Smiths Detection has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Navratna Defence PSU (public sector undertakings) Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the manufacture of advanced X-ray screening technologies in India.
The MoU between Smiths Detection and BEL will help both firms to meet India’s domestic security needs. The MoU has been signed in line with the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative that seeks to increase manufacturing activity in the Indian market.
Though defense is its mainstay, BEL has been exploring opportunities in allied non-defense areas like homeland security and cybersecurity. The MoU fits well with this intended expansion.
With an increasing movement of people and goods at critical infrastructure, land borders and urban sensitive points, there is a growing requirement for screening technologies in India. To facilitate ease of doing business and to enhance safety, the Indian Government is investing in port and land border security. Moreover, the requirement X-ray scanning technology is being driven by defense facilities, which need to screen large volumes of vehicles entering sensitive areas.
BEL will handle front end requirements in the market and support the localization of the projects. Smiths Detection will provide its screening technology and technological expertise. The MoU is for five years and can be extended further by mutual consent.