The BEL systems, once operational, will strengthen India's maritime operations. (Photo: ICGS Varun, courtesy, CG)
By Anantha Krishnan M.
India has awarded Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) a contract worth Rs 500 crores ($112.7 million) to install surveillance platforms to protect the country’s coasts in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. BEL CMD A.K. Datt said that 46 locations have been identified to install the eye-in-the-sea systems, mainly built around a radar platform. “The entire software for this project has been developed by BEL,” Datt said. The first trials were conducted in Gujarat, and the first phase of the project is expected to be operational by November.
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