in order to accommodate an offer from the US. Have you heard anything from the Indian side on this?
India’s all service Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) programme is through the trials and Saab is participating with RBS 70 NG. Due to the nature of the ongoing trials there is very little official feedback but we are fully confident that the Indian armed forces are satisfied with our performance. We have not received any information or indications from the Indian authorities that procurement process is halted. Saab is in constant discussions with customers, potential customers and partners around the world to evaluate various opportunities but we never comment on rumours, speculations or similar. If and when any of these discussions are further realised, it would be announced. We believe that the Saab concept with RBS 70 NG and the HARD radar is the perfect solution for the Indian armed forces.

As of now, RBS70NG has been seen as the front-runner in the Indian VSHORAD programme. Give us some details on the performance of this missile system during the trials.
VSHORAD is following the Defence Procurement Process (DPP) and at the moment we are awaiting official feedback from the trials.

We are confident that the Indian armed forces are satisfied with our performance. We believe that the Saab concept with RBS 70 NG and the HARD radar is the perfect solution for the Indian armed forces. By using accurate, laser beam riding technology, as RBS 70 NG, the customer gets a completely unjammable missile. In modern times when battles will be fought with all kinds of jamming and available countermeasures, this will be a winning concept.

The New Generation of RBS 70 has a three-dimensional cuing and an automatic target tracking which enables very short reaction time (no lock-on time) and is easy to operate which has been shown during the trials in India.

Saab has been actively involved with Indian Army’s long list of procurements. At present, which among these procurements are in the high priority list for Saab?
Saab is currently pursuing many individual opportunities in the requirement of the Indian defence forces. Saab has a wide portfolio of products and we are in dialogue with the armed forces and homeland security forces for a whole range of sophisticated equipment, including camouflage, battle management systems, air defence systems, ground combat systems, advanced surveillance and foliage penetrating radars, naval and coast guard systems, electronic warfare systems, communication equipment and avionics among others. All of Saab’s business areas are active in India, offering high-tech solutions and products such as the C4I, EW (Self Protection Systems), Signature Management, Missile & Weapon Systems, Aeronautical Platforms, Sensors (Radars), Maritime Security and Civil Security, LPI Radars and Sea Giraffe.

 
 
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