India’s state-owned defence and aerospace firm Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has received a contract to supply light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation dazzlers (laser dazzlers) for the Indian Navy.

Under the contract, BEL will initially supply 20 Laser Dazzlers, which would be manufactured at the company’s Pune facility.

The laser dazzler is used as a ‘non-lethal method’ for stopping suspicious vehicles, aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from approaching secured areas.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the weapon has been ‘indigenously designed and developed’ for the first time for the military forces.

Laser Dazzlers are also capable of ‘dazzle’, helping in the suppression of the person’s or optical sensor’s action with ‘disability glare in case of non-compliance to orders’.

The weapon system is portable, shoulder operated, and is ruggedised for military use. The technology of the laser dazzler was developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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This unique product will support India’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, the MoD signed a contract with BEL for the procurement of ten Lynx U2 Fire Control systems for Indian Navy’s frontline warships.

Last year, BEL received a Rs4.88bn ($70.64m) contract to manufacture software defined radios (SDRs) for the Indian Navy.