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The Collaborative handshake between Hakan Bushke and Gautam Adani after announcement the joint Make in India programme to make Gripen in India and for India, Jan Widerstrom Head India SAAB   and Ashish Rajvanshi , Head Aerospace & Defence Adani Group part of the team which announced the collaboration to the press at Le Meridian Hotel in New Delhi

The Collaborative handshake between Hakan Bushke and Gautam Adani after announcement the joint Make in India programme to make Gripen in India and for India, Jan Widerstrom Head India SAAB and Ashish Rajvanshi , Head Aerospace & Defence Adani Group part of the team

By Brig. VK Atray(Retd.)

 New Delhi. 01 September 2017. “We are committed to the India-Sweden relationship and in bringing the latest technology and skills to India,” reiterated Håkan Buskhe, CEO and President of Saab AB.

Swedish Defence and Security major Saab and Indian infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group have joined hands for a collaboration plan within aerospace and defence in India, aligned with the Government of India’s Make in India initiative.

Ashish Rajvanshi , Head Aerospace & Defence Adani Group talking to the press announcing the collaboration between Saab and Adani Group to the media at Le Meridian Hotel Hotel in New Delhi

Ashish Rajvanshi , Head Aerospace & Defence Adani Group taking on Q & A session at the press conference

The intended collaboration would encompass design, development and production of Gripen for India and other high-tech products of national importance for India and also the creation of joint ventures in India in line with and in support of the Make In India policy.

Hakan Bushke , Chairman & CEO SAAB Group announcing the collaboration between Saab and Adani Group to the media at Le Meridian Hotel Hotel in New Delhi

Hakan Bushke , Chairman & CEO SAAB Group announcing the collaboration between Saab and Adani Group to the media

“Our plans in India are to create a new defence eco-system that would involve many partners, vendors and suppliers. To achieve this, we need a strong Indian partner who can help create the framework for the infrastructure and eco-system to come into place,” said  Buskhe.

 Saab, in partnership with Adani Group, will discuss possibilities to offer solutions to bring required design and manufacturing capabilities in defence and aerospace to India. A collaboration between Saab and Adani will combine the technical and product excellence of Saab, along with the industrial engineering, system integration and mega project execution capabilities of Adani with the intention to manufacture defence systems locally in India.

 With India’s focus on creating future-proof and home-grown capabilities across all industries, Saab and Adani will explore how to cooperate to develop a wider aerospace and defence ecosystem in India. A critical part of a joint road map would be to encourage the development of small and medium sized enterprises along with a robust national supply chain.

Gautam Adani, Chairman of Adani Group addressing the press conference at the joint announcement of Saab & Adani Group on manufacturing of Gripen under Make in India in India for India in New Delhi at Le Meridian Hotel

Gautam Adani, Chairman of Adani Group addressing the press conference

“In continuation of our vision of nation building, we are keen to play an instrumental role in helping transform India into a destination for world class high-tech defence manufacturing,” says Gautam Adani, Chairman of Adani Group. “We are proud of our enduring relationship with Saab and look forward to partnering in major projects such as Gripen. Our various collaborations in aerospace and defence sectors will help establish new production lines in India, generate employment and build sustainable skills.”

 

Jan Wadestrom Head India SAAB anchoring Q & A session at the joint announcement of Saab and Adani of their collaboration on Aerospace & Defence for Make in India to make Gripen fighters in India for India at Le Meridian Hotel in New Delhi.

Jan Wadestrom Head India SAAB anchoring Q & A session

The intended collaboration would include Gripen for India. Gripen would be offered to the Indian Government as the best solution for India’s single-engine fighter aircraft programme. The collaboration would also include projects, programs and technologies of national importance to India.

The parties’ plan to develop the relationship into a structure of joint ventures in India for execution of the programs, including the single engine fighter program, in order to support the Make in India policy and exhibit the parties long term commitment to be jointly successful.

 Gripen is a modern multi-role fighter aircraft featuring state-of-the-art technology, including advanced data links and sensors plus a unique extensive electronic warfare suite. Gripen can perform all air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconaissance missions with the most modern range of weapons and systems.

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