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Saab pushes defense systems marketing

Sept. 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM   |   Comments

LINKOPING, Sweden, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Wipro Ltd. of India and Sweden's Saab have teamed for the manufacture, delivery and marketing of Saab's Land Electronic Defense Systems in India.

The Land Electronic Defense System provides active protection to light and medium combat vehicles as well as to main battle tanks against engagement by weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles, mortars and artillery shells.

In this association Saab brings in the unique competence and technological knowhow and Wipro supports in aligning this to Indian requirements, creating a unique offer to the Indian market, the companies said.

The teaming deal was announced by Micael Johansson, senior vice president and head of Saab's business area Electronic Defense Systems, and Pratik Kumar, president, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering.

For the military defense market, Wipro and Saab will pursue opportunities for LEDS in India with Indian defense establishments and original equipment manufacturers.

Wipro will be involved in the development, adaptation and integration of the LEDS equipment and software for Indian customers.

"Our current goal with reference to this partnership is to serve the Indian market with state-of-the-art APS solutions," Kumar said. "Wipro brings in the unique ability and competency to adapt the product for the Indian market and provide excellent service and product support.

"This partnership will include sourcing of components from India, transfer of technology to Wipro and the manufacture and integration of APS by Wipro in India, thereby putting the country on the global map as a reliable, cost effective and high quality defense manufacturing hub."

This partnership is the continuation of agreements signed in 2008 and 2010 and a Consulting Agreement from earlier this year for the Indian survivability technology market and Saab's usage of Wipro competences in the LEDS development.

The Land Electronic Defense System combines active signature management, softkill and hardkill mechanisms to provide full spectrum active protection to land vehicles. The specifications include full hemispherical coverage to detect incoming threats.

When installed in full configuration, the system offers main battle tank comparable protection to light and medium combat vehicles.

LEDS consists of a sensor suite -- including laser warning systems and radar sensors, a central active defense controller, a high-speed directed launch system and counter-measure options, ranging from fast multi-spectral smoke through active signature management devices and decoys.

Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, a division of Wipro Ltd, is a global leader in precision engineered hydraulic cylinders and components. It is a Tier-1 supplier to global Original Equipment Manufacturers of construction and earth-moving machinery, material handling equipment, forestry equipment, heavy and medium commercial vehicles among other industries, across Asia and Europe.

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