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MoD signs two defence equipment contracts with BEL worth Rs 3,700 crore

image MoD signs two defence equipment contracts with BEL worth Rs 3,700 crore

New Delhi, Mar 24 (KNN) The Ministry of Defence (MoD), on Thursday signed two contracts with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), at a total cost of over Rs 3,700 crore.

The agreements have been signed with the aim to induct indigenous defence equipment to enhance the operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF).


The IAF in a statement said, “The first contract, worth over Rs 2,800 crore, pertains to the supply of Medium Power Radars (MPR) ‘Arudhra’ for the Indian Air Force. The second contract, at an overall cost of approximately Rs 950 crore, relates to 129 DR-118 Radar Warning Receivers (RWR).”

The induction of radars will help enhance the surveillance, detection, tracking & electronic warfare capabilities of the force, the statement added.

As per reports, the Arudhra radar has been indigenously designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and will be manufactured by BEL.

“It is a 4D multi-function phased array radar with electronic steering in both azimuth and elevation for surveillance, detection and tracking of aerial targets. The system will have target identification based on interrogations from co-located Identification Friend or Foe system.” added the IAF.

While the Radar Warning Receivers (DR-118 )will help enhance the Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities of Su-30 MKI aircraft.

According to the IAF, the projects will boost and encourage active participation of Indian Electronics and associated industries, including MSMEs.  (KNN Bureau)


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