Hyderabad: The Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) was handed over to the Indian Navy by Union Minister for Defence and Finance Arun Jaitley at Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in Kanchanbagh here on Sunday.
LRSAM is an advanced combat suit for missile defense against air targets, missiles and full capabilities of air and surface surveillance, threat alert, fire control. LRSAM is a DRDO-IAI (Defence Research & Development Organization – Israeli Aircraft Industries) Joint Development Contract with defined work-share.
BDL is the Missile Production Agency to deliver and support the Indian Armed Forces in country’s Defence preparedness. The missile is same for Tri Services viz., Navy, Air Force and Army.
On arrival, the Union Minister was welcomed by BDL CMD V. Udaya Bhaskar. He was accompanied by Secretary (Defence Production) AK Gupta.
State-of-the-art and first of its kind for a Defence production unit, the Rocket Motor Static Test Facility was dedicated to the nation by Arun Jaitley at BDL’s Ibrahimpatnam Complex located near Hyderabad. An amount of 48 Crores spent on this facility.
The 50 Ton Rocket Motor Test facility for Surface to Air Missile (SAM) class of missiles will support the design and vendor development activities needed for production of missiles. These efforts were hither to shouldered by DRDO as the development agency.
BDL is now equipped to take the responsibility on its own which has been actively guided for realisation and establishment by DRDO. The test bed is capable of withstanding a load of 50000 Kg (50T) and explosive limit of 1000kg with H.D 1.1 category. All kinds of SAM motors can be tested.
BDL has acquired 632 acres of land from State Government to establish manufacturing, testing and storage facilities for advanced Weapon Systems of MRSAM (Medium Range Surface- to- Air Missiles) and QRSAM (Quick Reaction Surface- to- Air Missiles).
Plan is afoot to create exclusive complex for manufacture, assemble the missiles and integrate the weapon system in a world class environment.
The need of the hour is to create all these facilities at this new complex which will herald a new era with Make in India as core concept and absorbing and establishing required facilities by active collaboration with DRDO and foreign OEMs.
BDL envisions the Ibrahimpatnam Complex as its future Weapon Realisation and Delivery Unit. BDL spent 522 Crores on this facility.
The facilities are designed under the guidance of DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization) confirming to CFEES (Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety) norms.
The facilities will meet the future needs of Missile testing and in line with DRDO labs and can be offered to other vendors of propellant and other sub-systems for development and production as a National Asset.
At BDL, Bhanur Unit, Shri Arun Jaitley, inaugurated the ASTRA Manufacturing Facility. Astra weapon system is an indigenously developed Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile developed by DRDO. It comprises of Astra Launcher and Astra Missile.
It is designed as a BVR missile with a range of 110 Km in head-on mode and 20 Km in tail-chase mode. BVR missiles are the latest in air to air combat. BDL has been designated as the Lead Integrator by DRDO.
The Union Minister inaugurated the 5 MW Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) Power Project at BDL, Bhanur Unit, Telangana State. As part of Govt of India’s Jawarharlal Nehru National Solar Mission(JNNSM), BDL plans to develop 5 MW of SPV plant at Bhanur.
Implementation of Grid Connected Solar Power Project is being done under Phase II/III of JNNSM. Feasibility study was done by Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd, a Govt. of India Enterprise. An amount of Rs. 29 crores spent on this project.
The payback period is 4.3 years on total capital. This Project will chip into the National Power Grid and will generate 8.545 million units of power per year. Solar power evacuation will be through 33/11 KV DISCOM station located at Nandigama Village which is around 6 Km from the site. (INN)