India gets Naval gunfire to destroy enemy targets
Bangalore, Jan 29: India can now boast of Naval 'gunfire' to answer enemy attacks from the sea. Bharti Electronics Limited (BEL)has developed a new generation multi-sensor, multi-weapon defence system against enemy targets on board naval ships.
The state-of-the-art 'Gun Fire Control System' (GFCS) will be installed on board the P-28 class of ships.
“The GFCS is a quick reaction, multi-sensor, multi-weapon, short/medium/long range defence system against air, surface or shore targets on board naval ships", a senior official of the Bangalore-based Navratna defence PSU said in a news agency report.
Designed to combat enemy attacks through air, surface or shore defence with 76 MM and 30 MM guns, the main highlight of GFCS is its ability to track hostile target using a radar or video tracker, acting on early warning search radars and to accurately predict its approach, so that it can obtain reliable target data.
The data which undergoes further processing helps in accurately aligning the weapons in its ballistic firing position for eventual destruction of the target.
The target is continuously tracked by the GSFC until it is completely destroyed.
The GFCS comes with five functional sub-systems, such as tracker, weapon control, sight control, combat management system and support systems, each of which can be used as an independent system.
Defence Minister A K Antony will be handed with the GFCS at a ceremony in Bangalore on Feb 2, attended BEL Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Kumar Datt.
Meanwhile, a state-of-the-art facility for the manufacturing of Digital Flight Control Computer (DFCC) for the Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) at Bangalore complex of BEL will soon be developed.
The proposed facility will have a thermal cycling chamber, vibration machine, dehumidifying chambers for storing PCBs, high resolution inspection tools to identify process errors, automated test equipment for rigorous performance testing and engineering test station for testing the DFCC unit.
The main feature of DFCC, a flight critical sub-system, is that it is a multiple redundant (improving its reliability, one channel will take over if another fails) digital fly-by-wire flight control system of Tejas, controlling the manoeuvring of the aircraft.
It is manufactured as per AS 9100 standards with stringent in-process and quality control processes, which includes environmental tests on each unit.