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Top sources reveal that the Indo-French joint tri-services Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM), christened Maitri, is likely to receive formal sanction shortly by the Indian government, with both sides finalising workshare agreements on the programme, initially entered into over three years ago. Described variously as the defunct Trishul point defence missile programme imbued with fresh life, joint work has already begun on the missile, that should see a first test-firing by late 2012. While MBDA and DRDL have awaited formal project sanction, the two agencies have been exchanging data on the Mica and Trishul for the last two years, and are ready to begun building the missile. The vertical launch weapon will have a range of 15-km and will be propelled by a smokeless solid rocket motor.
Indo-French Maitri SR-SAM Awaits Workshare Clearance
A comprehensive workshare proposal has been put together by DRDO and technology partner MBDA for the MAITRI short range surface-to-air missile (SR-SAM) programme. According to sources at DRDO and MBDA, both sides have identified all collaborative development areas and are are fully prepared to complete development and the first phase of testing within three years from the time the project is given formal sanction by the Cabinet. The partnership began in 2007 as part of the umbrella government-to-government agreement between India and France on missiles. Like at AeroIndia 2009, where it made its public debut, a full-scale model of the Maitri will make a reappearance at DefExpo 2010 which kicks off next week.
The ownership of the Maitri programme is envisaged as being fully Indian. With baseline technologies from the Trishul SAM programme, the Maitri programme basically envisages the sale of certain key technologies by MBDA to DRDO (seeker, endgame avionics, thrust vector control, propulsion modifications), though production will not be under a corporate joint venture on the lines of BrahMos, but would rather be carried out entirely by Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), India's state-owned munitions production agency.
The Maitri is being built in two basic variants -- a ship-borne point defence and tactical air defence version for the Navy and a land-based self-propelled (wheeled and tracked) launcher-based system for the Air Force and Army.
The Maitri short-range (15km,9.3mi) surface-to-air missile is a point defense system being co-developed by DRDO in collaboration with MBDA of France under a 2007 government-to-government agreement.
The missile will fill the gap created by the Indian government's decision to wind up development of the Trishul point defense missile system.
IAF sources tell AW&ST that a the formal go-ahead to the project will likely be accorded during French President Nicolas Sarkozy visits New Delhi later this year. (October 16, 2010)
Maitri will build on the work done by DRDO while developing the Trishul missile, using technology transfer from MBDA to fill the technological gaps that led to the failure of the Trishul project.
MBDA will provide the seeker, thrust vector control, terminal guidance system and composites for a modified propulsion system. DRDO will provide the software, command and control system and launchers.
The Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (ERDE), Bangalore, is developing two indigenous radars for the Maitri project. These would be new-generation variants of Central Acquisition Radar (3D-CAR), with the ability to track 150 targets simultaneously at a distance of 200 kilometers. The naval variant would be called the Revati and the air force version Rohini.
Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) will work as the system integrator and roll out the missile.
Two variants of the missile are planned
1. A ship-borne point and tactical air defense version for the Navy
2. A mobile wheeled and tracked system for use by the Air Force and Army.
A mockup of the Maitri missile was displayed at AeroIndia 2009.
Development of the missile is expected to be completed within three years of the project go-ahead, when initial testing will commence.
The IAF expects to start receiving the missile by late 2013.
Missiles to be made in a DRDL-MBDA $500-million JV
India and France have concluded negotiations to co-produce short-range surface-to-air missiles (SAM) on the lines of the Indo-Russian Brahmos missile.
India, set to spend $50 billion in the next five years on defence deals, is now looking at new partners to replace Russia, therefore, termed Maitri (Friendship). The Indo-French short-range missile will be offered to the Army for replacing the near-obsolete Russian SAMs. The $500-million project will be a joint venture with MBDA, one of the worldâ€™s largest missile manufacturers.
The missile can strike at hostile aircraft 9 km away and could also be used for protection of sensitive government and economic complexes.
Sources told FE that, â€œFrance is keen to develop a new short-range surface-to-air missile (SR-SAM) in cooperation with India, negotiations which have been concluded.â€
The new system Maitri may incorporate technology from Indiaâ€™s Trishul SAM and MBDAâ€™s MICA. Indiaâ€™ state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has released a global RFP for co-development of SR-SAM system.
The agreement for the same is expected to be signed shortly and will be between Hyderabad-based DRDL and MBDA. It is a retry to revive the work done under the unsuccessful Trishul LLQRM project, which had been all but scrapped a few years ago following repeated rejections by Army and Air Force officials for failing to meet required parameters.
India and France are also close to inking deals for a 2 billion euro joint missile development and upgrading the Indian Air Forceâ€™s (IAF) Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft at a cost of 1.5 billion euros, a French government statement had said on Monday.
Thales will upgrade the Mirage fighter jets and European missile maker MBDA will develop the Maitri project for a surface-to-air defence missile system.
