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52nd PARIS AIR SHOW PREVIEW

The 52nd International Paris Air Show 2017 is being held at the Le Bourget Exhibition Centre from 19th to 25th June 2017. The mega event features some 2,300 companies from 48 countries participating as Exhibitors, including world leaders like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics’ Gulfstream, United Technologies, P&W, Textron Aviation, Bell Helicopters, GE Aviation, L-3 Communications, Rockwell Collins, Harris, Orbital ATK, Honeywell, etc. from USA; Dassault Aviation, MBDA, Thales, Safran Group, Nexter Systems, DCI, Sofradir, Rafaut, etc. from France; Israel’s IAI, Rafael, Elbit Systems, Aeronautics, etc; Germany’s Diehl Defence, Rohde & Schwarz, etc.; Italy’s Leonardo Group and ELT, AEREA, etc. besides leading international companies like Airbus Group, Saab, Rolls-Royce, Pilatus, FLIR, Rostec, Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, Schiebel, RUAG, Cobham, Terma, CAE, Bombardier, Embraer, Superjet, Piaggio, UAC, GKN, TAI, Antonov, LH Aviation, HAL, etc.

52nd PARIS AIR SHOW PREVIEW
The 52nd International Paris Air Show 2017 is being held at the Le Bourget Exhibition Centre from 19th to 25th June 2017. The mega event features some 2,300 companies from 48 countries.
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UDT Europe 2017 Show Preview: Undersea Defence Technologies

Undersea Defence Technology (UDT), taking place from 30th May to 1st June 2017 is the Underwater Defence and Security community's most relevant Exhibition and Conference. Now in its 30th Year, UDT 2017 will be taking place in Bremen, Germany, led by the leading names in Undersea Defence, including DCNS, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, ATLAS Elektronik, Lockheed Martin, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Navantia, Kongsberg, ECA Group, Thales, Saab, BAE Systems, Damen, DSIT, Northrop Grumman Litef, General Atomics, Harris, Indra, HENSOLDT, MTU, L3, Safran, Rheinmetall Defence, Siemens, Sunlight, Teledyne Marine, TNO, Qinetiq, Wartsila, Rotinor, Trelleborg, Lurssen, Abeking, Babcock, etc.

UDT Europe 2017 Show Preview: Undersea Defence Technologies
Undersea Defence Technology (UDT), taking place from 30th May to 1st June 2017 is the Underwater Defence and Security community's most relevant Exhibition and Conference. Now in its 30th Year, UDT 20...
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IDEF 2017 SHOW PREVIEW

IDEF 2017, the 13th International Defence Industry Exhibition of Turkey, is being held in Istanbul’s Tuyap Exhibition Centre from 9th to 12th May 2017, with world-leading Defence & Security companies participating from many countries, led by the advanced Turkish Defence & Aerospace Industry.

IDEF 2017 SHOW PREVIEW
IDEF 2017, the 13th International Defence Industry Exhibition of Turkey, is being held in Istanbul’s Tuyap Exhibition Centre from 9th to 12th May 2017, with world-leading Defence & Security companies...
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IMDEX ASIA 2017 SHOW PREVIEW

The 11th International Maritime & Defence Exhibition & Conference - IMDEX Asia 2017 - Asia Pacific’s flagship Maritime Defence Show is being held at Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from 16th to 18th May 2017. IMDEX Asia 2017 enjoys a high level of excellence as well as integrated experience that create value for both visitors and exhibitors. Some highlights include the Unmanned Aerial Systems and the International Naval Warships Displays and Strategic Conferences like the International Maritime Security Conference and the INEC@IMDEX Asia. Above 200 exhibitors from 28 countries are expected to participate at IMDEX Asia 2017. Major international exhibitors include: Airbus Group, Atlas Elektronik, Austal, BRAHMOS, Damen, DCNS, DCI, ECA Group, Elbit Systems, Elettronica, General Dynamics Canada, IAI, IMI, IX Blue, L-3, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Navantia, Northrop Grumman, Rafael, Raytheon, Rolls-Royce/MTU, Saab, Safran, ST Engineering, Sikorsky, Terma, Thales, ThyssenKrupp, Wartsila, etc., and an India Pavilion. 30 International Warships will be displayed from 20 Navies, including Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Russia, Singapore, etc.

