French aerospace major Thales and BEL-Thales Systems Limited (BTSL), a joint venture between Bharat Electronics (BEL) and Thales, have agreed to jointly develop the PHAROS fire control radar for domestic and international markets. Both the companies signed an agreement at the ongoing Defexpo in Goa on Tuesday.
Under this contract, both will jointly develop PHAROS, a fire control radar for both gun and missile systems.
PHAROS provides defence against small, fast-moving and highly-manoeuvrable air and surface targets that may also be encountered in littoral missions. The multiple target tracker is capable of simultaneously controlling — in all weather conditions — the engagement of these targets with guided ammunition, BEL said in a statement.
The responsibility of the overall system design will be borne by Thales. BTSL will develop the mechanical design and radar-processing modifications, while Thales will be responsible for the design and production of the radar antenna.
BTSL will carry out its share of the development work in Bengaluru. This co-development agreement between Thales and BTSL is in line with the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Government of India.
“We are pleased to work in close collaboration with BTSL for the development of this new type of fire control sensor to address the needs of the Indian and global markets. This strategic step goes beyond the co-development partnership. It reaffirms our commitment to the country and to actively contribute to the ‘Make in India’ policy,” said Serge Adrian, senior vice-president of surface radars activities at Thales.
PHAROS controls any medium calibre-type gun, ranging from 30mm to 76mm, for naval and ground-based applications.