Panaji: Goa based Kineco Limited, one of India’s leading composite technology provider for defence, aerospace, railway and industrial sectors, flagged off India’s first ever commercial Sonar Dome, at the hands of State Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday.
The Sonar Dome is a critical component of a Warship as it houses the Sonar (Sonar Navigation and Ranging) Array – which is considered as the eyes and ears of a Warship or Submarine, used for detection, navigation, and ranging. The Sonar Dome, manufactured by Kineco was flagged off to its customer Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited Mumbai (MDL), where it will be mounted on the Indian Navy’s P15 Alpha Warship.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “It is a proud moment for me being the CM of the state of GOA to flag off of the country’s first indigenous Sonar Dome, which is in line with the PM’s ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ Vision in the Defence Sector and the Atmanirbhar initiatives. It is also a proud moment for all Goans that a Goan Company has been nominated for the supply of the country’s first Sonar Dome, which is a very important component of the Indian Warships for the Indian Navy. Our then Raksha Mantri Late Manohar Parrikar has played a very crucial role to see the Project take off and had also flagged off the first prototype of the Sonar Dome at DefExpo 2016. Defence is a very important sector to the country and in present circumstances being atmanirbhar should be the ultimate goal. I congratulate DRDO, Mazagon Dock and Kineco Limited for jointly developing the Sonar Dome.”
Kineco’s Founder and Managing Director Shekhar Sardessai said, “It has been a privilege for Kineco to be a part of and significantly contribute towards the success of India’s first indigenous Sonar Dome Project. We are truly grateful to R&DE Engineers (DRDO), Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited and Indian Navy, without whose support this extraordinary success would not have been possible. It is a gratifying moment for the entire Team Kineco to see all our efforts translate into a milestone success for the Nation. Kineco shall always endeavour to make many such noteworthy contributions to India’s journey towards self-reliance in Defence.”
“Today, my entire team and I would like to remember and pay a tribute to a departed son of the soil, our former Raksha Mantri of India and our Ex-Chief Minister, Late Shri. Manohar Parrikar, who has been an ardent source of inspiration and guidance to many industrial establishments in Goa, such as ours. He was also a great supporter of Make In India in Defence Vision which he articulated in Defence Procurement Policy 2016 during his tenure as Defence Minister of India. Today, Kineco commits to abide by his high principles of putting Nation above everything,” he said.