KSUM-fostered Sastra Robotics inks MoU with Lockheed Martin

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Jul 20: Kochi-based startup
Sastra Robotics India Pvt Ltd has signed an MoU with the US
global aerospace, defence security company Lockheed Martin,
paving way for the robots produced by the Indian venture to
gain entry into avionics testing.
Successful qualification would enable Sastra Robotics to
be a supplier to Lockheed Martin and other Tier-1 OEMs
(Original Equipment Manufacturers).
These products can help in the testing of avionics
display of tactical fighter platforms, including the F-21.
Mentored by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), Sastra
Robotics focuses on manufacturing intelligent robotic
platforms for industrial product testing automation, a press
release here said.
Since 2015, global brands like Robert BOSCH, Honeywell,
HCL, Audiences, and Knowles are using their robots for HMI
testing automation of real physical devices.
Meanwhile, the US firm also signed MoUs with
Chennai-based startup Terero Mobility, and Bengaluru-based
startup NoPo Nanotechnologies for providing various technlogy
Commenting on the pact, Vivek Lall, Vice President for
Strategy and Business Development at 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 for more industries to be part of the
Kerala startup ecosystem,” Manager, Business Development,
KSUM, Ashok Kurian Panjikaran said.
KSUM is the nodal agency of Government of Kerala for
entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the
state. (PTI)