MBDA expands Indian offset engagement

30 September 2019

European missile specialist MBDA has pointed to its recently announced strengthened partnership with Indian company Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) as indicative of its efforts to deepen its in-country engagement in defence offsets and industrial collaboration.

Under an agreement signed in September between MBDA and BDL, the two firms intend to collaborate on establishing a final assembly, integration and test (FAIT) facility in support of the European company's Mistral air-to-air/air defence missile and its Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM). Both missile systems are in operation with the Indian military.

In a statement to Jane's on 30 September, MBDA said its new arrangement with BDL is a "good example" of its expanding collaborative work with both public and private sector entities in India.

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