MKU Executes Contract with Carabineros de Chile for Supplying Ballistic Helmets to Chilean Police Force
24 February 2021,
The Indian company which is the only one exporting to the LAC region is expected to sign a contract extension worth US$2.1 million shortly. “The Kanpur based MKU has also signed an agreement for joint manufacturing with FAMAE, Chile for armour products and electro optic devices,” sources said. In the first-ever, on February 23, the Chilean Navy Ship Janequeo, built by Indian company Larsen and Toubro Ltd., sailed into Valparaíso Harbour.
The Indian Mission in Chile tweeted that US$11.5 million contract for the twin-screw ‘Anchor Handling, Towing, Supply and Standby Vessel’ (AHTSSV), with hybrid propulsion and dynamic positioning system, was awarded to L&T by Chile in March 2020.
In March 2020, the Chilean Navy acquired an Anchor Handling Towing Supply and Standby Vessel (AHTSSV) ocean support vessel for a value of US$11.5 million. As reported earlier, this unit was part of an order for the supply of four supply vessels (PSVs) and two vessels, which specialize in towing and anchoring of offshore platforms (AHTSSV) in 2013 by Halul Offshore Services Co. WLL (HOSC) from Qatar to L&T Shipbuilding.
In March 2020, the Pentagon issued a press statement regarding the contract for a Special Naval Vessel for Chile being given to India’s L&T. This is for the first time that an Indian company was awarded a contract by the US Department of Defense for building a specialized supply vessel for the South American nation’s Navy. The value of the contract is US$$11.5 million.
The Indian Mission located in Chilean capital Santiago, has been helping the Indian companies to register with the Chilean Armed Forces. Prominent among the Indian companies who have registered so far include: M/s BrahMos; M/s Azista Industries; M/s Reliance Naval Engineering; M/s Goa Shipyard Ltd.
And the companies which are in the process of getting themselves registered include: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), NewSpace India Limited; Neo Power; and BEML.
According to sources, since the Chilean Navy is undergoing modernisation, there are huge opportunities for the Indian shipyards as well as other companies. There are plans to invite a Chilean delegation to visit the Indian Shipyards to identify the areas where there could be joint production with ASMAR and development. The Chilean Navy has operated the `Scorpene’ submarines since 2005. Over the years the South American nation has developed operational and maintenance expertise.
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.