At Defexpo India 2016, Thales and BEL-Thales Systems Limited (BTSL), the joint venture between Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Thales, have signed a partnership agreement for the joint development of the PHAROS fire control radar.
This strategic cooperation contract will allow Thales and BTSL to jointly develop PHAROS, a fire control radar for both gun and missile systems. PHAROS provides defense against small, fast moving and highly maneuverable air and surface targets that may also be encountered in littoral missions. The multiple target tracker is capable of simultaneously controlling - in all weather conditions - the engagement of these targets with guided ammunition.
The responsibility of overall system design will be borne by Thales. BTSL will develop the mechanical design and radar processing modifications while Thales will be responsible for the design and production of the radar antenna.
BTSL will carry out its share of the development work in Bengaluru. This co-development agreement between Thales and BTSL is in line with the “Make in India” vision of the Government of India.
The jointly developed PHAROS system will cater to both Indian and international market requirements.
“We are pleased to work in close collaboration with BTSL for the development of this new type of fire control sensor to address the needs of the Indian and global markets. This strategic step reaffirms our commitment to the country and to actively contribute to the ‘Make in India’ policy,” said Serge Adrian, Senior Vice President of Surface Radars Activities at Thales.
PHAROS is a tracking radar for gun and missile control. Its electronic beam steering capability enables multiple-target tracking and integrated guided ammunition control. PHAROS controls any medium caliber type gun, ranging from 30mm to 76mm for naval and ground-based applications. PHAROS provides defense against small, fast moving and highly maneuverable air and surface targets.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements.
Present in India since 1953, Thales today has over 300 employees working with its wholly-owned Indian subsidiary, Thales India Pvt. Ltd. Headquartered in New Delhi, Thales has other operational offices and sites that are spread across Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai, among others. Since the beginning, Thales has been playing an essential role in India’s growth by sharing its technologies and expertise in Defence, Transport and Aerospace markets.
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) was established in Bangalore, India, by the Government of India under the Ministry of Defence in 1954 to meet the specialized electronic needs of the Indian Defence services. BEL offers products and services in a wide spectrum of technology like Radars, Missile Systems, Military Communications, Naval Systems, Electronic Warfare & Avionics, C4I Systems, Electro Optics, Tank Electronics & Gun/Weapon System Upgrades, Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Electronic Components and civilian products. BEL also provides turnkey systems solutions.
BEL-Thales Systems Limited (BTSL) is the joint venture company of Bharat Electronics Limited and Thales that was incorporated in August 2014. Thales holds 26% equity in the joint venture, while Bharat Electronics holds 74% of the stake. BTSL is dedicated to the design, development, marketing, supply and support of civilian and select military ground based radars for India and the Global markets.