Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) has rolled out the first Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) batch for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and army.

KRAS is a joint venture (JV) between Indian firm Kalyani Group and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

The roll-out is a major step towards India’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.

The JV received a $100m contract to manufacture 1,000 BARAK – 8 MRSAM missiles kits in 2019.

The kits will be supplied for final integration to India’s state-run defence firm Bharat Dynamics (BDL), which is the lead integrator for the MRSAM missile systems.

The first batch was rolled out from the KRAS facility located near Hyderabad International Airport.

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Kalyani Group chairman and managing director Baba Kalyani said: “This is the beginning of a new era filled with self-confidence, a marked step-change in technological expertise and a collective demonstration of capability to be the global manufacturing hub for defence products.

“We are confident to complete the order far ahead of the stipulated time, and support the armed forces with the best in class missile kits. Apart from the missile kits, we will extend our support in maintenance and repair operations (MRO) as in-service air defence missile system for the armed forces.”