Defence News: India’ defence ministry has signed a contract worth Rs 591.34 crore with Bengaluru-based Alpha Design Technologies Ltd (ADTL) for the upgrade and digitisation of 16 Russian versions of Pechora Missile and Radar Systems.
Pechora Systems, in service at present, are 3 decades old and there are lots of obsolescence and spares, repair and maintenance problems, which will be solved by the upgradation. The project will be undertaken by Alpha Design in partnership with Russia and would be completed in four years time.
The upgradation will have large number of Indigenously developed equipment, such as Radar Transmitter, Thermal Imager-based Electro Optical System, communication equipment, upgradation of drive chain, Control Cabin, Shelters, Cables, etc., The upgradation project is in the true spirit of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ mission of the Ministry of Defence towards making the concept of ‘Make in India’ a success.
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ADTL has won the upgradation project against the stiff competition from Bharat Electronics Ltd, Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Reliance and Kinetics.
The company also hopes to bag additional contract of eight other Missile and Radar Systems under ‘Option’ clause of the contract.
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ADTL‘s CMD HS Shankar said this project was of national importance and, in the years to come, ADTL along with other Indian industries would undertake upgradation indigenously of similar Radars and Missile Systems procured long back but in use by Defence Forces.
He also said that the costs of such upgradation will be less than procuring new systems and will provide a new lease of life for such systems.
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