December 5, 2022

Make in India push: HAL, BEL sign contract for indigenous IRST

Bengaluru, In a major push towards Make in India, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a contract for co-development and co-production of Long Range Dual Band (LRDB) Infra-Red Search and Track System (IRST) for Su-30 MKI in Bengaluru on April 26 under the MAKE-II procedure of Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.

The proposed IRST system will be a high end strategic technology product in the field of defence avionics and technically competitive to existing IRST system in the global market with features of Television Day Camera, Infrared and LASER sensors in single window for air to air and air to ground target tracking and localisation. The system will enhance the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) air superiority.

Suneel Kumar Srivastava, GM, HAL (Korwa) and Loyola Pedro Vianney G., GM, BEL (Chennai) signed the contract.  Arup Chatterjee, Director, Engineering and R&D (HAL) and M V Rajasekhar, Director, R&D (BEL) were present on the occasion.

The joining hands of two defence PSUs for development of technologically critical IRST gives impetus to “Atmanirbhar Bharat” in the defence sector. This initiative also opens the future path in the field of indigenous defence manufacturing for development of high end strategic technology product of IRST for various platforms in global competitive environment.

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