India’s Garware Wall Ropes Ltd. (GWRL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Israel’s Aero-T for manufacturing and supply of advanced aerostats for Indian Defence.
India’s vast borders comprising of 15200 KM of land and a coastline of 7517 KM present a challenging security scenario and there is an imperative need to monitor the same effectively. Aerostats are tethered balloons and have capabilities of operating at altitudes of up to 15,000 feet. Augmented with radars, aerostats are a force multiplier and have proved very effective for low level ground surveillance. They are highly versatile in their mobility given their portability and can be deployed in varied terrain providing an omnipresent eye to monitor threats, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Aero-T is a subsidiary of Israel based RT LTA Systems Ltd., the designer, developer and manufacturer of Aerostats. Aero-T possesses complete know-how for developing and operating a variety of aerostats up to very large ones, based on technologies accumulated over 30 years of Lighter Than Air (LTA) operations.
The MOU between GWRL and Aero-T envisages intention of the Parties to establish future co-operation between both companies to facilitate a fully indigenized development, production, delivery and maintenance support for advanced aerostats required for both military and civilian use initially for agreed size.
The intended co-operation will entail GWRL establishing an aerostat envelope production facility and Aero-T providing the technology, know-how, integration, acceptance and continuous support for the aerostats development and production. Simultaneously, there will be co-operation with Indian R & D establishments, such as DRDO /ADRDE and the end customers to understand their needs and co-develop customized solutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vayu Garware, CMD, Garware – Wall Ropes Ltd. said, “We along with Aero T will be able to cater to the needs of the Indian Defence by providing completely indigenized aerostats backed by delivery and maintenance support.”