India's Saab and Kalyani group to collaborate on air defense systems

Feb. 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

NEW DELHI, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- India's Saab defense company and the Kalyani Group announced an agreement to develop air defense systems for short-range missile defense.

The Kalyani Group, is a high-technology Indian multinational corporation.

The collaboration will address short range missile and air defense requirements of the Indian Army. The agreement will initially focus on the very short-range air defense and short-range surface to air missile programs for India, The SME Times reported Tuesday.

"The teaming combines Saab's many decades as a leading developer and supplier of proven high-technology radar and missile systems, with the rich engineering and manufacturing capabilities of Kalyani," Saab said in a press release.

"Saab is offering a system based on the RBS 70 NG missile system for [very short-range air defense], delivering a highly accurate, man-portable system with 24/7 all-target capability that is immune to countermeasures. For the [short-range surface to air missile program] requirement, Saab is offering a unique combination of its Giraffe AMB 3-D radar and the BAMSE advanced ground-based air defense missile system."

BAMSE is one of few anti-aircraft complexes currently available that is an optimal ­dedicated ground-based air defense missile system.

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