Monday, February 20, 2017

Saab takes off for Hyderabad

Bengaluru: ​ What could have been the pride of Bengaluru six years ago in the field of airborne electronic warfare system, is now flourishing in Hyderabad in the neighbouring state of Telangana, much to Bengaluru’s and Karnataka’s loss.

At a time when the information technology city, claiming to be the aerospace capital of India, is increasingly looked upon by the leading global aviation companies for development of future supersonic fighter gets, a major research and development joint venture (JV) between Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) and Swedish aircraft major SAAB for manufacturing airborne electronic warfare systems has silently been taken out of Bengaluru to Hyderabad.

Two years after setting up shop in India, SAAB, back in 2011, had announced a major R&D joint venture with the Bengaluru-headquartered HAL for manufacturing avionics for combat helicopters.

SAAB even decided to shut its manufacturing unit in South Africa in pursuance of a billion dollars’ worth of business opportunities in India over the next 10 years. It had planned to set up a development facility in Bengaluru, and Bangalore Mirror had carried the announcement of the joint venture (JV) in February 2011.

Choosing Bengaluru for their ambitious plan, Inderjit Sial, head of SAAB International India, had said, “Bengaluru is an automatic choice!” Swedish major’s
Asia-Pacific (Marketing and Business Development) Jan Widerstrom had even announced plans of recruiting about 300 students from various Indian universities for training in Sweden. And who were to be placed in India to carry out their R&D.
20/02/17 Niranjan Kaggere/Bangalore Mirror