BEL Gets Fresh Orders for Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar (WLR)

Defence Industry

New Delhi: Indian Army has placed orders for six units of Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) with an estimated cost of Rs 400 crores. Mark-II is high altitude optimized variant of the Swathi Weapon Locating Radar that has been cleared after going through a fresh round of trials in the mountain terrain according to reports.

Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar has been developed by the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) that is mounted on a BEML-manufactured 6×6 truck instead of the baseline Swathi that is mounted on an 8×8 heavy-duty truck for easier operations in the mountain terrain.

Swathi Mark-II also has some performance improvements over its predecessor which likely will translate into more orders in near future coming from the Army for the new variant.

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Indian Army already has procured 30 units of the earlier variant of Swathi that are positioned across the Line of Control (LoC), Mark-II was developed on Army’s request for Weapon Locating Radar that has a lighter footprint in the mountain terrain.

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