India: Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected BEL-Rolta Consortium as a Development Agency for the Battlefield Management System (BMS) project worth over Rs 50,000 crore.
According to a spokesperson from Rolta, BMS is a situational awareness and visualisation system that aims to optimise the operational effectiveness of tactical units. BEL has established the test bed of BMS for continuous evaluation and implementation of user requirements. As a part of the consortium, Rolta will execute its role and responsibility in areas of BMS application software development and applicable licensing, GIS software and GIS data services. Rolta will also jointly work with BEL for manufacturing subsystems for the soldier system, the overall system design, integration, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the BMS solution. “The selection of Rolta is a strong vindication of our strategy to upfront invest in and build word-class IP indigenously. This IP has been indigenously developed by leveraging our deep domain knowledge of C2ISR (Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) and is already in wide use across various formations of the Indian Army,” said Mr K K Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Rolta India Limited.
Meanwhile, Tata Power has announced that its strategic engineering division (SED), in consortium with Larsen & Toubro, has been selected as one of the down-selected development agencies for MoD’s ‘Make’ programme. According to a spokesperson from TATA Power, the down-selection of Tata Power SED-L&T consortium will enable it to participate in the prototype development phase of the 'Make' programme followed by a production order, which will be decided by the MoD after successful completion of the prototype.