KITCO Ltd, India’s premier technical consultancy organisation (TCO), is making rapid strides in defence and aviation sectors by bagging major consultancy projects of public sector Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).
BEL is setting up a Defence Systems Integration Complex in 919 acres of land in Palasamudram in Ananthapuram District in AP. KITCO has bagged the contract for technical consultancy for the project overcoming stiff competition posed by leading players such as Engineers India Ltd, Mecon India and Tata Consultancy Services.
The project is to be implemented in two phases or more – the first phase costing Rs 195 cr involves setting up of weapon system integration, beacon facilities and hard stands.
The state-of-the-art weapons and radar complex using advanced Artificial Intelligence Systems would reduce the dependence on import of defence equipments and help in indigenization of technology.
The scope of the consultancy involves design, tendering and execution of factory complex, development of strategic business units with state-of-the- art manufacturing facility for missile electronics integration. KITCO will function as consultants for all the electrical, civil and mechanical works in the project.
Phase II involves Homeland Security (HLS), weapon manufacturing, UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), Electronic Warfare Test Range and bunkers for missile storage. Blast proof buildings and elevation towers will also be added in later stages. KITCO is involved in the preparation of master plan for Phase II.
HAL Engine Project
HAL is planning to develop aircraft engines at its Aero Engine Research and Development Center (AERDC) in Bengaluru to be set up at a cost of Rs 140 cr. At present, the company is using Rolls Royce and GE engines that are imported at a high cost. KITCO has bagged the consultancy for setting up the AERDC. The new center to be set up in 8 acres of land adjacent to present engines division will have facilities to develop parts of the new engine, Prototype Shop, testing beds, administration and design departments. The test beds have to withstand intense vibration and should be aerodynamically designed.
KITCO has undertaken about 1000 small and big projects across Indian states, Oman, UAE and Saudi Arabia in the field of aviation, mobility, sea ports, shipyard and logistics, tourism, leisure, infrastructure and urban planning process engineering, environmental engineering and technical services apart from entrepreneurship development. It had provided consultancy for Golf Course in Oman, the first 18-hole rated by US Golf Association which also received certificate of excellence from Oman Oil and Gas Minister.
It works on the ‘concept to commissioning’ principle and was behind the successful implementation and expansion of Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), CIAL Golf Course, Convention Center, Ahmedabad Airport, Kannur International Airport, Deendayal Port, Rajmundhry Airport, Aurangabad Airport, Mumbai Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust, Kandla Port Trust, Vytilla Mobility Hub, several Industrial Parks, water transport, power and utilities projects.
KITCO has several first to its credit- it was the first technical consultancy organization set up in India 46 years ago, it was behind the successful launch of India’s first International Marina in Kochi for harboring yachts, first greenfield airport CIAL at Nedumbassery Kochi with Public Private Participation (PPP) and was consultant to Sargaalaya Arts and Crafts Village, Iringal Craft in Kozhikode-First of its kind in South India.
“KITCO was able to bag the high profile BEL and HAL projects because of its proven ability to handle multi-disciplinary projects across sectors such as Aviation, Mobility Hubs, Ports and Logistics, Shipyard, Infrastructure, Defence,Tourism, Sports, Hospitality,” according to Mr Cyriac Davies, Managing Director of Kitco Ltd.“ KITCO has provided innovative solutions across industries with its rich talent pool of technical and financial consultants, engineering and architects, he added.