Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

Empowering defence forces [AAD16D1]

14 September 2016

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL, Hangar 5, Stand CE10-15), India’s leading defence electronics company, is showcasing its capabilities in the design, development and manufacture of a 350-strong portfolio of products and systems for the armed forces as well as its indigenisation efforts in line with the Government of India’s ‘Make in India Initiative’.

On display are communication products such as Software Defined Radio (Airborne) and Software Defined Radio (Manpack); electrooptic products/night vision devices such as Passive Night Vision Goggles, Passive Night Vision Binocular, Hand-held Thermal Imager with Laser Range Finder, Passive Night Sight for 5.5mm (INSAS) Rifle/Light Machine Gun, Laser Range Finder Eye Safe AD-HRN and laser warning systems; avionics products such as head-up displays, and subsystems of the AKASH medium-range, surface-to-air missile system including 3D Central Acquisition Radar (model), Flight Level Radar (model) and Flight Control Centre (model).

Among civilian products are the BEL Electronic Voting Machine – which has revolutionised elections in India and has been adopted by Namibia – and solar traffic signals.

As well as fulfilling the needs of the Indian military, BEL is vigorously pursuing the export market to friendly countries with the approval of the Indian Government. Coastal surveillance systems, naval air surveillance radars, sonars, night vision devices and the electronic voting machines are being promoted to South-East Asian, Middle Eastern and African nations. BEL already has an export order book worth US$120 million, which includes offset work of US$14 million.

To further strengthen its design capability, BEL has formed a new joint venture with Thales for civilian and selected defence radars. Defence continues to account for around 85 per cent of revenues.

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