Kalyani Group Expands Defense Activities, into Artillery, Systems Modernization and Upgrading

4675

The Pune based engineering technology focused Kalyani Group is intensifying its efforts in addressing the requirements of Indian defence sector. The company is expanding its legacy operations in metal forging and processing, entering defence, aerospace and nuclear areas of activity.

defexpo-bmp-right

In the past 3 years, the Kalyani Group has invested sizeable resources to develop a wide range of products and technological capabilities to manufacture various critical items of defence systems, equipment and components. This move is part of a new strategy to help and contribute towards indigenization efforts of the Indian Defense sector, reduce the country’s dependence on imports and save precious foreign exchange through large scale indigenization. Chairman of the group Baba N. Kalyani said with a host of artillery products his company wants to become a globally known artillery house. “But for that we would need to the accepted in India as only then will other countries accept us. the Hindo reported.

Visit RAFAEL at the Singapore Airshow, February 11-16, 2014

Kalyani Group is determined to scale up its contribution to the armed forces and play a vital role in India’s defence sector by providing a range of technology-intensive state of the art weapon systems.” Baba N Kalyani, Chairman of Kalyani Group stated. “We are encouraged by Government of India’s clear intent to ramp up domestic defence capabilities and as a Group, our focus would be to become a major player in the land systems segment.”

Bharat 52 is a self-propelled variant of the 155mm/52Cal gun produced in India by Bharat Forge. The system uses self-propelling capability and automatic laying, enabling rapid 'shoot and scoot' even with towed guns. The self propelling system can move the cannon at a speed of up to 30 km/h, and provide sufficient mobility for change of positions. The system weighs 14 tons and has a maximum firing range of 41 km, with 3-5 rounds per minute rate of fire.
Bharat 52 is a self-propelled variant of the 155mm/52Cal gun produced in India by Bharat Forge. The system uses self-propelling capability and automatic laying, enabling rapid ‘shoot and scoot’ even with towed guns. The self propelling system can move the cannon at a speed of up to 30 km/h, and provide sufficient mobility for change of positions. The system weighs 14 tons and has a maximum firing range of 41 km, with 3-5 rounds per minute rate of fire.
At a weight of less than one ton, and soft recoil technology, Garuda 105 can be mounted on light tactical vehicles such as this HMMWV. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
At a weight of less than one ton, and soft recoil technology, Garuda 105 can be mounted on light tactical vehicles such as this HMMWV. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

Other systems are based on cooperation and joint ventures with foreign companies, that are willing to provide technology and knowhow to establish local manufacturing, support and eventually, self sufficiency for the Indian military.

Kalyani group has recently forged a joint venture with Elbit Systems of Israel for advanced technology manufacturing of modern gun systems & Mine protected vehicles in India. With our partner we are competing in number of important artillery programs and are hopeful of bringing the best to the armed forces. JV will undertake major manufacturing within the country.

The company intends to bid for several opportunities with the Indian Army artillery, including the Mobile Gun System, for which the ATMOS truck mounted howitzer is offered. Other types include the ATHOS self propelled cannon, and towed artillery acquisition plans.

“With our partner we are competing in a number of important artillery programmes and are hopeful of bringing the best to the armed forces. The joint venture will undertake major manufacturing within the country,” he said.

The group has also signed an agreement with SAAB of Sweden to provide Air Defence Solutions. “The partnership with these two major defense companies will strengthen the Kalyani group capabilities within the defence space.” Kalyani added.

ElbitDefexpo125x125

Another prospect the company is pursuing is the upgrading of the BMP II armored vehicle used by the Indian army. At Defexpo the company is displaying a full scale model of the new design, employing firepower upgrades based on RAFAEL’s Samson Mk2 remote weapon station. The weapon station has full protection for the weapon system and optronics, and has an opening enabling the crew to reload and operate the gun under armor protection. The new system is much lighter, compared to the original BMP II turret. Since the turret does not penetrate the armor, the new system clears valuable space inside while reducing more than half ton in the vehicle weight.

RAFAEL's Samson MkII remotely controlled weapon system mounts the 30mm cannon from ATK and two Spike LR missiles from RAFAEAL. The turret is designed to fit armor protection according to the level specified by the customer. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
RAFAEL’s Samson MkII remotely controlled weapon system mounts the 30mm cannon from ATK and two Spike LR missiles from RAFAEAL. The turret is designed to fit armor protection according to the level specified by the customer. The turret includes two optronic sights – both  MiniPOP, one for the gunner and the other, providing an independent sight for the commander. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

Another product the company has adopted from an Israeli company is the Raven Light Strike Vehicle. This powerful armored vehicle is based on the Tiger, developed by the Israeli company MDT. As an all-protected vehicle Raven meets STANAG 3 (NIJ IV) ballistic protection, including 0.5Cal. It can also can take add-on armor for increased protection. The vehicle can carry 2.5 tons of payload, including a remote weapon station.

The Raven Light Strike Vehicle, displayed by Kaliani Group is based on MDT's Tiger. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
The Raven Light Strike Vehicle, displayed by Kalyani Group is based on MDT’s Tiger. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update