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Indian Navy Signed Contract with BEL for India’s 1st Indigenously Developed NADS

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Indian Navy signs pact with BEL for country’s first locally made naval anti-drone systemThe Indian Navy has signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the manufacture and supply of India’s 1st indigenously developed Naval Anti Drone System (NADS) with both ‘hard kill’ and ‘soft kill capabilities.

  • The NADS has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by BEL.

Key Points:

i.Hard kill refers to jamming the hostile drone, whereas the soft kill involves a laser-based kill system.

ii.Different units of BEL, DRDO Labs along with the Indian Navy were involved in the making of NADS, as a part of the Atmanirbar Bharat to counter drone threats of adversaries.

iii.NADS uses the Radar, Electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, DRDO’s Radio Frequency (RF) /Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) detectors to detect and jam the micro drones.

iv.NADS will be the 1st indigenously developed anti-drone system to be inducted into the Indian Armed Forces. Both the static and mobile versions of NADS will be supplied to the Indian Navy.

v.The contract came at the backdrop of the incident on June 27, 2021, where the small drones were used to target the Jammu air force station, the 1st-ever offensive use of drones to target an Indian military facility.

vi.BEL will also sign similar contracts with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

Recent Related News:

On February 8, 2021, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) have signed a contract for procurement of Software Defined Radio Tactical (SDR-Tac) worth over Rs 1,000 crore in New Delhi

About Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL):

It is a Navratna PSU (Public Sector Undertaking) under the Ministry of Defence.

Establishment – 1954
Headquarters – Bangalore, Karnataka
Additional Charge, CMD & Director – Anandi Ramalingam