The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a major contract to Mahindra Defence Systems Limited (MDS) worth Rs 1349.95 Cr for the manufacturing of Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare Defence Suite (IADS) for modern warships of Indian Navy. Competitive bids from Indian companies were invited by MoD through open tender wherein the systems fielded were put through detailed trials at sea to prove their capability. Mahindra Defence would be supplying 14 IADS Systems for the Indian Navy warships. This advanced technology system is the first of its kind being developed by an Indian company for Indian Navy.
IADS is a high-end underwater equipment that uses latest technology. It is designed to detect and protect warships from underwater threats. It is a versatile system capable of operations from all sizes of warships – small, medium, and large. The complex array of sensors in water undertakes surveillance and provides inputs for signal processing and analysis. The warship then employs methods to neutralize the underwater threats. Mahindra Defence qualified by proving the capability of the system through comprehensive testing by the Indian MoD in actual operations at sea before being declared as winner on commercial bid.
Mahindra Defence Limited is engaged in catering to needs of all three wings of the defence forces –Army, Navy and Airforce. The product range includes armoured vehicles, underwater warfare equipment, radars and surveillance equipment, etc. Through Mahindra Land Systems unit they have been supplying customized armoured vehicles to the Indian Army, Para Military and Police Forces as well as the overseas customers. Naval Systems unit based in Pune has been supplying torpedo defence systems, decoy & torpedo launchers, and large composite structures for defence as well as space applications.
Founded in 1945, the Mahindra Group is one of the largest and most admired multinational federation of companies with 260,000 employees in over 100 countries. It enjoys a leadership position in farm equipment, utility vehicles, information technology and financial services in India and is the world’s largest tractor company by volume. It has a strong presence in renewable energy, agriculture, logistics, hospitality, and real estate. The Mahindra Group has a long and illustrious relationship with the Defence Sector which dates back to the time when they began assembling Jeeps in India.