Defence Ministry approves procurement of 260 naval communication sets

The Union Ministry of Defence on 29 November 2017 approved procurement of 260 Software Defined Radios (SDR) for the Indian Navy.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The DAC is defence ministry’s highest decision making body on procurement.

Key Highlights

• The naval communication sets have been procured to scale up surveillance on the high seas.

• They will be the first batch of indigenously designed and developed ‘software defined’ radio sets.

• They will be replacing the existing old systems on-board warships.

• The technology will improve information sharing through secure voice communications and data transfer capabilities on board the naval ships.

• The cost of the 260 communication gadgets is expected to be around Rs 490 crore.

What is SDR technology?

It is a radio communication system where components that have been traditionally implemented in hardware are instead implemented by means of software on a personal computer or embedded system.

Other Details

The development of the communication sets was carried out by Defence Electronics & Applications Laboratory (DEAL) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) will be the production agency.

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