BEL signs MoU with Smiths Detection India

The MoU will leverage the high-end, technological capabilities of both the firms to meet India’s domestic security needs.

BEL signs MoU with Smiths Detection India
BEL signs MoU with Smiths Detection India

Bangalore: Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on August 30, 2022, signed an MoU with Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security inspection technologies, for offering advanced, high-energy scanning systems to the Indian market.

The MoU will leverage the high-end, technological capabilities of both the firms to meet India’s domestic security needs. It has been signed in line with the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, which seeks to increase manufacturing activities in India.  

With a marked increase in movement of people and goods at critical infrastructure, land borders and urban sensitive points, there is a growing requirement for screening technologies in India. To facilitate ease of doing business and enhance safety, the Indian Government is investing in port and land border security. 

Moreover, the requirement for industry-leading high-energy scanning technology is being driven by Defence installations, which need to screen large volumes of vehicles and impose restricted entry at sensitive areas. 

BEL will handle front-end requirements in the market, supporting localization of the projects. Smiths Detection will provide its state-of-the-art screening technology and technological expertise for the project. The MoU is for a period of five years and can be extended further by mutual consent.

Mr Vikrant Trilokekar, Managing Director of Smiths Detection in India, said: “We are delighted to announce the MoU with BEL. Together, we have the expertise and experience to supply the Indian Government with the industry-leading screening technology it requires for its ever-evolving security needs. Smiths Detection is committed to the Indian market and looks forward to the opportunities the MoU with BEL will uncover.”

Mr Bhanu Prakash Srivastava, Director (Other Units), BEL, said: “Though Defence is its mainstay, BEL has been continuously exploring opportunities in allied non-defence areas like Homeland Security and Network & Cyber Security. Through this tie-up with Smiths Detection, BEL will look at catering to the emerging market for high-energy scanning systems, yet another step in the direction of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India).      

About BEL

BEL, a Navratna PSU registered under Ministry of Defence, Government of India, is India’s leading Defence / Strategic Electronics company. With the capabilities and expertise acquired in the  Defence Electronics domain, BEL  has also been successfully addressing the needs of select Non-Defence markets by offering high quality products and solutions, servicing the needs of a wide range of Non-Defence Customers like Paramilitary forces, Election Commission of India, Central / State Governments / affiliated Bodies, Public / Private Sector Organisations, etc, by supplying Secure Communication Equipment, Night Vision Devices, Jammers, Electronic Voting Machines, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail, Solar Solutions, etc.

BEL has been continuously striving to expand its offerings for the non-Defence domain. Some of the recent notable new business initiatives of BEL in the realm of non-Defence include Homeland Security, Smart / Safe Cities, Cyber Security, Software, Rail & Metro solutions, Civil Aviation, Space Electronics, Medical Electronics, Jammers, Anti-Drone Systems, Unmanned Systems, e-Vehicles etc. BEL is also a CMMi Level 5, ISO 27001-2013 (ISMS) certified and CERT-In empanelled agency.