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Indian defence firms showcase their products to SL

The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka held a seminar on Indian Defence Products at the Taj Samudra Hotel on Friday. Nine Indian companies manufacturing defence equipment participated in this seminar and gave presentations on their respective company’s defence products.

The main aim of the seminar and the presentations was to promote these Indian manufactured defence products to Sri Lanka’s Army, Navy, Air Force and Police forces. The seminar offered brief presentations by the individual firms on their products on offer. Post lunch individual discussions between the respective firms’ representatives and the Tri Forces and Police personnel were also held.

During the one-on-one discussions a Sri Lankan military officer had pointed out to a representative of MKU Private Limited that if world-class products are available in the Asian region, then there is no need to look elsewhere for military related products. MKU is a defence company with a global footprint which manufactures a range of protection and surveillance equipment and solutions catering to both global defence and homeland security forces in over 100 countries.

Among the other companies which participated in this seminar were Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers (GRSE) which is a ship-building company in India under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence, primarily catering to the ship-building requirements of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. They also specialise in amphibious vessels such as landing craft, air cushion vehicles and offshore petrol vessels.

Anti-submarine warfare

Larson and Toubro is one of the leading Indian industry players for development, realisation and supply of critical systems for naval platforms, ships and submarines. They specialise in nuclear submarines as well. L&T’s anti-submarine warfare portfolio for surface ships comprises of ASW Fire Control System, ASW Rocket Launchers, Torpedo Launchers, systems for SONARs, and Torpedo Countermeasure systems. L&T also supplies Torpedo Weapon Complex for underwater platforms. A key partner to the Indian Navy for over three decades, L&T also exports ASW solutions for naval platforms of friendly countries such as Sri Lanka.

Bullet-proof jackets

Indian defence manufacturer SMPP Pvt. Ltd. which specialises in bullet-proof jackets also made a presentation at Friday’s seminar. According to its GM Sujeet Kumar, this company manufactures bullet-proof solutions and has already supplied bullet-proof products to the Indian Air Force (IAF), Naval Commandos, Paramilitary forces like the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG) and state police forces of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Kolkata in addition to various forces around the world.

The Chief Regional Manager for Bharat Electronics Dr. Manisha Mathur represented the company at the seminar. Among the defence products manufactured by Bharat Electronics are defence communication products, Land-based Radars, Naval Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Avionics, Electro Optics, Tank and Armoured Fighting Vehicle Electronic Systems, Weapon Systems, C4I Systems, Shelters and Masts, Simulators, Batteries Components and Devices.

Protected vehicles

Bharat Forge in their presentation highlighted an array of protected vehicles during their presentation at the seminar yesterday. Within a short span of three years, the Kalyani Group with its proven engineering prowess and armouring capabilities has emerged to be a formidable leader in the Protected Vehicles Segment. Their product profile boasts of vehicles like the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), Light Bullet Resistant Vehicle (LBRV), Ultra-Light Strike Vehicle (ULSV), Light Armoured Vehicle (LAM) and the Armoured Troop Carrier (ATC). The Group’s flagship company Bharat Forge Ltd has recently bagged two major export orders in the Protected Vehicles segment. The first order of 10 numbers is for the 4 x 4 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), Class II (STANAG 4569) for the UN missions of Indian Army.

Combat Readiness Score

According to Air Vice Marshal Arvind Verma (rtd) of Zen Technologies, every soldier’s life is precious. Therefore, his company is the world’s only training systems supplier that calculates a Combat Readiness Score (CRS) at the completion of training exercises. The CRS is derived from data captured during training sessions and provides an easy-to-understand way for leaders and commanders to measure the level of combat readiness. Tracking the Combat Readiness Score over time confirms training effectiveness to maintain mission-ready soldiers.

Combat-ready soldiers are fundamental for the security and defence of the country. No matter where or when armed forces are deployed, the skills of a fighting force must constantly be refined and aligned with mission objectives and situations and this company produces an expansive portfolio of live, virtual, constructive and mixed reality combat training systems to develop and maintain combat-ready soldiers.

Armoured military vehicles

Ashok Leyland also featured an array of armoured military vehicles during their presentation which could perform efficiently in any terrain. Their new LSV 4x4 (Light Specialist Vehicle), a small armoured platform dedicated to operate on rough terrains, and adaptable to several purposes: reconnaissance, counter-insurgency, armament carrier, troop carriage, and patrol missions was also featured during their presentation. The Super Stallion 8x8 is the new flagship of Ashok Leyland’s range of military trucks. This high mobility vehicle was developed as a private venture to meet a possible requirement of the Indian Army. The Super Stallion was revealed in 2012.

The event was attended by over 130 officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police. The Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (rtd) also attended the event together with the Tri Forces Commanders.

Judging by the array of military products India has to offer and their vast experience in this field, Sri Lanka as its neighbour can take advantage for the supply of military equipment for the Sri Lankan forces, the seminar was told.

India has already granted Sri Lanka US$ 50 million credit line for defence purposes and this seminar is timely for Sri Lanka as it can take advantage of India’s assistance in building a stronger military.

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