Hyderabad: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), one of the leading defence PSUs in the city, which is approaching its 50th anniversary, is tying up with international defence manufacturing companies. The defence sector is BDL’s largest customer.
BDL in 2018 recorded a turnover of Rs 3,069 crore and purchase orders worth Rs 8,084 crore with execution time up to 2023-24. BDL manufactures anti-tank guided missiles like MILAN-2T and Konkurs-M, surface-to-air missiles like Akash and underwater weapons like light and heavy torpedoes (Varunastra) among others. Chairman and managing director Commodore Siddharth Mishra (retired) said BDL is the only defence PSU to manufacture guided missiles for the armed forces.
“We manufacture and supply Prithvi surface-to-surface missiles, Akash surface-to-air missiles (inducted into the Army in May 2015) and the seeker-based multirole air defence missile MRSAM (medium-range surface-to-air missile), which is being developed jointly by the DRDO & IAI, Israel,” he said.
BDL is engaged in the co-development programmes of the DRDO. These include QR SAM, Akash 1S, Akash NG, MPATGM, ASTRA and Sonobuoys.
BDL heads claimed discussions are underway to acquire new technology by signing an MoU with M/s Thales, UK, for STARSTREAK missiles.
BDL presently has three manufacturing units of which, two are located in Telangana — in Hyderabad and Bhanur — and one in Visakhapatnam. Further, BDL has created a facility in Ibrahimpatnam, which has a one-of-its-kind static test facility for testing all types of rocket motors, for the production and testing of SAMs.
BDL recently also acquired land to manufacture VSHORADs in Amravati, Maharashtra....