New Delhi: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) celebrated its 52nd Formation Day on Friday at its various units and offices adhering to COVID-19 protocol. On the occasion, BDL CMD Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd) greeted employees of the company. He also thanked to the ex-employees and other stakeholders for being part of the company's success over the years. All the directors and employees of the company participated in the celebrations.
In his address, CMD stated that BDL has a very good order book from the Armed Forces and is also endeavouring to expand its footprints in the global market by offering its exportable products to friendly countries. He urged the employees to continue to work hard with diligence to execute the orders by meeting the committed delivery schedule.
Over the last five decades, BDL has evolved to be among the few companies in the world having state-of-the-art facilities for the manufacture and supply of Guided Missiles, Underwater Weapons, Air-borne products and allied defence equipment for the Indian Armed Forces. As a part of its philosophy of providing product life cycle support, BDL has been supporting the Armed Forces with refurbishment or life extension of vintage missiles and obsolescence management.
The company has strengthened its in-house R&D capabilities primarily focusing on Design & Engineering activities and several of its products are already inducted by the customers. It is actively involved with DRDO as a 'Development Partner' for various missiles and underwater weapons programme. BDL has also been nominated as the Prime Production Agency by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme for Prithvi, Akash and Nag. Similarly, in the underwater weapons category, the Light Weight Torpedo and Heavy Weight Torpedo (Varunastra) are being manufactured under technical collaboration with NSTL.
During the previous year, BDL has added more products to its portfolio which include "Dishani" (Sonobuoy), "Garudastra," Konkurs Missile Test Equipment and Konkurs Launcher Test Equipment. The company has also successfully handed over Varunastra, the Heavy Weight Torpedo and Akash Missiles to its customers.
In line with the new policy initiatives of the government of India and as a measure to upgrade its technology and become 'Atmanirbhar,' BDL is setting up new infrastructure for 'Surface-Mount Technology', 'High-Performance Computing facility,' 'Seeker Facility Centre,' 'Warhead Production facility,' 'High-Temperature Carbon Composite' state-of-the-art central stores and environmental testing facility.
The establishment of new facilities will further strengthen the existing infrastructure of the Company facilitating capacity expansion as well as help in offering 'complete solution' to its customers. BDL is also expanding its product portfolios and is diversifying into new areas like Mines, Anti- Submarine Warfare Suite and Anti-Drone System.
Among the new projects where BDL is involved as a development cum production partner or production agency, Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon System, Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missiles are major programmes for the Company with large business opportunities.
As a part of its CSR initiative, BDL has always been a key contributor to the needs of society. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that swept across the country, BDL has been providing support to hospitals and the government by providing Deep freezers to Telangana Government, Oxygen Generator Plant, organising COVID awareness programme in the aspirational districts like Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and Bhupalpally and Kothagudem in Telangana, contributing it's mite for construction of 1,000 bedded COVID-19 specialized hospital in New Delhi, the contribution for the construction of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute Covid Hospital at Lucknow and contribution for oxygen support facility at Visakhapatnam Institute of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam.
In the last five decades, BDL has grown to become a major Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) involved in supporting the Indian Armed Forces. While the company focuses on its core business area, it also has been able to live up to the needs of the society and continue to work with various NGOs or government bodies through its CSR activity spread from health care & education to food & shelter.
On its 52nd Formation Day, BDL once again rededicates itself to the vision & mission of the company and to become 'Atmanirbhar' in the Defence sector.