BEL, Hughes India Sign Agreement for Helicopter Satcom Solutions

Aero India, Aero India 2019, Defence Industry

BENGALURU. Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Hughes India have entered into a Teaming Agreement for design, development, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of Satellite Communication solutions for helicopters under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.


Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), BEL, and Partho Banerjee, President, Hughes India, signed the agreement in the presence of Nataraj Krishnappa, Director (Other Units), BEL, on February 20.

The Teaming Agreement will enable MoD’s strategic users to get enabled with helicopter-based satellite communication links for real-time and assured communications using ISRO’s Ku band satellites. Through this
agreement, BEL and Hughes India are collaborating using their respective state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities in developing these integrated and sophisticated helicopter solutions.


BEL is a Navratna defence PSU with expertise in the design, development, engineering and manufacture of Radar & Weapon Systems, Network Centric Systems and Communications systems, Electronic Warfare & Avionics, Naval Systems, Electro-optics products, Tank Electronics & Gun Systems, Satcom Systems, Homeland Security & Smart City solutions, Strategic Components and select civilian products.

Hughes India is a majority owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, US (Hughes). Hughes is the world’s largest provider of broadband satellite networks and services. Hughes India is the largest satellite service operator in India providing a comprehensive range of broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses and governments.

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