Bilateral Discussions Highlight French Technology Transfer for Air Defense Missiles


copyright: Kedar KarmarkarIndia is keen on granting access to specific technology (assumed to be the seeker and guidance systems) concerning the SRSAM program, which has sofar hindered progress of localization of the French system.

The French company MBDA submitted the MICA VL for the SRSAM, but India eventually selected the Israeli competitor, Rafael offering the Spyder SR. MBDA did not give op on the chance to change the decision, and continues to promote its system, through India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)’s ‘Maitri’ program. The companies are hopeful that with adequate technology transfer, DRDO could bring the program to a maturity level that could reverse the SRSAM selection and offer the system to all three services as well as for export

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