Navy keen on selfreliance in tech­nol­ogy: Satish Soni


The In­dian Navy is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing self-re­liance in mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy,” said Vice Ad­mi­ral Satish Soni, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, South­ern Naval Com­mand, while inau­gu­rat­ing a Naval tech­nol­ogy sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by the Bharat Elec­tron­ics Limited (BEL) at the South­ern Naval Com­mand.

“The mo­men­tous eco­nomic growth of the na­tion has to be sus­tained by suit­able se­cu­rity mea­sures. Ac­cord­ingly, the Mar­itime Ca­pa­bil­i­ties Per­spec­tive Plan lays down a force level of 200 ships, 600 air­craft and about 20 sub­marines apart from shore-based as­sets and in­fra­struc­ture,” said the Ad­mi­ral.

Elab­o­rat­ing the in­creas­ing role of the Navy in the con­text, the Ad­mi­ral said that pa­trolling the re­gion be­tween east coast of Africa and the Malacca Straits, fre­quent for­ays into the Gulf and Red Sea as also es­tab­lish­ing a reach in the Mediter­ranean, South China Sea and be­yond, has be­come vi­tal. While laud­ing BEL for cus­tomer en­gage­ment ini­tia­tives, Ad­mi­ral Soni also sought good wa­ter­front sup­port in­fra­struc­ture backed by a sound fault find- ing and re­pair sys­tem as well as ad­e­quate spares in­ven­tory.

Anil Kumar, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of BEL, said that BEL is proud to part­ner in In­dian Navy’s blue wa­ter as­pi­ra­tions. Three new SBUs for mis­siles, satel­lites and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems have been set up. He also re­minded the au­di­ence of the fruit­ful part­ner­ship with the Naval Phys­i­cal and Oceano­graphic Lab­o­ra­tory (NPOL) at Kochi which re­sulted in the pro­duc­tion of a num­ber of new-gen­er­a­tion sonars for the ships and sub­marines of the Navy. Coastal sur­veil­lance sys­tem pro­ject by BEL has al­ready been com­mis­sioned in Ker­ala, Gu­jarat, Ma­ha­rash­tra and Andhra Pradesh. “BEL is also in­volved in set­ting up sim­i­lar in­fra­struc­ture at Mau­ri­tius and Sey­chelles. Prod­uct Sup­port Cen­tre for NPOL Cochin Ship­yard and Naval Ship Re­pair Yard Kochi, is al­ready func­tion­ing from KIN­FRA Kochi.”

Lat­est com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment, night vi­sion de­vices, mod­ern com­mando in­for­ma­tion sys­tems and other elec­tron­ics in­ten­sive hard­ware were on dis­play at the prod­uct ex­hi­bi­tion. BEL has been con­duct­ing such cus­tomer en­gage­ment ini­tia­tives since 2010.

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