'India plays a strategic role for Cassidian and continues to be the main focus.'
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Can you elaborate on the nature of your collaboration with the DRDO?
We have a number of consultancy projects with the DRDO. And we are consulting Aeronautical & Development Agency (ADA) on LCA related topics. We have a contract with DRDO to supply consulting services for reviewing an indigenous Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) system. We have successfully partnered DARE to develop a missile approach warning sensor for Indian rotary and wide-body aircraft. The sensor has been certified 'indigenous' and is expected to be produced locally for integration with India's helicopter fleet.
What does this partnership with India mean to you without an MMRCA win?
The strategic significance of India for Cassidian does not depend on the outcome of any single tender, even as large as MMRCA. In all the fields in which our company operates, we have much to offer as we are here for long term.
Besides Eurofighter Typhoon, what is Cassidian offering to India?
Our company is recognized as a global leader in fields such as Airborne Solutions, Land & Joint Systems, Maritime Security & Dominance, Secure Networks, Public Safety, just to name few. All are relevant for India's security needs. We have acquired a majority share in South African electronic warfare specialist Grintek Ewation and the respected Optronics division of Germany's Carl Zeiss. This allows us to offer India highly advanced security electronics and sensor solutions. Currently, we see particular potential in the fields of UAVs, Radar Solutions and Security Systems, customized at our Engineering Center.
What are you showcasing at Aero India 2013?
We are showcasing a wide-range of technologies and products which give visitors a glimpse of Cassidian's technology leadership in the defence and security domain. The High Accuracy Air Pressure Measurement System and the Structurally Integrated Antenna -designed and engineered in India - will be on display. We will also show the missile approach warning system developed in cooperation with the DRDO's Defence Avionics & Research Establishment. From our global portfolio of UAVs we are bringing the man-portable, fixed wing, mini UAV Tracker, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV Harfang and the tactical Vertical Takeoff & Landing (VTOL) UAV Tanan.