BEML Unveils Big Plans for Defence
BEML has ventured into crew protected vehicle segment like Medium Bullet Proof Vehicles and Armoured Troop Carriers. The Company is also in the process of manufacturing high capacity engine for DRDO, Artificial Intelligence-based mobile medical health & diagnostic systems and Autonomous ground vehicles and Mounted Gun Systems in association with OFB. Dr. Deepak Kumar Hota, Chairman & Managing Director, speaks on BEML’s ventures and vision.
Could you brief us on the focus of BEML’s participation at the upcoming DefExpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow?
Our main focus at DefExpo 2020 is to showcase BEML’s capability, promote our Defence products and interact with probable customers to understand their requirements for the supplying specific products. We also look forward to meeting with foreign delegates to explore collaboration and joint ventures with foreign companies. Moreover, it is also an opportunity to network with MSMEs and start-ups for maximizing localization / indigenization.
Please update us on the latest Defence-related products of BEML.
Amongst a range of Defence Products, BEML has ventured into crew protected vehicle segment like Medium Bullet Proof Vehicles and Armoured Troop Carriers. Apart from this, BEML is in the process of manufacturing high capacity engine for DRDO, Artificial Intelligence-based mobile medical health & diagnostic systems and Autonomous ground vehicles and Mounted Gun Systems in association with OFB. We have also indigenously developed Infra-red Signature Suppression systems for Indian Navy.
Could you speak to us on the major aerospace products of the Company?
BEML is manufacturing light alloy inter-stage structure for GSLV Mk-III for ISRO and ground support requirements for the Indian Air Force (IAF). BEML is one of the major suppliers of BDL for the Akash missile casings and MRSAM rocket motor casings. We have been supplying various ground-support equipment and ground-handling equipment to HAL and IAF. BEML is also regularly supplying aircraft towing tractor to IAF.
BEML is traditionally a firm engaged in the manufacture of construction and earthmoving equipment. What are the new products planned in this sector?
In M&C sector, to meet the requirement of High-end Dumpers, BEML has tied up with a globally reputed design consultancy firm to indigenously design& develop India’s biggest 150T and 190T Electric dumpers. Gaining expertise through technology absorption, BEML has indigenously designed & developed India’s largest 180T Electrical and Diesel versions of Excavators. BEML’s R&D teams are working on design of 240T electric Dump Truck and 20CuM electric Rope Shovel.
It is the Palakkad unit of BEML that mainly deals with defence products. Is there any plan to carry out this work at other centers?
Our Palakkad unit continues to manufacture Defence products, mainly wheel-based equipment and aggregates for Rail products.
Could you speak to us on the Metro coach works now undertaken by BEML?
In Rail & Metro business, we have considerable orders in hand. We delivered well ahead of schedule, the first driverless metro coach to MMRDA’s Mumbai Metro project, which was launched by the Honorable Prime Minister. At present we are executing orders related to Kolkata Metro (KMRCL), Bangalore Metro (BMRCL), MMRDA (through DMRCL) and DMRCL.
BEML has contributed immensely to the ‘Make in India’ programme of the Government. Kindly describe the major initiatives launched by the Company in this regard.
BEML is planning to establish JV with technology partners to manufacture Defence spare parts in the Defence corridors in order to reduce import burden and develop manufacturing eco-system amongst MSMEs.
In addition, BEML plans to collaborate with global OEMs for introducing new products to the Indian Army and thereafter production of equipment and ensure maximum localization of around 50 - 60 % by value of product.
Some private sector companies have now emerged as competitors to BEML. How does the Company plan to tackle this challenge?
BEML is competing with the private sector over the past decades and we have been receiving orders from various customers including Ministry of Defence. Around 85% of the orders we received were through competition mode.