AMPL is confident of meeting Indian armed forces’ requirements under ‘Make in India’ programme
Astra Microwave Products Pvt. (AMPL) Ltd, a public listed company based at Hyderabad, India, has been spearheading the design, development and manufacturing of RF and Microwave components, super components, systems and related technologies to space and defence sectors.
Over the years, AMPL, has risen to the demands of the strategic electronics market with a capacity to rapidly absorb new technological breakthrough with a strong and committed in-house R & D team. This has in turn enhanced the capability to deal with a growing market with ever changing technological requirements.
The major capabilities and contributions to the state-of-the-art Active Phased Array Radar systems to the Defence & Space segments has been in the development and automated mass manufacturing of Antenna Arrays, Transmit-Receive Modules, Exciters-Receivers etc.,
Sensing the need of Fabless Semiconductor Design Centre, along with Backend processing of the wafers for Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMIC), AMPL has established the comprehensive facility and has been able to turnout a chain of MMIC components indigenously. An export wing of the company Aelius Semiconductors Pte. Ltd (Aelius) has started functioning from Singapore.
Astra Microwave has been manufacturing sub-systems for many foreign organisations under the Offset programme. Starting work with Built to Print basis, Astra has also been given some opportunities to products on Built to Specifications. As they have already been delivering high end modules in high quantity meeting the quality and delivery benchmarks and this combined with their strong presence in the Indian market, makes the company ideally poised to go on further and become a strong player in the ‘Buy’ and Make Indian category of defence procurements.
AMPL has posed itself as the design and/or manufacturing partner for foreign original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) looking to make their products in India and supplying to the swiftly increasing demands of defence forces in India for modern equipment’s. With offsets taking a backseat in the policy domain of the government of India and the present government policy of ‘Make in India’, many of the future defence procurements are expected to move in this direction. The Hyderabad-based firm is, therefore, well placed in positioning itself as a partner for manufacturing strategic electronics for major foreign OEMs that are eyeing the high capital spending of the Indian armed forces. Moving on in this direction, AMPL has formed a JV company along with Rafael, Israel for communication products and has been registered as the Astra Rafael Communications Ltd (ARC), Hyderabad and functioning for the past one year.
AMPL has expanded its operations to Bangalore with focus on the radar systems. It has created Planar Near Field Antenna Test Facility for testing the Active Electronically scanned Array Radars. AMPL has an office in Delhi to work on the futuristic requirements of the Indian ministry of defence, eyeing opportunities to produce smaller defence systems in collaboration with foreign equipment manufacturers. The company has invested heavily in infrastructure and has been supporting the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Defence Public Sector Units (DPSUs) for Strategic Electronics that form part of Radar Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Telemetry Systems and Satellite Systems. Having worked in various programmes of Indian defence, supplying strategic electronics in the form of sub-systems and components, the company is already working in the high technology domain.
The company believes that with their technological ability on the sub-system level combined with the expertise of foreign OEMs, they can support the requirements of the Indian armed forces under the ‘Make in India’ programme. It is only logical then, that Astra Microwave poses themselves as an ideal partner to foreign OEMs for making their products In India.