Kineco Kaman Composites India (KKCI) has successfully delivered 20 Composite Mission Consoles to BAE Systems for the Boeing P-8 maritime patrol aircraft.
The Joint Venture Company between Kineco Group of Goa and Kaman Aerospace Group USA had earlier completed First Article Inspection phase of the composite console paving the way for this serial production.
BAE Systems announced Wednesday that it initiated this sourcing activity to help develop aerospace and defense industrial capabilities in India. Over the last eighteen months, the company’s team has been developing KKCI’s capabilities to achieve readiness for this production.
The P-8 aircraft, a derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, provides advanced anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and long-range maritime reconnaissance capabilities. Boeing has delivered 23 P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the US Navy and six of eight P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy, through 2014.
BAE Systems supplies the Mission Computing and Display System for Boeing’s P-8 aircraft. Each P-8 aircraft has five consoles which serve as the main user interface to control and interact with sensors, communications and weapon systems on the aircraft.
The consoles are a complex assembly manufactured using carbon composite and glass composite panels, with a multitude of metallic inserts.