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14 octobre 2014 2 14 /10 /octobre /2014 19:35
Bharat Forge strikes French aerospace deal


14 October 2014 indiaincorporated.com


India’s high tech components manufacturer has clinched a deal with French aerospace giant Safran.


The long-term agreement involves the supply of high integrity forged and machined components for commercial aircraft applications of Safran's global affiliates.


The companies have been working together for the past 18 months on a demonstrator phase for the trial production of critical forgings in several materials for aerospace. These materials include titanium, nickel-based and steel alloys.


The latest agreement will facilitate Safran to explore opportunities and expand its reach in Indian aerospace across civil and military sectors.


B.N. Kalyani, chairman and managing director of Bharat Forge, said: “The partnership highlights our unwavering commitment to add tangible value to the vast opportunities offered by the Indian aerospace sector and confirms our resolve to strengthening our partnership for supplying forged components to Safran's global affiliate network.”


The first step of the partnership involves a Purchase Order issued by Safran.


Stephane Lauret, CEO of Safran India Private Limited, added: "This latest development reflects our two companies' commitment to expanding our collaboration for the benefit of our customers in India and abroad."


Pune-headquartered Bharat Forge is the flagship company of the $2.5-billion Kalyani Group.

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 07:35
Bharat Forge Makes a Play To Expand

On the Move: India's Bharat Forge has purchased the gun manufacturing facility from Ruag of Switzerland.


Oct. 15, 2013 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI – Defense News


Private Indian Firm Pursuing Overseas Tie-ups


NEW DELHI — A little known name in India’s defense sector — privately owned Bharat Forge — plans to become a major player, especially in the artillery and specialized vehicles segment.


The company, which belongs to the Kalyani Group, has acquired the gun manufacturing facility from Switzerland’s Ruag and has been given permission by the government to set up a joint venture with Elbit Systems of Israel.


The joint venture will be called BF Elbit Advanced. It will develop, assemble and manufacture defense systems, particularly artillery guns, mortar gun systems and ammunition.


Until 2011, private companies in India could not enter the defense sector.


Rajinder Bhatia, CEO of Bharat Forge, said the company has received requests for information (RFIs) for several high-tech projects in the past year, including the low-level quick-reaction missile system; medium-range, surface-to-air missile system; and long-range, surface-to-air missile system. Bhatia said Bharat Forge will concentrate mainly on the gun projects and will not participate in the RFIs offered.


“Kalyani Group has a very focused approach, and we intend participating in certain chosen segments which are aligned to our core competence,” Bhatia said. “Our competence is towards weapon systems which require high-tech manufacturing and in-depth knowledge of metallurgy and materials.”


The company has developed a 155mm/52-caliber gun and has teamed with Elbit Systems to co-develop and co-produce the mountain version of the gun.


The Indian Army has a requirement for a variety of 155mm/52-caliber guns worth more than US $3 billion. Yet, the Army has failed to acquire a single gun from the overseas market.


With Elbit, Bhatia said he sees an opportunity.


“Elbit is a very strong company with a wide ranging portfolio,” Bhatia said. “There are a number of segments like artillery systems, protected vehicles, precision ammunition and other high-end products where we can collaborate with each other.”


Overseas Tie-up


To tap into the $100 billion defense market — and encouraged by the government’s initiative to boost domestic defense companies — Bharat Forge plans several tie-ups with overseas companies, but isn’t ready to name them yet.


Analysts say domestic defense companies will need to partner with overseas companies aggressively to compete in several defense tenders being offered first to domestic firms as part of an unwritten Defence Ministry policy to boost the domestic industry.


“Without a doubt, [Bharat Forge] will need to collaborate with overseas companies for system-level know-how and will most likely get to start a build-to-print facility should they win the contract,” said Rajesh Narayan, a Mumbai-based investment banker. “However, should they aspire for the partnership to evolve into local system integration, they need to forge alliances and partnerships with Indian small manufacturing enterprises.”


Gun Facility


Bharat Forge’s acquisition of Ruag allows it to build self-propelled artillery guns and vehicles at Pune in India.


The facility has been manufacturing artillery systems, including M109 self-propelled tracked systems. The line was upgraded in 2004 to tackle artillery systems for 155mm/52-caliber guns. In addition, the line has also been used to upgrade tank systems from 105mm to 120mm artillery gun systems.


Another Bharat Forge executive claimed the company can manufacture a variety of guns, including 105mm, 130mm and 155mm/52-caliber naval guns. The facility can also upgrade armored systems, the executive added.


Some of Bharat Forge’s ongoing projects include upgrade programs for light multipurpose reconnaissance vehicles, light bulletproof vehicles and light strike vehicles.

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26 avril 2013 5 26 /04 /avril /2013 07:35
Domestic Firms Allowed in India Gun Contest


Apr. 25, 2013 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI  - Defense News


NEW DELHI — For the first time, domestic private sector defense companies will be allowed to compete alongside foreign companies in the forthcoming 155mm/52-caliber mounted gun tender, expected to be floated in the next two to three months.


Before, only overseas original equipment manufacturers could participate in the tender, according to the categorization of the program.


The Defence Ministry allowed the participation of domestic defense firms after those companies demanded that the ministry change the categorization of the competition from “Buy and Make Global” to “Buy Global.” The designation allows domestic companies to compete.


Under “Buy and Make Global,” only overseas companies can participate, with the requirement that those companies transfer technology to the state-owned Ordnance Factories Board.


The Indian Army will now issue a global tender for 814 mounted guns, to include domestic companies Tata Power SED, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Bharat Forge. Overseas companies include Nexter of France, Rosoboronexport of Russia, Israel Aerospace Industries, BAE Systems of the UK and General Dynamics of the US.


An executive at Tata Power SED said they have not been told of the decision yet by the MoD, but added that his firm can manufacture all 814 in Bangalore .


In January, the private domestic companies demanded to be considered for future 155mm gun projects, estimated to be worth more than US $3 billion.


Domestic private sector companies will also be allowed to compete for the upgrade of Russian-made 130mm M-46 field artillery guns into 155mm guns, an MoD source said.


Late last year, Tata Power SED claimed that it had developed a 155mm/52-caliber mounted gun with 52 percent indigenous elements.


“Overseas Content of the gun is 48 percent and comprises technology taken for the barrel, breech and muzzle brake,” a company executive told Defense News. The indigenous content includes the 8x8 truck, platform, outrigger assembly, complete hydraulic system, fire control system, system integration and testing.


Private sector majors L&T and Bharat Forge have tied up with overseas defense companies to make the 155mm/52-caliber gun in India. State-owned Defense Research and Development Organisation is also developing its homegrown towed Howitzer gun.


A senior L&T executive said the company had tied up with Samsung for the wheeled artillery guns and with Nexter for making mounted and towed artillery guns in India

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