Alpha Design, ISRO join hands

Venture to assemble IRNSS

Alpha Design, ISRO join hands

 Alpha Design Technologies (ADTL), a leading manufacturer and technological services provider in India’s defence and paramilitary markets, has announced the signing of a contract with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India’s space agency, for assembly, integration and testing of IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System).

The Bengaluru-based company is widely known for its capabilities in delivering advanced defence electronics and aero structures, as well as R&D and manufacturing.

In the next two years, with the help of ISRO, the company will be investing in creating, an ultra-modern satellite manufacturing, assembly, integration, testing and qualification facilities, with a view to independently supply four to five satellites to ISRO.

At present, the company is selecting 70 employees which include engineers, diploma holders and ITI qualified, for them to be trained at ISRO for nine months. During the training at ISRO, the Alpha Design Technologies team would be assisted in on-job learning followed by actual assembly, integration and testing.

Speaking to DH, Colonel H S Shankar, Chairman and Managing Director, Alpha Design Technologies, said, “As part of the contract, initially, our teams would get minimum ISRO supervision and later would independently be making complete satellites. We will be investing Rs 100-150 crore in the next two years in setting up a facility close to ISRO. With our foray into space, we have proved that sky is not the limit in moving towards ‘Make in India’ and ensuring its success.”

“Looking at the future prospective engagements with ISRO, the company is expecting to add another 330 engineers, diploma holders and ITI qualified personnel to be part of Alpha Group,” he said.

With the signing of the contract with ISRO, the company with turnover of Rs 402 crore for 2015-16, is expecting to increase by Rs 200 -250 crore in  coming two years.

The company had recently signed a multi-million dollar contract with Elbit Systems for manufacturing of 600 VHF communication devices for exports and later for large scale manufacture to cater to the requirements of the Armoured Corps.

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