New Delhi: Leading Defence Ministry owned ‘Navratna’ equipment manufacturing giant the Bharat Electricals Limited (BEL), in association with US major Textron Systems, will set up a specialized sensor system for the homeland security along India’s sensitive borders.The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Def-expo 2014 here.
This will be the first step toward providing the Textron Systems MicroObserver ‘Unattended Ground Sensor’ (UGS) system to aid Indian security agencies.
Inderjit Sial, President and Managing Director Textron India Pvt Limited said this was a part of the newly agreed upon Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) between India and the US. The DTTI is co chaired by US Deputy Secretary Defence Ashton Carter and Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon.
The MicroObserver UGS system brings a new level of covertness, ease of use and performance for border security, surveillance and critical infrastructure protection missions. Textron Systems reports that its MicroObserver system has been fielded around the world in support of these applications. The UGS will use a seismic sensor that will pick out movement and convey to the control room for further action.
It will be able to differentiate between animal movement and human movement, boon in the border areas where cross border infiltration is a worrisome issue. The sensors and the cameras of the UGS can be fitted onto the existing fencing along the borders.
Rather than showing just a single detection alarm, the MicroObserver UGS system provides actionable intelligence by displaying the position, direction and speed of personnel and vehicle threats, making it easier for border management agencies to locate, identify and intercept them. Identification of targets is possible with imaging sensors that are triggered by sensor detections. These utilize proven target detection algorithms, and generate multiple images that appear as video. It has advanced tracking and seismic detection technology to significantly reduce false alarms over existing ground sensors.
With a self-forming, self-healing network, the MicroObserver UGS system automatically self-locates, using its embedded GPS capability, and can be deployed in a matter of minutes, even in cover of darkness. This, along with sensor nodes that deliver a long mission life, significantly reduces the amount of time that border security forces need to spend deploying and maintaining the network, creating a cost-effective solution that requires minimal pre-deployment training.
Ian Walsh, Textron Defense Systems’ Senior Vice President and General Manager “We’re looking forward to working with BEL to bring this critical surveillance system to Indian government agencies that will benefit from its wide range of proven capabilities”.
BEL Director of Marketing PC Jain was candid: “Bharat Electronics Limited expects the benefits of this system to filter down to various agencies responsible for the management of the Indian borders, thus fulfilling our overall objective of bringing in cutting-edge technologies to India”.
Textron and BEL were listed at rank 25 and 80, respectively, in the list of ‘Top-100’ defence equipment producing companies that had most arms sales in 2012. The list was drawn up by internationally respected think-tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute [SIPRI] and released on January 31.