BDL expects Rs 14k cr worth Akash-II Missile order from Def Minister

Bharat Dynamic Limited (BDL) expects Akash-II missile order worth about Rs 14,000 crore in the next couple of years from the Central Government, said a top official of theDefence PSU.
Chairman and Managing Director of BDL, VUday Bhasker also said the current order of Akash will be completed in the next two years and expected to have five growth in revenues during the next two years.
Last year the PSU clocked Rs 4579 crore.
“We are trying have a five per centannualgrowth in the coming couple of years. After that we are expecting to have a much bigger growth because we expect to have some high value orders. AkashII regiments is the new order. The DAC (Defence Acquisition Council) has cleared it.”
“That (new)order, weneed to supply from2020-21 onwards.The order is for a few years. It will be a bigger order, I can’t specifically tell the size of the order. But it will be of the current order size. Currently we hadAkash orderworth Rs 14,000 crore in 2012 whenwe received it,” Bhasker said.
Akashisan all-weather medium-range surface-to-air missile.
Developed by the DRDO, the missile system has the capability to neutralise aerial targets such as fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.
BDL, in 2011signed a Rs 14,000-crore contract with the Indian Army for the production of Akash.
The present order will be completed in the next two years.
He, however, said the new order will have some development component and ithas togo through some development phase.
The missile should have seeker, which is a specialised instrument which seeks the target, he added.
Replying to a query, the BDL official said he expects five per cent growth in revenues for the next couple of years.
On the upcoming Amaravati facility in Maharashtra, Bhasker said it is expected to commission from thisyear and full scale production will start from 2021.
BDLis also setting up a manufacturing facility in Ibrhimpatnam near Hyderabad.
Thecompany’ sproposed Ibrahimapatnam and Amravati manufacturing facilities will be utilised to manufacture new generation of surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) respectively.
BDL currently has an order book of Rs 8,860 crores.
Rs 4,500 croreworth of orderswill be executed this year while another Rs 2000 crores next year.
“However, we are also expecting an order inflow this year. We are expecting around Rs 3000 crores of fresh orders by March this fiscal,” he added.
BDL also started exploring overseas markets and exported Torpedoes to some countries.
Citing “sensitivity,” theofficial refused to divulge the names of the countries that the product was exported. (PTI)