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Project Himshakti: India to procure EW systems for High Altitude Areas

On March 24, 2023, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Hyderabad, for the procurement of two Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems dubbed “Project Himshakti” at...

On March 24, 2023, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Hyderabad, for the procurement of two Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems dubbed “Project Himshakti” at a cost of approximately Rs 3,000 crore. The project is part of the Buy Indian – IDMM (Indigenously Designed, Developed, and Manufactured) category, which includes both modern and niche technologies.

Project Himshakti India to procure EW systems for High Altitude Areas
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Project Himshakti: EW System in Mountain Region

The Indian Army’s Project Himshakti is an integrated EW system for mountainous terrain. The system is designed and developed using DLRL’s indigenous interception technology. It also includes a low-power ECM chain and an Electro-Optical Sensor sub-system.

Project Himshakti India to procure EW systems for High Altitude Areas

The use of the electromagnetic spectrum to one’s advantage while preventing the enemy from using it is known as electronic warfare. Electronic Warfare (EW) consists of two components: electronic support (ES) and electronic attack (EA) (ES). Electronic countermeasures (ECM) and electronic support measures (ESM) are other names for these (ECM). The former intercepts and analyses threats (such as radars or communication systems), whereas the latter jams the perceived threat.

Significance

Over the course of two years, Project Himshakti will employ approximately three lakh people. The project represents a significant step forward in developing indigenous capabilities, allowing the country to become “self-sufficient” in defence manufacturing.

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‘Project Himshakti’ will encourage participation by Indian Electronics and related industries, including MSMEs that are BEL subcontractors. Over a two-year period, it will generate approximately three lakh man-days of employment. The project is a significant step forward in developing indigenous capabilities, making the country ‘Aatmanirbhar,’ in line with the Government’s Make-in-India initiative.

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