MBDA’s Commitment To ‘Make in India’.

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IAF Rafale (Source: Hindu)

MBDA, the maker of the Rafale’s game-changing weaponry, showcased its Make in India commitments during Aero India 2021 at Yelahanka air force station, Bangalore .Exhibiting a full range of missiles and missile systems designed to provide next generation air combat capabilities, including air dominance, strike and maritime engagement for the Indian Air Force. MBDA featured a display wall of missile system components Made in India by the company’s large Indian industrial ecosystem. It also displayed L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd which is a joint venture of MBDA with Larsen & Toubro. This joint venture showcased systems it has offered to the Indian Armed Forces as well as its work on MICA missile launchers for the Indian Air Force’s new Rafale fighter aircraft. 

MBDA is not new to partnership with the Indian Armed Forces and Indian industry, indeed it has been delivering battle-winning capabilities to the Indian Air Force and collaborating with Indian industry for over 50 years. Throughout this history, there have been two guiding principles: to provide the very best technologies to the Indian Air Force, and to work in true partnership in support of the Indian Defence Industry. The company then is fully committed to the ‘Make in India’ programme, which aligns with MBDA’s long-term strategy.

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ASRAAM-Armed IAF Jaguar (Source:NAL)

Air dominance 

Meteor is MBDA’s ramjet powered and network-enabled beyond visual range air-to-air missile, which is widely recognised as a game changer for air combat. At Aero India 2021, MBDA is displaying SCALP which is being delivered for the Indian Air Force’s Rafale aircraft. ASRAAM is being delivered to the IAF as its New Generation Close Combat Missile programme. ASRAAM will arm the IAF’s upgraded Jaguar fleet and potentially other IAF platforms.

MICA is being delivered for the IAF’s Mirage 2000 upgrade and for Rafale. Mistral ATAM has been delivered to India to equip the HAL weaponised version of the Advanced Light Helicopter, the ALH Rudra. The same system has successfully undergone integration on the LCH platform also manufactured by HAL. 

Battlefield engagement 

MMP is the only fifth generation anti-tank missile available in the world, and it has been designed for dismounted infantry as well as for integration on combat vehicles. The technologies pioneered in MMP will be further developed by ATGM5 in India for the specific operational requirements of the Indian Armed Forces. 

Maritime superiority 

Exocet is well known in India where the submarine variant, SM39, has been delivered to the Indian Navy to arm its Scorpene submarines (Project 75). The AM39 version can be launched from Maritime Patrol Aircraft, strike fighters such as the Rafale as well as medium to heavyweight helicopters. Sea Ceptor is the next-generation, ship-based, all-weather, air defence weapon system. Sea Ceptor utilises the CAMM missile that will protect both the host ship and high value units in the local area.

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Nitin Konde is a freelance journalist with an experience of more than a decade. Being a freelancer, he has covered various domains in his field such as Sports, Biotechnology, Defence etc. and has been associated with brands like The Times of India, Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review Magazines. Since the last three years he has been focusing and writing extensively on the defence sector, he is here to share his expertise with our readers on AviatorsBuzz.