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Samtel Completes Supply Of 1000 Multi-Function Displays For Su-30MKI

Around 1,000 units of indigenously manufactured multi-function display (MFD) for installation in India’s frontline Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft has been handed over to state-run HAL.

Out of a planned fleet of 272 Sukhoi aircraft with the Indian Air Force, 143 would be flying with India-made MFDs – a critical component of an aircraft cockpit.

The displays were manufactured by Samtel HAL Display Systems (SHDS), a joint venture between Samtel Avionics and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Samtel as a parent company would bring in this technology for lateral deployment on all platforms – Su-30, light combat aircraft (LCA), intermediate jet trainer (IJT), light combat helicopter (LCH) among others and HAL as the other partner would bring in the market for using these displays on all HAL star platforms.

SHDS is the only company to receive CEMILAC (Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification) Type Approval for manufacturing MFDs.
The Samtel-HAL joint venture was set up in 2007 to address the avionics requirements, including test benches and systems for all IAF star platforms – both fixed and rotary wing.


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What effect does private organisations manufacturing weapons have on govt organisations like HAL/OFB. I mean even if they don't get any further contracts the employees will still be paid by the government?
 

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Adani ropes in Alpha Design and Israel's Elbit for unmanned aircraft systems
The companies plan to create a tiered vendor base for supporting, indigenisation and localisation requirements and seeks to set up a final assembly line for unmanned aircraft systems
BS B2B Bureau | Ahmedabad March 30, 2016 Last Updated at 17:34 IST

Adani Aero Defence Systems & Technologies Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises, has signed the statement of intent with Elbit-ISTAR and Alpha
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Technologies to work together in the field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in India. “The statement of intent reflects the commitment of companies to realise the dream of Make in India for global requirements,” said AdaniEnterprises in a statement.

Unmanned aircraft systems are the next frontier of technology providing multi-functional capability especially that of see and hear to provide information advantage to the fighters and net security providers.


The companies plan to create a tiered vendor base for supporting, indigenisation and localisation requirements and seeks to set up a final assembly and integration line including MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facilities by incorporating true transfer of technology for supporting the product range, during its life cycle.

Adani Aero Defence focuses on design, technology development, technical collaboration, system integration services for aerospace and defence equipment and systems.

Elbit Systems Ltd is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defence, homeland security and commercial programmes throughout the world. The Israel-based company, which includes Elibit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the area of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and unmanned aircraft systems.

Alpha Design Technologies specialises in design, development and production of defence electronics and avionics equipment and systems, airframes, upgradation of cockpits, opto-electronics, etc, in defence systems.

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Ashok Leyland sets its sights high in defence

It wants to grow 10-fold in five years through strategic alliances

T E Narasimhan | Chennai April 7, 2016 Last Updated at 21:06 IST



The Stallion has been the most successful product from Ashok Leyland’s defence arm so far
Last month, Ashok Leyland Defence Systems, a division of Hinduja group's flagship, Ashok Leyland, roped in US-based defence contractor Lockheed Martin to develop combat vehicles for the Indian Army.

The technology sourcing agreement with Lockheed is the latest in a string of partnership deals from Ashok Leylandto step up its defence play and to reach a turnover of Rs 5,000 core over the next five years.


This, by any stretch of imagination, is an ambitious target, given that its current revenue is a little over Rs 600 core. However, it may not be entirely unachievable.

Since its inception in 1998, Ashok Leyland's defence arm has relied heavily on strategic alliances to win big contracts. Over the past decade, it has signed three deals with overseas players to boost its technological know-how. It is now looking to do the same with Lockheed.

Nitin Seth, president (light commercial vehicle & defence), Ashok Leyland, says the right technological support is critical to the success of a company trying to make a mark in defence manufacturing, given the huge initial costs involved in developing products.

"It is not that we cannot develop our own technology, but considering the time it takes and the money that is required (Rs 400-Rs 500 crore), it is better to source (platforms) which are in service," says Seth.

The latest deal, for instance, will allow Ashok Leyland to use Lockheed's platforms for its light-specialist vehicles (LSV) and light-armoured multipurpose (LAM) vehicles. In addition to giving it a foothold in the $1-billion armoured vehicle market in India, the tie-up will significantly boost its overall capabilities in providing mobility solutions for the army.

Defence mobility is one area Ashok Leyland is betting on heavily. Already, it is the largest supplier of medium- and-heavy vehicles to the army. Its warhorse, the Stallion, was used to carry troops to the battlefield during the Kargil war, and from 400 Stallions in 1998, the army today has over 70,000 Stallions, accounting for almost 80 per cent of its fleet of big vehicles.

Backed by Lockheed's technological support, Ashok Leyland is looking to bid for LSV and LAM vehicle programmes of the Indian Army. It believes the tie up will significantly shrink the time taken to develop the vehicle and also help it keep the costs low, as it won't have to start manufacturing from scratch.


