Navratna Defence PSUs Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation and sharing of expertise and knowledge to design, develop and manufacture advanced Defence electronics systems for airborne applications in identified areas.
The MoU was signed by Dr A T Kalghatgi, Director (R&D), BEL, and Mr D K Venkatesh, Director (Engineering & R&D), HAL, at New Delhi on May 24, 2016. Mr S K Sharma, CMD, BEL, Mr T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL, and other senior officials from BEL and HAL were present.
BEL, India’s leading Defence electronics company, has had a longstanding association with HAL, the country’s leading aerospace company. The MoU will further strengthen the collaborative efforts between the two organisations for airborne Electronic Warfare systems, Electro Optical equipment and other airborne sensors and electronic equipment for various air platforms manufactured by HAL.
Mr S K Sharma, CMD, BEL, said: “BEL is pleased to be associated with HAL and share the respective expertise and competencies for the common objectives. I am sure such efforts will lead to greater indigenisation and self-reliance in Defence technologies. This collaboration will support the ‘Make in India’ mission.”
“The umbrella understanding includes sharing of expertise in design, development, engineering and manufacturing between HAL and BEL to develop and produce advanced airborne communication, electronic warfare systems etc”, said Mr T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL.
Dr A T Kalghatgi, Director (R&D), BEL (fifth from left), and Mr D K Venkatesh, Director (Engineering & R&D), HAL, (fourth from left) display the MoU documents signed between BEL and HAL in the presence of Mr S K Sharma, CMD, BEL (third from right), and Mr T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL (third from left), and other senior officers of BEL and HAL.
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