Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is a Navratna Defence PSU under the administrative control of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence. The company was established in 1954 under the Ministry of Defence. It has nine units across India. BEL has core competencies in the Defence sector in areas of Radars & Weapon Systems, Sonars, Communication, EWS, Electro-Optics and Tank Electronics. In Non-Defence sector, BEL's product range includes EVMs, Tablet PCs, ICs, Hybrid Microcircuits, Semiconductor devices, solar cells etc.
BEL has set up R&D facilities in all nine Units to achieve self-reliance. Company has made a 3 year R and D Plan identifying future programs & various technologies, knowledge Management Portal etc. On an average 10 new Products are introduced annually. BEL spends around 8 percent of its turnover on R&D.
In addition, new products and technologies including software-defined radios, next-generation bulk encryptor and high data tactical radio were also on show. Airborne products displayed included radar fingerprinting system, data link, digital flight control computer and identification friend or foe. Also on display was the complete range of optoelectronic equipment, including night vision devices, digital handheld compass and an advanced land navigation system.
BEL is the lead integrator of Akash, the Indian-made guided missile air defence weapon system. Another major system is weapon locating radar, the state-of-the-art passive, phased array radar which has undergone successful user trials by the Indian defence forces.