BEL, CSIR-NAL sign Technical Collaboration Agreement (TCA)

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has signed a Technical Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with CSIR-NAL for the design and engineering, production and commercialisation of Electronic Target System (ETS), a modern training aid meant for enhancing marksmanship of Defence and Paramilitary forces during live firing exercises on the field.

The agreement, which heralds a new beginning in the ties between BEL and CSIR labs for developing products targeting niche market segments, was signed by Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), BEL, and Mr Jitendra J Jhadav, Director (CSIR-NAL), in the presence of Mr Gowtama M V, Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, and other senior officers of BEL and CSIR-NAL, at BEL-Corporate Office in Bengaluru on August 14, 2018.

Designed by CSIR-NAL, ETS is a technically superior and cost-effective solution for Police, Paramilitary and Defence personnel looking at acquiring sharp shooting skills in small fire arms as well as honing their proficiency in tactical field firing. With this technology, BEL is targeting a market of about 1500 lanes.

Presently, after firing a shot, a shooter is unable to instantly gauge if he has hit or missed the target and by what margin and needs to move near the target to examine the results. ETS helps in instantly providing the hit location through a display, positioned beside him.

CSIR-NAL has developed two technologies for Electronic Target System — Detection and Hit Visualisation using Acoustic N-wave Identification (DHVANI) and Acoustic Based Hit Identification and Analysis System (ABHIAS) — using which the shooter can instantly see, after each shot, the result on an electronic display placed nearby. This enables the shooter to constantly self-monitor his progress and take remedial steps to improve his accuracy.

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