IMDEX ASIA SHOW PREVIEW
The 11th International Maritime & Defence Exhibition & Conference - IMDEX Asia 2017 - Asia Pacific’s flagship Maritime Defence Show is being held at Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from 16th to...
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AERO INDIA 2017 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

11th INTERNATIONAL SHOW ON 'MAKE-IN-INDIA' IN AEROSPACE, DEFENCE, CIVIL AVIATION, AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE & DEFENCE ENGINEERING

Aero India 2017, the 11th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, is being organised by the DEO, Ministry of Defence, from 14th to 18th February 2017 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru. Above 750 major Aerospace, Aviation & Defence companies of the world are showcasing their Aviation, Aerospace & Defence products, including world leaders like Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, GE Aviation, L-3, UTC, Pratt & Whitney, Textron Inc., Textron Systems, Textron Aviation - Beechcraft & Cessna, Bell Helicopters, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, General Atomics, Flir, Esterline from USA; Dassault Aviation, Safran Group, MBDA, Thales, Nexter, DCI, Sofradir, etc. from France; the European Airbus Group, Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, ATR, etc.; BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Ultra, UTAS & Cobham from UK; Saab from Sweden; IAI, Rafael, Elbit Systems, Controp, Aeronautics, etc. from Israel; BDLI with Diehl Group from Germany; Leonardo & Elettronica from Italy; RUAG Aviation from Switzerland; UAC, MiG, Sukhoi, Rostec, Russian Helicopters, Rosoboronexport from Russia, and DRDO, HAL, BEL, BEML, OFB, BDL, Midhani, BrahMos Aerospace, Tatas, Mahindra Aerospace, MKU, Samtel Avionics & Defence, Alpha Group and ISRO, amongst others from India, will be participating at the Bengaluru Air Show, which supports the ‘Make-in-India’ in Defence Manufacturing campaign as its pivot point.

AERO INDIA 2017 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
Aero India 2017, the 11th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, is being organised by the DEO, Ministry of Defence, from 14th to 18th February 2017 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Ben...
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NAVDEX 2017 NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW

NAVDEX 2017, the Naval Defence Exhibition, will be held concurrently with IDEX 2017 from 19th to 23rd February 2017 at Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC Marina and Dockside. Visitors can witness the latest in Naval Defence & Maritime Security technology with exhibits of Warships, Vessels, Naval workboats and Amphibious Crafts, USVs, UAS, Helicopters, peace and war fighting equipment, anti-piracy and Coastal Security Systems and Communication Solutions on display. NAVDEX 2017 features a number of international Naval Warships berthed at the Dock, alongwith many Naval Vessels and smaller Fast Craft and boats, with daily live on-water demonstrations being held. The 4th NAVDEX Edition has attracted above 90 exhibitors, including the major Naval companies like DCNS, ThyssenKrupp, MBDA, Atlas, Raytheon, Thales, L-3, ECA, Leonardo, Fincantieri, IXBlue, BrahMos Aerospace and Shipyards from the UAE.

NAVDEX 2017 NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW
NAVDEX 2017, the Naval Defence Exhibition, will be held concurrently with IDEX 2017 from 19th to 23rd February 2017 at Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC Marina and Dockside. Visitors can witness the latest in Naval ...
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IDEX 2017 DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW

Global Defence majors compete for deals worth billions of dollars at the Middle East’s largest military expo, the Tri-Services International Defence Exhibition and Conference - IDEX 2017, which will be held from 19th to 23rd February 2017 at Abu Dhabi, UAE. The mega event features about 1,200 companies including world leaders like U.S. Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Textron Systems, Bell Helicopters, L-3 Communications, Rockwell Collins, Harris, Datron, Orbital ATK, Oshkosh Defense, KVH, Navistar Defense, Honeywell, AAR, etc.; the French Dassault Aviation, MBDA, Safran, Nexter, Thales, ThalesRaytheon Systems, DCI, DCNS, Renault, CNIM, ECA Group, etc.; Germany’s Rheinmetall, KMW, Diehl Defence, ThyssenKrupp, ATLAS, Rohde & Schwarz, etc.; Italy’s Leonardo-Finmeccanica Group, Fincantieri, ELT, Iveco, Beretta, etc. besides leading Defence companies like Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, BAE Systems, Navantia, Indra, SAAB, Kongsberg, Ultra, FLIR, EID, Rosoboronexport, Rostec, Russian Helicopters, Schiebel, RUAG, Cobham, CAE, Photonis, Terma, Sofradir, FN Herstal, Colt, Ukroboronprom, SSTC Russia, etc.

IDEX 2017 DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW
Global Defence majors compete for deals worth billions of dollars at the Middle East’s largest military expo, the Tri-Services International Defence Exhibition and Conference - IDEX 2017, which will ...
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IAI’s Impressive Array of Systems at Aero India Air Show

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a globally recognised leader in the Development and Production of Military and Commercial Aerospace and Defence Systems. IAI provides unique System-of-Systems Solutions for a broad spectrum of needs in Space, Air, Land, Sea, Homeland Security and Cyber. IAI's core areas of activity: Air Defence Systems, Special Mission Aircraft, UAS - Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Observation & Reconnaissance Satellites, ISR - Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solutions for Real-Time Information, Network and Situation Awareness Systems, Advanced Multi-Mission Radars, Tactical Weaponry, Training & Simulation Systems, Business Jet Design & Production, Cyber Protection and Intelligence. At Aero India 2017, IAI focuses on solutions tailored for Indian Forces specific requirements.

