Indian Army Receives First BEL-upgraded Air Defence System

Indian Army Receives First BEL-upgraded Air Defence System

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Lt Gen (Dr) V K Saxena, AVSM, VSM, Director General, Army Air Defence, receives a model of the Upgraded Shilka Weapon Systems from Mr S K Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, in Bengaluru on Tuesday. They are flanked by Mr Manmohan Handa, Director (Bangalore Complex), BEL, and Mr R Chandrakumar, Executive Director (Military Radar), BEL.India: Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has delivered the first modernised ZSU-23-4 Schilka air defence weapon system to the Indian Army at its facility in Bengaluru, India. Under the first phase of the contract, the company upgraded a total of 48 tanks, with the remaining units set be modernised in the second phase.

As part of the upgrade, the radar, analogy computer and engine were replaced with advanced systems, and an air conditioning system was added for crew comfort. The addition of an electro-optical system that can operate in parallel with the radar enables accurate identification, acquisition and tracking of targets while operating in an electronic countermeasure environment. According to BEL, the upgraded Schilkas can fire aerial targets while on move and can engage enemy attack aircraft and helicopters during day or night and in all weather conditions.

Source: The Hindu