BEL to invest $100 million in electronic warfare products

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  1. feathers

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    BEL to invest $100 million in electronic warfare products
    Bangalore, Feb 18, 2014, (IANS)
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    State-run Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) will invest Rs.620 crore/$100 million over the next five years in developing electronic warfare products jointly with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), a top official said Tuesday.

    "We will invest $100 million from ensuing fiscal year (2014-15) over the next five years for funding joint programmes with DRDO to develop electronic warfare products required for our armed forces," BEL chairman and managing director S. K. Sharma said at a conference here.

    As the country's leading electronics major, BEL manufactures and supplies a range of products, including radars, electronic warfare system, sound and vision broadcasting, missiles and sonars to the Indian army, navy and air force.

    With nine manufacturing facilities across the country, the company had jointly developed a mobile integrated electronic warfare system 'Samyukta' with DRDO, Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) and the army's signal corps for tactical battlefield use.

    Covering a wide range of frequencies, the system is used for surveillance, analysis, interception, direction finding and position fixing, listing, prioritizing and jamming of all communication and radar signals.

    "In view of our capability to manufacture electronic warfare systems, we have decided to associate with DRDO in developing advanced and next generation electronic warfare products from inception to avoid delays in production," Sharma said at the third International Conference on Electronic Warfare (EWCI 2014).

    As a force multiplier system, an electronic system needs high level of secrecy to maintain an element of surprise against an adversary. It ensures tactical and strategic advantage for armed forces during an operation.

    "We sold electronic warfare systems to the armed forces to the value of Rs.2,000 crore over the years. The market potential is about Rs.10,000 crore in view of the growing requirement for such warfare by the armed forces in the coming years," Sharma added.

    Earlier, delivering a keynote address, Air Marshal M. Matheswaran of the Integrated Defence Staff told about 600 delegates from across the country and overseas that information operation and information warfare were inseparable.

    "Armed forces tend to put electronic warfare on backburner and information operation in the forefront. Gathering information, building upon that information against adversary by deception or jamming gives tactical advantage," he said.

    Stressing on the need to educate and train more engineers on operating electronic warfare systems, he said the academia and industry should take advantage of the policy change to involve the private sector in developing the technology and products to gather information and use it for national security.
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    Parrikar to Lay Foundation for BEL’s Missile Complex

    BEL has identified electronic manufacturing services (EMS) as one of the major thrust areas. BEL offers services on Build to Spec as well as Build to Print basis. With state-of-the-art infrastructure and a highly trained workforce at its 9 Units, BEL offers EMS for both domestic and international customers in the following areas

    Bharat Electronics Ltd. on Friday announced that it was kick-starting the construction of what would be the country’s largest Defence Systems Integration Complex at Palasamudram in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for the 900-acre facility on September 30, the company said on Friday.

    Rs. 500-cr. Investment
    BEL is investing Rs. 500 crore on the new complex over the next three to four years. The facility will be part of BEL’s Missile Systems Strategic Business Unit at Bengaluru and will meet the needs of building present and future missiles, BEL said.

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, senior representatives from the Ministry of Defence and the Government of Andhra Pradesh are expected to be present at the event.
    BEL currently manufactures the DRDO-designed Akash surface-to-air missile for the IAF and the army.''

    Fully Equipped
    Explaining the need for a new complex, BEL said that at the time of integration, missiles are tested in a large area simulating a battlefield and with a host of radars, controls and launchers. These activities are now being done for Akash at the Bengaluru unit.

    The facility will be equipped with automated guided vehicles and industrial robots.
    BEL also plans to create a Military Industrial Complex where small and medium sized industries will be housed and manufacture electronic components and equipment for upcoming defence projects.

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