IAI’s Impressive Array of Systems at Aero India Air Show
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a globally recognised leader in the Development and Production of Military and Commercial Aerospace and Defence Systems. IAI provides unique System-of-Systems Sol...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

“It is Planned to Complete the Order for 40 LCA Mk.1 by 2019-20”

One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Aircraft, Navigation and related equipment and is also into Designing, Fabrication and Assembly of Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare parts. In an Exclusive Interview, T. SUVARNA RAJU, CMD, HAL speaks to Chanakya, updating us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL
One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Aircraft, Navigation and related equipment and is also into Designing, Fabrication a...
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Rafael's Smart Air & Missile Defence Systems

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, Designs, Develops, Manufactures and Supplies a wide range of High-Tech Defence Systems for Air, Land, Sea and Space applications for the Israeli Defense Forces &  Defence Establishment, as well as for foreign customers worldwide. Rafael offers its customers a diversified array of Innovative Solutions at the leading-edge of global technology, from Underwater Systems through Naval, Ground, and Air Superiority Systems to Space Systems. We feature Air & Missile Defence Systems.

RAFAEL AIR DEFENCE AT AERO INDIA
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, Designs, Develops, Manufactures and Supplies a wide range of High-Tech Defence Systems for Air, Land, Sea and Space applications for the Israeli Defense Forces & ...
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INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems

INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems

“Fury Light-Weight Precision Guided Glide Weapon is Proven to be Accurate Within One Meter”

Textron Systems’ offers its Aerospace, Defence and Civil customers a fascinating array of Systems and Solutions for Aerospace and Defence applications. At Aero India 2017, Textron Systems is displaying models of Textron Systems' Precision-Guided Munitions, Fury™ Light-Weight Precision-Guided Glide Weapon, which is proven to be accurate within one meter of a designated target and the G-CLAW™ - the Precision-Guided Glide Weapon System that optimizes effects against a broad target set, through utilising Dual-Mode Fuzing - impact or height of burst. BRIAN SINKIEWICZ, Senior VP & GM, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems, fields questions pertaining to these Precision Weapon Systems. Excerpts:

INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems
Textron Systems’ offers its Aerospace, Defence and Civil customers a fascinating array of Systems and Solutions for Aerospace and Defence applications. At Aero India 2017, Textron Systems is displayi...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B.S. DHANOA

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA,
CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

“IAF is Progressing Towards Complete Network Centric Operations”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B.S. DHANOA
Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring state-of-the-art platforms and systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Power Dominance capabilities, with Su-30MKIs, U...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA assumed Command of the Indian Navy, as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff on 31st May 2016. A Navigation and Direction Specialist, Admiral Lanba served as the Navigation and Operations Officer onboard numerous ships. His sea tenure included Command of INS Kakinada, a Mine Counter Measure Vessel, INS Himgiri Frigate, INS Ranvijay, a Kashin-Class Destroyer and INS Mumbai, the indigenous Delhi-Class Destroyer. He was also Executive Officer of Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. He has been the Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, and Commandant of the National Defence College. As the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, the Admiral streamlined the framework for transformation of Indian Navy's combat capabilities and infrastructure development as well as Tri-Services initiatives towards enhancing integration and jointness. Prior to taking over as the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Lanba has been Flag Officer C-in-C of the Southern and Western Naval Commands, wherein he provided impetus to training and skill development, synergising Combat Operations, Coastal Security, Safety and Infrastructure Development. Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, covering most aspects of Naval Acquisitions.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF: “Modernisation has Transformed Indian Navy Into a Blue Water Force”
ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA assumed Command of the Indian Navy, as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff on 31st May 2016. A Navigation and Direction Specialist, Admiral Lanba served as the Navigation and Operat...
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RAFALE MMRCA CONTRACT SIGNED

India has finally signed the Rafale MMRCA contract for the IAF. A potent nuclear deterrence platform, the Rafales will come equipped with MBDA’s Meteor BVRAAM, Storm Shadow/SCALP & MICA Missiles. The induction of Rafale Fighters will enhance the IAF's strategic reach and provide superior technological edge through Air Dominance. The version of Rafale Fighters being supplied to India will have better operational capabilities than the Rafales operated by other Air Forces with better Radar, better detection and survival features and will have capabilities for operations from high-altitude airfields as well.

India-France Sign Landmark Contract for IAF’s Rafale MMRCA
India has finally signed the Rafale MMRCA contract for the IAF. A potent nuclear deterrence platform, the Rafales will come equipped with MBDA’s Meteor BVRAAM, Storm Shadow/SCALP & MICA Missiles. The...
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EURONAVAL 2016 PREVIEW

EURONAVAL 2016, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition  will be held from 17th to 21st October 2016 at Le Bourget in Paris. In its 25th Edition, Euronaval maintains its position as a world-class show in Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security and a promoter of innovation and new Naval & Maritime Technologies covering Surface Warfare, Undersea Technologies and Naval Air Systems as well. Exhibitors at Euronaval are expected from above 390 companies (56% from abroad) from 34 countries, led by world leaders from France, USA, UK, Germany, Israel, Russia, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, South Korea, Canada, Australia and other countries, including some Indian Defence Companies like BrahMos Aerospace, MKU, etc. exhibiting from India.

