BEL-Belarus signs deal for supply of Airborne Defense Suite for IAF helicopters

Bharat Electronics Limited on Friday signed an MoU with a Belarusian company and its subsidiary for supply of Airborne Defense Suite (ADS) for helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The Bengaluru-headquartered defence PSU said it inked the MoU with Defense Initiatives (DI), Belarus, and Defense Initiatives Aero Pvt Ltd India (a subsidiary of DI Belarus), in the presence of Joint Secretary (DIP) and senior IAF officials. The MoU is aimed at cooperation between the three companies for supply of ADS for IAF helicopters.

In a statement, BEL said it would be the prime contractor and supported by DI with transfer of technology (manufacturing and maintenance) for supply of advanced electronic warfare suite for helicopters under ‘Make in India’ category. “The MoU also aims at exploring various business opportunities for India and global markets for ADS,” it said.

The partnership has evolved under the guidance of Additional Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Sanjay Jaju and Indo Belarusian Joint Commission on Military Cooperation, the statement said.

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