Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Thales today signed a partnership agreement for the joint development of the PHAROS fire control radar on the sidelines of DefExpo 2016.
This strategic co-operation contract will allow Thales and BEL-Thales Systems Limited (BTSL), the joint venture between Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Thales, to jointly develop PHAROS, a fire control radar for both gun and missile systems.
PHAROS provides defense against small, fast moving and highly maneuverable air and surface targets that may also be encountered in littoral missions. The multiple target tracker is capable of simultaneously controlling — in all weather conditions — the engagement of these targets with guided ammunition.
The responsibility of overall system design will be borne by Thales. BTSL will develop the mechanical design and radar processing modifications while Thales will be responsible for the design and production of the radar antenna.
BTSL will carry out its share of the development work in Bengaluru. This co-development agreement between Thales and BTSL is in line with the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Government of India.
The jointly developed PHAROS system will cater to both domestic Indian and international market requirements.
“We are pleased to work in close collaboration with BTSL for the development of this new type of fire control sensor to address the needs of the Indian and global markets. This strategic step goes beyond the co-development partnership; it reaffirms our commitment to the country and to actively contribute to the ‘Make in India’ policy,” said Serge Adrian, Senior Vice President of Surface Radars Activities at Thales.