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BEL to set up coastal surveillance system

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It will have 48 stations along the coastline of the country

New Venture: BEL is not ruling out the possibility of entering into missile technology. — File Photo: Reuters
New Venture: BEL is not ruling out the possibility of entering into missile technology. — File Photo: Reuters

In an effort to pre-empt a repeat of the 2008 Mumbai-type attacks in the country, the public sector unit (PSU ) major, Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), has developed a Coastal Surveillance System.

It will have 48 stations along the coastline of the country, including Lakshadweep, and Andaman and Nicobar archipelagos.

“We are hopeful of getting the order, which is in the final stages,” BEL's Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Kumar Datt told presspersons here on Thursday. “We developed this system after the Government asked us to do so.”

The PSU spent about Rs. 250 crore and some 20 months on developing the system, and two stations have been already established in Gujarat, which the Director General of Coast Guards has inspected. “We will be able to commission the system within nine months of starting the work,” Mr. Datt said.

The Coastal Surveillance System is part of BEL's initiatives to foray into new segments that include solar and nuclear power instrumentations besides the homeland security.

“We're hopeful of generating business of around Rs. 500 crore or about 15 per cent of our total volumes. A minimum of 80 per cent orders will continue to come from the defence sector,” he clarified.

Missiles

Not ruling out the possibility of entering into missile technology, Mr. Datt said BEL will look to start with the missile “seekers”, a critical component in the missile technology. He felt there is need to indigenously develop this technology, currently being outsourced.

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