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Joint Ventures

Samtel HAL Display Systems Ltd. - JV between Samtel and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL)

Samtel HAL Display Systems Ltd. (SHDS) was created to address the avionics requirements for all HAL star platforms - both fixed and rotary wing. The JV has achieved the unique distinction of being the first public-private partnership in defence avionics space in India to indigenously design, qualify and serial produce multifunction displays which are currently flying on Su-30 MKI.

Samtel's joint venture with HAL is a prime example of how DPSUs can successfully partner with private sector to leverage on the strengths of both the companies to support indigenous production. More than 1000 units of MFDs have been delivered by Samtel-HAL JV for induction on Su-30 MKIs, and are already flying.

Samtel Thales Avionics Ltd. - JV between Samtel and Thales Avionics

Samtel Thales Avionics Ltd. is a JV between Samtel and Thales Avionics, and intends to locally develop, customize, manufacture, sell and maintain indigenous Helmet-Mounted Sight, state-of-the-art IRST and modern avionics systems. The JV is aimed at developing new product lines based on THALES technologies, creating offsets in the avionics and optronics fields through TOP/TOT and proposing services such as obsolescence treatment through redesign, either for the Thales Group or others with similar offset obligations in India.

Samtel Thales Avionics JV has recently been granted defence licence by DIPP, aimed at boosting defence manufacturing in the country. The JV has already delivered multifunction displays for Mirage2000 upgrade through its production facility in Delhi/NCR.

Partnerships across the globe

  • General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada : Samtel is partner to General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada for co-production and co-marketing of products for military/ ground market.
  • Honeywell : SA has signed a long-term contract with Honeywell to supply avionics equipment for aircraft in the US, and is the sole source for Honeywell worldwide for avionics equipment for their General Aviation range in the US.
  • Curtiss Wright, UK : Samtel is a part of the global supply chain for Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), where Samtel is collaborating with them for a new generation of intelligent, rugged displays for the defense and aerospace markets.
  • DARE (DRDO) : Samtel partnered with DARE (DRDO) in 2004 as part of MoD’s indigenisation programme for technology development of Multifunction Displays (MFDs) for Sukhoi 30 MKI aircraft. The technology developed over an exigent five-year long development and qualification journey, is not product specific, and can be laterally deployed on any fixed or rotary platform.
  • BEL : Samtel has partnered with BEL for development and production of a variety of displays for the Indian Army.
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) : Indian Air Force is not just the end-customer and user of products manufactured by Samtel through the Samtel-HAL JV, but has also partnered with Samtel on some specific products directly.
  • Windriver : Samtel is a Silver Member of Windriver’s partnership program. Wind River Systems provides its VxWorks RTOS technology to Samtel, supports and facilitates development of BSPs for Multiple Processor families and Multiple Architectures. Using this, Samtel builds a variety of products used in aircrafts/helicopters/UAVs for safety/mission critical applications. Once Samtel supplies these products to its customers, it enables Windriver to sell VxWorks licenses to those customers.
  • Hanwha Systems: Samtel Avionics has collaborated with a leading defense electronics company, Hanwha Systems, based in Korea. The new partnership is announced to bring in synergies of both the companies for futuristic technologies such as Guided Missile, EOIR, and Laser Guided Bomb (LGB).