Indian defence company Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) (Hall 5, Stands F764/765) uses the strapline ‘the force behind peace’ as a guiding principle for technological excellence.
Since its establishment in 1970, BDL has progressed from licence manufacturing of missiles and guided munitions to become a force in India’s vision of technological selfreliance. It is now embarking on manufacturing a wide range of weapon systems, including air-to-air missiles, air defence systems and heavyweight torpedoes, making it a worldclass defence equipment supplier.
Examples of Bharat’s technological achievements include the Akash (Sky) ramjetpowered surface-to-air missile in service with India’s armed forces, and the Invar laser beamriding anti-tank missile.
According to press reports, India last month successfully test fired the supersonic Akash (pictured) in ripple mode. Three missiles intercepted pilotless target drones within an interval of five seconds. Akash can reach targets at a range of 25km, engaging several in a fully autonomous mode to destroy them with a 50kg warhead.
According to the news reports, Akash is in continuous production, with two squadrons of the system in service with the Indian Air Force and an order placed for eight additional squadrons. The Indian Army has ordered two regiments of the Akash missile system.