Fresh from the successful testing of Gagan, the satellite-based
navigation system being jointly developed by the Indian
Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and US defence major
Raytheon, the US company is probing fresh tie-ups with
$22-billion US defence firm is now actively holding talks
with both public and private sector companies in India
to develop state-of-the-art electronics surveillance systems
and possible missile defence on a partnership basis.
are talking to many Indian companies, including the PSUs,
on possible partnerships to develop defence-related equipment
in India," Torkel Patterson, president of Raytheon
International, said on the sidelines of the Farnborough
International Air Show in London.
seven divisions, Raytheon produces more than 7,000 defence-related
products. And, with the US government encouraging increased
defence cooperation with India, Raytheon wants to enter
the Indian market in a big way.
has come to work with the Indian companies for the benefit
of both countries," Patterson said adding, once the
Indo-US nuclear deal sails through, it would herald a
new era in bilateral relations, especially in defence.
company has already held discussions with the Tata group,
Larson & Toubro Ltd and public sector Defence Research
and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research
is keen on selling its expertise in satellite communications,
tactical and civil communications and surface launched
missiles. Though Raytheon has been maintaining its presence
in India for more than six decades, the recent developments
in Indo-US defence co-operation and the nuclear deal seems
to have added momentum to Raytheon's India operation.
India has recently procured Firefinder counter battery
radars and the Gagan air traffic and civil navigation
system from Raytheon, the US company is also looking at
the large and growing market for home security in the
Gagan-TDS network, which works on GPS signals, can also
be used by other modes of transport, including rail, road
and maritime traffic.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to use Gagan to
meet the growing needs for communications, navigation
and surveillance and air traffic management. AAI plans
to install the system in over 100 airports in the country.