25th EURONAVAL 2016 SHOW PREVIEW
EURONAVAL 2016, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition will be held from 17th to 21st October 2016 at Le Bourget in Paris. In its 25th Edition, Euronaval maintai...
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DENEL Group’s World-Class Defence Systems & Solutions

Denel SOC is the largest Defence Manufacturer in South Africa and operates in the Military Aerospace and Land Defence Systems environment. Denel Group includes: Denel Aerostructures, Denel Aviation, Denel Dynamics, Denel ISM, Denel Land Systems, Denel Mechem, Denel OTR, Denel PMP, Denel SOC Ltd. & Denel Vehicle Systems. From being a world leader in Land Artillery Systems, with expertise in Missiles & Stand-Off Weapons, Attack & Maritime Helicopters, Guns, Turrets & RWS, Ammunition & Artillery Projectiles/Charges, Naval Systems, UAV Systems like Seeker 200 & 400, SKUA Hi-Speed Drone Target Systems, Communications & Security Systems, besides lethal Land Defence Vehicles & Weapons. Denel Land Systems, is a world leader in the development, manufacture and support of Long-Range Artillery Gun Systems providing the range, mobility, flexibility and reaction time for modern Armies with accurate firepower. Denel is the Designer & Manufacturer of 155mm Artillery Gun Systems like the G5-45 155mm Guns, G6 Wheeled SP 155mm with 50+km Range, and T5 Mounted Gun System; Armoured & Combat Vehicles, etc.

DENEL Group’s World-Class Defence Systems & Solutions
Denel SOC is the largest Defence Manufacturer in South Africa and operates in the Military Aerospace and Land Defence Systems environment. Denel Group includes: Denel Aerostructures, Denel Aviation, ...
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AUSA 2016 - U.S. ARMY SHOW PREVIEW

The Association of U.S. Army (AUSA) 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held from 3rd to 5th October 2016 at the Washington Convention Centre in Washington D.C. AUSA is the world’s leading Land Forces & Air Systems companies exhibition for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. The three-day mega event includes about 600 industry and military exhibits occupying a large exhibit space. Presentations on the current focus of the U.S. Army and related defence subjects are delivered by senior U.S. Army Staff and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Industry representatives. Defence majors like Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Boeing, Raytheon, Textron Systems, Bell Helicopter, Airbus Defence and Space, Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, L-3, Rafael, IAI, Elbit Systems, BAE Systems, Thales, Orbital ATK, GE Aviation, Honeywell, General Atomics, Telephonics, Saab, Safran Group, AM General, Oshkosh, Navistar, FLIR, Harris, KMW, Rheinmetall, AAR, KVH, Kongsberg, MTU, Qinetiq, Allison Transmission, Cobham, Photonis, Curtiss-Wright, Aviall, UTAS and a host of U.S., European and companies from across the globe participate at this mega U.S. Land Forces Warfare annual event.

AUSA 2016 - U.S. ARMY SHOW PREVIEW
The Association of U.S. Army (AUSA) 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held from 3rd to 5th October 2016 at the Washington Convention Centre in Washington D.C. AUSA is the world’s leading Land ...
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Indian Army’s Artillery ‘Make Indian’ Drive

The Regiment of Artillery is the second largest arm of the Indian Army, and with its Guns, Mortars, Rocket Launchers, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Surveillance Systems, Missiles and Artillery firepower it constitutes almost one-sixth of the Army’s total strength. While the Indian Army’s Artillery Regiment celebrates its 189th Year, the Directorate of Artillery has crossed 30 years without any 155mm Guns inducted since Bofors in 1986, except 3 Dhanush Guns for trials. The Acquisition Plan is for various types of 155mm/52-Calibre Guns, under the overall Artillery Modernisation Programme of about R.100,000 crore. The 155mm acquisitions, delayed at different stages, include 145 Light Guns, 1,580 Towed Gun Systems (TGS), 814 Mounted Gun Systems (MGS), 180 Self-Propelled Wheeled Guns and 100 Tracked 155mm Artillery Gun Systems. The indigenous efforts of DRDO & OFB have met with success lately, saw 114 Dhanush 155mm Guns orders placed with OFB. With Evaluation Trials undertaken and with ‘Make-in-India’ drive gaining momentum, some Private players have teamed-up with global leaders hoping to win.

