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21st August 2019, Bengaluru

BEL inaugurates composites facility in Mumbai

Shripad Naik, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ayush and Minister of State for Defence, inaugurating the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. © Bharat Electronics

Shripad Naik, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ayush and Minister of State for Defence, inaugurating the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. © Bharat Electronics

Bharat Electronics (BEL) has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for composite materials, environmental testing and finishing, established at the Navi Mumbai Unit, in the presence of Shripad Naik, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ayush and Minister of State for Defence.

The new facility is expected to turnaround the fortunes of BEL’s Navi Mumbai Unit, which has traditionally been in the business of manufacturing shelters and masts and overhauling of hydraulic systems of T-72 tanks. “It would boost the Unit’s manufacturing and testing capabilities in composites, a new area which has been identified by BEL for diversification,” the company explains.

“The Unit will use the facility to carry out inhouse designing and manufacturing of components using GFRP (glass fibre reinforced plastic) and CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) composites for various naval applications, submarines, aircraft and shelters.

Inaugurating the new facility, Mr Naik said that it would enable BEL to develop composites, which were lighter yet stronger than traditional materials. He added that these new products would cater to the requirements of ship builders, metro, etc.

Bel-Namu already executed a number of composites projects, such as radome for 12.86m Doppler Weather Radar and GFRP Pressurised Missile Container for the Akash Missile System. Besides, the Unit has designed a CFRP shelter for defence applications, composite mast, composite canister for QRSAM, Climatic Control Light Weight Composite Enclosure, Composite Stave Assembly to mount sonar sensors, and more.

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