National, 28th March, 2016: Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) and Cranfield University are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) developing the relationship between the two organisations.

The MoU sets out the intent of the organisations to explore the possibility of entering into a strategic partnership through research and development (R&D) and academic study in the areas of defence-related engineering and emerging technologies interalia in the areas of Systems Engineering including Large System of Systems and MoDAF for Software Systems, Guns, Military vehicles (including Tracked) for both Combat & Launcher vehicles, GVA (Generic Vehicle Architecture), and Weapon Systems.

Dr. Simon Harwood, director of Defence and Security at Cranfield University, said: “This MoU is an exciting development of Cranfield’s relationships with India and with an industrial powerhouse like Tata, we are excited to explore where this relationship will go. Cranfield has an extensive alumni network in India dating back to 1945 and the university is highly regarded for its expertise and career-improving opportunities in the area of science, technology, engineering and management. We hope to build stronger relationships with Tata Power SED, which has such a strong presence in the defense sector with a growing interest, for our mutual benefit.” 

At the signing ceremony, Mr. Rahul Chaudhry, CEO of Tata Power SED said, “Tata Power SED has been committed to the cause of ‘Make in India’ since over four decades. With the present Government giving the necessary emphasis on the defence sector, we would like to extend the ‘Make in India’ definition to ‘Create in India’ for which we would like to leverage the experience and expertise of Cranfield University in defining standards and implementing them in our processes for design and development of critical Defence Systems and sub-systems for the country. We have taken this approach to truly contribute to our country’s self-reliance.”