The facility opened in Hyderabad is India's first private sector advanced defence sub-systems manufacturing concern

 

 

Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), a joint venture (JV) between Pune-headquartered Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., has launched its state-of the-art manufacturing facility in Hyderabad, becoming the first private sector missile sub-system manufacturing concern in India. The facility is expected to start making Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) ‘Spike’ for the Indian Army soon.

 

In line with Central Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, the JV will invest in high-end technology and advanced manufacturing techniques to design, develop and manufacture state-of-the-art weapon systems for the Indian Armed Forces. This greenfield JV envisages creation of significant direct and indirect employment opportunities, import substitution and FDI into the country.

 

Spread across an area of 24,000 sq.ft., KRAS will be engaged in development of a wide range of advanced capabilities like Command Control and Guidance, Electro-Optics, Remote Weapon Systems, Precision Guided Munitions and System Engineering for System Integration. The facility will also explore possibilities of export  to other countries.

 

During the inauguration ceremony, Maj Gen (Retd) Yoav Har-Even, President & CEO, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. said: “Rafael has been increasingly looking at cooperation with India in the Defence and Aerospace arena. We are confident and eager to be a strategic partner in addressing India’s defence modernisation needs. We have, without any hesitations, offered and provided our most advanced Defence Systems to India, with the willingness to transfer technology.”

 

"Strategic cooperation between our two nations received a huge boost with the path-breaking visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel recently. Rafael is committed to ‘Make in India’ and this JV is a step in the same direction. The establishment of this facility is a sign of our commitment to ‘walk the talk’ in terms of partnering with Indian industry towards indigenous manufacture,” he said.

 

The facility is the culmination of a seven-year-long process, which began with India floating the Request for Interest and Rafael later joining hands with the Kalyani Group for the task.

 

The chairman of Kalyani Group, Baba N Kalyani, said  the unit will provide direct employment to 500 people and indirect employment to as many as 3,000 through supply chains. “Around 90 per cent of the components of the missile system have been sourced locally and we expect an order from the government soon. All the tests of the system have been done as per the needs of the Indian Armed Forces,” said Kalyani.

 

According to the Kalyani group chairman this technology-based partnership was aimed at developing advanced defence systems and remote weapon system capabilities within India. "We are committed to the government’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and this joint venture manufacturing facility is a step in this direction," he said.

The Pune-based Baba Kalyani group holds 51 per cent stake in the joint venture and the rest is with Israeli firm. The launch of its operations adds to the already evolving ecosystem of high-end defence and aerospace manufacturing activities in Hyderabad, which also has very large base of defence and research establishments involving missile development and other projects.

Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited (KSSL) is the principal company within the Kalyani Group undertaking defence and aerospace initiatives. KSSL has emerged from being a traditional supplier of components and subsystems to Indian Defence to becoming a complete system and solutions provider. Kalyani Group , established in mid 1960s, is an Indian multinational with high technology, engineering & manufacturing capability across critical sectors such as Engineering Steel, Automotive, Industrial, Renewable Energy, Urban Infrastructure and Speciality Chemicals. Guided by visionary leadership of Baba Kalyani, Group Chairman, with strong emphasis on market leadership through technology and its over 10,000 strong engineering global workforce, the group today is a market leader in all its respective business segments. 

Rafael is one of the world's leading missile design and manufacturing companies offering products and systems for Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM), Surface to Air Missiles (SAM),  Precision Weapons among other systems which are in service with several defence forces all over the world. Rafael develops and manufactures advanced defence systems for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the defence establishment, as well as for foreign customers around the world.

Rafael is one of Israel's largest defence companies, with 2016 net profit of $123 million and record-high orders totaling $2.8 billion. Rafael was established in 1948 as Israel’s Defense Ministry national research and development laboratory.

 

 

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