BEL ties up with Hughes for copter satcom solution

Anil Urs Updated on February 21, 2019
The Teaming Agreement will enable the Defence Ministry’s strategic users to get helicopter-based satellite communication links for real-time | Photo Credit: Dhiraj Singh

Defence PSU to develop light cruise missiles with start-up JSR Dynamics

Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has been successful in striking two deals and in launching a project at Aero India 2019.

BEL and Hughes India have entered into a Teaming Agreement for design, development, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of satellite communication solutions for helicopters.

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Vast potential

The Teaming Agreement will enable the Defence Ministry’s strategic users to get helicopter-based satellite communication links for real-time and assured communications using ISRO’s Ku-band satellites.

BEL and Hughes India are collaborating to meld their technologies and capabilities to develop these integrated and sophisticated solutions.

In the second deal, the company signed an MoU with JSR Dynamics, a Nagpur-based start-up.

The MoU aims at leveraging the individual design and manufacturing capabilities of BEL and JSR to develop weapons and light cruise missiles, which have potential in both in the domestic and international markets.

BEL has, as part of the government’s ‘Start-up India’ Initiative, been extending its support to start-up companies.

New product

The company unveiled the Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG), an innovative solution to meet the ever-increasing need for drinking water.

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, inaugurated the Atmospheric Water Generator in the presence of Gowtama M V, CMD, Directors and other senior officers of BEL.

The Atmospheric Water Generator taps the humidity in the atmosphere to generate water. The Atmospheric Water Generator uses heat exchange for condensing the atmospheric moisture to produce pure, safe and clean potable water.

The AWG comes with a Mineralisation Unit, which is used to add minerals required to make the water potable.

The AWG is configurable in static and mobile (vehicular) versions and is available in 30 litres/day, 100 litres/day, 500 litres/day and 1,000 litres/day configurations.

The Water Generator can be used to provide drinking water in public places, remote field areas and establishments.

The Atmospheric Water Generator is being manufactured by BEL in collaboration with CSIR-IICT and MAITHRI, a start-up based in Hyderabad.

Published on February 21, 2019
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