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Keltron to soon make Sonar Arrays for Indian Navy

S Hemachandran, Executive Director, Keltron and Cdr (Dr) V G Jayaprakashan, CMD, Krasny Defence Technologies Ltd signing the MoU for the joint venture. Photo Credit: Keltron.

In a major development, Keltron, the state’s own electronics and IT public sector undertaking (PSU), will soon start manufacturing radar and sonar arrays for the Indian Navy through a joint venture (JV) with a domain expert that collaborates with Russian defence.

Kerala government has given approval to Keltron for the JV with Krasny Defence Technologies Private Limited for tapping the various requirements from the Indian Navy for Sonar Arrays.

Though Keltron has been supplying various components for different defence establishments in the country, it’s for the first time that the state PSU is going for a joint venture with a company that is into maintenance and manufacture of several components of Russian avionics and Russian weapon controls equipment for war ships and submarines.

As per official sources, the joint venture will be for development of Sonar Arrays for the Indian Navy. “The Industries Department has given the approval after Krasny has come forward evincing their interest to form the joint venture with Keltron,” said the sources.

An order issued by Kerala government on February 2, 2023 said “Government have examined the matter in detail and are pleased to accord No Objection Certificate to Keltron for signing the MoU attached along with this order with Krasny Defence Technologies Pvt Ltd for the formation of the proposed Joint Venture Company by strictly adhering to the rules and regulations in this regard.”

The copy of the order

The joint venture will be for providing products and services in the hydro-acoustic as well as electronic & microwave domains which includes, design, development, technology transfer/absorption, joint manufacturing, assembly, integration, testing of Sonar, underwater sensors, ultrasonic systems, underwater communication systems and acoustic transducers of all types of technology.

The draft MoU states that the joint venture will also focus on providing system, maintenance, engineering, installation, commissioning and life cycle support to defence, strategic and other sectors of national importance. As per the MoU, Kransy is responsible for bringing technology partners, primarily from the Russian Federation (Russia) for advanced technology inputs and systems know-how and putting up the required infrastructure for the implementation of the project.

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