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Govt Should Take SP Model With Private Sector To Logical Completion, Says Mahindra Defence Chairman SP Shukla

From manufacturing armoured vehicles for the Indian military, Mahindra Defence has expanded into surveillance solutions including aircraft mobile surveillance, and modern defence equipment for the armed forces. It is brimming with confidence in the wake of its collaboration with global OEMs like Boeing, Airbus, and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) for multi-role fighter jets and advanced naval helicopters. S.P. Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Defence and Mahindra Aerospace & Group President (Defence, Aero & Agri), Mahindra & Mahindra, talks to BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha about the the strategic partnership model, the group’s R&D and design capability and the need for investments. Excerpts: