Samtel Group's foray in avionics began in 2001, when Samtel took over a plant of Thales France in
Germany to form Samtel Electron Devices GmbH at Ulm, Germany.
In 2004, Samtel signed the contract with Indian government's Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) for indigenisation of critical technology for Indian fighter programs. With support of DRDO, Samtel has indigenously developed the technology to ruggedize Bare AMLCD (Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display) panel to withstand harsh avionics environment meanwhile maintaining high level of optical and functional performance of these displays during the operation.
These indigenous displays have been certified by Indian airworthiness agencies, viz. CEMILAC (Center for Military Airworthiness & Certification) and DGAQA (Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance). After 5-6 years of arduous efforts, Samtel was able to fully develop the technology and it is successfully flying today.
Today, Samtel has revolutionized the Indian Avionics & Defence industry through its indigenization efforts and by creating a success road map in the international domain.
Today, Samtel is a part of global supply chain of many international aerospace & defence firms. Samtel has a JV with India's Navratna DPSU - HAL through which it addresses the avionics requirements for all IAF star aircraft. Besides this, it has partnered with DRDO, BEL and Indian Armed Forces for design, development and manufacturing of high-tech equipment.