Hyderabad: Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Pvt Ltd (KRAS) December 13 rolled out the 100th Medium Range Surface to Air Missile Kit for delivery to the Indian Armed Forces. The kit is part of the MRSAM Air Defence Missile jointly developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and DRDO and manufactured in collaboration with Indian industry comprising of both private and public sector players including MSMEs. The delivery of the 100th MRSAM Missile Kit takes place close on the heels of the delivery of the first firing unit to the IAF at Air Station Jaisalmer on September 9, 2021.
Dr BHVS Narayana Murthy, Distinguished Scientist and Director General Missiles & Strategic Systems, DRDO handed over the 100th MRSAM Missile Kit to senior officers of the Indian Armed Forces in the presence of Baba N Kalyani Chairman, and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd and Maj Gen (Retd.) Yoav Har-Even, President & CEO Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, Israel.
Speaking on the momentous occasion, Baba N Kalyani Chairman, and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd stated that “KRAS is proud to accelerate the delivery of the 100th MRSAM Missile Kit for the Indian Armed Forces. This delivery is not only a shining example of synergy between India & Israel and the private and public sector but also reinforces our commitment to Atmanirbhar Bharat as envisioned by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi”. He also added that “apart from the missile kits, we will extend our support in Maintenance and Repair Operations of in service Air Defence Missile Systems to the Armed Forces”.
During his address Major General (Retd.) Yoav Har-Even President & CEO Rafael lauded the joint efforts of all stakeholders in this program. He stated that “We have been a reliable partner to the Indian Armed Forces for almost three decades and these missile kits are a testimony of our commitment to Atmanirbhar Bharat.” He also stated that KRAS being a joint venture is a testament to the enhance cooperation between Israel and India in the strategic defence sector, as it leverages the technology of Rafael with the engineering strength of the Kalyani Group.
The event was graced by other senior DRDO and military officials.