New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence today signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for procurement of 10 Lynx U2 fire control systems for front line warships of Indian Navy at a cost of Rs 1,355 crore ($185 million) under Buy (Indian) category of the Defence Procurement Procedure.
The Lynx system has been designed and developed indigenously that would further the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat‘ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The LYNX U2 GFCS is a Naval Gun Fire Control System designed to acquire, track and engage targets amidst sea clutter. It is capable of accurately tracking air/surface targets, generating required target data for predicting weapon aiming points and engaging target.
The target engagement is carried out with the medium/short range gun mounts like Russian AK176, A190 and AK630 and the SRGM available onboard ships. The Gun Fire Control System has been designed with an open and scalable architecture permitting simple and flexible implementation in many different configurations.
The system has been developed and delivered to Indian Navy and has been in service for over two decades, satisfactorily meeting the tactical requirements of Indian Naval ships of various classes like destroyers, frigates, missile boats, and corvettes.
The system has been upgraded continuously and indigenisation has been the major focus along with technology upgrades. The indigenous content of the system has been continuously increased, generation to generation to eliminate the dependency on foreign OEMs.
The system will be installed on the Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel, Talwar and Teg class of warships. The system including the Tracking Radar, Servo and Weapon Control Modules has been completely designed and developed by BEL. The indigenous system will ensure maximum up-time of the system and guarantees excellent Product support throughout its life time.
The system proposed in the contract is of the fourth generation and is a completely indigenised system, developed in the true spirit of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. These will be delivered by BEL, Bengaluru over the next five years.