Indian Navy: Mahindra Defence wins $185 million contract to supply ASW suit


Mahindra Defence Anti-Submarine Warfare Suit: India’s automobile and defence giant Mahindra Group has been awarded a contract for supply of 14 integrated anti-submarine warfare defence suite (IADS) for Indian naval ships under the self-reliant India policy of the government. The $185 million (Rs 1,350 crore) contract will be executed by Mahindra group company – Mahindra Defence Systems Limited (MDS).

Mahindra Defence Systems said competitive bids from Indian companies were invited by the ministry of defence through open tender and the systems offered by different companies were put through detailed trials at sea to prove their capability.

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Mahindra’s anti-submarine warfare suit

According to a company statement, the IADS is a high-end underwater equipment that uses latest technology and it has been 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 neutralise the underwater threats,” Mahindra Defence Systems said.

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SP Shukla Mahindra Defence SIDM

SP Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Defence.

SP Shukla, Chairman of Mahindra Defence Systems Limited, said this is the first major contract which has been awarded to a private defence company for supply of underwater detection and protection system.

“This contract epitomises the success of the Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) initiative,” he added.

This advanced technology system is the first of its kind being developed by an Indian defence company in private sector for the Indian Navy.

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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.

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