Honeywell, MKU Tie-Up for Body Armour Products

By admin • June 22nd, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi – Honeywell of United States has signed a technology transfer tie-up with MKU of India on Spectra Shield® and Gold Shield® materials, which will provide bullet-resistance to body armour for Indian paramilitary and police forces.

A press release issued by Honeywell said that as part of a contract awarded by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs to MKU Pvt. Ltd., an India-based supplier of body armour, Honeywell’s Gold Shield and Spectra Shield composite materials will be the primary ballistics protection incorporated into 59,000 jackets that each contain two breast plates. The first shipment of armour is likely to be sent to the Central Reserve Police Force by the end of June 2010.

Honeywell’s Spectra Shield and Gold Shield composite materials will play a key role in protecting the men and women who serve on India’s police forces from the serious threats they face every day, said Phil Wojcik, global leader of Honeywell’s Advanced Fibres and Composites business. “Our materials protect law enforcement officials, soldiers and their vehicles in combat zones around the world, and we are proud to bring this technology to India.”

“Today’s police forces need stronger, lighter armour that can withstand a variety of threats. Together with Honeywell, we are providing the Indian police with the latest generation of products in personal armour technology,” said Neeraj Gupta, managing director, MKU.

The Modernisation of India’s police forces has been a top priority for the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to Informa, PLC, an international market research firm, the Indian homeland security budget is set to grow by 25 percent in 2010, making it the fastest-growing market for homeland security equipment in the world.

The body armour designed and manufactured by MKU, is intended to protect against a variety of pistol, ground and small arms threats. The soft armour containing Gold Shield can substantially reduce injuries caused by a bullet’s impact, but with improved weight, flexibility and comfort. The breast plates containing Spectra Shield offer protection from multiple bullet hits, angle shots and high-velocity rifle rounds, stated the press release.

MKU is one of the leading suppliers of personal and platform ballistic protection solutions, globally. Its products are in service in more than 60 countries around the world. It currently has several innovative products in the pipeline and various patent applications pending.

Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fibre and ballistic material research and development program aimed to meet increased demand for its high performance armour materials. Honeywell has had a growing presence in India, with five manufacturing locations, 10 key offices and sales presence in more than 50 cities. Honeywell’s employee base in India has grown from 1,000 employees in 2002 to more than 10,000 today. In 2009, Honeywell announced that it would establish a $34 million technology centre in Gurgaon, India, for its Specialty Materials business.

Earlier that year, the company opened a $50 million research, development and engineering facility in Bangalore, India, the second Honeywell research and development facility in that city, to support Honeywell businesses.

Honeywell Specialty Materials is a global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, including fluorine products; specialty films and additives; advanced fibres and composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materials and chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining.

source: india defence online

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