24 Mar 2023

Now Medium Power Radars ‘Arudhra’ & Radar Warning Receivers Will Be Built In India; To Enhance Electronic Warfare Capabilities Of IAF

New Delhi: Ministry of Defence has signed two separate contracts with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), at a total cost of over Rs. 3,700 crore, to enhance the operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF). 

The first contract, worth over Rs 2,800 crore, pertains to the supply of Medium Power Radars (MPR) ‘Arudhra’ for the IAF. The second contract, at an overall cost of approx. Rs 950 crore, relates to 129 DR-118 Radar Warning Receivers (RWR). 

Both projects essentially embody the spirit of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and will help facilitate the realisation of the country’s journey to achieve self-reliance in defence manufacturing.

MPR (Arudhra) Radar

The radar has been indigenously designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and will be manufactured by BEL. Its successful trials have already been conducted by the Indian Air Force.

The project will act as a catalyst for development of manufacturing capability in the industrial ecosystem.

DR-118 RWR will enhance Electronic Warfare capabilities of Su-30 MKI aircraft

The DR-118 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) will considerably enhance the Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities of Su-30 MKI aircraft. Majority of sub-assemblies and parts will be sourced from indigenous manufacturers.  The project will boost and encourage active participation of Indian Electronics and associated industries, including MSMEs. It will generate employment of approx. two lakh man-days over a period of three and half years.

The DR-118 RWR is a significant leap forward in developing indigenous EW capabilities and making the country ‘Aatmanirbharta’ in defence. 

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