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, Astra Microwave Products Ltd, 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& Dteam. 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 and 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 already 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 Make and Buy and Make Indian category of defense procurements.
AMPL has posed itself as the design and/or manufacturing partner for foreign OEM’s looking to make their products in India and supplying to the swiftly increasing demands of defense 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 defense 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 OEM’s 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 the communication products and has been registered as the Astra Rafael Communications Ltd. (ARC), Hyderabad.
AMPL has expanded its operations to Bengaluru and has also set up an office in Delhi to work on the futuristic requirements of the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), eyeing opportunities to produce smaller defense systems in collaboration with foreign equipment manufacturers. The company has invested heavily into infrastructure and has been supporting the Defense Research Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the defense public sector units for strategic electronics that form part of radar systems, electronic warfare systems, telemetry systems and satellite systems. Having worked in various programs 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 subsystem level combined with the expertise of foreign OEM’s, 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 OEM’s for ‘Making their products In India.’