In line with the current priority accorded to defence cooperation between India and France, OIS-AT is pleased to announce its newly concluded JV partnership with a top-rated French defence firm that will considerably augment the Indian company’s ‘make in India’ capability.
The Joint Venture between OIS-AT and Rafaut SAS , a French weapons- to- aircraft interface expert, envisages an exclusive strategic collaboration for R&D, transfer of technology, manufacturing, marketing, sales and services of a range of weapons- to- aircraft interface devices and flight controls equipment and sub-systems. With this partnership OIS-AT is set to leverage the French firm’s know how to undertake manufacture of pylons and allied interface equipment that carry munitions and stores on aircraft and helicopters here in India at a new facility planned in Bengaluru.
Commenting on the French partnership, Mr Bhandari, Founder Chairman & Managing Director of the OIS Group of companies said “By inking this MOU with a best-in-class French company, we are extremely pleased to take forward the momentum created by the Prime Minister’s recent visit to France where he reiterated his vision for a greater role for France under the ‘make in India’ programme. Rafaut has much to offer by way of technology and innovative design with state-of-the-art composite manufacturing techniques, which will considerably enhance OIS-AT’s capabilities and help reverse the trend of buying off-the-shelf from global players”.
Jacques Rafaut, Chairman Rafaut said “This JV is very significant for us as it gives us an opportunity to partner with a technology-focused company like OIS-AT to present our products range and foster collaborative relationships with India. Rafaut is no doubt pleased to be a participant in the ‘Make in India’ adventure, though we have long experience of doing business in India as some of our systems have been in use on the Indian Mirage 2000 for more than 30 years, he added.