India’s state owned defense major, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has established two state-of-the-art testing facilities — EMC Test facility and Near Field Antenna Test Range at its Bengaluru unit.
The inauguration of the advanced test facilities was done by Indian defense minister, Arun Jaitley. Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, Secretary (Defence Production), Mr Gowtama M V, Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, and other senior officers of BEL were also present at the inauguration ceremony.
The EMC test facility is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and is set up at BEL-Bengaluru at a cost of Rs.60 crores (around $9.4 million).
This EMC facility is the first of its kind in India having Anechoic Chamber of size 11m x 21m x 30m and can conduct testing of Systems/Platforms weighing up to 70 Tonnes.
It can be used to conduct system level Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) tests for strategic defence systems like Battle Tanks, Communication vehicles, Radar systems and Airborne systems including Nuclear Electro Magnetic Pulse (NEMP) and High Altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse (HEMP) testing.
It can be used to carry out system level EMC testing for many projects of national importance like Akash air defense system, Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS), Long-range surface-to-air missiles (LRSAM), Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) and Battlefield Management System. The facility will also be open for use to other Indian defence companies.
Near Field Antenna Test Range (NFTR) is a critical infrastructure for calibration and testing of Radars and communication antennas. The NFTR facility at Bengaluru is the third such in BEL and the only one in the Defence industry in India.
This facility, set up at a cost of Rs.30 crores will help to calibrate and test next generation Radars with AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) based Antenna arrays as well as Antennas for major projects such as Quick reaction SAM (QRSAM), Medium-range SAM (MRSAM) and LRSAM.