TATA Advanced Systems (TASL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Industries, along with leading Tata technology companies (TATA Consultancy Services and TATA Power SED) is joining forces with EADS Defence & Security (EADS DS) to form a high tech team partnership to bid for the Indian Army’s $1 B advanced tactical communications system project, which is expected to be announced later this year. Other technology partners include other TATA entities, Raytheon and Precision Electronics Ltd.

The proposed Indian Army Tactical Communications System is intended to replace the current AREN system and will make use of state-of-the-art technology. The new fully mobile communications system will be contemporary when fielded and will put the Indian Army on par with the most sophisticated tactical mobile systems currently in development for deployment around the globe. The partnership combines international lead systems integration expertise with local domain knowledge of the Indian market to provide an India Centric System with the latest technology and complete security.

Stefan Zoller, CEO of EADS Defence and Security, said, “India holds an important place on the world’s stage and this programme recognises the need for India’s armed forces to have the latest available technology. EADS Defence & Security and TATA can design and deliver one of the most sophisticated battlefield communications systems in the world, and at the same time, will make a significant contribution to India’s high tech economy.”