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November 2, 2009

Mahindra Satyam to collaborate with defence and security firm SaaB

To develop its operations in India for global defense and homeland security market

By CBR Staff Writer

Mahindra Satyam said that it plans to collaborate with defence and security company Saab to develop its operations in India for the global defense and homeland security market.

Mahindra Satyam and Saab have already initiated the setup of a centre of excellence for network centric warfare (CoE – NCW), which offers skills and a repository of tools, systems, middleware, integration platforms and system showcases in the field of NCW.

The company said that the CoE will be a development centre for mission critical applications and C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) offerings for global opportunities accessible to either of the partners. The capabilities of the CoE also spans in the area of homeland security where focus is planned on end to end security offerings.

C P Gurnani, CEO of Mahindra Satyam and Ake Svensson, president and CEO of Saab, have also signed a memorandum of understanding, to jointly address the Battlefield Management System (BMS) for the Indian Army. Both the companies intend to work together for Indian BMS program and explore globalisation of artefacts co-developed.

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Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group, said: “This collaboration is a strategic step towards synergising Mahindra Satyam’s unique strengths in mission critical systems, ERP, engineering services, avionics and integration and Mahindra Systech‘s manufacturing capabilities and engineering excellence. This would leverage Saab’s expertise in C4I programs, Network centric warfare, and special IT systems”

Mr Gurnani, said: “Partnering with Saab is a further reinforcement of Mahindra Satyam’s commitment to collaborate with market leaders in different segments and this relationship will jumpstart our foray in mission critical areas of defense. Our commitment in the domestic market will be reaffirmed by this collaboration and also set the stage to enter uncharted territories in the global arena.”

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