Ok lets go.
Some of the significant orders executed during the year include supply of Flycatcher Radar, Reporter Radar,
Which means Army AD is still beefing up. And that these systems remain highly potent. Those interested may recall that BEL has upgraded the Reporter on its own with several new features.
Surveillance Radar Element,
IFF systems for the AF
Electronic Warfare Systems,
Hand Held Thermal Imager, Integrated Observation Equipment,
Infantry and Army SATA units being beefed up. The latter is iirc a DRDO developed item (with BEL) combining LRF, Night vision and optics for long distance surveillance and rangefinding
Advanced Land Navigation System for use in Tanks / Armoured Vehicles,
The T-72 upgrade, proceeding in phases with different systems installed
These equipment have been supplied to a wide range of customers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Paramilitary, MTNL and others.
Note paramilitary mentioned- the Central PMs are finally getting some decent eqpt
The turnover accruing from products manufactured based on indigenous design and development stands at 81 per cent.
In other words, the bulk of BELs turnover
2.2 CDMA Network for Indian Army
BEL has implemented secure mobile cellular communication system based on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology in a forward area for the Army. The scope of work included supply, installation and commissioning including civil works. This network improves regiment-level communication for field forces fighting in counter insurgency / terrorism operations, significantly.
The Army mobile phone for J&K. Troops no longer have to carry heavy radios with the radio operator conspicuous. A much smaller handset suffices.
More than 25 new products / systems were introduced and supplied during the year.
This is creditable by any benchmark- this had come up before in debates on BR. I have always maintained that once a firm like BEL attains a level of proficiency in systems across a variety of interrelated disciplines, it can come up with several products and conduct iterative improvement..more on this below..
New products supplied to the Army include Battery Level Radar,
Interesting- the BLR is usually used for the Rajendra
Safari Mk II,
Advanced Land Navigation System, Intelligent Message Terminals, VPS Mk III (a hand-held, UHF radio) and Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Simulator.
The one in bold is interesting. Here it is
Basically a ruggedized tactical computer developed for the services C3I requirements
New products supplied to the Navy include Launch Preparation System and Centralised Real Time Control System for Advanced Technology Vehicle,
new generation sonars for submarines,
These are the sonars and fire control systems developed for the Kilos by DRDO
Drishti â€“ an Electronic Warfare system
and Lynx â€“ a Fire Control System.
This is iirc a BEL upgrade of an originally license produced/ reverse engineered item. Again, iterative improvement
New products to the Air Force include High Accuracy Direction Finder.
For the MKIs and Kh-31s
BEL also supplied Advanced Ground Control Station and Avionics Preparation Vehicle for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Nishant systems ..
IMO, this is a very important step forward and tells us exactly what we can do with the new MALE project. We dont need to rely upon any Israel etc for the Ground control and imagery exploitation eqpt. The Nishants final GCS is a worldclass piece of kit (see defense-update for details)
New products / projects in the civilian segment are Upgraded Electronic Voting Machine, Convergent Billing, Auto Control Unit for automobiles, Synchronous Transfer Mode Multiplex equipment for BSNL and Bharati, a Frequency Hopping VHF Radio. [/b]
The last appears to be a spinoff from BELs very own STARS-V
Some of the new products / projects implemented during the year deserve special mention.
3.1 Safari Mk II
A broadband transmitting equipment for the Army which can be effectively used for jamming a wide range of hostile receivers.
I had pointed this very fact out to Vina and others, that BEL is one of the few PSUs which will continue to invest in R&D and engage in iterative development. And its a fallacy to fall into the jaded PSU vs non PSU arguement. And the above bears the same out- this is a MKII version of the Safari jammer developed by DRDO and ordered by the Army.
3.2 Command Information Decision Support System (CIDSS)
This C4I system helps Commanders to assess the battle situation and take appropriate and timely decisions. The system facilitates collecting, collating, filtering, processing and displaying operational, intelligence and logistics information for the commanders of the Indian Army.
None other than the DRDO Samvahak
3.3 VPS MK-III
VPS MK-III (LUP 291) is a UHF, compact and lightweight hand-held radio with in-built high-grade digital secrecy for voice in clear / secure mode of operation for the Indian Army. BEL supplied, for the first time, a large quantity of VPS Mk III during 2006-07. Another large order for these radios is in hand.
3.4 Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Simulator
Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Simulator, an in-house developed system, provides training and practice to gunners in the mechanics of tracking and engaging moving targets on projected terrain configuration in simulated battlefield conditions.
3.5 Upgraded Fire Control System (FCS) for Navy
LYNX U1 is an Upgraded FCS developed by BEL for G-class ships of the Indian Navy.
A single vehicle communication intelligence (COMINT) system for the Navy having jamming capability. The system is configured such that Communication nets can be monitored and hostile nets can be jammed simultaneously by a very small compliment of crew.