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If Ashok Leyland becomes a supplier of LSV and LAM vehicles, its revenue could straightaway get a boost of Rs 5,000 crore. Then, there is also the scope for recurring demand as the army doesn't change its models frequently. This means the business from these programmes could be four or five times bigger than what is believed today.

Ashok Leyland, however, is not banking on armoured vehicles alone to reach the Rs 5,000 crore target. It has also joined hands with Sweden's defence and security company Saab and is looking for an alliance with Bharat Forge to produce vehicles to carry guns and missiles. The idea, the company says, is to have a wide range of products under one roof to meet all requirements of the army.

So far this strategy has proved fruitful. Out of the 14 tenders to supply medium and heavy trucks floated over the past year, Ashok Leyland claims to be in the final stages (L1 stage) of at least 12 of these. However, it has not disclosed the deal value yet.

This means Ashok Leyland is proving to be cost-competitive in India. One way, it has achieved this is by localising production as much as possible. "In order to have a viable business in defence, one should have at least over 80 per cent localisation but for certain products we have achieved almost 100 per cent localisation," says Seth.

Its strengths are clearly reflected in its order book. It recently bagged a Rs 800-crore tender to supply 450 artillery tractors and Stallions and 825 ambulances to the army.

Yet, its future is not without challenges. Other major players, including Tata Advanced Systems, Mahindra Defence Systems and Bharat Forge, are also keen on the LSV and LAM programmes, increasing competition in the space.

This is the first time the Indian army has called for bids for these vehicles (1,300 LSV and 700 LAMs). Equipped with sophisticated technology, including thermal imaging and mounted machine guns, these vehicles are highly effective in combing and patrolling operations, be it within the city or along the border.

While the vehicle is popular worldwide, especially with the armies in the US, the UK and Iraq, it cannot be imported because the specifications for speed, power and weight differ based on local conditions.

Seth says while Ashok Leyland has a head-start with the platform provided by Lockheed, it will still have to make heavy investments in redesigning the product to acclimatise it to Indian conditions. Currently, the prototype of the vehicle, along with that of two other companies, is in the testing stage with the army. If Ashok Leyland wins the commercial bid, it will be in a position to start manufacturing by 2019.

However, because it takes a long time for defence contracts to materialise and the outcome even after the gestation period is unpredictable, the company is also looking at exports to safeguard its interests.

http://www.business-standard.com/ar...ts-sights-high-in-defence-116040701001_1.html

@proud_indian Can we add PSU defense and related companies to increase the spectrum and scope of this thread and request mods and admins to make it a sticky one. What do you say... bhai.?
 

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@proud_indian Can be add PSU defense and related companies to increase the spectrum of the thread and request mods and admins to make it a sticky one. What do you say... bhai.?
I don't think this would be a good idea as there is a thread already running covering psu's

Offsets fetch growing interest from aerospace manufacturers

A handful of Indian aircraft companies have moved beyond manufacture into the prestigious realm of aerospace design

Ajai Shukla | Belgaum December 19, 2015 Last Updated at 00:37 IST


  • On Thursday in Hyderabad, a small Indian firm called Aequs Aerospace signed an agreement with global giant, Boeing, for manufacturing components for the Chinook CH-47 helicopter that the Indian Air Force (IAF) bought this year.

Aequs, which operates from a special economic zone (SEZ) in Belgaum (officially Belagavi), will be a modest cog in Boeing's global supply chain. It will machine small components that will then be transported to Holland. There, Fokker Technologies will build these into sub-assemblies that feed into the Chinook assembly line outside Philadelphia, in the US.


The value of this initial contract is tiny - below $5 million, say Boeing sources. Yet, companies like Aequs are pioneers among India's emerging aerospace suppliers. Larger public firms, like Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and its ancillary suppliers, remain inwardly focused, assembling combat aircraft bought by the Indian Air Force. These companies have barely dipped their toes in the pool of international defence manufacture.

In contrast, Aequs, and others like it, are focusing on manufacturing components for the global supply chains of aerospace vendors, an $80-100 million annual market with India's share less than $400 million. Established in 2007 (as Quest Global Manufacturing), Aequs initially relied on an assured income stream from civil aerospace, which is insulated from the turbulence of the defence market. Even today, Aequs' Belgaum SEZ sends out a flow of machined components to commercial manufacturers like Boeing, Airbus, and smaller vendors like ATR, Pilatus and Gulfstream.

However, military aerospace vendors are now seeking civil aerospace firms like Aequs for discharging offset liabilities. Boeing alone has sold about $10 billion worth of military aircraft to India; its offset liability of 30 per cent amounts to over $3 billion.

