The DefExpo 2018 is organised with the aim of promoting domestic defence manufacturing industries. On April 11, an Indian company Cyient Solutions & Systems, a provider of engineering design, manufacturing, geospatial, networks, and operations management services to global industry leaders has signed a deal with Israel-based BlueBird Eye System, a leader in design, development, and production of micro, mini, and small tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to provide Unarmed aerial Vehicle (UAV) to Indian defence, paramilitary forces and police services.
Both the companies signed a joint venture agreement at DefExpo 2018. Cyient will hold 51% of the shares and 49% of the shares will be with BlueBird Eye System. The products like SpyLite, ThunderB, and MicroB systems that offer highly-innovative UAS (unmanned aircraft system) technology will be made in India. UAS technology can be used for covert and real time intelligence operations. Field trials of SpyLite were successfully conducted by Cyient Solutions and Systems. SpyLite’s will be useful in a tactical surveillance role at high altitude and in extreme weather conditions.
Cyient Solutions & Systems will indigenise, manufacture, assemble, integrate, and test advanced UAV systems at its production facilities in Hyderabad by utilising BlueBird’s technology and manufacturing know-how. Cyient in partnership with BlueBird Eye will also provide aftermath services, maintenance and support to the users across India.
Krishna Bodanapu, chief executive officer and managing director, Cyient, said, “The joint venture with BlueBird Aero Systems combines our design and manufacturing expertise to bring the best of UAV technology to the Indian defence industry. The joint venture also underlines the commitment of both partners to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative,” reported The Times of India.
Ronen Nadir, founder & CEO, BlueBird Aero Systems, said, “We are proud to team up with Cyient in this joint venture that enables indigenisation, manufacturing, training, and support of our advanced, field-proven UAV systems in India. Bluebird is happy to transfer to Cyient Solutions & Systems the latest technology and knowhow to further enhance what we see as a long-term partnership for Indian UAV market.”