Thanks to DRDOs project sangraha, BEL and other consortium members have got competence in a variety of EW items and subsystems which can be reconfigured / scaled across for different purposes
3.7 High Accuracy Direction Finder (HADF)
A new generation Radar Warning Receiver designed and developed for installation on military aircraft. It can intercept and identify airborne, shipborne and ground-based acquisition, target tracking and missile guidance radars.
Discussed on BRF before, the MKIs SEAD pod
BELâ€™s forte is its strong R&D spread across the 9 Units as well as the two Central Research Laboratories at Delhi and Bangalore. R&D at BEL continues to contribute significantly for its growth and is helping the organization to maintain its technological edge. In the current financial year, more than 80 per cent of the turnover accrued from products using indigenous technology.
The CRLs are what allow BEL to absorb tech from DRDO and codevelop items with them, and on BELs own as well
Major R&D initiatives at BEL include development of capabilities in its core areas of business such as Radar, Military Communication, Electro Optics and Electronic Warfare. In the area of Military Communication, Frequency Hopping, Ruggedisation, High Speed Encryption and Network Security and Compact GPS core modules have been taken up.
C3I and more radios
In the field of Radars, Generic Video Extractor / Tracker,
..to replace the hard to obtain OEM maal from CIS states in existing inventory for AF/Navy
Signal Processing, VEXT and Data link and Digital Beam Forming for 3-D Radars have been undertaken.
..Digitalbeamformers..3D CAR variants are in the works
In Electro Optics, Image Compression Algorithms, Signal Processing for Thermal Imagers and Test Bed for characterization of IR detectors have been worked on.
This is going to be a focus area of BELs part of the JV, the electronics backend
In Electronic Warfare, Tactical Mission Systems for airborne applications and mosaicing for image intelligence have been taken up.
For IAF EW projects and intel
Some significant R&D projects are highlighted below.
5.2.1 Integrated Air Command & Control System (IACCS) for Indian Air Force
IACCS is a fully automated system with multi sensor tracking and data fusion for generation of real time air situation picture to be used for air surveillance and various tactical actions. This is one of the most prestigious development projects undertaken by BEL, which will enable IAFâ€™s network centric operations.
ECIL is competing against BEL for this
5.2.2 Weapon Locating Radar (WLR)
A product of strategic importance to the Indian defence forces, WLR has been jointly developed and manufactured by BEL and LRDE. It is undergoing user trials and is likely to be inducted into the Armed Forces during 2008-09.
Aim is to field a system superior to the recent Amriki imports
Shakti, the Artillery Combat Command & Control System, has been developed by BEL in association with CAIR, Bangalore, and ARDE, Pune. Shakti is a major sub-system of Tactical Command Control & Communication Intelligence (Tac C3I) systems being fielded by the Indian Army. Shakti consists of rugged computers interconnected over RF communication networks to automate functions of Indian artillery.
So Shakti has entered production. This will be a quantum upgrade over existing IA Arty C3I
5.2.4 Upgrade of Schilka Weapon System
Schilka, an ageing self-propelled Air Defence Weapon System used by the Indian Army, is of Russian origin. It is being upgraded with modern Radar, Computer System, electronics as well as with a new powerful, fuel-efficient prime mover. User trials will be held shortly and is expected to be inducted into service during 2008-09. This upgrade will extend the life of this system by over 15 years.
Done with Israeli help Iirc. Whats interesting is whether BEL will also make the radars etc
5.2.5 81mm Mortar Simulator
This software intensive product is developed in-house and has successfully cleared all trials / evaluations of the customer. The product will meet the long-term requirement of the users for training of soldiers on mortar firing procedures.
IA moving towards more sims
5.2.6 STARS V MK-II
A frequency hopping, software configurable ECCM radio (5 W and 25 W) in the VHF band, the backbone of tactical radio communication for the Indian Armed Forces. It has in-built data communication features to enable transfer of any type of files / free text. GPS functionality, which enables the soldier to identify his location accurately, is built in.
So the IA is standardizing on the STARS-V - no more requirement for expensive upgrades of imported systems where we have minimal transparency into the security/ source code
5.3.1 Rapid Prototyping Facility
BEL is investing about Rs.9 crores for setting up a state-of-the-art facility for Rapid Prototyping (RP), Rapid Tooling (RT) and Rapid Manufacturing (RM) for quick realization of mechanical parts for design verification. BEL will be able to cut down development cycle by 30 per cent and provide customers with better products in terms of aesthetics, ergonomics, lower cost and better manufacturability.
The finish line is just the beginning of a new race. Over the years BEL has acquired many strengths in its core business areas, has learnt the nuances of competition and today, it is strong enough to face the challenges of future market scenarios. By consolidating its core business and technical capabilities and by leveraging on the technology partnerships in the various growth areas and by making the best of opportunities such as offsets, BEL is aiming to achieve a turnover of US $ 1 billion in the current financial year (2007-08) and to reach a figure of US $ 2 billion by the year 2011-12.
They are heavily banking on offsets and the IAFs purchases of radars etc