Saab has joined forces with India’s Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) to support a multi-billion dollar contract for short range surface to air missile and man-portable, very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) programmes.

Both the companies will form a joint venture (JV) that will provide additional support for the Indian Army’s short range surface to air missile (SRSAM) air defence programme.

The new entity will handle the main part of production and delivery of subsystems and systems for SRSAM and VSHORAD programmes.

Saab business area Dynamics head Görgen Johansson said: "I am glad to announce our contribution to ‘Make in India’ through our agreement with KSSL and the Kalyani Group to establish a joint venture company in India for the air defence programmes.

"The joint venture will create a global supplier in the area of ground based air defence systems based in India."

"The JV is already under preparation within both companies, and will be ready to launch soon."

As part of the latest development, orders of missile parts have already been issued to KSSL followed by production-readiness reviews to ensure production quality.

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The companies are currently planning for the technology transfer for different packages within the programmes.

Kalyani Group executive director Amit Kalyani said: "The joint venture company will combine Saab’s knowledge and experience as a developer and supplier of high-technology radar and missile systems, with the engineering excellence and manufacturing capabilities of the Kalyani Group.

"The joint venture will create a global supplier in the area of ground based air defence systems based in India."

Previously, Saab had partnered with India-based transport specialist Ashok Leyland to compete for the SRSAM air defence programme.

The solution offered for the SRSAM requirement combines the Saab BAMSE missile system with Ashok Leyland’s Super Stallion 8×8, a high-mobility vehicle capable of operating in all types of terrain under all weather conditions.

All SRSAM components are expected to be integrated into the Super Stallion 8×8 high-mobility vehicle for transportation to specific locations.