India’s MoD and Bharat Electronics sign SDR-Tac procurement contract
The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has awarded a contract to Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the supply of software-defined radio tactics (SDR-Tac).
The contract is valued at more than 10 billion rupees (approximately $ 136.97 million).
The Defense Electronics Laboratory (DEAL) of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has jointly designed and developed SDR-Tac in partnership with local agencies and industry.
The consortium of local agencies and industry includes the Weapons and Electronic Systems Engineering Company (WESEE), BEL, the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) and the Indian Navy.
SDR-Tac is a four-channel multi-mode and multi-band ship system that supports the operation of all four channels, covering both high / ultra-high frequency (V / UHF) and lower band (L band).
The 19-inch boot system is designed to handle “voice-to-ship, ship-to-shore and ship-to-air voice and data communication.”
In addition, it accommodates a variety of narrowband and broadband waveforms, including V / UHF and L-Band MANET waveforms.
It has already completed comprehensive port and sea phases in 2018.
The Indian Ministry of Defense said in a statement: “Interoperability tests have also been successfully performed with all other form factors covering Airborne SDR-AR on board Dornier Aircraft, SDR-Tac on board INS Kirch in sea mode, SDR-Manpack and SDR-Handheld.
“All aspects have been successfully assessed by all Navy user agencies and procurement has been granted.”
BEL is already involved in the delivery of the SDR-Naval Combat, while SDR-Air is in the process of being evaluated by consumers.