Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated Bharat Dynamics Limited’s (BDL) two manufacturing facilities in Telangana. 

The first is a warhead manufacturing facility at Bhanur, and the second is a production and testing plant for Radio Frequency (RF) seekers at Kanchanbagh.

The Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) will use the warhead facility for both its current and futuristic missiles.

The RF seeker facility was built with an investment of Rs500m ($6.33m). The unit will be used in future missiles for target tracking.

BDL has also begun to make Ku band seeker facilities to establish an indigenous vendor ecosystem in India, reported The Hindu, citing BDL chairman and managing director commodore Siddharth Mishra.

During the inaugural ceremony, Singh praised the DPSU’s efforts to strengthen the defence sector and achieve the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

He also commended BDL for its move to manufacture products indigenously in partnership with foreign companies.

Dedicating the new manufacturing facilities to the nation, Singh said the new BDL units will help enhance technology forecasting and strengthen manufacturing and testing capabilities.

Rajnath Singh said in a statement that “this long-term collaboration will help academia to work on core technological problems and assist R&D institutions to move from ‘theoretical analysis’ to ‘conversion into actual products’. It will be a win-win situation and give a boost to the defence eco-system of the country”.

He also virtually inaugurated a central storage facility at the Visakhapatnam unit of BDL.

The Rs49m ($0.62m) storage system consists of a vertical carousel system, a mechanical compactor, and a motorised compactor. This facility will allow real-time transactions and inventory monitoring.