Indian conglomerate JSW Group forays into defence sector

Indian conglomerate JSW Group have announced its strategic entry into the defence sector with the establishment of a new business vertical that would focus both on the domestic and overseas markets.

The JSW Defence and Aerospace (JSW Defence) would not only supply state-of-the-art equipment to the Indian Armed Forces but also intends to establish itself as a key player at the global stage and contribute to India’s ambition to become a USD 5 billion defence export economy.

Notably JSW Defence, in its very first venture, has acquired a majority stake in an extreme off-road vehicle company, Gecko Motors Private Ltd, now renamed as JSW Gecko Motors Pvt Ltd (JSW Gecko).

Also, the company promoted by its founders led by Jaskirat Singh Nagra has secured an order worth Rs 250 crore from the defence ministry for supply of 96 specialist mobility vehicles (SMVs), branded as ATOR N1200.

The ATOR N1200 is an indigenised version of the SHERP N1200 amphibious extreme mobility vehicle, designed by UK-based Copato Ltd.

Worth mentioning that Copato has entered into a joint venture agreement with JSW Defence and JSW Gecko along with technology supply licence agreement for the manufacture of specialist mobility vehicles in India with a vision to make the country a global production hub for this product.

This vehicle is designed to navigate all types of terrains in extreme weather conditions. 

Besides, it has proven its capability from the arid deserts of Rajasthan to the tortuous creeks and mudflats of Bhuj and Rann of Kutch to the rugged mountainous terrain in sub-zero temperatures.

The ATOR shall provide significant advantages to the Indian Army in its operations.

JSW Defence’s endeavor will be to bring in niche technologies to fill in the “capability gaps” of Indian Armed Forces and partner with the soldiers in the line of combat.

Noteworthy, JSW Defence has appointed Commodore Madhu Gentela (retd), who is former naval officer with over 30 years’ experience in military technology, to lead the Group’s defence business.