Indian Army’s Artillery ‘Make Indian’ Drive
The Regiment of Artillery is the second largest arm of the Indian Army, and with its Guns, Mortars, Rocket Launchers, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Surveillance Systems, Missiles and Artillery fir...
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AAD 2016 SHOW PREVIEW

The 9th edition of Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 Exhibition will take place at Air Force Base Waterkloof, near Pretoria in South Africa from 14th to 18th September 2016, covering Tri-Services - Air, Land & Sea, and Civil Aviation products. Leading international participants include: Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, UTC, CAE, Textron, L-3, Airbus Group, Airbus Helicopters, MBDA, DCNS, Thyssenkrupp, Navantia, Saab, BAE Systems, Bombardier, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Safran, Thales, Pilatus, Indra, Embraer, Atlas Elektronik, Rostec, Denel Group, Reutech, MTU, OTT, Turbomeca Africa, Cassidian Optronics, Vectronix, Beretta, etc., besides others and the India Pavilion of DEO, with most leading Indian DPSUs like HAL, BEL, MDL, Midhani, etc.

AAD 2016 SHOW PREVIEW
The 9th edition of Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 Exhibition will take place at Air Force Base Waterkloof, near Pretoria in South Africa from 14th to 18th September 2016, covering Tri-Services...
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FARBBOROUGH 2016 AIR SHOW REPORT

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2016 was held from 11th to 17th July 2016 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, had a strong participation from all the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers including Airbus Group, Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Bombardier, CAE, Cobham, Chemring, Dassault Aviation, Elbit Systems, Embraer, Engine Alliance, Eurofighter, FLIR, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, General Dynamics Gulfstream, HAL, Harris, IAI, Irkut, Kongsberg, L-3, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Orbital ATK, Pilatus Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney, Rafael, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Rostec, Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, Ruag, Saab, Safran Group, Sikorsky, Sukhoi, Terma, Textron Aviation, Textron Systems, Thales, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), UTAS, etc. Farnborough 2016 had over 1,500 Exhibitors from  52 countries participating, with 23 International Country Pavilions.

FARBBOROUGH 2016 AIR SHOW REPORT
The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2016 was held from 11th to 17th July 2016 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, had a strong participation from all the major C...
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TERMA

TERMA SYSTEMS

Terma Strengthens Presence in India
The Denmark based Aerospace, Defence and Security Group Terma, headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, recently opened its office in India. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Net...
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INTERVIEW

CHRIS RAO, VICE PRESIDENT,
UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
 

“We Offer Unique Capabilities”
UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) is one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced Aerospace and Defence products, designing, manufacturing and servicing systems and components and provide integrated s...
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INTERVIEW

LOIC PIEDAVACHE, MBDA COUNTRY HEAD, INDIA

“We Have Followed ‘Make-in-India’ Policy for Many Years”
With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing Missiles and Missile Systems that ...
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INTERVIEW

RAINER FARID, VICE PRESIDENT,
SALES & CUSTOMER RELATIONS, INDIA & SOUTH ASIA, AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
 

“Airbus Helicopters is Looking to Enhance Industrial Footprint here”
Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a Division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in Aerospace and Defence related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer, wi...
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INTERVIEW

JEAN-MICHEL PALAGOS, PRESIDENT &
CEO, DEFENSE CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL (DCI)
 

“French Know-How Recognised in all Fields: Land, Sea, Air & Space”
DCI implemented a platform based on a system used by many international companies and recognised Universities. The platform enables better exchanges between the instructors and the trainees via for e...
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INTERVIEW

AVM (RETD.) ARVIND WALIA,
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE, INDIA & SOUTH ASIA,
SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
 

“Sikorsky Well Positioned to Provide Solutions”
Indian Navy has selected Sikorsky’s S-70B SEAHAWK to fulfill its Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) requirement for ASW/ASuW, among other Maritime roles. Negotiations are ongoing to procure 16 S-70B SEAHAWK...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

SUDHIR MISHRA, CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE
 

“BRAHMOS Missile has Attained Continuous Successes”
BRAHMOS Aerospace Private Limited is a Joint Venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of ...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

GENERAL DALBIR SINGH SUHAG,CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF

“Impetus to Major Modernisation”
The Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, was commissioned into 4/5 GR(FF) in June 1974 has had a distinguished military career, spanning four decades, and has tenanted critical Comman...
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INTERVIEW: KHALIL RAHMAN, MD, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK INDIA

INTERVIEW: KHALIL RAHMAN, MD, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK INDIA

INTERVIEW
Atlas Elektronik and the Indian Ministry of Defence have signed a contract for the delivery of six Active Towed Array Sonar Systems (ACTAS) for the Indian Navy. The total contract volume is approxima...
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INTERVIEW: SAMIR MEHTA

INTERVIEW: SAMIR MEHTA
President, Sikorsky Defense Systems & Services
“India is an Emerging & Significant Market”

INTERVIEW
Indian Navy has selected UTC’s Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s S-70B SEAHAWK to fulfill its Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) requirement for ASW/ASuW, among other Maritime roles. Negotiations will now beg...
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INTERVIEW: AVM WALIA, SIKORSKY

