Smiths Detection & Bharat Electronics to manufacture Advanced X-Ray Screening Technologies in India

Smiths Detection India and Navratna Defence PSU (public sector undertakings) Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the manufacturing of advanced X-ray screening technologies in India. The MOU has been signed in line with the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative that seeks to increase manufacturing activity domestically.

X-Ray Screening Technologies

With the ever increasing movement of people and goods at critical infrastructure, land borders and urban sensitive points, there is a growing requirement for screening technologies in India. The requirement for industry leading X-ray scanning technology is also being driven by defence facilities, which need to screen large volumes of vehicles entering sensitive areas.

Vikrant Trilokekar, Managing Director of Smiths Detection in India, said, “Together, we have the expertise and experience to supply the Indian Government with the industry-leading screening technology it requires for its ever-evolving security needs. Smiths Detection is committed to the Indian market and we look forward to the opportunities our MOU with BEL will uncover.”

BEL will handle front end requirements in market and support the localisation of the projects. Smiths Detection will provide its screening technology and technological expertise.

The MOU is for five years and can be extended further by mutual consent.

Bhanu Prakash Srivastava, Director (Other Units), BEL, said, “Though defence is its mainstay, BEL has been continuously exploring opportunities in allied non-defence areas like homeland security and network and cybersecurity. Through this tie-up with Smiths Detection, BEL will look at catering to the emerging market for high-energy scanning systems, yet another step in the direction of “Atmanirbharta” [self-reliant India]”

Smiths Detection has been operating in India for over 20 years. In October 2021, the company opened a Global Technology Development Centre in Bangalore. This MOU marks Smiths Detection’s first manufacturing operation in India.