India cancels bid to buy 197 light utility helicopters for Army and Air Force from foreign companies | Instead, MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) encouraged domestic industry to produce 400 helicopters in collaboration with foreign vendors | Go-ahead given for acquiring Boeing's 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters for IAF | Go-ahead also for opening the tender bid for 16 Multi Role Helicopters for Navy (Sikorsky and European NH Industries - now Airbus - in competition) | Major blow to Israel: Proposal to acquire Spike anti-tank missile deferred | Major win for US: co-development offer of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin's Javelin to be considered instead | The US offer was conveyed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in New Delhi recently | Hagel had described the offer to codevelop the next generation of Javelin with India as "unprecedented" | DAC also cleared proposals for anti-submarine warfare suites for Navy and 40 Arjun tank chassis for mounting artillery guns | DAC, headed by Defence Minister, is MoD's apex body for acquiring weapons and systems |
 

BEML Aerospace Takes Off

 
 Published : October 2008
 
 

Bangalore. New Frontiers and New Dreams are the two cornerstones of BEML Limited, one of India’s most respected public sector companies in defence.

To take advantage of the phenomenal growth of the aviation sector in India, both civil and military, BEML Chairman and Managing Director V RS Natarajan decided recently to start an aerospace unit. The result: The dreams are now turning into a reality of New Heights: BEML Aerospace.

Working under Mr Rajeev Srivastava, General Manager (Aerospace), the new unit, set up mid-2008, has been able to create business relationship with India’s premier aerospace entity, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and the two are already working together on exciting engineering solutions.

Several other additional business opportunities are also being pursued with various divisions of HAL spread across India.

Buoyed by its recent achievements, and consolidating its national presence, the Aerospace Team at BEML has already approached major technological institutions like Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and other major defence public sector undertakings like BEL.

Several strong leads are being pursued with these institutions/organisation.

Interactions with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are also planned in the near future. To spread its wings beyond the national boundaries, BEML. Aerospace has initiated discussions with international aerospace majors like Boeing, EADS/ Airbus, Lockheed Mar t in, Ray theon, Nor throp Grumman, Textron and Rolls-Royce.

Implementing the strategy of beginning with offering of its already existing strong capabilities in engineering solutions (CAD/ CAM, CAE etc.), the Aerospace Team at BEML has started development and manufacturing of support equipment.

Plans are afoot to make a fullfledged aerospace manufacturing facility operational soon, and to effectively meet the offset obligations/ requirement of the Aerospace industry, which is growing at a phenomenal rate.

 
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