At a time when medium, small and micro enterprises (MSME) sector has been impacted due to the covid-19 pandemic, a Bengaluru- based defence and aerospace company has bagged a project costing Rs 590 crore. 

Alpha Design Technologies recently signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence to upgrade and digitise the aging Pechora missile and radar systems. Col HS Shankar (Retd), chairman and managing director, Alpha Design Technologies, said the signing of the contract with the Ministry of Defence was a good opening for the company, given the current situation. 

The Pechora missile and radar systems, which are currently used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) are more than 30 years old and outdated. In 2016, the IAF had issued a tender to upgrade the aging systems. 

Shankar said the upgradation project would be completed in a span of four years, in partnership with Russia. “This project is of national importance. Soon, Alpha Designs, along with other Indian Industries, will undertake upgradations of similar Radars and Missile Systems that were procured a long time back and are still being used by Defence Forces. The cost of such upgradation will be less than procuring new systems and provide a new lease of life to them,” Shankar said.

The cost of such upgradation will be less than procuring new systems

–Col HS Shankar (Retd), chairman and MD, Alpha Design Technologies

The upgradation will have a large number of indigenously developed equipment, such as Radar Transmitter, Thermal Imager-based Electro-Optical System, Communication equipment, upgradation of drive chain, Control Cabin, Shelters, Cables, etc. 

Under the upgradation project, Alpha Designs will be upgrading 16 Pechora systems. The company expects to bag eight more systems under Option clause in the Contract by undertaking this upgrade successfully. 

Emphasising on the current state of the MSMEs in the country, particularly Bengaluru, Shankar said most of them are itching to move forward aggressively, despite intermittent discontinuation due to a few employees testing positive for covid. “MSMEs are now working round the clock to make up for the losses during the first two quarters of this financial year, so that yearly targets are kept up by the end of March 2021. I can say, with confidence, that the economy will pick up and India will be on the growth path soon,” he said.