India’s MKU has offered to armor helicopters from the Indian armed forces, a senior manager with the company said during Aero India air show 2017.
“Keeping in mind the multi-role operations and survivability of utility and assault helicopters, MKU designs helicopter armor kits using ‘Modular Schutz Technik’. The technique uses precision engineered composite armor panels and aero-grade attachment systems. We can armor any helicopter by Indian armed forces,” Rajesh Gupta, Senior Manager with MKU said Thursday.
These kits are installed on existing structure of helicopters and will not require any structural changes or tampering with aerodynamics of the helicopter. We currently have done armouring for 20 different types of helicopters worldwide including MI-8/17; Lockheed C-130; Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter; Boeing CH-47; Eurocopter BO-105; Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk, UH60,UH 60M,” Gupta said.
MKU manufactures combat helmets, ballistic shields, armor inserts, and overvests to armed personnel based on sixth generation Polyshield V6 armoring technology. The technology uses advanced composite materials and techniques to reduce weight of armor for both aircraft and helicopters by nearly 40 percent, he said.