Build to Specifications
Astra Microwave started its journey in the year 1991 with customers under the Built to Specification (BTS) mode. Under this mode, customers provide the electrical and mechanical specifications of the components, modules or sub-systems as per their system requirements to Astra. The engineers of Astra then work with the customer team in order to specify the target specifications of the required component, module or sub-system presenting the various options and latest technologies involved to finalize the target specifications. The R&D team of Astra Microwave then works on realizing the product using the engineering expertise in-house and delivers a fully qualified product (airborne, naval or ground application) to its customers. Traditionally once the system is qualified by the Armed forces and production orders are released, Astra Microwave has also been producing the products originally designed by them in high volume to meet the production requirements of the customers.
Build to Print
After introduction of the offset policy by Government of India in 2006, Astra Microwave has been working with many foreign OEMS for producing their products in India under Built to Print (BTP) mode for meeting their offset requirements. In fact, Astra Microwave is one of the first companies in India to receive an offset production contract for high end RF modules in India. Since 2009, Astra Microwave has produced more than 150Million worth of high end modules under the BTP route. Many foreign OEM’s have audited the facilities and quality process of Astra Microwave and found that it is adequate to meet their stringent quality and on time delivery requirements. In many cases, such a start in the BTP domain has later led Astra Microwave to receive orders for BTS requirements as well.
Make in India
As per Government of India’s “Make in India policy”, Astra Microwave has been working with its customers and partners from India and abroad in order to be able to participate in tenders with the Indian Armed forces directly. In the future, Astra Microwave believes that it can contribute effectively to this vision wherein the existing skills of Astra can combine with the System Knowledge of its partners in order to provide a product that meets the Make In India requirements for not only design and production of high end defense equipment in India but also for the after sale support.