New Delhi: Samtel, a new entrant into the country’s growing defence electronics market, today announced it had won a major deal order worth more than Rs250 crore from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to manufacture indigenous multi-functional displays for SU-30 fighters and jet trainers.
Samtel, which is India’s largest integrated manufacturer of television displays and avionics, said the production would be carried out in a joint venture company to be called ‘Samtel-HAL Display Systems’.
With this the $300-million company would be the first Indian JV to produce such Multi Functional Displays (MFDs) in the country. Samtel has also tied up with European aviation and defence system major Thales to make similar MFDs and cockpit helmets for the upgraded Mirage 2000.
“The LCD based MFDs have already undergone extensive testing by Defence Avionics and Research Establishment (DARE) for their flight worthiness,” a company spokesman said.
These MFDs are likely to be installed in SU-30 MKI fighters which are being assembled at HAL under technology transfer from the Russian manufacturers. In the next few years HAL is to assemble 120 Sukois.
The systems would also be installed in HAL’s own advanced intermediate jet trainers as well as British Hawk trainers.