“India Would Need Upwards of 1,000 Helicopters”
INTERVIEW: Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) ARVIND WALIA, Regional Executive, India & South Asia, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. “India Would Need Upwards of 1,000 Helicopters” Chanakya Interviewed Air Vice ...
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INTERVIEW

Ulderigo Rossi, Senior V.P., Marketing & Sales, OTO Melara

“We Propose a Collaboration For All Caliber Guns the Indian Navy Needs”
Chanakya interviewed Ulderigo Rossi, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, OTO Melara and covered a host of Systems like 127/64 Light Weight V4 VULCANO Naval Gun System as well as the VULCANO Fam...
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Défense Conseil International: DCI COFRAS & NAVFCO French Land-Air & Naval Training


Défense Conseil International (DCI) was created to assist French military equipment sales to foreign countries. It has four Divisions - COFRAS for Land, NAVFCO for Naval Training, AIRCO for Aeronautical and DESCO for Contract Management, etc. Its main mission consists of providing Operational Training Courses based on the knowhow of the French Armed Forces. DCI now operates throughout the Defence and Security spectrum. Culturally close to the French MoD, offering outsourcing services to foreign countries, for: consulting and assistance throughout the life-cycle of Armament Programmes, training engineering in the academic, operational, technical fields and works with Armed Forces of about 100 countries.
Défense Conseil International (DCI) was created in 1972 and now operates throughout the Defence and Security spectrum. DCI and its subsidiaries have been partners of the French Armed Forces for above 10 years within the scope of service contracts and are endeavouring to extend their activities to European Union countries.
DCI-COFRAS: Land Forces Capability Approach
DCI-COFRAS is the DCI branch in charge of transferring the military know-how of the French Army, Gendarmerie and Armed Forces Medical Corps. Prepared in close coordination with the French Armed Forces Headquarters (French Armed Forces Label), DCI-COFRAS tailored services beneficially complement the industrial offer. They facilitate and accelerate the operational appropriation of Weapon Systems by their end user. Due to the mastery of its operational use, the industrial tool becomes a real Defence or Security capability, thus meeting its partners' expectations.
DCI-COFRAS services are ensured by instructors and experts coming from the French Army, Gendarmerie (Internal Security Forces) and Armed Forces Medical Corps. Operational know-how is consequently transferred between military personnel in a real spirit of brotherhood in arms. DCI-COFRAS includes 4 Divisions: The Land Forces Division, to reinforce Land Capabilities; The Air Mobility Division, to optimise the role of Helicopters in Land Combat; The Academic Training Division, to prepare men for engagement; The Internal Security Division, to face new security threats.
Land Forces Division
In recent years, France has been engaged in an increasing number of overseas operations. To answer operational engagement challenges demanded by the political authority, soldiers must be trained. Failing this, they would be inefficient in a crisis situation. Knowledge, knowhow and life skills are levers that need regular actuation and enhancement to allow the military to ensure the operational mandate entrusted to them. DCI’s Services include: Specialty Training Courses (Preparation of Forces, Mountain Corps, etc.); Use and operational maintenance of Land Equipment & Systems; Creation and Support of new units (Special Forces, IED, etc.); Design and Functioning of Training Centres or Preparation of Forces; Demobilisation, Demilitarisation and Reintegration (DDR).
After successfully proving its stand with the first batch in 2010-2011, DCI-COFRAS sees its position within the Draguignan Military Schools confirmed and in 2011-2012 welcomed two new batches of foreign officers for training on Ground-to-Air and Ground-to-Ground Support Systems. The original aspect of this formula, that benefits from the “French Armed Forces Label”, is the creation of a DCI-COFRAS structure, totally integrated in the schools and placed directly, for its training activities, under the Schools' Commanding Officer. At the same time, a specific DCI-COFRAS administrative structure ensures educational and logistic support for trainees.
Air Mobility Division (ALAT)
The market of Helicopter-related services is promising. This is due to the following two converging factors. The first factor relates to the sophistication level of aircraft and Weapon Systems or other mission equipment. The second factor relates to new purchasing practices, which lead an increasing number of customers to look for a global service offer spread in time and preferably including both Technical/Logistic Support and Training Services.
DCI-COFRAS branch has been widely involved in helicopter activities for over thirty years and largely contributes to the French Military Air Mobility influence. DCI’s Services include: Training of helicopter pilots (ab initio, operational), instructors and mechanics; Creation and support of new units; Design and functioning of Training Centres; Maintenance and operational use.
Kuwait’s Renewed Confidence
For over twenty years, Kuwait has entrusted DCI-COFRAS with a delicate mission: the operational maintenance of its French-manufactured helicopters (Gazelle, Puma and Super Puma). Totally satisfied with the service provided, Kuwait has not only renewed this contract for 3 years, but has also entrusted the major overhaul of its Gazelles to DCI-COFRAS.
