EADS offers tech transfer for light combat aircraft

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Feb 25 | Updated: Feb 26 2008, 05:42am hrs
With the US aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin awaiting Congress clearance to offer Transfer of Technology (ToT) to India for the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, European aerospace defence and security major, EADS, has offered the technology for installation on board the indigenously-produced light combat aircraft.

Talking to the mediapersons, CEO of the company Stefan Zoller said, We have offered to co-develop the AESA e-copter radars with DRDO-LRDE.

AESA radars, which are fitted on board the US frontline fighters like F-16, F-5 and F-18/A, help pilots track threats like cruise missile. Also, they target simultaneously in the air and on ground.

Under the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2006, the ToT of the radars is one of the key demands raised by India in request for proposals sent out to six major companies bidding for the $10-billion deal for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force.The company has also ensured coherent delivery of end-to-end services for its military and security customers and is fully engaged in future tactical and infrastructural network projects for the Indian Army, he said. As an example of its commitment to India, we have delivered to the Indian Army a complete test bed (Parikshak) in order to help it understand the need for the tactical communications system (TCS) project, Zoller added.

Meanwhile, Eurofighter is planning to open an office in New Delhi shortly to have local representation during the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition.