Cyient & BlueBird Aero Systems Seals a Joint Venture to offer UAV Systems to Indian

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 13 April 2018, 05:43 Hrs
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Cyient, a global solutions provider focused on engineering, manufacturing, data analytics and network & operations, and BlueBird Aero Systems, a dominant player in the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry, specializes in the design, development and production of UAS, announced that they’ve agreed into a joint venture to offer UAV systems to Indian defence, paramilitary, security and police forces. Cyient and BlueBird signed the Joint Venture agreement at DefExpo 2018, and holds 51 percent and 49 percent shares respectively.

SpyLite, ThunderB, and MicroB systems that provide highly-innovative UAS technology are also part of the joint venture deal. Prior to the signing of JV, field trials were conducted in India by Cyient Solutions and the results showed that SpyLite’s outstanding performance in a tactical surveillance role at high altitude and in extreme weather conditions was successful.

Headquartered in Hyderabad, with over 15,000 employees in 21 countries, Cyient aims at aerospace and defence, medical, telecommunications, rail transportation, semiconductor, utilities, industrial, energy and natural resources. Cyient takes solution ownership across to help clients work on their core, innovate and to stay ahead of the curve. And this JV will enable the company to open its wings further. Commenting on the occasion of this joint venture, Krishna Bodanapu, CEO & MD, Cyient, said, "I am very excited about the joint venture with BlueBird Aero Systems that combines our design and manufacturing expertise to bring the best of UAV technology solutions to the Indian defence industry. The joint venture also underlines the commitment of both partners to the government's 'Make in India' initiative."

Founded in 2002, BlueBird’s well advanced UAV Systems have collected over 16,000 operational sorties and supports worldwide which includes open area as well as urban scenarios. They also provide support for military in Tactical Mapping on Demand (TMOD), peace-keeping, security, disaster management, law enforcement and many more. Speaking about the announcement, Ronen Nadir, Founder & CEO, BlueBird Aero Systems, says, “We are proud to team with Cyient in this joint venture that enables indigenization, manufacturing, training, and support of our advanced, field-proven UAV systems in India. BlueBird is pleased to transfer to Cyient Solutions & Systems its latest, innovative technology and know-how to further enhance what we see as a long-term partnership with Cyient for the benefit of the Indian UAV market.”

Cyient Solutions & Systems will indigenize, manufacture, assemble, integrate, and test advanced UAV systems at its production facilities in Hyderabad by leveraging BlueBird's technology and manufacturing know-how. The JV will also provide comprehensive aftermarket services, including spares, repairs, maintenance, and support to end users across India. 

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