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IAF Procures Indigenous Software-Based Communication Sets from BEL

BEL, a Navratna undertaking of the Government of India under the Ministry of Defence, is renowned for its expertise in designing and manufacturing defence equipment.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) announced on Saturday that it has entered into a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a state-owned enterprise, for the acquisition of software-based lightweight man-portable radio communication sets.

These communication sets, developed indigenously, will utilize software-based components instead of conventional analogue hardware, marking a significant technological advancement in the field of military communication.

In a statement released via its official social media platform, the IAF underscored the importance of these Indigenous Software Designed Radio (SDR) technology-based sets in enhancing the IAF’s communication network.

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The procurement of these modern communication sets aligns with the central government’s vision, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to reduce India’s dependency on imports for its military requirements.

BEL, a Navratna undertaking of the Government of India under the Ministry of Defence, is renowned for its expertise in designing and manufacturing defence equipment.

The company’s portfolio includes the Akash Air Defence Weapon System, Coastal Surveillance System, Weapon Locating Radar, and 3D Tactical Control Radar, which are widely used by various branches of India’s Armed Forces.

In addition to its defense-related ventures, BEL has also made significant contributions to civilian sectors. Notably, the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in state assembly and Lok Sabha elections across the nation have been designed by BEL.

Moreover, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company demonstrated its versatility by producing approximately 30,000 ICU ventilators in record time, contributing to India’s healthcare infrastructure.

The contract between the IAF and BEL not only signifies a milestone in indigenous defence manufacturing but also reflects the government’s commitment to bolstering self-reliance in defence production. As India continues to strive towards technological innovation and self-sufficiency in defence, collaborations between the armed forces and domestic manufacturers like BEL play a crucial role in achieving these objectives.

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Pratham Gurung
Pratham Gurung
An avid movie buff who aspires to make it into the armed forces. Always had a knack for words so reading and writing are my favourite hobbies. Can debate on anything but not everything.
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