Ministry of Defence inks Rs 3,700 crore contracts with BEL

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 Indian Air Force (IAF),

To enhance the operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Defense Ministry on March 23 signed two separate contracts with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) at a total cost of over Rs 3,700 crore.

An overview of the news

  • The first contract, worth over Rs 2,800 crore, pertains to the supply of Medium Power Radar (MPR) 'Arudhra' to the IAF.

  • The second contract, at a total cost of about Rs 950 crore, pertains to 'Radar Warning Receivers' (RWR).

  • Both the projects are under the indigenously designed, developed and manufactured-IDMM category.

  • The radar has been designed and developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and will be manufactured by BEL.

  • The RWR has been designed to also enhance the capabilities of Su-30 MKI aircraft.

About Arudhra Radar

  • This 4D radar is capable of automatic detection and tracking of slow moving aerial targets ranging from fighter jets.

  • The system has an instrumented range of 400 km.

  • It is capable of detecting RCS targets with a range of 300 km with altitudes ranging from 100 m to 30 km.

  • The radar operates in either Staring or Rotation mode.

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