Kineco set for good show

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Pilerne based Kineco Ltd., is one of the few Goan companies to bag mainstream defence orders. The company plans to make a splash in Defexpo 2020, finds out Team B&C

Kineco Ltd., is gearing for Defexpo India 2020. The four-day mega defence exhibition is being held in Lucknow from February 5- 9, and Kineco along with its subsidiary, Kineco Kaman Composites India Pvt.Ltd., Pilerne, plans to demonstrate its indigenously developed innovative products which bear a distinct tag of Make in India.

India’s first Carbon Fiber Bridge, a light-weight rapidly deployable heliportable bridge for military and disaster management applications will be showcased by the company at the Defexpo along with other ingeniously innovative products.

Two months back, on December 4 2019, Kineco was honored by Raksha Mantri, Rajnath Singh along with Union Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik, for significant contribution towards Make in India in defence, at New Delhi on Indian Navy Day.

Recently the company bagged a large and prestigious order for seven Sonar Domes from Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd., which are to be installed on both classes of warships of the Indian Navy, thereby mitigating India’s dependency on imported Sonar Domes and contributing to the Make in India Defence initiative. 

Shekhar Sardessai, founder and managing director, Kineco said, “I believe our success with Sonar Domes and many other defence indigenous projects act as a flag bearer for the Make in India in Defence mission. We are truly grateful to R&D engineers (DRDO) and Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders with whose support such mammoth tasks were made possible. Our spirits stand ignited to continue to innovate and make many such significant contributions to India’s defence infrastructure.”

He added that, the company demonstrated immense potential in public- private synergies towards the Make in India mission through its success in various indigenously developed defence projects.

Kineco is also working with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) to develop high pressure pyrogen ignitor cases for GSLV and PSLV launch vehicles. Through its subsidiary, Kineco Kaman Composites India Private Limited, a joint venture with NYSE listed Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc. (USA), the company contributed to India’s aerospace program through the successful development and delivery of Dual Helix Array Antenna to VSSC that supports the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

“Three of these antennas have already been launched in space. Some of the other ambitious projects by Kineco Kaman include Radomes for Satellite Communications (SATCOM) antenna for strategic defence applications,” said Sardesai.

  In 2012, Kineco was selected as an industry partner on a competitive basis and was awarded a prestigious development contract for the development of its first indigenous ‘Sonar Dome’. A Sonar Dome is critical component of a warship which houses the Sonar (Sonar Navigation and Ranging) array which is considered as the eyes and ears of a warship or submarine.

  The first prototype built by Kineco was unveiled by the then Raksha Mantri, late Manohar Parrikar at DEFEXPO India 2016, Goa. After several stringent validation tests the Sonar Dome qualified for usage not only on P15 Alpha (Kolkata Class) but also P-15 Bravo (Vishakhapatnam Class) warships.

“With our passion for innovation and technology and credentials of two and half decades in developing world class composite products to discerning customers in aerospace, defence, railways and industrial markets, our company has emerged as India’s most diversified and fastest growing company in the defence industry,” said Sardesai.

  The theme of the Defexpo India 2020 is Digital Transformation of Defence.