UK’s General Dynamics upbeat on India

M. Somasekhar
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Wayne Beck, Head of International Partnerships, General Dynamics. — P. V. Sivakumar
Wayne Beck, Head of International Partnerships, General Dynamics. — P. V. Sivakumar

The company is bidding for several big contracts in the Indian defence and security market.

General Dynamics, the global defence and security major, will follow a strategy of indigenising technology capabilities in India through a technology transfer approach.

The company is bidding for several major contracts in the Indian defence and security market. It has also forged a strategic partnership with the Tandon Group, Mumbai.

General Dynamics, UK, signed a £4.9 million, 7-year contract with the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), one of its first contracts in India, to support the Indian Air Force’s fleet of Hawk aircraft in 2011. Part of the contract was to ensure the transfer of technology. In keeping with this commitment, a batch of engineers from HAL completed a 10-week training programme in the UK, said Wayne Beck, Head of International Partnerships, General Dynamics, UK.

Weapons management

The entire weapons management programme of the IAF and Navy’s Hawk MK 132 aircraft are being provided by the company.

Beck, who is in Hyderabad as part of a major business delegation from the UK on security, led by the Minister for Security James Brokenshire, told Business Line that the company is keen to participate in projects like the BMS (Battlefield Management System), Tactical Communications Systems project of the Indian Army, and the future infantry soldier of the Indian defence sector. General Dynamics, UK, will also establish an overhaul capability to provide 3rd and 4th line servicing for the aircraft’s Stores Management Systems (SMS), which includes two Weapons Control Panels and one Weapons Programming Unit.

The company is working with the Ministry of Home Affairs to explore opportunities in several communication and security initiatives. “In collaboration with Tandon Group, we are ready to offer technology in various areas like port, border security, surveillance for police to counter terror and build national communication security infrastructure, ” said Beck, who is also the India Head of the company.

A leading counter terror capability for example is a range of optical devices that include an optical camera vision with range of 20 km. There are minute camera’s which can be buried in strategic locations to track terror movements .

(This article was published on January 23, 2013)
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