Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) under the Ministry of Defence and Thales have signed a ‘Teaming Agreement’ to work in partnership on the ‘STARStreak Air Defence system' with the support of both the governments of India and the United Kingdom.The system is to be developed under the ‘Make in India’ programmes.
About STARStreak Missile System
The ‘STARStreak Missile System’ is in service in the British Army and has been procured by defence forces worldwide. It is touted to be the fastest missile in its category and the missile system is unique due to its three laser-guided darts, which cannot be jammed by any known countermeasure. The system also has the capability to defeat any air target – even armoured helicopters – as the last line of defence, said an official spokesman.
The agreement between BDL and Thales also presents an opportunity for industrial cooperation between both countries to facilitate closer collaboration and co-development between industries on either side.
The government's ‘Make in India’ programme, ‘ease of doing business’ and recent ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiatives have created a congenial ecosystem for foreign original equipment manufacturers to tie up with Indian companies like BDL to establish the production facility.