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Three private companies make liquid engines for India's space launch vehicles: Godrej, Keltech and MTAR. Of the three, only KELTEC was not included on the list of Indian entities that were subjected to US sanctions announced after the May 1998 nuclear tests. Kerala Hitech Industries Limited (KELTEC) was set up to meet the high technology hardware requirements of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The company with a capital outlay of Rs.400 Million commenced commercial operation in 1994. KELTEC is a Private Limited Company which is fully owned by the Government of Kerala. The Manufacturing facility is set up in a 15.6 acre campus in Chackai, in Trivandrum in the State of Kerala adjacent to the International Airport. The built-up area is about 10,000 sq.meters and the manpower is 300. KELTEC is a single stop work centre with multidisciplinary capability such as Conventional and CNC Machining, Metal Forming, Auto TIG and Electron Beam Welding, Vacuum Brazing, Heat Treatment, Surface Treatment etc. State-of-the-art systems for Quality Control and Metrology support the above manufacturing facilities. KELTEC can also undertake design and development of aerospace components , development of special processes like vacuum brazing of aluminium components , design and realisation of tools and fixtures required for production. KELTEC is a General Engineering Work Centre with flexibility to realize a variety of products. The present product-mix includes major systems required for the Launch Vehicle & Satellite and non-rotating Systems of Turbojet Aircraft Engine. KELTEC manufactures a number of major systems for the Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), including Inertial Control Systems; Control System Components; High Pressure Titanium Gas Bottles; Fuel / Oxidizer Tankages & Feed Line Systems; Liquid Propulsion Engine; Convergent Divergent Nozzles; and Launch Vehicle Solid Rocket Motor Cases. The Vikas Engine is a Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine which is used in the second stage of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the second stage and strap-on stages of the Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV). The entire Engine which comprises of more than 500 machined and welded components is manufactured at KELTEC.