Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed a contract with the Indian Navy for initially supplying 20 Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Dazzlers (Laser Dazzlers).
The Laser Dazzler is used as a non-lethal method for warning and stopping suspicious vehicles/boats/aircraft/UAVs/pirates, etc. from approaching secured areas during both day and night. It is capable of dazzling and thereby suppresses the person’s/optical sensor’s action with disability glare in case of non-compliance to orders.
It disorients/confuses and makes a person blind temporarily. It also dazzles and distracts aircraft/UAVs. It is portable, shoulder-operated and ruggedised for military use in adverse environmental conditions.
Laser dazzler technology was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative, this unique product is indigenously designed and developed for the first time for the Armed Forces.
In December 2020, BEL had won the contract-beating global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in buy global category. These would be manufactured by the company’s Pune-based plant.