Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed an MoU with TCOM, USA, for co-operation on developing advanced aerostat surveillance and communication systems to address the Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) requirements of the Indian armed forces.
TCOM designs and manufactures a full line of aerostat systems that offer broad range of capabilities optimised for numerous applications. TCOM manufactures the largest Aerostat ever in operation with laminate fabric
material for long endurance and surveillance operations. The Company was first in the world to produce fiber optic powered tethered system.
S K Acharya, General Manager of the Electronic Warfare & Avionics Strategic Business Unit of BEL-Bangalore, said that as per the MoU, "BEL will be the Prime Bidder to address the aerostat-based ISR requirements of
the Indian Defence Services, Indian security services and Indian law enforcement agencies. This will enhance their ISR capabilities."
John Saverino, Chairman & Managing Director, TCOM, said this agreement further reinforces TCOM’s long standing commitment to the defence industry in India. “The combination of TCOM and BEL’s capabilities
will allow us to provide more creative and cost-effective ISR solutions to the various branches of the Indian military. We look forward to working closely with BEL in developing “state-of-the-art ISR solutions.”