[SIZE="4"]Saab TCS launch aeronautical partnership[/SIZE]
On 19 February, Saab and TCS launched their collaborative project, the Aeronautical Design and Development Centre, at a formal ceremony to mark the start of the aeronautical partnership.
Image: The Indian Ambassador, H E Mr Balkrishna Shetty, Defence attaché Jasvinder Singh Mann and Amit Bajaj, Marketing Manager for TCS is talking to Pontus Kallén, Managing Director Saab Aerosystems. Photo Per Kustvik, Condesign.
The launch of the Aeronautical Design and Development Centre (ADDC) included the formal induction of Indian engineers into Saab’s Linköping facilities. Those present included India's Ambassador and the mayor of Linköping, Sweden.
The Aeronautical Design and Development Centre has been recently awarded its first contract by Saab to participate in the Aerostructural design and development for Gripen Next Generation
. This will enable ADDC to play a pivotal role in development activities in different Saab products.
The mayor of Linköping, Ann-Cathrine Hjerdt, welcomed the Indian engineers who will be residing in the city for the next six months while working at Saab.
“A good partnership”
Speaking on the occasion Indian Ambassador, H E Mr Balkrishna Shetty
, said “It is a privilege for me to be a small part of the work to bring India and Sweden closer together. This is a good partnership for everybody."
Marie Bredberg, Managing Director for Saab business unit Combitech
, expressed confidence that the ADDC will be of significant interest for customers. "By combining Saab's plentiful experience within aviation and TCS's skills, we are creating a stronger offering. But this is not only a collaboration between companies, it is also a partnership between people,” she said.
Image: Amit Bajaj, who is Marketing Manager for TCS (in the middle) and the managing directors for Saab Aerosystems, Pontus Kallén, and Combitech, Marie Bredberg, see major business opportunities. Photo Per Kustvik, Condesign.
According to Amit Bajaj, Marketing Manager for TCS, "TCS is genuinely committed to this partnership and treats it with the utmost seriousness. In this instance, one plus one is greater than two."
Also attending the ceremony were Defence attaché Jasvinder Singh Mann
, Östergötland County Governor Björn Eriksson and County Director Magnus Holgersson. Representing Gripen International were India campaign members Eddy de la Motte, Jonas Härmä and Joanna Sjölander.
Allows Saab to set a footprint in India
Earlier, in September 2008, Saab and TCS, had signed a Letter of Intent to set up the ADDC as a long term relationship, with Saab undertaking to transfer technology and competencies in the aerospace sector. It is set up to provide engineering, services and solutions, and to address market opportunities in areas such as structures, systems, avionics and after market support. The centre will address the requirements of the global and Indian Aerospace & Defence markets.
The ADDC allows Saab to set a footprint in India together with TCS to capture opportunities emerging in the aerospace and defence sector.