BDL is India’s public-sector defence production unit.
March 2011 – BDL has signed a Rs 14,000-crore contract with the Indian Army for the production of Akash, the surface-to-air (SAM) missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The public sector undertaking, BDL, recently received an order for the Air Force version of Akash for over Rs 1,000 crore, the Chairman and Managing Director, Major Gen Ravi Ketarpal, said in a release from the company.
July 2010 – BDL will set up two complexes for manufacturing missile systems in southern state of Andhra Pradesh at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore. The proposed facilities are likely to come up at Ibrahimpatnam (500 acres) on the outskirts of Hyderabad and at the Lepakshi Knowledge Hub (600 acres) in Anantapur district, BDL Chairman and Managing Director Ravi Khetarpal said.
The two new units are expected provide about 3,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly, the BDL officials told the Chief Minister.
The proposed facility in Anantapur district will also have an integrated township for the employees.
BDL currently has two modern manufacturing complexes spread over 1300 acres at Kanchanbagh in Hyderabad and Bhanur in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh.
It aims to achieve a sales turnover of Rs 1,500 crore in the 2010-11 financial year.