Academic Training and Cycles Division: Initial training institutions (Schools in Coëtquidan and Saint-Maixent) provide young officers and NCOs with aptitudes, military and general knowledge, fundamental qualities that, once completed by specialised courses in speciality schools, will enable them to assume their first regimental responsibilities. This initial training is completed several years later by a higher education cycle (War College, National Defence University, etc.). DCI Services include: Coaching and officering of foreign trainees in French Schools; Initial Training Courses for officers and NCOs;  Training courses and higher military education training courses;  French language courses: Military and emergency medicine (Armed Forces Medical Corps); Support for French Forces, etc.
Training Officers The "French Way"
Since late 2010 and following its experience feedback from previous missions, DCI-COFRAS has designed a new training offer for non French-speaking foreign cadets. This offer is formatted so as to better meet the objective, i.e. to obtain a diploma from the Saint Cyr Military School. The cadets will now attend: 2 years of French language learning at CIEL (French International Language School) in Brest, to reach the required French language level; 2 years of preparation in a Defence Military School, like their French colleagues; 3 years of academic and military training at Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan within the French batch. Throughout these 7 years, DCI-COFRAS provides extra and continuous coaching to its trainees. DCI-COFRAS also guarantees Contract Management while ensuring the interface between schools, the Embassy and Governmental authorities.
Internal Security Division (Gendarmerie)
Ten years after the September 11th attacks, the protection of persons and property more than ever demands the attention of public authorities. In fact, these events have lead States to reconsider their safety in more global terms - associating Internal Security problems and international strategic stakes. This new “global security” concept is often associated with that of a security-defence continuum. The French Gendarmerie participates in its development and regularly tests the concept during its many real-life missions.
Services proposed bear the label of the International Cooperation Directorate of the French Ministry of the Interior. DCI Services include: Intervention and VIP protection (GIGN); Law enforcement and crowd management; Security of major events;  Protection of Borders and Sensitive Sites (in partnership with CIVI.POL); Military Police, Training in the use of dogs, motorcycles, IED, EOD, etc.
Courses with the “French Gendarmerie” Label: After a first training course in 2010, a further contract to train Gulf military police was signed in September 2011. Through this contract, DCI-COFRAS is entrusted with five Training Missions: Protection of Very Important Persons (VIPs); Security Gunner; Anti-Terrorism Warfare techniques; Military site securing; road traffic control and safety; Again in 2011, DCI-COFRAS ensured several training courses for personnel from the Ministry of the Interior (1st level negotiations, Law enforcement, Intervention and Explosives). These new contracts highlight interest in the Gendarmerie know-how overseas.
DCI-NAVFCO: Sharing French Naval Expertise
DCI-NAVFCO, the Navy Branch of Défense Conseil International (DCI), combines tradition and modernism to export French Navy know-how. For more than thirty years, NAVFCO has been specialised in Instruction, Training and Technical Assistance for friendly foreign Navies and has trained more than 13,000 officers, Naval Engineers, Petty Officers and Specialists.
Reliable and Competitive Coaching: The DCI-NAVFCO Teams are composed of dedicated professional experts who coach customer Navies throughout the execution of their Naval and Naval/Air Programmes. The services proposed are always adapted to the specific needs and requirements of customer Forces and in compliance with the “French Navy Label” owing to the presence of military personnel on active duty in these teams. Training a new crew implies taking into consideration the ever-increasing complexity of entirely automated and highly Integrated Combat Systems and Platforms. Therefore, Ship and Submarine Training programmes are essential to enable foreign Navies to achieve the operational qualification of both ship & complement.
On the other hand, a permanent Documentation Center integrating modern and performing multimedia tools is used to elaborate, draw up and translate the pedagogical, functional and operational documentation required by recent Naval and Naval-Air Systems. On the Job Training: DCI-NAVFCO delivers Operational and Technical/Operational Training enabling its customers to rapidly acquire the necessary qualifications for the operation and in-service support of their equipment. These training programmes cover a wide range of skills and levels, ranging from initial training to highly specialised training.
SOUMALAIS RMN’s Scorpene Training
DCI-NAVFCO had started a close collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) intended to accompany the latter in the creation of a Submarine Force capable of operating two SCORPENE Type Submarines. In this programme, DCI-NAVFCO was in charge of the comprehensive training of Malaysian Submariners for Royal Malaysian Navy Scorpene Submarine Force.
The Ouessant Submarine, chartered by DCI, spent four years at sea for the Malaysians. One hundred and fifty of them embarked for more or less long periods depending on their function. At the end of this four-year School Training period, the Malaysians obtained the required qualifications, which allowed the formation of two complete SCORPENE Submarine crews, a reserve crew and an embryonic staff.
Specialised Naval Training
Generic Courses: DCI-NAVFCO exports the French Navy’s know-how to foreign Navies. DCI-NAVFCO develops pedagogical methods adapted to each customer Navy, which take into consideration the initial training level and professional qualification of the personnel, but also their experience and culture.
