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DEFEXPO 2004 - Part 5
By B Harry
Feb 8, 2004, 16:08

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INDIAN EXHIBITORS - V


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Bofors L-70 40 mm Anti-Aircraft gun manufactured by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) of India. The gun is being upgraded by the OFB and Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL).






The Bheema 1000 (signifying a 1 ton lift capacity) is an aircraft loading trolley developed by the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) of DRDO and manufactured by Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML). The IAF also uses imported MJ-3 weapon loading trolleys. 






The Battlefield Surveillance Radar - Short Range (BFSR-SR) mounted on pole aboard a TATA Sumo vehicle forms a mobile light observation post. The Radar has LPI features thanks to low peak power (5 W) and digitally coded waveforms with a choice of RF channels.  









The prospect of private sector participation in defense has lead companies like Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) ,one of India's leading utility vehicle manufacturers, to come out with products like the 'Striker' combat vehicle, seen above. Note the FLAME launcher and Thermal Imaging Sight for the Milan ATGM on the universal machine gun mount. The launcher and sight weigh 34 kgs combined.






The Mahindra Rakshak bulletproof vehicle is already in service. It's composite armour offers protection against 7.62 mm bullets. M&M claims to be the only private sector company with an entire division dedicated solely to defense needs ie Mahindra Defence Systems.






Various ammunition manufactured by the OFB including 105 mm (top left) and 120 mm (right) illuminating rounds. The Adrushy Mine (centre) is equipped with a magnetic influence fuze and shaped charge. It has an armour penetration of of >100 mm and immunity against CLMC (V) blast at a distance of 2.5 m.






The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) of India's selection of weaponry including the 5.56 mm INSAS LMG, 9 mm Carbine (with Silencer), 7.62 mm 1A1 Rifle for defense and .315 '' Sporting rifle, 12 bore pump action Shotgun for civilian applications. The legendary Mikhail Kalashnikov who dropped in for the show, was extremely upset on seeing the OFB's AK-7, a clone of the AK-47, albeit only to the OFB's amusement.






Inside of the Mine Protected Vehicle, designed and produced by the OFB. The hull is protected against 10 kg TNT blasts and 7.62 SLR Ammunition.






The OFB has upgraded atleast 180 M-46 guns from 130 mm to 155 mm calibre using kits supplied by Soltam Artillery Systems of Israel. Another 300 guns will be upgraded at the OFB facility in Jabalpur.









HAL's participation at DEFEXPO was minimal and they were still fresh from their Aero-India experiences. Having achieved limited export successes in the past with the license built Do-228 in Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) configuration, HAL continue to market the type abroad. 

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