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MoD inks Rs 2,282.06cr contract with BEL to procure 11 Shakti EWS for IN; Signs Rs 1,752.13 Cr with AWEIL for 463 SRCG for IN & ICG

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to procure 11 Shakti Electronic Warfare Systems (EWS) along with associated equipment / accessories for the Indian Navy (IN) at a cost of Rs 2,167.47 crore.

  • The contract was signed under the Buy Indian – Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (Indian-IDDM) category.
  • The EWS will be designed and developed by Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) Hyderabad, Telangana, is a laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It also received additional orders worth Rs.114.59 crore to develop Very low frequency receivers (HD VLF), etc.

Note: MoD signed contracts worth Rs 2,282.06 crore to procure 11 EWS (Rs 2,167.47 crore) and additional orders (Rs.114.59 crore)

About Shakti EW system:

i.Shakti EW system will be installed on IN’s capital warships for interception, detection, classification, identification, and jamming of radars.

  • It enhances maritime defence against radars, electronic attacks and anti-ship missiles by replacing older generation EW systems in IN.

ii.It integrates wideband Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) for the defence of Indian Navy Ships against missile attacks.

  • This means it accurately intercepts emissions and deploys countermeasures in dense electromagnetic environments.

iii.It features radar fingerprinting and data recording replay for post-mission analysis.

MoD signs contract worth Rs 1,752.13 Cr with AWEIL for 463 SRCG for IN & ICG

On the lines of Aatmanirbharta in Defence, MoD also signs Rs 1752.13 crores contract with the Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited(AWEIL), Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (UP) for the manufacturing and supply of 463 indigenously manufactured 12.7 mm Stabilised Remote Control Guns (SRCG) for the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

  • It aims to enhance the capabilities of IN and ICG to engage small targets effectively, especially in asymmetric environments, day or night.

Key Points:

i.SRCG bolster maritime security by targeting small threats, enhancing operational safety.

ii.Its advanced features like stabilization and remote control ensure precise targeting.

iii.The contract boasts Indigenous Content (IC) of over 85%, promoting indigenous defence manufacturing.

iv.It is expected to create opportunities for 125+ Indian vendors and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) in next 5 years.

v.Notably, Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu (TN) had already launched a SRCG which comes with a 12.7mm M2 machine gun.

Recent Related News:

i.The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), in its meeting on 15th September 2023, under the chairmanship of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for capital acquisition proposals of various weapons systems and platforms amounting to Rs 45,000 crore.These

ii.MoD has signed a contract with Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL)(Kochi, Kerala) for mid-life upgrade and re-powering of the advanced guided missile frigate Indian Naval Ship (INS) Beas (F37) at a cost of Rs 313.42 crore.

About Ministry of Defence:
Union Defence Minister– Rajnath Singh (Constituency – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State– Ajay Bhatt (Constituency- Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand)