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BEML’s foray into defence market

New Delhi. India’s premier defence public sector undertaking BEML Ltd. Is steadily looking up to the aviation sector for developing systems both for combat and civil transport aircraft.

According to company CMD Vr S Natarajan, BEML’s newly-raised Aerospace Division had already bagged orders from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for Slat Jigs for SU-30 aircraft, fuselage rotating jig for jet trainers, tow bars for aircraft operations, gear component for Cheetah-Chetak helicopters and Advanced Light Helicopters.

Discussions were on with possible partners for cooperative ventures, he said pointing out that there was a $ 10 billion offset opportunity in aviation in the coming few years from various defence deals.

“ The increase in the offset opportunities in the aerospace sector in the next five years will be ten billion dollars. We are looking forward to get our share in this pie,” he said at the recent Defexpo 2010 held in the Indian capital.

He also said that BEML had recently obtained CEMILAC certification for aero design and is in the process of getting manufacturing certification to become eligible for tie-ups in aviation related offsets.

Mr Natarajan stressed that BEML aimed to improve the volumes of its defence business and expected to cross its turnover much beyond $ one billion. The company has steadily grown in performance in the stock markets, thanks to its manifold successes.

BEML has also secured export orders, particularly from Indonesia and Brazil.

He said that his company, being the offset partners for DMD, Slovakia for wheeled guns with 30 per cent of value, is in the final stages of offering 155 mm wheeled guns for which trials will take place soon. He said BEML was already manufacturing ground support equipment and ground handling equipment, including for 18 tonnes and 28 tonnes aircraft towing tractors, automatic weapon loaders and crash fire tenders.

This division also proposes to manufacture aero-structures.

Mr Natarajan said that development of simulators for the training of the armed forces had been identified as one of the thrust areas by BEML’s technology division.

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