Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Pvt Ltd (KRAS), a joint venture between Indian firm Kalyani Group and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, on Tuesday rolled out its first batch of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) for the Indian Army and the Air Force. The roll-out event marked KRAS’ commitment to deliver more than 1000 MRSAM ‘missile kits’ for the Indian Army and Air Force over the coming years. The kits will be supplied for final integration to India’s state-run defence firm Bharat Dynamics (BDL), which is the lead integrator for the MRSAM missile systems. The first batch was rolled out from the Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Pvt Ltd facility located near Hyderabad International Airport.
Kalyani Group chairman and managing director Baba Kalyani said: “This is the beginning of a new era filled with self-confidence, a marked step-change in technological expertise and a collective demonstration of capability to be the global manufacturing hub for defence products. We are confident to complete the order far ahead of the stipulated time, and support the armed forces with the best in class missile kits. Apart from the missile kits, we will extend our support in maintenance and repair operations (MRO) as in-service air defence missile system for the armed forces. This is beginning of a new era, filled with self-confidence, a marked step-change in technological expertise and a collective demonstration of capability to be the global manufacturing hub for defence products”
Brig Gen Pinhas Yungman, Head of Air and Missile Defense Systems division of Rafael Advanced Defense System said,’We have been a reliable partner to the Indian armed forces for almost three decades, and these missile kits are a testimony of our commitment to ‘Make in India’ cause.’ ‘We are confident KRAS will not only build products for the Indian armed forces but will, at the same time, trigger and help achieve Indian governments vision of exports from India.’ KRAS is India’s pioneering private sector MSME with advanced manufacturing capabilities and facilities dedicated to especially address the assembly, integration and testing (AIT) of the state-of the-art weapon systems being inducted by the defence forces, the release said.
Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Pvt. Ltd. (KRAS) is a Joint Venture between Kalyani Group and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Israel. KRAS is India’s first private sector Missile sub-systems manufacturing facility.KRAS is India’s first private sector Missile sub-systems manufacturing entity. Spread across an area of 24,000 sq.ft., the KRAS plant in Hardware Tech-Park (In the close vicinity of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA)), Hyderabad will enable production of SPIKE ATGM high-end technology systems within the country. It will be engaged in development of a wide range of advanced capabilities like Missile Technology, Command Control and Guidance, Electro-Optics, Remote Weapon Systems, Precision Guided Munitions and System Engineering for Missile Integration.