Indian companies have begun benefiting from this. Dynamatic Technologies is already supplying ramps and pylons to Boeing for the Chinook, and power and mission equipment cabinets for the P8-I multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA). Tata Advanced Materials (TAML) has contracted to supply P8-I components to Boeing. Another group company, Tata Manufacturing Solutions (TAL) has begun supplying ground support equipment for the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Rossel Techsys manufactures wire bundles for Boeing's military aircraft. Punj Lloyd has established a high-tech manufacturing facility near Gwalior to tap into this market. "We initially order small, relatively simple components, while ensuring a back-up supplier. If the company delivers on-time and on-quality, we can move on to bigger and more complex orders," says a executive.

A handful of Indian companies have moved beyond manufacture into the prestigious (and often more profitable) realm of aerospace design. Hyderabad-based Cyient (formerly Infotech Enterprises) works with aerospace multinationals on critical design-engineering products, including aero engines. Chennai-based Data Patterns, has designed cutting-edge aerospace products. These companies, and others like them, allow global vendors to reap offset benefits with sourcing R&D from India. The government provides offset "multipliers" of up to three for R&D. That means for Rs 100 crore worth of R&D sourced from India, the vendor obtains offset credit worth Rs 300 crore.

India's defence public sector monoliths, HAL and Bharat Electronics (BEL), also manufacture F/A-18 fighter and P8-I components. However, these are side shows for these companies, with the central focus remaining on designing, developing and assembling major weapons platforms.

Compared to this, Aequs provides prospective foreign customers with a model of agility and entrepreneurial ability. The non-resident Indian owner, Aravind Melligeri, bought 250 acres in Belgaum and set up his own manufacturing SEZ.

Melligeri imports his raw materials, machine tools, cutting tools and oils to feed the high-end machining capacities he has established. His SEZ has built-in redundancy for power, water and essential facilities. His tenants include Saab Aerospace, Magellan Aerospace, and French forgings companies, Aubert and Duval.

"The machining business is big in this region. There are 150 casting foundries around Belgaum, which has historically supplied the automotive manufacturers around Pune", said Melligeri to Business Standard during a visit to Aequs. "I provide skilled labour, and my business model rests on its lower cost. The key differentiator is volume. We are doing 750,000 hours per year and soon hope to reach a million hours annually. Of this, aerospace machining accounts for 500,000 hours," says Melligeri.

Because of the need to be self-contained for most services and materials, Aequs' business risk stems from the cost of capital.

"I have to ensure on-time delivery, so we run two-month inventories for most materials. This requires working capital, which is a negative in a country where capital costs are so high", he says.

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What's the R&D budget for each of these defence companies?

I am going to research on it and post it here. By becoming a sweatshop we won't achieve autonomy. We need R&D. What was done in Tejas project X 100.

And Indian firms need to start channeling their thought process along those lines. This short-term kirana shop mindset will not fetch long term returns.
 

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What's the R&D budget for each of these defence companies?

I am going to research on it and post it here. By becoming a sweatshop we won't achieve autonomy. We need R&D. What was done in Tejas project X 100.

And Indian firms need to start channeling their thought process along those lines. This short-term kirana shop mindset will not fetch long term returns.
you are right they have a miniscule R&D budget because they believe in quick profits

OTOH Tata group must have decent R&D budget, TATA group of companies whole R&D budget is upwards 18000 cr. rupees.

Tata group R&D spend up at Rs 18,000 crore in FY15 - Rediff.com ...
 

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We cannot start reinventing the wheel in terms of technology. The only option would be to keep collaborating with other defense firms. The sad part is our private defense R&D does not give an opportunity to intern for students from engineering colleges who are willing to work for free to gain experience. One time I got a rude reply from TATA ELXSI HR dept saying we cant babysit college kids during my bachelors engineering.
 
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I am sorry to state that RnD of most of the Private Defense Companies is around 5% which is very less compared to global counterparts. Never the less this is just the beginning for most of them. Also notwithstanding the low RnD activities mostly are in for long term, as the gestation period for defense deals are long to very long.
 

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Wipro Infra Engg to acquired Israel based Givon in all-cash deal

Deal will help acquirer expand product portfolio and global footprint, and strengthen customer ties in Aviation and Aerospace

BS Reporter | Pune August 1, 2016 Last Updated at 18:26 IST


Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN), hydraulic solutions provider and part of Wipro Enterprise, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire HR Givon(Givon), an Israel-headquartered manufacturer of metallic parts and assemblies for the Aerospace industry, in an all-cash deal.

Givon manufactures structural parts and assemblies which form part of the fuselage, wings and empennage of an aircraft. The 46-year-old company is a certified Tier-1 supplier and counts leading global original equipment manufacturers (OEM) among its customers. It has three manufacturing plants, two in Israel and one at Everett, Washington in the US.

This acquisition will help WIN broaden its product portfolio, expand global footprint and strengthen customer relationships in the Aviation and Aerospace industry.

