Indian state-owned defence company, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for research collaboration in the areas of ‘Propellants, Explosives and Related Technologies’.
Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), BEL, and Prof Ravindra Gettu, Dean (IC&SR)-IITM, signed the MoU documents on behalf of BEL and IITM.
IITM is carrying out research in the field of explosives and propellants having applications in Defence and space, jointly with Government R&D institutions. BEL, a leading Defence and Aerospace company involved in the development, engineering and manufacture of missile systems, gun upgrades, sub-systems for space applications and satelliteintegration (AIT), is actively pursuing opportunities which have been opened up to the Indian Industry in the Defence and space segment.
The MoU will enable joint research programmes in the field of explosives and propellants, visits by scientists, engineers and researchers to each other’s facilities for undertaking joint research projects, knowledge sharing and capability development among others.
BEL is a multi-product, multi-technology, multi-Unit conglomerate having products in the areas of Radars, Missile Systems, Military Communications, Naval Systems, Electronic Warfare & Avionics, C4I Systems, Electro Optics, Tank Electronics & Gun/Weapon System Upgrade in the Defence segment. The company is also diversifying into areas such as Homeland Security & Smart Cities, Satellite Integration & Space Electronics, Railways, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Software as a Service, Energy Storage Products and Composite Shelters & Masts.
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) was established in 1959 by the Government of India as an institute of national importance. The activities of the Institute in various fields of Technology and Science are carried out in 16 academic departments and several advanced interdisciplinary Research Academic Centres.