At Aero India 2017 on 14 February, Thales and Bharat Dynamics Ltd. (BDL) signed a Memoranum of Understanding to evaluate possible technology transfer for the Thales STARSTREAK missile to India – a proposal supported by the British government, whose representatives witnessed the signing.
The companies seek to jointly offer a “Make in India” solution to help service growing international demand for STARSTREAK, already in service with the British army and other military forces worldwide. The fastest missile in its category, it is unique due to its three laser-guided darts, which cannot be jammed by any known countermeasure. It has the capability to defeat any air target – even armoured helicopters – as the last line of defence.
Alex Cresswell, Executive Vice President for Land & Air Systems activities at Thales, said: “We are proud to join hands with Bharat Dynamics Ltd for the strategic transfer of technology of our flagship STARSTREAK missile from the UK. Also, we are thankful to the government of the UK for their strong support to this initiative. Sharing technology has been one of the key ingredients of Thales’ strategy for India. We would continue to work in this direction and realise our objective to make in India and export from India through such endeavours.”