Kineco Kaman Composites India (KKCI) Private Limited, a joint venture between Kineco and Kaman Aerospace Group USA, has made its first commercial dispatch of composite mission consoles to BAE Systems Inc. for the P-8 maritime patrol aircraft.
KKCI had earlier completed first article inspection phase of the composite console paving the way for this serial production. This is a historic event for KKCI and marks the beginning of its long term engagement with global aerospace OEM’s like BAE Systems.
BAE Systems initiated this sourcing activity as part of its commitment to help develop aerospace and defense industrial capabilities in India. Over the last 18 months, the company says it has been developing KKCI’s capabilities to achieve readiness for this production. KKCI is the first supplier in India developed through P-8 industrial commitments by BAE Systems.
An industry team, led by Boeing Company, is building the P-8. The aircraft, a derivative of the next-generation 737-800, provides advanced anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and long-range maritime reconnaissance capabilities. Boeing has delivered 23 P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy and six of eight P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy, through 2014.
BAE Systems supplies the mission computing and display system for Boeing’s P-8 aircraft. Each P-8 aircraft has five consoles which serve as the main user interface to control and interact with sensors, communications and weapon systems on the aircraft. The consoles are a complex assembly manufactured using carbon composite and glass composite panels, with a multitude of metallic inserts.