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The KCP Limited

  • Location
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Type
    Missile-Production
  • Facility Status
    Active

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The KCP Limited is a private sector company with an annual turnover of nearly $32.06 million (FY 2000-2001).

The company’s heavy engineering unit at Chennai manufactures:

  • Heat-treatment furnaces used for heat treatment of low-alloy, high-strength steels, ultra high-strength steels, maraging steels, precipitation steels and heat-treatable aluminum alloys; used in missiles developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
  • Parts of the airframe such as propellant and oxidizer tanks for the Prithvi ballistic missiles.

Glossary

Ballistic missile
A delivery vehicle powered by a liquid or solid fueled rocket that primarily travels in a ballistic (free-fall) trajectory.  The flight of a ballistic missile includes three phases: 1) boost phase, where the rocket generates thrust to launch the missile into flight; 2) midcourse phase, where the missile coasts in an arc under the influence of gravity; and 3) terminal phase, in which the missile descends towards its target.  Ballistic missiles can be characterized by three key parameters - range, payload, and Circular Error Probable (CEP), or targeting precision.  Ballistic missiles are primarily intended for use against ground targets.

Sources

[1] The KCP Group, www.kcp.co.in.
[2] Dr. N.C. Birla and B.S. Murthy, eds., “Airframes and Composites,” Indian Defence Technology: Missile Systems (1998: DRDO, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi), pp. 58-59.
[3] Dr. N.C. Birla and B.S. Murthy, eds., “Fabrication and Manufacturing Technologies,” pp. 89-90.

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