â€œThough no defence agreements, price negotiations between the two sides for the upgradation of the 51 Mirage-2000 jet fighters in the IAF have reached a successful conclusion. After the upgrade, the Mirages will be in service for another 15-20 years,â€ sources told FE.
India is also in the market to buy 126 fighter jets, a deal worth $11 billion, and about 200 helicopters worth another $4 billion.
According to defence experts, India is expected to spend $80 billion between 2012 and 2022 to upgrade its military.
As per the deal which is expected to be inked in a few weeks time, around six IAF Mirages will be upgraded in France, while the rest will equipped with new avionics, weapon and sensor suites to enhance their combat edge by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) in India under transfer of technology in the project.
This will be the second such big programme with the upgrade of 63 MiG-29s already under way under a $964 million contract inked with Russia in March 2008.
It will also be the second big defence deal to be inked with France after the ongoing Rs 18,798 crore project to construct six Scorpene submarines at Mazagon Docks, which incidentally is running two years behind schedule amid huge cost escalation. Today, the main ongoing joint project is the manufacture, under French licence, of six Scorpene submarines at Mazagon docks near Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are due to visit India this month, a sign that major powers are vying for the worldâ€™s biggest new defence market.
France Intends to Develop Surface-to-Air Missiles with India: French Diplomat Levitte
New Delhi:France wants to develop a new short-range surface-to-air missile (SR-SAM) in cooperation with India. Negotiations are nearing conclusion, according to Jean-David Levitte, Diplomatic Adviser to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
This new system may be the Maitri, which may incorporate technology from India's Trishul SAM and MBDA's MICA. India' state-run Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) released a global RFP for co-development of SR-SAM system. Levitte said the process to secure a foreign partner is underway.
India recently announced orders for the Akash, another indigenously designed missile, and the Israeli-built SPYDER.
The Maitri missile project is a next-generation low-level, quick-reaction surface-to-air missile (LLQRM) being developed by Indian-based Defence Research and Development Organization in collaboraion with the Britain-based MBDA. Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), a lab of DRDO will act as the main design centre in India.
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gene...dline=India Nears Fielding Of New SAM Systems
India Nears Fielding Of New SAM Systems
The Indian air force is gearing up to field a raft of new air defense equipment and address long-standing concerns about the existing inventory.
New Delhi has long worried about gaps; and in areas where it has fielded air defense systems, the equipment is often out of date. Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Naik, the Indian air force (IAF) leader, says half of the equipment at his command faces obsolescence, with that label applying to the majority of air defense weapons.
That situation is now being remedied. By next March, the IAF will begin receiving the first of 18 Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)-Rafael Spyder quick-reaction medium-range missile systems. The offshore deal became necessary in 2006 because of development problems and delays in the indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) program.
However, Akash has since turned the corner, and the IAF decided to order six more Akash batteries worth $925 millionâ€”each with 125 missilesâ€”in addition to the two systems already on order. The service will receive its first two Akash batteries in February, and is likely to deploy them in Indiaâ€™s Northeast.
The IAF also anticipates joint development work kicking off in earnest on the 15-km.-range (9.3-mi.) Indo-French Maitri short-range SAM (SR-SAM), which is aimed at filling the void created when the Indian government decided to wind up the Trishul point-defense weapon program in 2006 and effectively de-link it from IAF and Indian navy requirements. A workshare agreement between the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and European missile maker MBDA has been concluded. IAF sources suggest a formal accord sanctioning the program is likely soon, possibly when French President Nicolas Sarkozy visits New Delhi later this year.
An MBDA official says the SR-SAM would finish development work and the first phase of testing within three years of program go-ahead. While no official timelines have been revealed, the IAF expects the system to be available for deployment by late 2013.
Even higher on the IAFâ€™s priority list is the 70-km.-range MR-SAM that the DRDO is developing with IAI. The IAF has revealed plans to raise at least two regiments that will use the MR-SAM, each with 40 launchers and support equipment. In India, the MR-SAM will progressively replace the IAFâ€™s antiquated Soviet-vintage SA-3 Pechora and SA-8 OSA-AK SAM systems. A proposed foreign-assisted upgrade of the Pechora fleet was shelved two years ago, with the IAF deciding it was more economical to pursue a limited ground-equipment modification by Bharat Electronics Ltd. The Pechora, OSA-AK and 9K38 Igla man-portable SAM systems are effectively obsolete, and the IAF admits it has had to cannibalize equipment to keep a minimum number operationally effective.
The raft of modernization activities should remedy a situation that, in June 2006, was strongly criticized by the Indian parliamentary committee on defense, which accused the defense ministry of taking a â€œlackadaisical approachâ€ to existing needs and being responsible for â€œderailed modernization and critical voids.â€ Shortly after the committeeâ€™s stinging report was released, the government began prioritizing air defense purchases and development programs.
