New Delhi: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a Hyderabad-based Miniratna Defence PSU under the Ministry of Defence, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT-Kanpur and Nocca Robotics, a clean-tech start-up company, to produce advanced ventilators "BDL-NOCCA V310" to fulfil country's ventilator demands amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This MoU is an excellent example of industry, academia and start-up synergy. The news came after a month, when Navratna Defence PSU, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) had announced the production of ventilators with the help of local manufactures.
In a tweet on Wednesday BDL's Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Cmde Siddharth Mishra (Retd.) said that the company has signed an MoU with IIT-Kanpur and start-up Nocca Robotics to manufacture high-end yet affordable indigenous, microcontroller-based mechanical ventilators for both invasive and non-invasive purposes. The proto testing of these ventilators also has been started, he added.
Earlier, to help the nation's fight against Coronavirus BDL had contributed Rs 9.02 crore in PM CARES Fund through the contribution of one day salary by the employees of the company and the DPSU's corporate social responsibility funds.
Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) is a manufacturer of ammunitions and missile systems. It was founded in 1970 in Hyderabad, Telangana. BDL was established in the year 1970 as a manufacturing base for guided weapon systems. Begun with a pool of engineers drawn from Indian Ordnance Factories, DRDO and aerospace industries, BDL began by producing a first-generation anti-tank guided missile – the "French SS11B1." This product was a culmination of a licence agreement the government entered into with Aerospatiale. BDL has three manufacturing units, located at Kanchanbagh Hyderabad (Telangana), Bhanur, Medak district of Telangana and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).