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BEL receives Offset Contract for CoMPASS from Elbit Systems Electro Optics - ELOP Ltd, Israel
By BDK Bureau | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 2/18/2017 5:37:25 PM
BEL receives Offset Contract for CoMPASS from  Elbit Systems Electro Optics - ELOP Ltd, Israel
Mr Bezhalel Nachlis, President & CEO, ELBIT Systems, and Mr M V Gowtama, CMD, BEL, exchange documents after signing the Offset Contract for CoMPASS

Bengaluru: Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd (ELOP), Israel, has awarded Navratna Defence Public Sector Undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) an Offset Contract for the supply of 10 numbers of CoMPASS Systems for use in the Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) being manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). BEL received the CoMPASS Offset Contract on 15 February at Aero India 2017, Bengaluru. 

BEL has entered into a Technical Collaboration Agreement with ELOP for the joint production and D-Level maintenance of Compact Multi-Purpose Advanced Stabilised System (CoMPASS, the trade name for EO/IR payload) for the helicopter programmes.BEL has absorbed transfer of technology (ToT) for production and maintenance of CoMPASS in India. BEL will not only supply but also provide maintenance support for CoMPASS to the user.    

The CoMPASS is a day-and-night surveillance systemd that includes a colour TV daylight camera, 3rd Generation 3-5 µm Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensor, Laser Target Designator and Range Finder (LTDRF) and automatic tracking capabilities, as well as command and control capabilities. It is distinguished by a wide variety of interfaces, enabling integration with various aircraft / helicopter systems, such as Mission Computer, fire control, Radar, GPS, data downlink and helmet-mounted tracking systems. Its small dimensions, low weight, high level of stabilisation and coverage angles make it an optimal choice for long-range, day-and-night surveillance, target tracking, fire control applications and search and rescue.

CoMPASS is the most advanced payload version of its family, featuring reduced weight, high degree of modularity and flexibility, space-saving packaging and advanced operational and video processing features.

About Bharat Electronics Limited: Set up in Bangalore in 1954 under the Ministry of Defence, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has grown into India’s foremost Defence electronics company. BEL is a multi-product, multi-technology, multi-Unit conglomerate with over 350 products in the areas of Military Communication, Radars, Naval Systems, C4I Systems, Weapon Systems, Homeland Security, Telecom & Broadcast Systems, Electronic Warfare, Tank Electronics, Electro Optics, Professional Electronic Components and Solar Photovoltaic Systems.

BEL also provides turnkey system solutions like Coastal Surveillance System. BEL has a pan-India presence with factories in Bangalore, Ghaziabad, Panchkula, Kotdwara, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Machilipatnam and Chennai. Further more information on BEL, visit

About Elbit Systems: Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

BEL launches BELCOMNET communication network

Dr Ajit T Kalghatgi, Director (R&D), Mr Nataraj Krishnappa, Director (Other Units), and other senior officers of BEL pose for a photo after the unveiling of  the  new communication network, BELCOMNET, for the Defence/Paramilitary forces and export market, today at Aero India 2017.

Bengaluru: Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled its new communication network,BELCOMNET, for the Defence/Paramilitary forces and export market, on 15 February at Aero India 2017.

BELCOMNET, designed and developed by BEL, is a V/UHF secure voice communication network with user specific encryption algorithm. The network facilitates exchange of secure voice through repeaters that are dispersed geographically. This enables connecting two or more dispersed locations for day-to-day communications. For example, brigades in field and headquarters across towns can be connected using IPv6 features. It also facilitates broadcasting to all sites, in case of an emergency or a crisis.

 The various blocks of this network are Handheld Radio, Manpack Radio, Base Station radio, Vehicular Radio, VHF Repeater Radio, UHF Link Radio and Remote Monitor & Switching Unit (RMSU). The VHF repeater, UHF link and RMSU are co-located and installed together at a communication tower site. The mobile subscriber radios around the repeater are handheld, manpack, vehicular whereas static subscriber is base station.

The typical communication range of handheld radios around the repeater is approximately 5 km and that of the manpack, base station and vehicular radios is around 15-20 km. The range of the UHF point to point link is around 60-100 km with directional antennas. The antennas for Repeater, UHF link and Base Station are mounted on elevated platforms such as tower, mast or pole. Broadcast or selective call is possible from subscriber radio under one repeater network to subscriber radio(s) under different network in clear/secure mode. Provision for peer-to-peer communication among different radios without repeater is also catered to.  

BEL launches Remote Controlled Weapon Station for MBT Arjun Mk II

Mr M V Gowtama, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited, launching the Remote Controlled Weapon Station for MBT Arjun Mk II at the BEL stall at Aero India 2017 at Bengaluru today (February 14, 2017). Also seen are (from left) Mr Girish Kumar, Director (Bangalore Complex), Dr Ajit T Kalghatgi, Director (R&D), Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), Mr Nataraj Krishnappa, Director (Other Units), and Mr R N Bagdalkar, Director (HR).

Bengaluru: Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled a new Weapon Control system— Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS)/Air Defence Weapon Station (ADWS) for 12.7 mm Gun of MBT Arjun Mk II battle tank, at Aero India 2017, on 15 February.

The RCWS is an improvised version of the manually operated air defence gun. It enables the soldier to aim and fire at aerial targets from the safe interiors of the battle tank. Presently, the 12.7 mm guns of all tanks are manually operated. RCWS integrated on MBT Mk II has successfully completed tank integration and firing trials in September 2015. RCWS has also been developed for use in Armed Repair and Recovery Vehicle (ARRV). It can also be mounted on hovercraft / fast moving boats for the Coast Guard. 

The features of RCWS include: Remote Firing option; Automatic Cocking; DSP Based Brushless Drive Technology; 2 Axis Self-stabilised platform; Day Camera & Night Vision; Automated FCS & Ballistics corrections; and Automatic Target Tracking.

Salient Features

The RCWS for MBT ARJUN Mk II is intended to lay and stabilise the NSVT 12.7 mm machine gun along with the optical sensors in traverse and elevation mounted on the MBT turret. The system allows the operator to control the gun and sight from the operating console and joy stick from inside the turret. The optical sensors include a day camera, Thermal Imager and a Laser Range Finder integrated on a single housing. The system allows automatic target tracking for air and ground targets and performs necessary ballistic computations to feed the ballistic offsets to the gun / sight. The system has a provision for the operator to do automatic loading and firing of the gun. 

The system can operate on power mode without stabilisation or in stabilised mode where the gun along with the optical sensors is stabilised. The system can position the turret with an angular travel of 360 deg and elevate the gun in 60 to -5 degree elevation. The sight has a freedom of +/- 17 degree in azimuth and in elevation it can move from -5 to +60 degree. It operates from the 28V DC power source available on the tank. The RCWS meets all environmental specifications and EMI specifications as per MIL STD 461 F. 





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