A top company official said Swedish defense chief Saab plans to hold meetings with Indian companies in October.
Saab is in the fray for a contract to supply around 110 fighter aircraft to India under the Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) program. In April 2018, the Indian Air Force issued a preliminary tender or Request for Information (RFI) for a billion-dollar purchase deal.
Saab responded to the initial tender in July 2018 with its Gripen E MRFA.
Matt Palmbag, head of VT Industrial Partnerships and Gripen India Campaign, told PTI here that the company has surveyed for an instruct part, such as sub-assemblies, machined parts, and sheet metal parts.
“The industry evaluation tour will be for 10 days in mid-October. A dozen Indian SMEs suitable for system construction will be met … led by members of Gripen for India by a team consisting of various Saab companies, international system suppliers Done. Team, “Palemburg said on the occasion of India Sweden Innovation Day.
Upcoming meetings with Indian firms will follow the B2B (Business to Business) Saab held in Delhi a few years ago.
Palmberg said that Saab is in constant discussions with the company’s international partners and suppliers and with Indian companies.
“Some discussions have resulted in MoUs with mutual intent to work on a broader basis in the execution phase of the Gripen E program in India,” he said. ”
The company has Saab India Tech Center (SITC) in Hyderabad, which together with Tech MahindraESE, is undertaking 0.11% Gripen development.
Saab also has a joint company with Acus in Belgaum for its sub-assemblies.
“We also have contracts with suppliers for machine and sheet metal parts. All these products are exported out of India for our business programs with Airbus and Boeing. We are looking to increase the level of volume as well as India Are actively working to increase and broaden sourcing from. Pelemberg said, “Complexity.
Saab claims the Gripen E to be the most modern fighter.
“Gripen E’s proposal includes the most comprehensive transfer of capacity packages focused on building indigenous capabilities to design, develop, produce and maintain a modern state of the art fighter system platform.
“Adequate investment will be required from Indian as well as international partners in building those capabilities. Investments will need to be made in facilities, training, machinery, etc.,” Palmberg said.
Source: Economic Times