'India plays a strategic role for Cassidian and continues to be the main focus.'

Dr Peter Gutsmiedl

Both examples underline our endeavor to develop Cassidian's Indian Engineering Center into a global 'Center of Excellence' for certain defence and security technologies. Importantly, the engineering capabilities we have established here also allow us to customize global products to local requirements, in close collaboration with the customer. This gives our company a competitive advantage in India, and potentially also in other regional markets which we could support from here.

Cassidian's stated goal is to have a comprehensive partnership with India which does not treat the country as a mere market. How far have you managed to establish such a true partnership?

It is true that Cassidian regards India as much more than an important sales market. Our Engineering Center in Bengaluru is an excellent example of how we are embedding India into our global value chain. It allows us to design capabilities here which are uniquely suited to the needs of local customers. It also supports our endeavor to embark on local development and production together with our Indian industrial partners, both for domestic and for potential export markets. Our strategy to establish a comprehensive partnership with India does not stop there. Another case in point is our close collaboration with the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). We are sharing defence and security related technologies and knowhow with India which truly support its indigenization efforts.

Another pillar of our strategy is our cooperation with India's private and public sector defence companies to produce products locally. For example, our tie up with a Bengaluru based company for local production of a missile approach warning system called MILDS. We developed this in partnership with DRDO Defence Avionics & Research Establishment (DARE). Another recent and concrete example of our continuing efforts to deepen our engagement is that Cassidian India was awarded the globally recognized aerospace industry quality certification EN/AS 9100.

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