Public sector defence equipment maker Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) is all set to showcase its indigenisation efforts at the ‘Make in India Week’ in Mumbai.
India’s financial capital Mumbai will host Make in India Week from February 13 to 18.
BEL will have an outdoor display of Akash, the indigenously developed surface-to-air missile system, which has been recently inducted into the Indian Air Force. Akash is a shining example of Public-Private Partnership. Barring a few electronic components, every bit of Akash has the ‘Made in India’ tag.
BEL will showcase an array of products and systems at the Defence Pavillion , which are designed and developed either in-house or in collaboration with DRDO labs with some percentage of the work outsourced to MSMEs. Some of them are:
Weapon Locating Radar (WLR): WLR has been designed to locate hostile guns, mortars and rockets. With 85 per cent indigenous content, WLR is a joint development project undertaken by LRDE and BEL for the Indian Army.
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): GPR is used to detect buried ammunition and metallic and non-metallic landmines (anti-personnel & anti-tank mines) in various types of soils. With 70 per cent indigenous content, GPR has been designed, developed and manufactured by BEL.
Through Wall Radar (TWR): TWR can be used to locate terrorists or hostages hiding behind walls, people trapped in buildings during fire, persons buried under walls which have collapsed after an earthquake or landslide. With 80 per cent indigenous content, it has been designed, developed and manufactured by BEL.
Hull Mounted Sonar (HUMSA): HUMSA is an advanced active-cum-passive integrated sonar suite which can be fitted on a variety of naval platforms and customised for both small and large ships. With 70 per cent indigenous content, it has been designed and developed by Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) and manufactured by BEL for the Indian Navy.
Software Defined Radio (Manpack): SDR (Manpack) is a multi band, multi role tactical radio for manpack, vehicular and static applications with built-in high grade secrecy, in-built GPS and legacy support. It has been designed by Defence Electronics Application Laboratory (DEAL) and manufactured by BEL. The Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR) has provided the secure mode software and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) has done algorithm for the software
L-70 Gun Upgrade: 40 mm L-70 anti-aircraft guns were indigenously manufactured by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) with Swedish technology. BEL developed and integrated electronic upgrades, namely electro-mechanical power drives, electro-optic fire control system and rugged power system into this gun as per the requirement.
Other products to be showcased at the BEL stall include Schilka Weapon System Upgrade, Battle Field Surveillance Radar; Digital Mobile Radio Relay, a fully integrated, self-contained mobile communication system providing data and voice communication for command and control operations, Mini Jammers and other Electronic Warfare products; Radar Warning Receiver (R-118); Lightweight Laser Target Designator used for ranging and illuminating enemy targets with high repetition rate laser; Vehicle Mount Baggage Inspection System; Electronic Voting Machine and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).