Al Shaibi

Al Shaibi

Saudi defense firm seals deal with India’s BEL

01 January 2022

Saudi-based Power For Defense Technologies Co (PDTC) has signed an agreement with India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for bringing its cutting-edge technologies and solutions to the kingdom’s défence and aerospace eco-system.

A Navratana defence public sector unit of Indian government, BEL is a pioneer in technology innovation.

The agreement will facilitate BEL and PDTC to collectively bring cutting-edge technologies and solutions to the kingdom’s défense eco-system. It will help bring India and Saudi Arabia closer through the promotion of defense and aerospace technologies.

PDTC was founded by Sheikh Mohammed Mustfa-Zaini Al Shaibi, a member of a highly respected Al Shaibi family in Saudi Arabia, with a vision to foster deeper and better business, technological and cultural relationship between the two countries through the promotion, transfer and deployment of cutting-edge autonomous technological solutions in the defence, aerospace and security sector.

“BEL is at the forefront of technology innovation in India. The partnership with BEL will enable us to bring critical technologies for civilian and defense application to KSA,” remarked Al Shaibi.

“Saudi Arabia and India are rising powers and key players in their respective regions and are natural partners in addressing the various challenges confronting the region,” he added.

This agreement has been facilitated by Gopi Krishna Reddy, a cross-border expert and strategic advisor to PDTC, along with Hisham Khalid, an advisor to PDTC.

Anil Pant, General Manager International Marketing, BEL, said: “As a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art electronic products and systems for the defence forces we foresee many such technological partnerships in the near future with Saudi Arabia. BEL offers technology products in the areas of coastal radar system, advanced threat detection suites with radar, drone protection system and much more. This agreement will further cement the existing bilateral ties between the two countries,” noted Pant.

On the strategic BEL partnership Reddy, said: “This is an important milestone in the growing India-Saudi co-operation in the field of research and development and technology exchange.” 

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