INDIA BDL signs MoU with Thales for Starstreak missile
Thales and state owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the 11th edition of the Aero India to assess the opportunity for the transfer of technology of the STARStreak missile capability to India with the support of the Governmentof the United Kingdom (UK).
Through this MoU, Thales and BDL seek to jointly offer a “Make in India” solution to help service growing international demand for this product. The STARStreak missile operates at a speed in excess of Mach 3 to defeat fast-moving threats and those with short unmasking times.
The three-dart ‘hittile’ configuration maximises lethality and the highly-accurate laser beam riding guidance enables engagement of low-signature targets and is immune to all known counter measures. STARStreak has already been integrated with a wide range of Radar, IR Sensors, and Command and Control systems. It can be used in a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPADS) role as a single or multi-launcher configuration and is also available integrated into both light and heavy High Mobility Vehicles.
The STARStreak missile is in service in the UK Army and has been procured by the defence forces of a number of countries worldwide. The fastest missile in its category, STARStreak is unique due to its three laser-guided darts, which cannot be jammed by any known counter measure. It has the capability to defeat any air target even armoured helicopters as the last line of defence.
Thales is investing in the transfer of technology to India for the STARStreak missile. In the spirit of cooperation between the two countries, including under the Indo-UK Defence Equipment Cooperation MoU, this initiative has the full support of UK government. The association will play a strategic role not only in supporting the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Indian government but also in giving a boost to the excellent bilateral relations between India and the UK.
Alex Cresswell, Executive Vice President for Land & Air Systems activities at Thales, said: We are proud to join hands with Bharat Dynamics Limited for the strategic transfer of technology of our flagship STARStreak missile from the UK. Also, we are thankful to the government of the UK for their strong support to this initiative. Sharing technology has been one of the key ingredients of Thales’ strategy for India. We would continue to work in this direction and realise our objective to make in India and export from India through such endeavours.
Mr. V Udaya Bhaskar, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Dynamics Limited said, “BDL is very much pleased to partner with Thales for obtaining transfer of technology for STARStreak Missiles. BDL is strongly looking forward to business opportunities outside India to supply the latest defence equipment”,he said.UNI