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Wing Cdr Vaidyanathan (Retd)



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UPDATE IN DEFENCE MANUFACTURING IN INDIA The Crown Group partners with Spherea for joint development and deployment of maintenance test solutions for the Indian defence sector

Nov 12, 2021

The entities will jointly develop and market various solutions for the Indian Airforce and Navy under the ‘Make in India’ framework

The Crown Group recently signed an MoU with Spherea, a leading French electronic systems manufacturing and testing group.

Under the partnership, the entities will engage in the joint development and deployment of maintenance test solutions in India to address the Indian defence market through the ‘Make in India’ policy of the Government of India.

The Crown Group will be setting up the collaborative facilities and will facilitate sales and marketing of Spherea’s products and services, such as consulting for test specifications detailing, test programme development, definition, production and delivery as well as after-sales support of the test systems. The collaboration could also explore ‘technology transfer’ opportunities.

As a partner, Crown Group will integrate Spherea’s technical inputs into various processes related to electronics testing, maintenance and repair of equipment related to electronics, electro-optics and electronic warfare for the Indian Airforce and Navy’s existing & upcoming needs.

Speaking about this, Wing Cdr Vaidyanathan (Retd), CEO, Aviatech, stated, “At Crown Group, we work with several leading international companies to serve various requirements of the Indian Air Force and Navy. Our decades-long experience in the Indian defence sector has given us unmatched expertise and understanding of the segment. The world of defence technologies is becoming increasingly cutting-edge and digital. In view of the contemporary needs of electronic defence technologies, our partnership with Spherea will play a key role in catering to the needs related to development, maintenance and operations of latest defence systems and weaponry for the country.”

Speaking about the partnership, Pabon Florence, Spherea, asserted, “India and France have a long history of defence co-operation and this partnership will add another milestone to this glorious relationship. Spherea recently appointed Group Captain (Retd) Sanjeev Bedi as their representative in India. The Crown Group has been a leading contributor to the Indian defence sector, and we believe that this partnership will allow us to use our technical expertise in testing of electronics to benefit the Indian Air Force and Navy’s projects under the ‘Make in India’ framework.”

Apart from support for the Indian market, the collaboration involves factors, such as joint development, deployment, maintenance and operation of various electronic test systems. The ‘technology transfer’ will boost local manufacturing & development of the defence technologies and enhance the technological capabilities of the Crown Group in areas of electronic testing and military equipment production.

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