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Anand Mahindra elected chairman of the Defence Land Systems India board Print E-mail
Written by James   
Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Bangalore: At the inaugural board meeting of Defence Land Systems India, a Mahindra and BAE Systems joint venture company, Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group, was elected chairman of the Defence Land Systems India board. At the meeting, the joint venture company was declared operational.

The Executive Officers of Defence Land Systems India were also appointed. Brigadier (Retd.) Khutub Hai has been appointed Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Arne Berglund is deputy CEO, and Mr. Anil Chugh is the CFO.

Other board members include  Mr. V. S. Parthasarathy, Executive Vice President, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Brigadier (Retd.) Khutub Hai, Chief Executive, Mahindra Defence  Systems, Mr. David Allott, Managing Director, Global Combat Systems, BAE Systems.

Defence Land Systems India will play an important role in the BAE Systems bids for a number of artillery programmes, such as FH77 B05 for the towed 155mm 52cal howitzer requirement.

The company aims to become a national centre of excellence for design, development, manufacture, final assembly, integration and test of artillery systems in support of the Indian Army’s Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan and upgrade programme for artillery.

"Defence Land Systems India hits the ground running with existing products, business and facilities, as well as a strong experienced team.  The company has great potential and plans to become a leading player in the Indian defence industry," said Brigadier (Retd.) Khutub Hai, MD & CEO, Defence Land Systems India.

Defence Land Systems India’s existing business includes proven products that are now part of the joint venture business such as the up-armoured Scorpio, the Axe, the Marksman and the Rakshak.  The first new product of the JV, the Mine Protected Vehicle India (MPVI), has been successfully blast tested and was launched at the DefExpo in February.  MPVI will be offered for induction in the Police, paramilitary forces and the Indian Army.

The company, a 74% – 26% joint venture between Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., India and BAE Systems, is headquartered in New Delhi with manufacturing at a purpose built facility South of Faridabad, just outside of Delhi. It is focused on the manufacture of up-armoured light vehicles, specialist military vehicles, mine protected vehicles, artillery systems and other selected land system weapons, support and upgrades. The company intends to become a centre of excellence for artillery systems.

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