Astra Rafael Communication System (ARC), a Joint Venture between Astra Microwave and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, inaugurated a new facility at the Hardware Technology Park in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
The ceremony was attended by India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy and the Ambassador of Israel to India Ron Malka.
The JV will invest in high-end technology and advanced production techniques to design, develop, and manufacture BNET tactical communications systems for the Indian Armed Forces.
The joint venture’s focus is on leveraging Astra’s technological ability and indigenous manufacturing capability, combined with the technological expertise of Rafael, to support the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
According to Rafael, ARC would soon be India’s first private sector company to manufacture cutting-edge Software Defined Radios in multiple variants. The JV will also be involved in the development and manufacture of a wide range of other advanced capabilities, with the aim of opening new export markets.
“Our cooperation with India is strategic,” said Rafael President and CEO, Maj. Gen, (ret.) Yoav Har-Even. “This has been demonstrated a number of times, not just in declarations, but in actions. The inauguration of the facility here today is yet another proof of Rafael’s implementation of India’s Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ strategy and policy and of our ongoing and uncompromising support for the needs and requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.”
ARC COO Brig Ravi Hariharan commented: “ARC is a company which is starting into the business of revolutionizing the communication domain in the defense environment. Currently, we have ongoing orders for providing state of the art Software Defined Radios to the Indian Air Force. We intend to work with all the players in this strategic sphere, both public and private sector to create a great environment for defense electronics. ARC would like to acknowledge the contributions made by both Astra Microwave and Rafael in helping this company come alive and allow us to contribute to the country’s much-needed indigenous defense capability.”