Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has signed preliminary collaborative agreements with two companies — Astra Microwave Products of Hyderabad and SELEX Galileo of Italy. The defence PSU has signed an MoU with Astra Microwave to form a joint venture for design and manufacture of microwave components and assemblies.
These products will meet the needs of the Indian defence, paramilitary, government establishments, civilian and international customers. The venture would be a common platform for all future requirements in design, development and manufacturing of microwave components. The agreement will explore new business opportunities in India and abroad
BEL and SELEX will explore opportunities in electronic warfare in India for offset requirements and contract manufacturing for export markets. BEL is the principal developer and manufacturer of electronic warfare equipment for the Indian Armed Forces. SELEX is a Finmeccanica group company. Current opportunities include offset requirements in the Ministry of Defence programmes like the medium multi-role combat aircraft, wherein SELEX Galileo is participating through global aircraft manufacturers.