Diehl Seeks Indian Partner To Seal Missile Deal

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  1. Rage

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    Diehl Seeks Indian Partner To Seal Missile Deal

    By PIERRE TRAN
    Published: 13-15 Feb 2009
    04:01 EST (08:01 GMT)

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    BANGALORE, India - Diehl, maker of the Iris-T air-to-air guided missile, is in talks with Bharat Electronics Ltd., Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. and other Indian companies in its search for a local partner to develop military and civil activities, Rainer Ott, a member of the executive board of the Diehl group, said Feb. 13 at the Aero India show.

    "We are looking for a reliable partner," Ott said. "We want to expand our footprint."

    Diehl's search for an Indian business partner follows a well-beaten path by other foreign companies, all seeking a local alliance to boost their chances of winning future sales.

    An entry by the family-owned German company into the Indian missile market would usher in a new European presence as MBDA has had a longstanding relationship with Bharat Dynamics Ltd. BDL has made the Milan anti-tank weapon under license since the 1970s and recently signed a new production agreement.

    Diehl's hopes to secure a larger part of the India military market hang on the tender for 126 warplanes in the Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft program, Ott said on the sidelines of a press conference.

    Diehl won a contract early last year to provide tracks for the Indian Army's Arjun battle tank.

    The Iris-T is the main short range weapon for the Eurofighter Typhoon, and is also certified on the Gripen, F-16 and the F/A-18, all contenders for the Indian competition, reported to be worth $10 billion-$12 billion.

    "India is a potential new market," Ott said.

    Diehl has so far delivered 1,000 Iris-T missiles in a first batch to the German Air Force, which has three Eurofighter Typhoons at the airshow, including one which flies in the aerial display. The company expects further German orders for the infrared missile, which has been bought by seven countries.

    Beyond any sale of missiles to the Indian Air Force, Diehl sees longer term revenue in maintenance and service over the life of the equipment. This is where a local partner would come in. Diehl sold Sidewinder missiles around 50 years ago and serviced the kit and is now taking them back to retire them from service.

    In addition to defense, Diehl's discussions with local companies include plans for setting up a customer support business in avionics and cabin interiors for commercial aviation. A local alliance would not simply be an outsourcing deal but a means to win new Indian programs.

    In Europe, Diehl expects to deliver this summer the first units to the German Army of its high power microwave system for anti-IED protection, for deployment in Afghanistan.

    The company spent around 10 million euros of company funds to develop the vehicle protection system. "Various countries are interested" in the microwave equipment, which can be mounted on a number of vehicle types, Ott said. Full scale production is due to start in 2010.


    Diehl Seeks Indian Partner To Seal Missile Deal - Aero India - 2009


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  3. LETHALFORCE

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    This is suppose to be one notch above the sidewinders.
     
  4. MMuthu

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    Yes.... Involve lot of foriegn and local companies like Boeing, Tata in India, Indians can get employed at the same time we know the technology.
     
  5. indian_sukhoi

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    Dielh can help us in our ongoing Astra missile. These guys have a wide range of experience in Air-to-Air missile Technology.

    Diehl made many types of missiles for Germany and other countries like IRIS-T. They are also manufactures of Sidewinders. A article i read says that the IRIS-T is far more capable than the sidewinder.

    Note - Any aircraft which can fire a Sidewinder can also fire IRIS-T!!
     
  6. John

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    well Iris-T is indeed a good missile but the Asraam is better and deployed on more advanced typhoons in the RAF and the Asraam is faster and has LOAL ability. Asraam can also be fitted on the F-18 IN, F-16, Gripen as well. Asraam has both focal plane and infrared guidance while the Iris-T is purely Infrared. Either ways the Python-5 is way better than both and can go on any of the aircraft as well, its faster, with electro-optical imaging and infra red imagine seekers. Asraam and Aim9x block-2 share the same seeker, so i wouldn't underestimate the Aim-9x block 2.
     
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    Agreed,.....Even i prefer Python-5 over IRS-T and Sidwinders. Like the Python-5, The IRS-T missile can engage targets behind the launching aircraft.


    Another thing is the IRS-T missile have a advanced seeker. Their technology over having seeker would help us Astra a lot.
     
  8. K Factor

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    Agree with John here.

    ASRAAM is the best, followed by IRIS-T and then Python-5. AIM-9X sucks big-time.

    (BTW, AIM-9X Block 2 is not deployed yet, and will not be in the foreseable future.)
     
  9. LETHALFORCE

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    this is what USA is giving Pak (beggars can't be choosy)
     
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    K Factor A Concerned Indian Senior Member

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    LF, Pakistan will not be receiving AIM 9X. They are receiving AIM-9M.
    :wink:

    US will not be giving them any good stuff, even if its bad. :D

    (However, it seems that the AIM-9X is better than what India has at the moment, the R-27 Archers).
     
  11. LETHALFORCE

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    PLAAF also have a large r-27 inventory maybe when pakistan sends them the sidewinders they can make an upgrade.
     
  12. Pintu

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    This is indeed a great news and a great find by Rage and kudos to rage for that and I think incorporating the foreign players not only create a job market for our youths but also much needed technology can be learned.

    Regards
     

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