MBDA and Bharat Dynamics Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
for the development and production of a further version of Milan anti-tank
missile named Milan ER or Indan. The agreement was signed during Aero India 2005
exhibition at Bangalore, India.
new Milan ER anti-tank weapon system will be available to the French and Indian
armies as well as to export customers worldwide. The portable Indan/Enhanced
Milan will be used, like its predecessors, by the infantrymen. Bharat Dynamics
will use the expertise gained during the license production of Milan 2 missile
system, which started in 1981.
Indan/Milan ER features anti-jamming capability and extended range while
retaining the wire-based guidance to meet the requirements specified by both
India and France, which are the launch customers for the weapon. MBDA and Bharat
anticipated that they will set up a joint venture in the latter half of 2005.
Ultimately, that joint venture could extend cooperation between the companies to
the Aster and Mica families of missiles.
Actually, both companies are actively promoting the ground-based Mica vertical
launch missile for the Indian Air Force Low Level Quick Reaction Missile (LLQRM)
requirement. VL Mica additional applications include deployment in small-sized
ships to protect them from the wide range of air threats as well as its
well-known air-to-air missile equipped with Infrared or RF seeker.
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