Naval Warfare

DefExpo 2020: MBDA launches missile bids in India

6th February 2020 - 09:09 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Lucknow

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MBDA has a half-century-long history of missile cooperation in India, and the next step on the journey was a recent bid by L&T MBDA Missile Systems offering the Sea Ceptor naval SAM to the Indian Navy (IN).

The IN has a Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SRSAM) requirement for its warships, and it recently issued an RfP.

Interestingly, this was the first bid put in by this JV between MBDA and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) that was forged in 2018. The Sea Ceptor is being offered as a Make in India arrangement.

The JV has also set up an assembly, inert integration plus missile subsystem test facility in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

Pasquale Di Bartolomeo, vice chairman of L&T MBDA Missile Systems, commented: ‘The setting up of this new state-of-the-art facility in Coimbatore is an exciting and highly significant milestone…With the technical and human capabilities offered by this site, India will be ideally placed to offer its armed forces and the export market the very latest-generation of ...

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