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Trustworthy European Partner for India in Defense Solutions
December 21, 2011   
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The Republic of India is one of the most important and strategic markets for the Bumar Group. The Polish defense company has had a presence in India for over 30 years. As a defense supplier, Bumar Sp. z o.o. has been active on the Indian market since 2000, but some of the Bumar Group member companies have been supplying defense equipment to the Indian army for more than 30 years. They have supplied around $6 billion worth of equipment during this time—10 percent of that (around $600 million) in the last 10 years.

Bumar Group is the largest producer and supplier of defense systems in Central Europe.

Shalini Pandey from Strategic Affairs, New Delhi, India, notes that among all Central and Eastern European states only Poland has preserved a strong defense sector after the collapse of the Warsaw Pact.

During its over 40 years in the defense industry, Bumar Group has strengthened its position as a solid and reliable supplier for the most demanding customers. These include the Polish armed forces and customers from more than 40 different countries in regions such as Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin and North America.

The company’s close cooperation with R&D institutions and its focus on hiring innovative staff who understand the challenges of the modern battlefield, ensure the high quality of Bumar Group’s products. Further guarantees come from the company’s close cooperation with international partners in the area of new technological solutions and over 40 years of experience in the international armament market.

As the leading armament producer and supplier in Central Europe, the Bumar Group is a key partner for defense companies from all over the world, such as EADS, Lockheed Martin, Nammo, Rafael, MBDA, Raytheon, Kongsberg, and BAE Systems. Thanks to its staff of young and innovative engineers, Bumar can offer modern and innovative defense equipment at competitive prices compared with defense solutions from other countries.

Currently the Bumar Group consists of 23 specialized production companies integrated within four divisions, which offer comprehensive system solutions in the area of electronics and advanced air and missile defense systems from Bumar Electronics. These include the “Shield of Poland” system, modern tanks and armored vehicles from Bumar Land with the ANDERS Multirole Combat platform, programmable ammunition and missiles from Bumar Ammunitions, as well as complete equipment for “the soldier of the future” on the modern battlefield from Bumar Soldier—the TYTAN project.

On the Indian market, Bumar has a presence in three main areas: delivery and “Indianization” of equipment, cooperation in R&D projects, investments and modernization of production lines. The Bumar Group together with its Indian partners take part in almost all governmental tenders for military equipment. In all its programs Bumar works very closely with Indian partners such as BEML Ltd. and TATA Powers.

In R&D projects, Bumar is cooperating with Indian company BEML to build a new-generation Armored Recovery Vehicle based on the MBT ARJUN chassis. This new vehicle will be based on technology solutions from the Polish vehicle, which is already in service in the Indian army. In this project Bumar is offering its technological know-how and will deliver parts for the first batch of vehicles.

Bumar is also interested in establishing joint-venture companies under Indian law with well-tried Indian manufacturers in both the private and public (state-owned and supervised) sectors. Such ventures could deal with promotion, collaboration with R&D centers, production, assembly, and maintenance services for the Bumar Group—both on the Indian market and in third countries (for example in Asia and Africa). The basic aim of the Bumar Group on the Indian market is a gradual shift from simple sales and a seller-buyer type of relationship to joint manufacturing in Indian production facilities products and services, for both the local and Polish markets as well as those of third countries. With this in mind, Bumar is modifying the principles of its cooperation with its present partner, BEML, and the same is true of its ties with new partners such as:
- TATA Power Strategic Electronic Division—cooperation in the modernization of air defense systems, production of certain optical devices and artillery guns.
- TATA Advanced System Limited—cooperation in the field of discharging offsets;
- Bharat Forge Ltd.—components for tanks, especially their modernized versions;
- Bharat Electronic Limited – Public Sector Undertaking electronic sector manufacturer; long-time cooperation with Bumar Electronics in the field of radar technology.

The third area of Bumar’s operations on the Indian market is cooperation in the modernization of Indian industry and civilian production.

Bumar also supplies products for civilian sectors such as construction, road and mining plant and machinery, railway accessories and other industrial goods for both domestic and foreign markets.

One of the most significant projects in India in the last few years is the construction of a manufacturing line for springs for the Indian railway. The contract was signed in 2007 between Bumar and the Central Organization for Modernization of Workshops (COFMOW). The line operates at Rail Spring Karkhana Sithouli, Gwalior. Its capacity is 60 springs per hour. The line was officially launched in August 2011.

Cooperation between Bumar and COFMOW continues and is being developed. Bumar has submitted a new bid for the complete manufacturing of screw-type springs for rails in response to a tender announced by the Indian Railways. It is expected that the results of the tender will be announced by the end of this financial year.
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