Europe’s leading missile manufacturer, MBDA has signed an agreement with India’s state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for the final assembly, integration and test (FAIT) of Mistral and ASRAAM missiles in India.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 12 September at DSEI in London, by George Kyriakides, Director of International Industrial Co-operation at MBDA, and Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd.), Chairman and Managing Director of BDL.
George Kyriakides said: “This MoU marks the latest step on our true commitment to Make in India and our partnership with BDL, as we build the foundations for further new and exciting joint opportunities.”
Cmde’ Mishra, said: “We have enjoyed a long a fruitful relationship between Bharat Dynamics Limited and MBDA for many decades, and we so are very pleased to have signed this new agreement to deepen our strategic relationship for the future”.
The Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile, also known by its U.S. identifier AIM-132, is an imaging infrared homing air-to-air missile, produced by MBDA, that is designed to dominate the within visual range combat mission. ASRAAM is selected as India’s New Generation Close Combat Missile and the Indian Air Force’s Jaguar attack aircraft is the first Indian platform to receive the missile.
Mistral, with its unmatched success rate of over 96 %, during all firings, has been selected by many forces around the world and has been offered to the Indian armed forces to meet their very short range air defence (VSHORAD) requirement.
Working with Indian state-owned aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), integration of the Mistral ATAM (Air to Air Mistral) system on the Dhruv helicopter and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) has been already completed successfully.