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Andhra Pradesh set to emerge as missile hub

The facility is being built with an eye on the future

India’s largest missile systems manufacturing and integration facility with an investment of Rs. 500 crore is being set up on a sprawling 900-acre site at Palasamudram, Gorantla in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar would the lay the foundation-stone on September 30 for the facility- ‘Defence Systems Integration Complex,’ which is being established by Navaratna Defence PSU, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu and other dignitaries will attend the event.

It will cater to the needs of missile and weapon systems manufacturing/ integration for the ongoing and upcoming missile programmes. It will have state-of-the-art infrastructure such as assembly hangars, hard stands for radars and weapons integration, RF radiation sources for target stimulation, automatic test equipment, clean rooms for electronic assembly, missile storage buildings and environmental test chambers, among others.

The supersonic, short range surface-to-air missile, Akash is being currently manufactured by BEL. It is the lead integrator of the Akash Missile System for IAF and supplies the radars, control centres, simulators, associated maintenance vehicles and integrated software.

While BEL’s Bengaluru unit at present carries out missile manufacturing and integration activities and systems-level checks, the new facility is being set up to cater to the large requirements of futuristic surface-to-air missile systems, missiles and associated electronic sub-systems and components.

The proposed complex will be a world-class facility with automated guided vehicles and industrial robots for material movement and handling.

Ambitious plans

Various new missile programmes are proposed to be taken up by BEL in collaboration with DRDO and also as part of global tenders for Quick Response Surface-to-Air Missile (QR SAM), Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR SAM), Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MR SAM) and Low Level Quick Reaction Missile System.

Multiple groups of equipment have to be positioned at suitable spacing over a large area to simulate field conditions as the testing and integration of missile systems involves actual deployment of air surveillance, radars, file control radars, control centres, missile launchers and other support systems to validate the detection, tracking command and communication link parameters.

The upcoming facility will cater to these requirements.



It will cater to the needs of missile and weapon systems manufacturing/ integration for the ongoing and upcoming missile programmes.



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