India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has received an order from Goa Shipyard to supply an upgraded super rapid gun mount (SRGM).
The order includes the supply, installation and commissioning of the entire system, including upgraded SRGM and accessories for the Indian Navy’s Triput-class frigates.
BHEL’s Haridwar unit will undertake the manufacture of the system.
SRGM is the primary gun on board most Indian Navy ships.
The upgraded SRGM is an advanced weapon system capable of managing different kinds of ammunition to engage ‘manoeuvring and non-manoeuvring’, radio-controlled targets.
It has the capability to fire advanced ammunition with higher range, as well as programmable ammunition.
BHEL in a statement said: “BHEL has been a reliable supplier of critical equipment and services in the defence and aerospace sector for over three decades with the aim of making a major contribution towards self-reliance in these sectors.
“Towards this, BHEL has established dedicated, intricate manufacturing and inspection facilities at its manufacturing plants, for production, installation and commissioning and lifecycle support of various products and components.”
The order will support India’s ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This initiative is aimed at achieving self-reliance in the critical field of Defence equipment.
In November last year, Indian Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik announced that the Indian Navy is likely to execute orders worth $51bn for surface ships and submarines from 2020 to 2030.