BEL teams up with Hughes India for helicopter Satcom solutions

Navratna defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Hughes India have entered into an agreement for joint design, development, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of satellite communication solutions for helicopters under the ministry of defence.

BEL marketing director Anandi Ramalingam and Hughes India president Partho Banerjee signed the MoU at Aero India 2019, Bengaluru.
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 will collaborate 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 and weapon systems, network centric systems and communications systems, electronic warfare and avionics, naval systems, electro-optics products, tank electronics and gun systems, satcom systems, homeland security and smart city solutions, strategic components and select products for civilian use.
Hughes India is a majority owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC of the US. It 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.