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India Procures Indigenous Electronic Warfare Systems for $364M

The Indian Ministry of Defence has awarded Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) a 30-billion rupee ($364 million) contract to deliver two integrated Electronic Warfare Systems (EWS) to the Indian Army.

Based on a Defense Electronics Research Laboratory design, BEL developed the Himshakti EWS system for mountainous regions.

Electronic Warfare System

According to Defence Update, the system can jam electromagnetic frequencies emitted by mobile phones, wireless phones, satellite phones, and radio receivers over 10,000 square kilometers (3,861 square miles).

The wheeled system is ideal for mechanized forces, protecting them from electronic attack, the outlet added.


The system “can be used for signal intelligence, surveillance, analysis, interception, direction finding, and position fixing, listing, prioritizing and jamming of all communication and radar signals from HF (high frequency) to MMW (millimeter wave),” Defence Update explained.

“It will also protect our own electronic assets on the battlefield. Addition of such a system will paralyze the enemy and degrade its will to fight the war.”

The contract has been awarded under the Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured category, expecting to generate “approximately three lakh man-days over a period of two years,” the ministry wrote in a statement.

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