"Givon has a strong tradition of technical expertise and enduring client relationships. I am confident that Wipro and Givon together will be a significant force in key markets. The synergies from our combined portfolio and locational proximity will be a key enabler to build and nurture successful customer relationships," said Pratik Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering.

India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment while Israel is the second-largest defense supplier to India after Russia. Independent estimates put the potential offset opportunities at $10 billion and the acquisition of H.R Givon will strengthen WIN's ability to address this market.

WIN sees the Aerospace industry as strategic to its future. In 2013, WIN set up India's first Aerospace actuator manufacturing facility at the Devanahalli Special Economic Zone, near the Bangalore International Airport. Plans are on the anvil to expand into multiple product lines and enter into technology partnerships with leading Aerospace companies.

"We are delighted with the opportunity to join hands with Wipro and this gives us an opportunity to bring to the market an expanded range of offerings," said Ronen Givon, Chief Executive Officer, Givon.

"We see cross-synergies in customer relationships, products and technology that can be leveraged to strengthen our presence in the growing Aerospace sector and become a partner of choice for global OEMs and Tier-1s," noted Sunil Rajagopalan, Business Head (Aerospace) of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, which are expected to be completed in September 2016.

WIN has a global workforce of over 1,700 and has 13 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities spread across India, Europe, USA and Brazil, making it one of the largest Independent Hydraulic Actuator Manufacturers in the World. Its Aerospace manufacturing facility for Actuators and Precision Engineered Components is located at Bangalore, India.

Givon founded in 1970 by Ruth and Haim Givon as a family-owned business, H.R Givon (Givon) has grown to be Israel's largest manufacturer of metallic aerostructure parts and assemblies.

http://www.business-standard.com/ar...ed-givon-in-all-cash-deal-116080101266_1.html
Isreal should focus on futuristic and high tech research and transfer manufacturing to India. Win win for both
 
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Essar Steel: First Indian company to develop bullet proof steel
Such steel has been previously either manufactured under restrictive technology transfer agreements with foreign countries, or simply imported into India
Dilip Kumar Jha | Mumbai June 20, 2016 Last Updated at 16:58 IST






Joining the elite club of limited global suppliers, EssarSteel (ESIL) has introduced bullet proof steel and become the first dedicated Indian company with this specialised steel.

Used for bullet proofing of civilian vehicles and that of security personnel, such steel has either been manufactured under restrictive technology transfer agreements with foreign countries, or simply imported into India. There is a good and growing potential for this product as it can be used in light armored vehicles and protective shields or structures. Today, manufacturing bullet proof steel requires a highly specialised technology.

The specialised steel in bullet proofing of vehicles would not only reduce India's dependence on imported steel but also cut foreign currency outgo with possibility of balancing price quotes.

"This product adds another feather to ESIL's cap which in known for developing high grade import-substitute steel products. The government has emphasised indigenization of the defensesector and is involving private players under the banner of 'Make in India'. This excellent success story at ESIL is proof of the organisation's commitment towards our nation's 'Make in India' campaign," said Vikram Amin, Executive Director (Strategy & Business Development), Essar Steel.

The newly-developed bullet proof steel at ESIL absorbs the impact of bullets traveling at a speed of 700 m/sec, with barely a dent on the surface. This steel has hardness levels above 500 (Brinell hardness number) BHN and is extremely tough. Ballistic performance of this product was successfully tested in India and in Germany at the Gujarat Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), as well as at IABG, an internationally-renowned German laboratory.

Being the existing supplier of specialised grade steel like DMR 249A grade, a special steelfor building warships, from its Hot Strip Mill since 2001, ESIL continues its legacy with India's defense sector.

After commissioning of its 5 metres wide plate mill with sophisticated heat treatment facilities in 2009, several new grades were developed and the product range for the existing grades was enhanced.

Meanwhile, the company has collaborated with the defense sector to produce grades like CDA-99, EN10025-6-S690QL, very tough steels used in heavy armored vehicles. However, the crowning glory has been the production of DMR-1700, an ultra-tough steel of yield strength 1500 Mega Pascal, designed by Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO). All of these products had been stabilised and commercialised through dedicated in-house research and development (R&D) and operations efforts of its engineers.

The company is well known for its diversified and value added/ niche flat products. Its 10MMTPA Hazira facility offers a wide product mix, ranging from softest to toughest steels made in India. Its products grades include, but is not limited to, cold-rolled induction furnace (IF)-steel used in car bodies, ultra-pure steel for soft magnets used in neutrino research, electrical lamination steel, boiler quality steel, coated steel, abrasion resistantsteel and steel for oil and gas pipelines.


http://www.business-standard.com/ar...evelop-bullet-proof-steel-116062000599_1.html


Isreal should focus on futuristic and high tech research and transfer manufacturing to India. Win win for both

The joint ventures between the both is a win win.


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