Bharat Electronics, Sweden’s Saab enter marketing deal

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has signed a preliminary agreement with Saab Group, a Swedish aerospace and defence company, to jointly market the L-Band 3D Air Surveillance Radar, RAWL-03, co-developed by BEL and Saab

July 16, 2018

The long range radar is a cost-effective L Band 3D radar that is used for early detection and tracking of air and surface targets, thereby enabling engagement of fire control systems to neutralise the same

The RAWL-03 radar will be offered in both ship-borne and land-based configurations. The system is based on the state-of-the-art GaN TR Module technology and incorporates the latest signal processing techniques

The deal follows improving ties amid India and Sweden, especially after the first India Nordic Summit in April 2018; This has enabled tie-ups in smart cities, digitization, skills development and defence sectors

International clients on BEL’s roster include those from developed nations such as the USA, France, the UK, Canada, Germany, Russia and Sweden, as well as developing markets in Africa and South America

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) on July 16  signed a preliminary deal with Saab Group, a Swedish aerospace and defence company, to jointly market the L-Band 3D Air Surveillance Radar, RAWL-03, co-developed by BEL and Saab. The long range air surveillance radar is a cost-effective L Band three dimensional (3D) radar that is used for early detection and tracking of air and surface targets, thereby enabling engagement of fire control systems to neutralise the same. RAWL-03 will be offered in both ship-borne and land-based configurations. The system is based on the state-of-the-art GaN TR Module technology and incorporates the latest signal processing techniques. The deal follows improving ties amid India and Sweden, especially after the first India-Nordic Summit was held in Stockholm in April 2018.

The nations had recently devised the India-Sweden Joint Action Plan related to areas of technological innovation; trade and investment; smart cities and next generation mobility; sustainable and renewable energy; women’s skill development and empowerment; defence; space and science; and, health and life sciences. The plan, for example, under the purview of trade and investment envisages boosting of commercial ties between and empowering business leaders to drive cooperation in smart cities, digitization, skills development and defence sectors. Sweden’s Saab had also recently participated in the 2018 edition of Indian Defence Expo (DefExpo). Owing to increasing interactions, India-Sweden bilateral trade recorded a year-on-year growth of 16 per cent to US$2.2 billion during the financial year 2017-18.

Saab serves the global market with products, services and solutions in military defence and civil security. Meanwhile, the Indian Government-run BEL, the nation’s leading aerospace and defence electronics manufacturer, is engaged in the design, manufacture and supply of state-of-the-art radars such Weapon Locating Radar and Battle Field Surveillance Radar, Communication Systems, Naval Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Missile Systems, Tank Electronics and Gun/Weapon System Upgrades, Coastal Surveillance System, among others, for the armed forces. The company, with about nine factories across the nation, has been fast expanding its global presence to boost exports worldwide, especially to Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Currently, the BEL’s products and services to foreign clients include Defence Communication equipment and spare parts, Radars and Sub-systems, Electronic Warfare products and services, Opto-electronics products, Semiconductor devices, Microwave Tubes and Transmitting Tubes, Solar Products and Systems, Contract Manufacturing and Outsourcing Services, Electronic Voting Systems, Radio and TV Broadcasting products and Systems, Telecom and SATCOM systems. International clients on BEL’s roster include those from developed nations such as the USA, France, the UK, Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Russia and Sweden. BEL also caters to developing markets in Africa and South America such as Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda and Kenya.