Thursday, February 04, 2021

Thales, BEL unveil AESA radar component for Rafale jets

Bengaluru: French company Thales and Defence Ministry PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) on Wednesday unveiled a component which will be used on the AESA radar of the Rafale fighter jets of the Indian Air Force.

The Active Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar will be installed in the nose of the Rafale jet. It will scan for multiple threats and acquire enemy targets for missiles to fire at.

The BEL has manufactured a particular transmit and receive modules for the RBE2 AESA radar. These were manufactured under offsets commitments under the Rafale India contract.

In November 2020, the first RBE2 AESA radar with a front end manufactured by BEL in India was delivered by Thales to Dassault Aviation. BEL implemented a set of rigorous processes at its Bengaluru facility in order to achieve this key milestone.

"We are happy to be associated with Thales in delivering the Transmit/Receive modules for the prestigious Rafale programme. The Thales and BEL teams ensured that the Transfer of Technology happened seamlessly. We have augmented our facility in Bangalore to meet the requirements of manufacturing this state-of-the-art sub-system. We look forward to working together on many more such challenging assignments with Thales," said M.V. Gowtama, Chairman and Managing Director, BEL.

03/02/21 IANS/daijiworld

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