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MBDA, BDL to assemble missiles in India

20th September 2019 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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MBDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for the final assembly, integration and test of Mistral and ASRAAM missiles in the country. 

More than 50,000 MBDA-designed missiles have previously been manufactured in India under agreement with BDL.  

ASRAAM is the new generation close combat missile for the Indian Air Force’s Jaguar aircraft. With a large rocket motor and clean aerodynamic design, ASRAAM has advanced speed, aerodynamic manoeuvrability and range.

Mistral is being offered to the Indian armed forces for its VSHORAD requirement. Working with HAL, integration of the Mistral ATAM system on the Dhruv helicopter and the Light Combat Helicopter has already been completed. 

George Kyriakides, director of international industrial co-operation at MBDA, 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.’

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