By Dr Anantha Krishnan M
AFS Yelahanka (Bengaluru), Feb 15: Samtel Avionics is among the few companies that got on to the Make in India wagon almost a decade ago, before such a concentrated campaign was launched in the country. Samtel’s MoU with the Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), a DRDO lab in Bengaluru way back in 2004, set the pace for the company to get into the Make in India mode, delivering home-grown products.
In a freewheeling interview ahead of the 10th edition of Aero India, set to begin at AFS Yelahanka on February 18, Puneet Kaura, Executive Director, Samtel Avionics, told OneIndia that the MoU with DARE opened up new avenues for the company.
“The MoU was to develop indigenous technologies to facilitate production of rugged multifunction displays (MFDs) in India. This technology was successfully deployed on Su-30 MKIs under the Samtel-HAL JV. Later, we formed a JV with HAL to address the avionics requirements including Test Benches and Systems for all HAL star platforms - both fixed and rotary wing,” Puneet said.
* An early bird to Make in India concept
* Turnover to touch Rs 200 crore
* New areas on Samtel’s radar
* Products for Indian armed forces
* Products to be exhibited at Aero India 2015
(Make in India Watch [#MI2Watch] is a series on OneIndia focusing on the aerospace and defence might of India’s private and domestic industries. It also aims to capture the voices of leaders spearheading various projects.)
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