But these activities to not address all of the air forceâ€™s concerns; radar coverage is another worry. The IAF currently has fast-track tenders out for long-range surveillance radars, high-powered radars, three-dimensional C/D band air surveillance radars, low-level transportable radars and radars for mountain surveillance in Indiaâ€™s northern and eastern sectors.
Maitri ? JV with French ?
Nod for short-range surface-to-air missile soon
A final nod from the Indian government on the Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR SAM) project is expected shortly. The project involves joint development of short-range surface-to-air missile for the three services by technology transfer from European MBDA in joint development with DRDO and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) as the production agency.
The announcement of completion of negotiations between the two governments was made in a joint statement during French President Francoise Hollande's visit to India in February. Loic Piedevache, country head, MBDA, said, "We are expecting the project to be finalised very shortly. We look at India as a long-term strategic partner."
The missile is to be developed in two variants â€” ship-based variant for the Navy and land-based for the Indian Army as well as the IAF.
The consortium's another flagship project Milan 2T is expected to be further extended and contract for the same is likely to be signed "soon" according to Piedevache. "The modalities of production are still in discussion phase with BDL," he said.
It may be noted that the Defence Acquisition Council recently approved procurement of additional Milan 2T portable anti-tank missiles for the infantry. This, when the original manufacturer has moved to a more advanced extended range (ER) version of the missile.
BDL has so far produced 1, 2 and 2T versions of the missile. The consortium's PARS 3LR missile has also been one of the contenders for arming HAL's Rudra platform along with Israel. While the field evaluation trials were completed about a year ago in Sweden, a final decision from the MoD and the Army is awaited. HAL had handed over the first weapon systems integrated version of ALH to the Army in Aero India 2013.
While the increasing importance to the strategic cooperation between India and France was further underlined during former foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai's Paris visit in June that listed 'defence' as one of the pillars of strategic cooperation between the two nations, the DRDO in September 2011 had inked a deal with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) for increased cooperation between the two nations.
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Can the maitri be modified as an air launched version as a WVR missile?
Maitri is a Surface to Air missile not an air-to-air missile. But DRDO can learn more from Europe's MBDA other missiles such as MICA & METEOR.
Maitri system is modernised Trishul SAM with VL Mica. It is already and air to air missile.
Vertical Launched MICA system by MBDA...
Rs 30,000 crore India-France missile development plan in troubled waters - The Times of India
Maybe Land based Short Range Air Defence had become an obsolete phenomenon
But what about the Navy ?
They need to replace those Barak-1 missiles.
Rs 30,000 cr India-France missile development plan in troubled waters
Rs 30,000 crore India-France missile development plan in troubled waters - The Times of India
NEW DELHI: An India-France proposed joint venture expected to be worth around Rs 30,000 crore to develop short range air defence missiles seems to have run into rough weather as Indian Air Force feels that its requirements could be met by indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile weapon system.
The proposed joint venture is planned between DRDO and the French missile manufacturer MBDA under which they were planning to produce short-range surface-to-air missile (SR-SAM) systems for the Indian Air Force for the Maitri programme.
The Akash air defence missile system has already been developed by the DRDO indigenously and its development trials were completed successfully by the agency in Odisha recently.
The SR-SAM is also planned to be a project in the same class, highly placed sources said here.
The IAF feels that when the indigenous system meets the requirements of the force, then there is no requirement for importing or co-developing a similar system, they said.
As per the proposed SR-SAM project, the IAF had to induct 49 Missile Firing Units (MFUs) of the co-developed missiles.
The IAF has already placed orders for eight squadrons of the Akash surface-to-air missile and it would require to place orders for another 25 squadrons of the weapon systems to meet its complete requirement of air defence missiles of this range, the sources said.
The induction would also save a lot of foreign exchange and help in expanding the indigenous missile production industry in view of the large orders to be placed, they said.
The negotiations for the SR-SAM project were started in 2007-08 and it was discussed in detail in parleys between the Indian and French government at highest levels during visits by senior dignitaries to each other's country.
During talks between French President Francois Hollande and the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in January 2013, the two sides had stated that negotiations for finalization of the joint development programme have been concluded.
The indigenously developed Akash missile, with a 27-km range and an effective ceiling of 15km, was recently test fired from Integrated Test Range in Balasore district in Odisha.
The Akash air defence weapon system has been designed, developed and led to production by DRDO for defending and protecting important assets of the country from penetrating aerial attacks.
The missile is planned to be inducted in to the Army and the Air Force.
It was developed by the DRDO as part of the integrated missile development programme under which Agni, Prithvi, Trishul and Nag missile systems were to be developed.
Good news for indigenous defence sector :thumb:
Re: Rs 30,000 cr India-France missile development plan in troubled wat
I am not sure if it a good news, but India do need a SR SAM to provide cover for mobile Armored column where moving Akash SAM may not be good choice...
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