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Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security inspection technologies, announces that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Navratna Defence PSU (public sector undertakings) Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the manufacture of advanced X-ray screening technologies in India.
The MoU between Smiths Detection and BEL will leverage the high-end advanced technological specialisms of both firms to meet India’s domestic security needs. The MoU has been signed in line with the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative that seeks to increase manufacturing activity in the Indian market.
With an increasing movement of people and goods at critical infrastructure, land borders and urban sensitive points, there is a growing requirement for screening technologies in India. To facilitate ease of doing business and to enhance safety, the Indian Government is investing in port and land border security. Moreover, the requirement for industry leading X-ray scanning technology is being driven by defence facilities, which need to screen large volumes of vehicles entering sensitive areas.
BEL will handle front end requirements in market and support the localisation of the projects. Smiths Detection will provide its industry leading screening technology and technological expertise. The MoU is for five years and can be extended further by mutual consent.
Vikrant Trilokekar, Managing Director of Smiths Detection in India, said: “We are delighted to announce the MoU with BEL. Together, we have the expertise and experience to supply the Indian Government with the industry-leading screening technology it requires for its ever-evolving security needs. Smiths Detection is committed to the Indian market and we look forward to the opportunities our MoU with BEL will uncover.”
Bhanu Prakash Srivastava, Director (Other Units), BEL, said: “Though Defence is its mainstay, BEL has been continuously exploring opportunities in allied non-defence areas like Homeland Security and Network & Cyber Security. Through this tie-up with Smiths Detection, BEL will look at catering to the emerging market for high-energy scanning systems, yet another step in the direction of “Atmanirbharta” (self-reliant India).”
Smiths Detection has been operating in India for over 20 years. In October 2021, Smiths Detection opened its new Global Technology Development Centre in Bangalore, which is a global hub for the development and delivery of new digital technologies that will be used by customers across the aviation, defence, urban security, and ports and borders industries. This MoU marks Smiths Detection’s first manufacturing operation in India.