Indian state-owned defence firm, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has inaugurated two state-of-the-art testing facilities in Bengaluru, India. The EMC Test facility and Near Field Antenna Test Range, have been set-up at a cost of Rs 60 million and Rs 30 million respectively.
The EMC facility is the first of its kind in India having an anechoic chamber of size 11m x 21m x 30m. It can conduct testing of systems/platforms weighing up to 70 tonnes.
System level Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) tests for strategic defence systems like Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), communication vehicles, radar systems and airborne systems including Nuclear Electro Magnetic Pulse (NEMP) and High-Altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse (HEMP) testing can be carried out at the new facility.
BEL will also other Indian defence companies, including MSMEs to have access to the new facility.
A critical piece of infrastructure for calibration and testing of radars and communication antennas, the new Near Field Antenna Test Range (NFTR) is only one in the defence industry in India.
BEL has two other NFTRs and the latest facility will help in calibration and tests of next generation radars with AESA (Active Electronically Steerable Array), as well as the antennas for major projects such as QRSAM, MRSAM and LRSAM.