Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) have signed a contract for co-development and co-production of Long Range Dual Band Infra-Red Search and Track System (IRST) for Su-30 MKI under the MAKE-II procedure of Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020, as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The proposed IRST system will be a high-end strategic technology product in the field of defense avionics and technically competitive with existing IRST systems in the global market with features of Television Day Camera, Infrared & LASER sensors in a single window for air to air and air to ground target tracking and localization.
The system will enhance the Indian Air Force’s air superiority.
Suneel Kumar Srivastava, GM, HAL (Korwa) and Loyola Pedro Vianney G., GM, BEL (Chennai) signed the contract.
Arup Chatterjee, Director, Engineering and R&D (HAL) and M V Rajasekhar, Director, R&D (BEL) were present on the occasion.
The joining hands of two defense PSUs for the development of technologically critical IRST give impetus to “Atmanirbhar Bharat” in the defense sector.
This initiative also opens the future path in the field of indigenous defense manufacturing for the development of a high-end strategic technology product of IRST for various platforms in a global competitive environment.