KSUM-backed startup Inks MoU with Lockheed Martin
Kochi: Kochi-based startup Sastra Robotics India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US global aerospace and defence security company Lockheed Martin, paving the way for the robots produced by the Indian venture to gain entry into avionics testing.
Successful qualification would enable the startup to be a supplier to Lockheed Martin and other Tier-1 OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers). The products developed by it could help in the testing of avionics display of tactical fighter platforms, including the F-21.
Mentored by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), Sastra Robotics focusses on manufacturing intelligent robotic platforms for industrial product testing automation. Since 2015, global brands like Robert Bosch, Honeywell, HCL and Knowles are using their robots for testing automation of real physical devices.
Commenting on the pact, VivekLall, VP, Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said: “The agreements attest to the commitment of Lockheed Martin to cultivate and integrate indigenous content into global systems and platforms. Through the agreement, we look to provide engineering support, mentoring, and assistance in the qualification of some of the technologies proposed, all of which contribute to our mission of making in India.”
“Kerala has a pool of scale up startups and we find startups getting recognized by the industries on the quality of their products. Initiatives like the India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) help startups get connected with industries and we really look forward to more industries becoming a part of the Kerala startup ecosystem,” said Ashok Kurian Panjikaran, Manager, Business Development, KSUM.
With Sastra Robotics on board, Lockheed Martin is hoping to provide scope of work for qualification of robots produced by the company for avionics testing.
Present in India for around three decades, Lockheed Martin said it is committed to bring additional capability to Indian industry, and fully supports the national missions like ‘Make in India’, ‘Skills India’, ‘Startup India’ and ‘Swachh Bharat’.
“Through our efforts and investments in significant ventures in the last ten years alone, we have and continue to contribute to: the up-skilling and employment of thousands of people; manufacture of major structures and components for the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft and S-92 multi-role helicopter which are in service globally; multi-million dollar exports from our facilities in Hyderabad; and integration of India into Lockheed Martin’s global aerospace supply chain,” the company said in a statement.