Thursday, April 15, 2010

BHEL units to up biz from Defence

The two major units of country’s largest power and transmission equipment manufacturer, state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) are planning to re-enter defence business. The units — Tiruchirappalli (Tiruchy) and Ranipet — are planning to produce battle tanks, missile launchers and water desalination facilities for submarines. It may be noted that the Ranipet unit also supplies fuel tankers for space exploration projects. Recently B P Rao, chairman and managing director of BHEL said, “Talks are on for supplying certain type of equipment for the armed forces.” BHEL is working on supplying heavy duty 127-mm guns to the Navy. BHEL supplies 76-mm guns to Navy. Following this, A Chandrababu, general manager in-charge, BHEL Ranipet unit, which manufactures boiler auxiliaries, told Business Standard that the unit has initiated dialogues with the Navy and is also looking to re-enter the defence business in a “big way”


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