According to the Union Budget 2022–23, academia, start-ups, and the private sector will get 25 percent of the defense R&D budget, paving the path for the development of innovative defensive technology in India. The introduction of policies and initiatives like Atmanirbhar Bharat has further fuelled the drive of Indian defense manufacturers to bring India to a new plane of excellence in the production and supply of advanced defense products and solutions for the nation's own defense forces, as well as for exports.
Today, India is a leading exporter of superior quality bulletproof products, with companies like SMPP taking the leading position in this sector. SMPP is a unit of the SM group of companies founded in 1985 by a visionary entrepreneur Dr. SC Kansal, now Chairman & MD of the group. With his vision to make a difference and bring India on a global platform, he started with a small venture and big dreams which have now culminated into a multi-unit and multi-product firm.
Key Range of Products
Products manufactured by SMPP are globally recognized for their excellence and have diverse applications like use in the armoring of aircraft, helicopters, Land and Naval platforms, lightweight body armor, and much more. The company also has a vertical on ammunition and has successfully delivered over 500,000 combustible cartridge cases of artillery guns, tanks, and mortars for the Indian army.
SMPP’s flagship product is the Bullet Proofing Protection gears that the company manufactures. In addition to this, SMPP is also renowned as one of the biggest manufacturers of Ballistic Protection products across the world. The firm is one among the only five companies globally that manufactures ceramics of the most advanced category from Boron Carbide which is used for the protection of soldiers as well as for the armoring of Land, Aerial, and Sea weapon platforms.
“SMPP has supplied 1,86,138 Bullet Proof Jackets to the Indian Army in a single contract and these are being used by our troops, actively engaged in Counter Insurgency operations along the Northern and Eastern borders since the last three years and till now, not a single bullet of our adversaries has ever penetrated any of our Ballistic plates within the Jackets. They have also supplied Bullet Proof Helmets and Full Body protection Ballistic Shields to the formations involved in Anti-Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations”, shares Ashish Kansal, Executive Director, and SMPP.
SMPP is also the only company in India that produces high-modulus polyethylene fibers (HMPF). The company’s drive for being the best in “protecting those that protest the nation” has also resulted in the firm achieving the contract of Armoring the Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) and Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) being manufactured by the HAL. SMPP is the only Indian company to be issued with a BIS certification for its Ballistic products.
Products manufactured by SMPP are globally recognized for their excellence & have diverse applications
“Due to the remarkable impact that the company has made, SMPP has been the recipient of three National awards for their contributions to Defense R&D. First award was for the ‘Indigenization of Defense Stores’ in the year 1998, second was the ‘Defense Technology Award’ in 2018, and third was for ‘Defense Innovations’ in the year 2021. All three from the Ministry of Defense, Government of India, and were awarded by the three different Defense Ministers of India”, further shares Ashish Kansal. Keeping this demeanor, the firm has elaborate plans for expansion in the coming years, focusing on two core products including the armoring of aerial assets and ammunition manufacturing for the Artillery, Tanks, and Infantry weapons. For both of these, the firm is planning new product ranges as well as the integration of advanced technology for even better performance and enhanced capabilities.