India’s Government owned defence electronics company, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) unveiled a number of new products for the Indian Army at the ongoing DefExpo, land and naval systems exhibition underway at Chennai, India.
The new products were displayed in the presence of the Chief of the Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat.
The new products involve significant investments in R&D and creation of production and support infrastructure and amongst the products unveiled are:
100 Mbps Radio
Reliable and secure tele-communication links are now possible even in a hostile Electronic Warfare (EW) environment, with BEL’s new 100 Mbps Radio Relay Equipment. The full duplex communication equipment is designed to operate as a multi-channel radio through line-of-sight radio path. BEL is also providing the various kinds of data interfaces needed and the equipment is modular in construction for ease of maintenance and repair.
Secure Military Wireless Local Area Network (LAN)
BEL’s Secure Military Wireless LAN (SMWLAN) provides secure Wi-Fi end connectivity when operating in the Tactical environment. The SMWLAN can operate at customized frequencies within the military band, with hardware based gradable secrecy. It can support Data, Voice and Video communication in Infrastructure, Ad hoc and Repeater modes. It is designed to meet highest SAG grading.
Long Range Surveillance System
This state-of-the-art Long Range Reconnaissance, Observation & Surveillance System has been jointly developed by IRDE and BEL. The Long Range Surveillance System is capable of day and night operation in adverse battle field conditions and for Border surveillance and intruder detection. Long range detection and identification of targets system is possible with this system, which can pass on the co-ordinates to the firing battery. The system consists of advanced 3rd generation high performance cooled Long Range Thermal imager with 22X Continuous Optical Zoom, high resolution Colour CCD Day Camera with 36X continuous Optical Zoom, Eye Safe LRF, High sensitivity Black and White Spotter Scope camera with Laser See Spot Capability, Advanced Pan and Tilt System with Panoramic Azimuth Pan capability and Ruggedized Control Unit. The Observation System, Network Interface Module and the Control Unit are connected by a cable and video is monitored from the control unit.
Chemical Agent Monitor (CAM)
BEL has also brought out a new rugged handheld Chemical Agent Monitor (CAM) which is used mainly to detect, monitor and identify Chemical Warfare Agents in the battlefield and provide audio and visual alarm of a chemical attack. It can detect all Chemical Warfare Agents (Nerve, Blister, Blood and Choking agents), Toxic Industrials Chemical (TICs) and Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs), simultaneously. The main features of the product includes Quick response time, detects CW agents, TIC & TIMS, latest SAW based technology, OLED Display & Threshold alarm, External Power, Hand Held Application and meets Military requirements.
Light Weight Composite Shelter
Designed using advanced composite technologies having the lowest tare weight in its class BEL Composite Shelter’s has excellent payload carrying capability and the shelter is suitable for use as light-weight system carrier for various defence applications, especially for mountainous and high-altitude deployment.
Mine Field Recording System
Mine Field Recording System (MFRS) is employed for mine laying and demining activities and plots and records the co-ordinates of any desired point on ground at which the equipment is taken. It can back-up all the data and record details such as Location both in terms of Latitude-Longitude, details of Mines including type, Self-neutralization period/ self-destruction period, memo and notes, etc.