Andhrapradesh: Navratna Defense Public Sector Undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is setting up a Defense Systems Integration Complex at Palasamudram, Gorantala Mandal in Anantapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh. It will be the largest such facility in the country once it is commissioned, covering an area of over 900 acres. The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, will lay the foundation stone for this facility tomorrow in the august presence of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
The facility is about 80 Km from the Bengaluru International Airport on NH7. The proposed Complex will be a world-class facility with Automated Guided Vehicles and Industrial Robots for material movement and handling. BEL has been continuously investing in modernization and creation of special infrastructure to cater for emerging defense business opportunities. Shri SK Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, said that BEL is also strengthening its infrastructure in areas like Night Vision technologies and elements of Multi function Radars.
BEL has not only maintained a consistent policy of R&D investments but also has launched collaborative R&D with private SME firms in the country. On an average, 80% of BEL’s Sales turnover is from indigenous R&D every year. BEL has now launched a Product Development & Innovation Centre at Bangalore to give further thrust towards indigenous R&D.
The Palasamudram facility will enable BEL to expand its Missile systems business and will carry out manufacturing and integration for the ongoing and upcoming projects. It will have state-of-the-art infrastructure such as Assembly Hangars and Hard Stands for Radars and Weapon integration.
BEL also plans to expand this facility for the creation of a Military Industrial Complex to set up the necessary ecosystem for manufacture of electronic components and equipment for various upcoming Defense projects in collaboration with SMEs as part of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.