Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), a joint venture between Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd. of Israel is all set to expand its product profile. The JV will now venture into the space of Missile systems with the New Generation Precision Guided Munitions (NGPGM), Air Defense systems and capabilities for MRSAM, LLQRM and QRSAM programs. The expansion will also include the Drone Dome system (Radar and laser beam system for detecting, jamming and destroying drones) and the Naval Remote control Weapon Station Systems Program.
KRAS was established in 2015 with a vision to make it a leading Indian defence company, owning requisite infrastructure, and possessing requisite technology and associated intellectual property rights related to design, development, modification, manufacturing, integration, life cycle support and obsolescence management of Spike Missiles systems, BMP II upgrade and Add-on Armour Solutions. As part of this vision, KRAS established a state-of-the-art facility at Hyderabad for manufacturing of defence sub systems. Spread across an area of 24,000 sq. ft., this facility enables production of high end technology systems for the Indian Armed forces.
As part of its first phase of expansion in March 2017, KRAS included provision of indigenous solutions to New Generation Precision Guided Munitions (NGPGM) and Long Range Guided Bomb (LRGB) in the company’s production facility at Hyderabad.
As part of its second phase of expansion, KRAS will now also provide indigenous solutions for Missiles Systems like MRSAM, LLQRM, QRSAM as well as the Naval Gun Program and Drone Dome System. This expansion will bring-in niche technology in the country for such advanced defence systems and will further boost the JV’s commitment to ‘Make in India’. One of the fastest growing defence JVs, KRAS has now also been granted defence industrial license by DIPP for undertaking all its envisioned activities.