Press Release

MKU introduces 6th generation armouring technology – sets new benchmarks for performance and mission capabilities of armoured helicopters

15 September 2014, kanpur

MKU has introduced its 6th Generation armouring technology, Polyshield V6 that will reduce the weight of armor solutions by almost 40% and help improve the performance and mission capability of armoured helicopters. This technology has been developed after extensive R&D and trials by MKU’s team of experts and engineers based in Germany and India. “The 6th generation technology uses advanced materials and new techniques to develop very light weight armor panels with AD of only 12kg/sqm for rifle protection as per Stanag Level 1” says Neeraj Gupta, Managing Director of MKU. “Since weight is one of the three major parameters controlling the performance of a helicopter and the only one that can be controlled, this development is very significant” he adds.

MKU will display solutions developed using the new technology at AAD, South Africa from 17-21 Sep and at Land Forces 2014, Brisbane, Australia from 22-25 Sep, Arms & Security, Ukraine from 24-27 Sep.

MKU, a leading manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions for personnel and land-air-sea platforms has been investing heavily in R&D to develop lighter solutions for vehicle protection, especially for helicopters. The use of solutions made using Polyshield V6 technology enhances the ‘useful payload’ capacity of the helicopter without compromising on protection or mission range. It enables the pilot of a CH53 to carry at least three extra soldiers or 250 kg of ammunition and provisions or 320 lt of additional fuel which increases its endurance and the flight radius. A reduction in the gross weight results in an increase in the rate of climb. This is especially useful in critical situations which require immediate take off from the theatre of action. It also improves overall performance as less power is required for take-off & landing.

The use of Polyshield V6 solutions increases the hovering ceiling of the helicopter which improves mission capability and reduces vulnerability.

The above findings are based on calculations made for Sikorsky CH53 helicopter having 40 sqm of armoured area for protection against Stanag Level 1.

MKU was setup in 1985 and till date has provided protection to over 1.5 million soldiers and 1500 platforms. It has, in its repertoire, 1000+ solutions covering more than 100 threats. Its products are used and trusted by 230 forces in over 100 countries including the UN and NATO. Its facilities are certified according to AS9100C.

 

RSVP:

MKU: Rajesh Gupta — r.gupta@mku.com

Inter-Corp: Anupama Kalra – Anupama@inter-corp.org



About MKU

MKU is an Indian defence company headquartered in Kanpur, India. It has 4 production facilities of which 3 are in India and the fourth one is in Sittensen, Germany. The company manufactures protection and surveillance range of equipment and solutions. MKU has spent the last three decades building up a broad product portfolio that includes ballistic vests, ballistic helmets and other personal protection products for military and security forces as well as Platform armouring solutions for land-air-sea platforms. It has recently set up one of the most modern facilities for the manufacture of Night Vision Devices and Day sights. MKU is a registered NATO & UN supplier, and all its manufacturing facilities are certified to ISO 9001:2008, AS 9100, ISO 14000 standards and it has also received the much coveted BA 9000 certification, mandated by NIJ for Body Armour products. Till date, it has provided protection to over 2 million soldiers and 2000 platforms. Its products are used by 230 forces in over 100 countries worldwide.