New Delhi: India may be the largest arms exporter in the world but that may be about to change. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday announced that the Indian Navy is all set to get a Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) under the government’s ‘Make in India’ push.
On Wednesday, the ministry signed a deal with NOVA Integrated Systems Limited (NISL), a subsidiary of Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), to execute Indian Navy’s Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) project. This is the first procurement by the MoD under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).
“The project involves delivery, installation and commissioning of the Radar Systems on Indian Navy vessels, as well as delivery of simulators, establishing depot level facilities, and integrated logistics support with deliveries spread over 10 years. The proposed radar is based on the latest solid state technology and also suited for coastal surveillance applications,” a press release by MoD read.
It added, “Procurement of SSR is part of Indian Navy’s plan for modernisation of its fleet. It would also be installed on the ships under construction and is in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.”
Mr. Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Advanced Systems Limited said, “We are proud to be the first private sector Indian Company to bag the coveted contract of the SSR project. Undertaking the responsibility of complete manufacture and assembly of radar for the Indian Navy gives us an excellent opportunity to showcase our prowess of development and assembly projects in high technology areas. We look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the Indian Ministry of Defence’s first procurement under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category of the DPP.”
NSIL will partner with Danish manufacturer Terma Aerostructures for the the manufacturing, integration and testing of the Radar system in India.