Indian defence ministry awards Bharat Electronics contract for air defence/C-UAS radar

The Indian Ministry of Defence on March 23, 2023, signed two contracts with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), at a total cost of over Rs 3,700 crore, to enhance the operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force. The first contract, worth over Rs 2,800 crore, pertains to the supply of Arudhra Medium Power Radars (MPR) for the Indian Air Force.

According to Indian defence ministry:

“The radar has been indigenously designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and will be manufactured by BEL. Its successful trials have already been conducted by the Indian Air Force. 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.

“The project will act as a catalyst for development of manufacturing capability in the industrial ecosystem.”

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