New Delhi: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has handed over the first Radio Frequency (RF) Seeker of Akash – Next Generation Weapon System produced at its newly commissioned state-of-the-art Seeker Facility Centre (SFC) to Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
Seeker is a critical and technology intensive subsystem used in Surface-to-Air Missiles and Air-to-Air Missiles for target tracking in the terminal phase.
The RF Seeker has been designed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat, and produced by BDL at its state-of-the-art Seeker Facility Centre set up at BDL, Kanchanbagh Unit.
In a special ceremony held at BDL’s Kanchanbagh Unit on Wednesday, Commodore A Madhavarao (Retd.), Chairman and Managing Director of BDL handed over the 1st RF Seeker manufactured by BDL at this facility to Dr Samir V Kamat, Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development and Chairman DRDO.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kamat stated that the establishment of Seeker Facility Centre at BDL has enabled India achieve self-reliance in the field of RF seeker production and contribute greatly towards realizing the goal of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
While Commodore Madhavarao (Retd) expressed pride in the accomplishment stating that with the production of RF Seeker, BDL, now joins an elite group of companies worldwide having the complete capability for the production of RF Seekers.
The ceremony was attended by several high ranking officials from DRDO and BDL including U Raja Babu, Distinguished Scientist & DG (MSS), G A Srinivasa Murthy, Distinguished Scientist & Director DRDL, Anindya Biswas, Outstanding Scientist & Director RCI, B V Paparao, Distinguished Scientist & Director, ASL, N Srinivasulu, Director (Finance) of BDL, Dr Vennam Upender (IPoS) Chief Vigilance Officer of BDL, Commodore G R Pradhan (Retd.), Executive Director of BDL (Bhanur Unit), P V Raja Ram, Executive Director of BDL’s Kanchanbagh Unit and M Sreedhar Rao GM (NP, OP & UH-IBU) of BDL.
“This achievement marks a significant step forward in India’s defence capabilities and reinforces the nation’s commitment to become “Atmanirbhar” in crucial Defence Technologies,” DRDO said in an official statement.