Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) last week handed over the first batch of Electro Optic Infra Red (EOIR) payloads for Helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
AVM A S Butola, VM, VSM, Asst Chief of Air Staff, Operations (Transport & Helicopters), received two EOIR payloads on behalf of the IAF from Mr Amol Newaskar, Director (Other Units), BEL, in the presence of Mr Charan Singh, GM (BEL-Chennai), at a function held at BEL’s Chennai Unit on March 21, e company said in a statement Tuesday.
The EOIR payload being manufactured by BEL-Chennai is a Stabilized Turret Assembly consisting of Day & Night Camera with eye-safe Laser Range Finder which provides capabilities for day / night target detection, recognition and identification and range measurement in various weather conditions. It is a compact and low-weight system.
BEL has established facilities in collaboration with M/s ELOP, Israel, for manufacture of EOIR payload at its Chennai, Pune and Machilipatnam plants. Post ToT absorption, BEL commenced commercial production of EOIR payload for the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) program in November 2014.