New Delhi: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) on Monday announced it has signed a licence agreement and transfer of technology (LAToT) of Akash Missile Weapon System with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently. BDL is the lead integrator for Akash Weapon System (Indian Army version). The contract has been signed by Defence Research & Development Laboratory's (DRDL) Director Dr Dasharath Ram and BDL's Director (Production) P Radha Krishna.
The event was witnessed by Mayank Dwivedi, Director DI2TM (Directorate of Industry Interface & Technology Management), who participate via video conference and Dr Ajit Chaudhary, Project Director (Akash).
Akash Missile Weapon System (AKASH) is a short-range surface to air missile system to protect vulnerable areas and vulnerable points from air attacks. AKASH Weapon System can simultaneously engage multiple targets in group mode or autonomous mode. It has built-in electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM) features. The entire weapon system has been configured on mobile platforms. AKASH Weapon Systems has been inducted and is operational with the Indian Air Force (IAF) as well as the Indian Army. The current agreement is for the Indian Army version of the Akash Missile, though.
Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) is a manufacturer of ammunitions and missile systems. It was founded in 1970 in Hyderabad, Telangana. BDL was established in the year 1970 as a manufacturing base for guided weapon systems. Begun with a pool of engineers drawn from Indian Ordnance Factories, DRDO and aerospace industries, BDL began by producing a first-generation anti-tank guided missile – the "French SS11B1." This product was a culmination of a licence agreement the government entered into with Aerospatiale. The defence PSU has three manufacturing units, located at Kanchanbagh Hyderabad (Telangana), Bhanur, Medak district of Telangana and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). Two New Units are planned at Ibrahimpatnam, Ranga Reddy district, Telangana and Amravati, Maharashtra.
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