India boosts military equipment testing capabilities with new BEL facilities
Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has inaugurated two testing facilities at Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
The new electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test facility was built at a cost of Rs600m ($9.4m) to test systems / platforms weighing up to 70t.
The strategic defence systems, such as battle tanks, communication vehicles, and radar and airborne systems, will undergo nuclear electromagnetic pulse (NEMP) and high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) testing at the new EMC facility.
In addition, the facility will conduct system-level EMC testing for projects such as Akash, integrated air command and control systems (IACCS), long-range surface-to-air missiles (LRSAM), and weapon-locating radar and battlefield management systems.
The Rs300m ($4.7m) near field antenna test range (NFTR) at BEL-Bengaluru will support the calibration and testing of radars with active electronically steerable array (AESA) based antenna arrays and antennas.
The radars will be evaluated to help advance several major projects, such as quick reaction surface-to-air missiles (QRSAM), medium-range surface-to-air missiles (MRSAM) and LRSAMs.
The BEL Academy for Excellence has also been inaugurated to cater to the training needs of BEL employees, its customers and vendors / partners, especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The training programmes have been designed with support from major institutes, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE).
Built at a cost of Rs470m ($7.34m), the Academy of Excellence will also cater to the skill development initiatives of the Indian Government.
Image: Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated an Academy for Excellence and testing facilities at the Bengaluru Unit of Navratna Defence PSU BEL. Photo: courtesy of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).