The Indian Ministry of Defense has approved the formation of a Joint Venture Company with Thales for the design, development, marketing, supply and support of civilian and select defence radars for Indian and global markets.
Thales will hold 26 per cent stake in the company, as per the Defence foreign direct investment (FDI) norms that India prescribes at present. BEL, as expected, will hold the rest 74 per cent stake, which is touted to be around $10 million.
Earlier last year, speculation was rife that the JV with Thales was stalled due to a delay in the MMRCA deal between the Indian MOD and Dassault.
The state-owned company has been in talks with Dassault Aviation and its Tier 1 suppliers like ECE, Inter Technique & Thales over the execution of the Rafale contract. Of the 126 fighters, more than three fourths will be license-manufactured in India where BEL’s role as the leading defence electronics systems manufacturer in India will come into play.
BEL has established a new manufacturing facility for Microwave Supercomponents and TR Modules at Bangalore Unit to cater to the requirement of new generation Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars and new Electronic Warfare systems, Mr S K Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) said in an interview with Defenseworld.net.
“BEL is taking steps to meet the varying challenges to keep abreast with the latest technological developments and the management of emerging large turnkey programmes,” he said.
“The measures include strengthening the technology development process through short, medium and long-term technology roadmaps, increased investments in R&D and setting up of a Company-wide Knowledge Management System to harness the complete potential of the R&D engineers.”
BEL is enhancing efforts for in-house developments and also further strengthening the close co-operation with DRDO Labs, other national research laboratories and R&D organizations including academia for indigenous development.
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
Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Israels Elbit Systems Electro-optics-Elop Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint production of Compact Multi Purpose Advance Stabilisation System (CoMPASS) for Naval helicopter applications at Aero India, the 9th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation being held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The CoMPASS is a day-and-night surveillance system that includes a colour TV daylight camera, 3rd Generation 3-5 µm FLIR sensor, Laser Target Designator and Rangefinder (LTDRF) and automatic tracking capabilities, as well as command and control capabilities
India’s Bharat Electronics Limited India (BEL) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have entered into a new partnership to jointly produce Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) Ship-Defence Systems. The latest partnership allows BEL to function as the Lead Integrator and producer of major sub-systems and IAI will continue in its capacity as the Design Authority, producing sub-systems as a main sub-contractor of BEL, according to a statement
Bureau Veritas certified the Information Systems Division of Navratna defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore Complex for ISO 27001 (Information Security Management Systems) on 26 July. The ISO 27001 certificate was handed over to Mr M M Handa, Director (Bangalore Complex) by Mr Suresh Krishnan, Regional Sales Manager, Bureau Veritas, at BELs Bangalore Complex
Thales has won a contract to supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems and six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for the Royal Malaysian Navys Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The six SMART-S Mk2 radars will be installed on the Malaysian Littoral Combat Ships that are currently being built by Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd in Malaysia
Thales has won a contract from DCNS to supply its latest-generation IFF identification systems for the French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and the two French Horizon-class frigates. The installation of these new systems, part of Thales's BlueGate product family, will overcome the limitations of the systems currently in service and provide the vessels with an effective Mode 5 / Mode S capability
The Brazilian Army has selected Thales Sotas communication systems for its various vehicle programmes, including the new Guarani vehicle, the Cascavel, the M113 and the Urutu refurbishment programmes. The systems will be delivered in June 2014
Thales has announced a contract to modernize Thailands air traffic management at Singapore Airshow 2014, starting from today. Recently, Thaless LORADS III system has entered into service with Singapore
Thales has won a five-year contract with the UKs Ministry of Defence to provide support for the Sonar 2050 anti-submarine sensor used on the Royal Navys Type 23 Duke-class frigate fleet. Sonar 2050 is a medium-range bow sonar currently fitted to thirteen Type 23 frigates and is the Royal Navys primary hull-mounted anti-submarine warfare sensor
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