Saturday, January 22, 2011

BEL Showcasing NCW Capabilities At Aero India

By Anantha Krishnan M.

Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) will showcase homegrown Network Centric Warfare (NCW) technologies during the upcoming Aero India 2011, to be held Feb. 9-13 at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru.

I.V. Sarma, BEL’s research and development director, tells Aviation Week that NCW displays will include command and control systems; air space management; multi-sensor tracking; air defense simulation; battlefield management systems and coastal surveillance systems.

BEL will also showcase new products and technologies including software-defined radio (SDR), the next-generation bulk encryptor and high data tactical radio. “The SDR will be on display for the first time,” Sarma says.

The airborne products on display will include a radar fingerprinting system; a tactical datalink; digital flight control computer; and identification-friend-or-foe systems.

Also on display will be the complete range of electro-optic equipment, including night vision devices, digital handheld compasses and advanced land navigation systems.

“The highlight of BEL’s outdoor display will be the entire range of subsystems that constitute Akash, the indigenous guided missile air defense weapon system for which BEL is the lead integrator,” a BEL source says. “The weapon-locating radar — the state-of-the-art passive, phased array radar which has undergone successful user trials — will also be on display. Both these systems have been designed by [India’s Defense Research and Development Organization]. We will also have [a] mobile communication terminal, a multilayer communication network, for the show.”

Thermal image equipment: BEL

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