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MKU and Thales collaborate

By Swati Deshpande,

Added 11 April 2018

to develop optronic devices and close quarter battle rifles for the Indian Army


MKU Ltd and Thales have signed two MoUs for strategic co-operation in the development and production of optronic devices and F90 close quarter battle (CQB) rifle for soldiers. The optronic devices will be co-developed by Thales and MKU and both the optronic devices and F90 rifles will be manufactured in India at MKU’s facilities in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. These products will be offered to the Indian army and homeland security forces under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government.

On the occasion, Neeraj Gupta, MD of MKU said, “MKU is pleased to sign the strategic co-operation MoUs with Thales. This partnership will not onlyfocus on meeting the requirements of our forces in India, butwill also look at exporting the products to other parts of the world.”

Alex Cresswell, Senior Executive Vice-President for Land & Air Systems at Thales said,"We are very pleased to work in close collaboration with MKU for the development of weapons and optronic devices to address specific needs of the Indian and international markets. This co-development partnership reaffirms our commitment to India and is the result of our ambition to support soldiers on operations."

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