BEL bags Rs 3000 crore Indian Army order, Rs 1300 crore Navy contracts

In an effort to boost the capabilities of the Indian Army, the defense ministry has signed a contract with BEL for the acquisition of two Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems (‘Project Himshakti’) for around Rs 3,000 crore.

BEL has also won contracts from the Indian Navy in the previous two weeks for the provision of indigenously produced Fire Control, Gun Fire Control, Surveillance, Tracking, ESM, and Sonar Systems, among others.

What is the Himshakti Project?

It is an integrated electronic warfare system intended for deployment in steep terrain. The Defense Electronics Research Laboratory of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) was responsible for its design and development.

The Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems will be a true force multiplier and will significantly improve the Indian Army’s electronic warfare capabilities. A low-power electronic countermeasures chain and an electro-optical sensor subsystem are also included.

Electronic countermeasures (ECMs) are electrical or electronic devices meant to fool radar or other detection systems, such as infrared (IR) or lasers.

It can be employed both offensively and defensively to deny enemy-targeted information. “Project Himshakti” will stimulate the participation of Indian Electronics and adjacent industries, including BEL’s sub-suppliers, who are MSMEs.

According to the ministry, around three million jobs would be created during the next two years.

In accordance with the government’s Make-in-India program, “The project is a critical step forward in creating indigenous capabilities to make India ‘Atmanirbhar,'” it was stated.

The ministry also signed a Rs 3,700 crore contract with BEL for ‘Arudhra’ radars and 129 DR-118 radar warning receivers for the Indian Air Force yesterday. With the introduction of these technologies, the Indian Air Force will have greater capabilities in surveillance, detection, tracking, and electronic warfare.

The DR-118 radar warning receivers will strengthen the Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft, which is of Russian origin.

According to the ministry of defense, the initiative falls under the Buy Indian-IDMM (Indigenously Designed, Developed, and Made) category, which includes cutting-edge and specialized technologies.