Defence Minister inaugurates Engineers Conclave at BEL

Bengaluru: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 7th edition of ‘Engineers Conclave’ (EC-2019) in Bengaluru on Thursday. The EC-2019 is being organised by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

Speaking at the Engineers Conclave Singh reiterated the Government's commitment to reaching Digital India Connectivity to remote villages of India. He added that the development of critical and cutting-edge technologies in defence would help save foreign exchange, which can be used for other development activities of the country.

The Engineers Conclave is an annual event aimed at bringing together engineers from across the country to identify, discuss and deliberate upon issues of national importance and arrive at solutions with appropriate engineering interventions. Actionable recommendations based on the deliberations of the Engineers Conclave carried out so far are actively progressed by INAE with the Government departments/agencies concerned.

This year’s conclave is based on two themes: “Defence Technology & Innovation” and “Transformation of Rural India Using Digital Technologies”. Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DD R&D, & Chairman, DRDO, Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE, Gowtama M V, CMD, BEL, Mahesh V, Director (R&D), BEL, V V R Sastry, FNAE & former CMD, BEL, current and former Directors and CMDs of BEL, CVO, BEL, and other dignitaries from DRDO, ISRO, DPSUs, academia, and industries, both public and private, were present at the inaugural function. The event will be organised between September 19 to September 21, 2019.

Product Development & Innovation Centre inaugurated

The defence minister also inaugurated BEL’s Product Development & Innovation Centre (PD&IC) in Bengaluru on the occasion. BEL has created the PD&IC with the vision of establishing a world-class R&D facility, with an investment of about Rs. 220 crores.  Inaugurating the PD&IC building, Singh said the new centre would contribute to the 'Make in India' initiative through indigenization efforts aimed at self-reliance.

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The PD&IC is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and resources to design, develop, prototype and generate manufacturing documents for systems and sub-systems, which can be marketed as standalone products or used in the development of larger systems or system-of-systems by the Strategic Business Units/Units of BEL.

High Power Transmitter for Akash-NG RF Seeker Unveiled

Singh unveiled the High Power Transmitter for New Generation Missile (Akash-NG) RF Seeker, designed by Microwave Tube Research & Development Center (MTRDC), a DRDO lab, and concurrently developed along with BEL, based on a production order from the Research Centre Imarat (RCI).

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