MKU from Philippines launches new body armors and NVGs at ADAS 2022

MKU has been working with the Armed Forces of the Philippines on its modernization program for more than three years. The company will launch first-of-its-kind body armour Systems in the world at ADAS 2022 (Asian Defense and Security) currently taking place in Manila.
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MKU showcasing its products at ADAS 2022 defense exhibition in Manila (Picture source: MKU)

Driven by its mission of global defense and homeland security, MKU joins the Asian Defense and Security (ADAS) 2022 and commits to support the modernization initiatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

A consistent ADAS exhibitor, MKU is showcasing its top-of-the-line smart solutions such as a first-of-its-kind body armor system and night vision devices at this year's event. "We have been participating in ADAS exhibitions from the very beginning, even hosting President Duterte in our booth in 2018. Exhibitions such as ADAS are relevant today more than ever, considering recent security threats and issues. This year, MKU will showcase our best-in-class smart solutions to meet the rising demand for such technologies," said MKU Managing Director Mr. Neeraj Gupta.

MKU is a major manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions such as body armor, combat helmets, ballistic shields and soldier optronics solutions such as thermal imaging and night vision devices. It has an established presence in the Philippines and is well equipped to meet the growing requirements of the country's defense and security agencies. In the last three years, MKU has successfully delivered more than 120,000 body armors, 30,000 ballistic helmets and more than 1000 night vision devices to the Philippine Army, the Philippine International Trading Corporation and the Philippine National Police. The company continues to explore avenues to provide useful technologies and solutions to its customers.

The leading solutions provider for advanced optronic and ballistic protection for soldiers, police and special forces also plays a role in the modernization program of the AFP. With the Philippines ranking 51 out of 142 countries on the Global Firepower Military Strength Ranking 2022, the AFP Modernization Program is a good avenue for global defense and homeland security companies to supply vehicles, aircraft, ships, weapon systems, protective equipment, and intelligence and surveillance systems to the Philippines.

"We wholeheartedly support the AFP's modernization initiatives. MKU has been a part of this effort for more than three years by supplying ballistic protection and optronic solutions. We hope to continue this collaboration through our best and latest defense and security solutions," shared MKU Chairman Mr. Manoj Gupta.

The revised Armed Forces Modernization Act (2012) has enabled the Philippine government to strengthen its armed forces and modernize branches such as the Philippine Army, Air Force and Navy. The 15-year modernization program has a projected aggregate budget exceeding US$40 billion.

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MKU showcasing its products at ADAS 2022 defense exhibition in Manila (Picture source: MKU)

MKU Ltd. is a global defense and homeland security company on a mission to empower heroes. It is one of the leading solution providers of advanced optronic and ballistic protection solutions for soldiers and platforms for military, paramilitary, homeland security, police and special forces. With a customer base in over 100 countries, MKU strives to empower heroes who stand in the line of duty through its smart solutions that deliver confidence. The company's operations are based in India and Germany. It has provided protection to over 3 million soldiers and 3000+ platforms across 230 forces to date. MKU's Kavro protection solutions offer enhanced protection for soldiers and platforms using smart technologies, design and features. These include combat helmets, body armor, ballistic shields as well as ballistic solutions for naval, air and land platforms and vehicles. The Netro night vision and thermal devices provide excellent detection, identification and recognition capability to soldiers at night to enhance their night-fighting capabilities. 

MKU's products are tested and certified by leading labs and agencies in the world, including the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), USA. The facilities are AS-9100-2009 and ISO 9001-2008 certified in addition to the much-coveted and stringent BA 9000 certification. The company follows the NATO AQAP quality standards  and is registered with the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG). Its R&D House is recognized by the Government of India and it aggressively invests a sizable portion of its annual turnover in research and development activities. MKU holds more than 10 patents in India and abroad.

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MKU showcasing its products at ADAS 2022 defense exhibition in Manila (Picture source: MKU)

MKU launches Kavro body armor system

The Kavro body armor system is a modular, mission-configurable system that comprises multiple components integrated all working seamlessly to enhance the on-field efficiency of soldiers. It consists of an integrated rucksack, the Insta Load Distribution System (ILDS), a quick release system, a laser cut molle system and a hydration pack.

The Kavro rucksack ranges from 30kg to 60kg in capacity and can be easily attached, mounted and managed. The ILDS is an upper-body exosystem that manages the weight carried by the soldier by lifting it off the shoulder, back and spine and redistributing it to the hips and legs for greater mobility and endurance.

The quick-release system, which is patented, enables the soldier to easily divest of the entire system or its components. The extremely versatile laser cut molle system combines rugged, laser-cut, webbing and special tactical pouches on the over vest platform for better organization of equipment. The smart hydration pack features a water pouch and a hose that allows the soldier to drink water hands-free even during combat. All these components are smartly designed to work with each other to enhance the efficiency of today’s modern soldier.

MKU Managing Director Neeraj Gupta said: “The Kavro Body Armor System is designed to help soldiers retain energy and reduce fatigue toward enabling them to carry out missions confidently and with greater comfort, mobility, endurance and survivability. It addresses real-life challenges that soldiers face, where they have to carry a lot of equipment, both standard and special issues such as heavy weapons, tactical devices, battery packs and ammunition that collectively can weigh 30kg to 60kg. Such heavy load significantly hampers their agility and ability to maneuver and hinders their operational efficiency at the same time causes exhaustion.”

The modular and mission-configurable design of the new system allows soldiers to adjust and accommodate specific operational requirements. “With the Kavro Body Armor System developed to help solve the challenges and issues faced by today’s soldiers, MKU’s newest innovation pushes the very boundaries of the way body armors are perceived globally,” Gupta added.

MKU showcases the Kavro Body Armor Systemat the Asian Defence and Security 2022 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City to highlight the latest advancements in defense technology. Moreover, this reflects MKU’s continued support to the Philippines, which the company has been working with for more than three years, and the Armed Forces Modernization Program. “MKU has been a consistent participant at ADAS since 2014. Our best-in-class smart solutions have always elicited a terrific response. I am hoping for a similar response to the Kavro Body Armor System,” he said.

About ADAS

The Asian Defence and Security (ADAS) exhibition and conference is a defense, security, and crisis and disaster management exhibition and conference organized by APAC Expo and takes place in Manila, Philippines. It was first held in 2014.

The exhibition hosts the Department of National Defense, the National Security Council, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Coast Guard, other defense and security agencies, and exhibitors from all around the world that showcase their defense and security solutions.


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