The courses proposed provide a wide range of operational training necessary to correctly use the action and information means onboard a modern warship: Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Mine Warfare, Electronic Warfare (Radar and Communications), high-level operational training for foreign officers (OPSDEP course, designed to train future operations officers for Frigates). Training is taught at the Saint-Mandrier Naval Instruction Center (near Toulon) in a specific building. The pedagogical means implemented are modern and operate using the latest technologies (Internet, CAT, MTA, Para-meterised Software).
Electronic Warfare Training
Within the scope of the French Navy’s know-how transfer to foreign Navies, and considering the increasing need in this type of training, DCI-NAVFCO has created an Electronic Warfare School at the Saint-Mandrier Naval Instruction Center (near Toulon). This school, equipped with state-of-the-art pedagogical means, allows wide range training for all personnel at all levels. Theoretical training is interspersed with practical training sessions giving trainees an easy approach to notions which are particularly complex. Courses proposed last a few weeks to several months, depending on the requirements specified and objectives to be reached, and they cover all the fields related to Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Warfare, C4ISR as well as Radio or Radar Electronic Intelligence Collection and Analysis. Practical training uses high-performance Signal Processing Software, Modern Simulators, Computer-Aided teaching and relies on audio training to familiarise operators with the different Electronic Signal characteristics, regardless of their origin. The courses proposed are also intended for Staff Officers specialised in Electronic Warfare, from all Forces (Land, Air, Naval) as well as for the future EW Support Center Officers. These courses are taught by the best French Navy and DCI-NAVFCO Specialists and are already extremely successful.
Diving Training
DCI created NMDS (NAVFCO Military Diving School) in December 2003, in close collaboration with the French Navy Diving School in Saint-Mandrier. This school is equipped with all the pedagogical and technical means required for French Diving and EOD know-how transfer. It also uses Land and Sea Training areas provided by the French Navy. These courses guaranteed by the transfer of French Navy knowhow are directly provided and validated by the French Navy and intended to provide a Navy with highly operational personnel able to react when facing modern threats. DCI-NAVFCO has already trained more than 250 trainees since the school was created.
Courses in the Field of Maritime Security
To ensure the security of the constant and increasing maritime traffic, the military Navies and/or their Coast Guard Forces have to react to the following threats: Ship-hijacking, Illicit traffic (particularly narcotraffic, arms), Illegal immigration prevention,  Terrorism against port installations or ships alongside or at anchor, Maritime pollution, etc. To counteract these threats, DCI-NAVFCO proposes training courses for Navy Special Forces and other Security Forces lasting from 2 weeks to 8 months in France or in another country. The two categories of courses, which will enable trained personnel to acquire new skills in the fields of Maritime Security are distributed as follows - General training courses for officers and non-commissioned officers: Specific training courses, such as, training for fast boat interventions, training for helicopter interventions.
Academic Training - As academic training plays an essential part in structuring elite military personnel, it constitutes a central pole of DCI's activity. Therefore, DCI-NAVFCO proposes comprehensive academic training programmes, ranging from 1 to 7 years, in the most prestigious French Military and civilian schools, enabling officers of friendly foreign Armed Forces to obtain internationally recognised French diplomas. Naval Academy Training Courses for Foreign Officers (CENOE): DCI-NAVFCO proposes Engineer Training in the frame of CENOE. Under French Navy supervision, DCI-NAVFCO ensures the prime contracting of the entire CENOE course. This 4-year training course includes a "Bridge" branch and an "Engineering" branch. Its objective is to provide Foreign Officer Trainees with a Military, Maritime and Scientific instruction enabling them to fulfil the functions of Officer-of-the-Watch or Engineering Officer-of-the-Watch, as well as the functions of Head of Department on small Ships.
Navy Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students (SAGEMA): After 2 years to learn French and follow a Scientific Refresher Course, future Engineers from Saudi Arabia attend a two-year training course at the University of Brest, before entering high-level Engineering Schools: ENSTA in Brest, ISAE in Toulouse and the Naval Academy in Brest.
AIRCO Aeronautics Expertise
The primary vocation of DCI-AIRCO, Air Branch of the Defense Conseil International Group, is to transfer French Air Force know-how to foreign Air Forces. For over 28 years, with support from the French Air Force and in cooperation with leading French Aeronautical Industries, DCI-AIRCO has set up User-to-User partnerships, adapted to each Nation's operational requirements and bearing the “French Air Force Label”. Operational training: Aircraft Crews (Pilots, Navigators/Weapon System Officers); Controllers (Air Defence, Air Traffic Control); Ground/Air System Operators, Engineers and Maintenance Technicians, Logisticians, etc. The Military Air Training Institute (FDAI) is dedicated to Maintenance Technician Training. It uses French Air Force assets and knowhow as well as Dassault Aviation industrial technology and expertise. IFAM provides adapted training that meets Air Force requirements in all Air equipment in-service support skills: Airframe and Structure, Engine, Avionics, Airborne Equipment, Weapons and environmental material. Special training: Air Ops, EW, Sat. Imagery, Intel & Air Safety.