Saab and Wipro in cooperation for land-based Active Protection Systems (APS)

Saab and Wipro have signed a Teaming Agreement to jointly pursue opportunities for Active Protection System on the Indian market.


From left, Rajni Kant, Practice Director Aeorospace & Defense, Wipro, Gopi Padiyath, Vice President Auto, Aerospace & Defense, Wipro, Micael Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab's business area Electronic Defence Systems and Håkan Kappelin, Marketing manager, business area Electronic Defense Systems, Saab.

Wipro Ltd (NYSE: WIT), a leading IT Services Company globally with a strong presence in niche market segments of Infrastructure Engineering and Consumer Products & Lighting has signed a Teaming Agreement (TA) with Saab, a world leader in products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security, to manufacture, deliver and market Saab’s entire suite of the Land Electronic Defence Systems (LEDS) in India. The Land Electronic Defence System (LEDS) provides active protection to light and medium combat vehicles as well as to main battle tanks against engagement by weapons like the RPGs, anti-tank missiles, mortars and artillery shells. In this association Saab brings in the unique competence and technological knowhow and Wipro supports in aligning this to the Indian requirements, creating a unique offer to the Indian market.

The announcement was made by Mr. Micael Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems, and Mr. Pratik Kumar, President, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, today at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2011 being held at ExCel, London. DSEi is the world’s largest fully integrated defence and security exhibition and a key event for the defence and security community and provides a unique platform to view the latest equipment and systems.

For the military defence market
Wipro and Saab will jointly pursue opportunities for LEDS in India with Indian defence establishments and original equipment manufactures. Wipro will be involved in the development, adaptation and integration of the LEDS equipment and software for Indian customers. The components will be developed, manufactured and systems integrated by Wipro to address the Indian market for land based APS systems. There is also the possibility of Saab leveraging the India advantage to market these systems manufactured by Wipro internationally as well.

“Our current goal with reference to this partnership is to serve the Indian market with state-of-the-art APS solutions. Wipro brings in the unique ability and competency to adapt the product for the Indian market and provide excellent service and product supports. This partnership will include sourcing of components from India, transfer of technology to Wipro and the manufacture and integration of APS by Wipro in India, thereby putting the country on the global map as a  reliable, cost effective and high quality defence manufacturing hub” says Pratik Kumar, President, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering

This partnership is the continuation on earlier signed MoUs in 2008 and 2010 and a Consulting Agreement earlier in 2011 between Saab and Wipro addressing the Indian Survivability technology market and Saab’s usage of Wipro competences in the LEDS development.

“India is a very important market for us and an important cornerstone of our overall global strategy. We are very confident about Wipro’s technological, innovation and manufacturing capabilities and are excited to partner with them. This collaboration marks our next step towards consolidating our position in the Indian defense market,” said Mr Micael Johansson.

The Land Electronic Defence System (LEDS) combines active signature management, softkill and hardkill mechanisms to provide full spectrum active protection to land vehicles. The specifications include full hemispherical coverage to detect incoming threats and alert the crew. When installed in full configuration, the System offers main battle tank comparable protection also to light and medium combat vehicles against engagement by weapons like the RPGs, anti-tank missiles, KE ammunition, mortars and artillery shells.

LEDS consists of a sensor suite including Laser Warning Systems and Radar sensors, a central active defence controller (ADC), a high speed directed launch system (HSDL) and countermeasure options, ranging from fast multi-spectral smoke, through active signature management devices and decoys, to hardkill options defeats the entire engagement cycle before it impacts the vehicle. The deployment is controlled intelligently from the ADC by taking into consideration the wind conditions, threat engagement geometry and vehicle motion.

Saab is exhibiting at DSEi 2011. The LEDS can be viewed in the Saab stand N3-440.


About Wipro Infrastructure Engineering
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, a division of Wipro Ltd, is a global leader in precision engineered hydraulic cylinders and components. It is a Tier-1 supplier to global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of construction and earth moving machinery, material handling equipment, forestry equipment, heavy and medium commercial vehicles among other industries, across Asia and Europe.

Wipro has ambitious plans for the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) segment and is currently implementing plans for the manufacture of Aerospace Actuators and related precision engineered components.

About  Wipro
Wipro Limited provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, IT enabled services, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally. Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro also has profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. Wipro's ADSs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit our website at www.wipro.com.

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About Saab
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. With 13,300 employees, annual sales of SEK 23 billion, and 17 percent outlay in R&D, Saab is one of the major European defence and security players with a long history of association with Indian Defence.

Saab in India is committed to the Indian society and manifests its commitments through R&D investments, customised solutions and tailor made offset projects. We are intensifying our operations in India with a long-term perspective contributing with technological know-how to the Indian defence industry. Saab is willing to support the national defence and civil authorities to be better prepared for future threats. By developing an indigenous defence industry and by providing solutions to threats identified, India will stand strong in the future.

Saab is a responsible partner enhancing developing India’s national security

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