American defence firm Raytheon today said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tata Advanced Systems Limited to engage in co-production of Stinger air defense missile components.
BANGALORE: Tata Son’s security and defence arm Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) will make components for Stinger air defence missile with the US-based Raytheon Company, said the aerospace firm on Friday.
American defence firm Raytheon today said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tata Advanced Systems Limited to engage in co-production of Stinger air defense missile components. As part of the new pact, TASL could produce components of the Stinger missile in India used for surface-to-air and air-to-air applications against airborne targets, SAID the company said in a release after entering into a deal on the margins of the biennial Aero India 2017 expo here.
“Our agreement with Tata Advanced Systems deepens our industrial partnership in India with a global technology leader and will expand the range of options and capabilities for U.S. And coalition forces to achieve their missions,” Raytheon Land Warfare Systems Vice President Duane Gooden said.
Noting that in 2016,India was one of three international customers to order Stinger missiles, the release said India will equip its AH-64 Apache helicopters soon to enter service with the Indian Air Force.
As a man-portable air-defence system, Stinger operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air (SAM) missile. It can be adapted to fire from ground vehicles and helicopters.
The collaboration with the $24-billion aerospace major (Rayatheon) is another partnership for TASL in the defence and aerospace sector.
“We hope to become a key contributor to the Stinger for India,” said TASL Chief Executive Officer Sukaran Singh in the statement.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will equip its AH-64 Apache helicopters with the Stinger when inducted into the service.
The combination of supersonic speed, agility, accurate guidance and control system and lethal warhead gives Stinger the operational edge against helicopters, UAVs, cruise missiles, and fixed-wing aircraft.
“Stinger also has an air-to-air capability for integrating into most fixed-or rotary-wing platforms.
“We will seek to expand our relationship to other missile systems and technologies, and contribute to the progressive implementation of the ‘Make in India’ initiative to address multiple objectives of the government, such as value addition, employment, and control over key technologies,” TASL CMD Sukaran Singh said.