Two MoUs for strategic co-operation in the development and production of optronic devices and F90close quarter battle (CQB) rifle for the Indian Army have been inked by MKU Limited and Thales at DeExpo.
“MKU is pleased to sign the strategic co-operation MoUs with Thales. This partnership will not only focus on meeting the requirements of our forces in India but will also look at exporting the products to other parts of the world,” said Neeraj Gupta, MD of MKU.
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.”
Both the optronic devices and F90 rifles will be manufactured in India at MKU’s facilities in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
MKU could set-up an assembly and manufacturing plant in India for the carbine version of the F90 assault rifle, combat-proven and already in service with Australian Defence Forces.