Before this news, Indian media reported that a 20,000 sq ft facility of Indo-Israel joint venture for developing tactical communication system was for Indian forces was inaugurated Tuesday.
The facility “will be doing something for Defence communication, more specifically in the manufacturing of software-defined radios to start with. Later, we will graduate into design and development of various equipment for defense communication, get into electronic warfare and signal intervention systems” said Guruthan Reddy of Astra Microwave Products which is the first private sector firm in India to manufacture software-defined radios.
Israel is receiving US$30 million from India for this joint venture. The facility will also make BNET software, the world’s most advanced battle communication system used by the Israeli military.
Another private firm Kalyani Group also made a US$100 million military contract with Israel.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy said India is “committed to ensuring that the security forces are adequately equipped to safeguard the nation against all kinds of threat, both internal and external. Creating defense industries and technological capabilities which can empower our security forces to meet these challenges effectively is an important component of this commitment.”