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   ** CHANAKYA 50th GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR ** INDIAN AIR FORCE SPECIAL REPORT: 15 OCTOBER 2019 - 50 YEARS SPECIAL ISSUE ** DUBAI AIR SHOW PREVIEW; DEFENSE & SECURITY PREVIEW - MEDIA PARTNER: 15 NOVEMBER 2019 SPECIAL ISSUE **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 50th Year in Defence Publishing:45th Year of Monthly Publication       

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IAF & FAF Joint Ops at EXERCISE GARUDA-VI

Exercise Garuda 2019, a bilateral Indo-French Large Force Employment Warfare Exercise was hosted by the French Air Force (FAF) from 1st to 12th July 2019 at Mont-de-Marsan France, was successfully completed with the IAF Contingent landing back in India on 19th July 2019.

IAF & FAF Joint Ops at EXERCISE GARUDA-VI
Exercise Garuda 2019, a bilateral Indo-French Large Force Employment Warfare Exercise was hosted by
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20th Anniversary of Kargil Victory Day

The ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ celebrations were spread over three days from 25th to 27th July 2019 and were organised at Dras and New Delhi.

20th Anniversary of Kargil Victory Day
The ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ celebrations were spread over three days from 25th to 27th July 2019 and w
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chaired the Roundtable on 'Make-in-India in Defence Industry' with top Defence & Aerospace Manufacturers at Vigyan Bhawan. The objective of the roundtable was to promote 'Make-in-India' in Defence Sector. It aimed to explore ways to attract investment, address the concerns of the Industry and promote innovations in Defence Sector.

Develop Indigenous Technology for Defence: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chaired the Roundtable on 'Make-in-India in Defence Industry' with
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh visited Eastern Naval Command Visakhapatnam on 29th June 2019 on a two-day maiden visit to the ENC. On arrival at INS Dega, the Raksha Mantri was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS).

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Visits Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh visited Eastern Naval Command Visakhapatnam on 29th June 2019 on a two-
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was on an official visit to Maputo, Mozambique from July 28th to 30th, 2019. This was  Rajnath Singh’s first visit abroad as Raksha Mantri and the first-ever visit of Defence Minister of India to Mozambique.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Holds Talks in Mozambique
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was on an official visit to Maputo, Mozambique from July 28th to 30t
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AUSA 2019 - U.S. ARMY SHOW PREVIEW

The Association of U.S. Army (AUSA) 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition is being held from 14th to 16th October 2019 at the Washington Convention Centre in Washington D.C. AUSA is the world’s leading Land Forces & Air Systems Exhibition for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. The three-day mega event will include above 700 Industry and Military exhibitors occupying a large exhibit space. Land Forces Warfare annual event, with visitors attending from over 100 countries.

AUSA 2019 - U.S. ARMY SHOW PREVIEW
The Association of U.S. Army (AUSA) 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition is being held from 14th to 16t
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DSEI 2019 SHOW PREVIEW

Celebrating 20 Years, Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019 will be held from 10th to 13th September 2019 at ExCel in London, bringing together senior international trade and military experts from across the entire Global Supply Chain, with more exhibitors and educational content than ever before. With above 1,700 international exhibitors, an unrivalled range of suppliers from 70 countries participating at DSEI 2019, with specialised Air, Naval, Land, Security, and Joint Zones, and dedicated Conference Seminar Theatres offering educational sessions and presentations, with 45 International Pavilions, including an India Pavilion, with display of India’s Defence Systems. A larger collection of Live Waterborne & Unmanned Systems Demonstrations and Static Displays for Land, Air and Naval Forces, will be DSEI’s biggest offering yet, alongwith the Visiting International Naval Warships on the Dockside.

DSEI 2019 TRI-SERVICES SHOW PREVIEW
Celebrating 20 Years, Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019 will be held from 10th
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Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter

Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi, where about 30 of Lockheed Martin's Tier 1 Suppliers had the opportunity to meet with over 70 Indian Companies of all sizes to form relationships, assess capabilities, generate Partnerships and further enhance the Government of India's ‘Make-in-India' objectives. Lockheed Martin is looking to expand its Local Suppliers Base in India for their Global Supply Chain in order to fulfill the Offsets Obligations in India, and to increase Indigenous Content of their Offers to Indian Forces, while mainly promoting the new F-21 Fighter for the IAF’s MRFA competition, Sikorsky’s S-76D for the Indian Navy’s NUH, and the MH-60R for the MRH.

Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter
Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi. Lockheed Mar
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1st Apache Guardian Helicopter Handed Over to IAF

First AH-64E(I) - Apache Guardian Helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing Production Facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA on 10th May 2019. Air Marshal A.S. Butola, represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing Production Facility.

1st Apache Guardian Helicopter Handed Over to IAF
First AH-64E(I) - Apache Guardian Helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Bo
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Indian and French Navies Conduct Varuna 19.1 Bilateral Joint Naval Exercise

The first part of the Indo-French Joint Naval Exercise, Varuna 19.1 was conducted off the Goa Coast from 1st to 10th May 2019. The 17th Edition of Varuna included participation of the French Navy’s Aircraft Carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle, two Destroyers, FNS Forbin and FNS Provence, the Frigate FNS Latouche-Treville, the Tanker FNS Marne and a Nuclear Submarine. From the Indian Navy’s side, the Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya, Destroyer INS Mumbai, the Teg-Class Frigate INS Tarkash, the Shishumar-Class Submarine INS Shankul, and the Deepak-Class Fleet Support Tanker INS Deepak, participated in this Joint Naval Exercise.

Indian and French Navies Conduct Varuna 19.1 Bilateral Joint Naval Exercise
The first part of the Indo-French Joint Naval Exercise, Varuna 19.1 was conducted off the Goa Coast
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Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine - VELA

Vela, the fourth Scorpene-Class Submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched on 6th May 2019, by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Vice Admiral A.K. Saxena, CWP&A was also present during the Launching Ceremony.

Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine - VELA
Vela, the fourth Scorpene-Class Submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited fo
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Admiral Karambir Singh is Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral Karambir Singh assumed command of the Indian Navy on 31st May 2019 as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff.

Admiral Karambir Singh is Chief of the Naval Staff
Admiral Karambir Singh assumed command of the Indian Navy on 31st May 2019 as the 24th Chief of the
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Visits Siachen, Reviews Security Situation at Highest Battlefield

In his first visit after taking charge, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Siachen Glacier to review the Security situation. The Raksha Mantri paid his tributes to the martyrs at the highest battlefield of the world and interacted with the Soldiers at the Forward Posts.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Visits Siachen, Reviews Security Situation at Highest Battlefield
In his first visit after taking charge, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Siachen Glacier
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Takes Charge of Indian Defence

Rajnath Singh took over the responsibility as the Defence Minister on 1st June 2019. On his arrival at the Ministry of Defence in South Block, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh was received by the Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik, three Services’ Chiefs, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Secretary Defence Production Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G..Satheesh Reddy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Takes Charge of Indian Defence
Rajnath Singh took over the responsibility as the Defence Minister on 1st June 2019. On his arrival
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First 4 CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force Arrive in Gujarat

Boeing announced the arrival of the first four CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force at the Mundra Port in Gujarat. The CH-47F(I) Chinooks will be ferried to Chandigarh, where it will be formally inducted in the Indian Air Force later this year.

First 4 CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force Arrive in Gujarat
Boeing announced the arrival of the first four CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force at the M
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AERO INDIA 2019 AIR SHOW FOCUS

Aero India 2019, the 12th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, organised by the Ministry of Defence from 20th to 24th February 2019 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

AERO INDIA 2019 AIR SHOW FOCUS
Aero India 2019, the 12th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, organised by t
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Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to spend US$ 100-150 Billion on Defence Modernisation programmes by 2022. This presents a huge opportunity for Multinational Companies (MNCs) and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to leverage India's fast-growing Aerospace and Defence Sectors.

Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to
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GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives

General Atomics (GA) and its affiliated companies now constitute one of the world's leading resources for High-Technology Systems ranging from Nuclear fuel cycle to Electromagnetic Systems, Remotely Operated Surveillance Aircraft, Airborne Sensors and Advanced Electronics, Wireless & Laser Technologies.

GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives
GA and its affiliated entities manufacture, operate and service state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Ve
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MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force

MBDA is exhibiting a full range of Missiles and Missile Systems on Stand AB.2.23 designed to provide Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities, including Air Dominance, Strike and Maritime Engagement, for the Indian Air Force.

MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force
Aero India 2019 is the first Air Show where L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd, MBDA’s Joint Venture with
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Dassault Aviation Reaffirms Full Commitment to India & Launches New Rafale F4 Standard for France

Dassault Aviation has assured that it will ensure successful production in India through the Dassault Reliance Joint Venture in Nagpur as well as through a full-fledged Supply Chain Network involving already 30 companies with which Dassault Aviation signed contracts, and additional 60 companies currently under discussions.

Dassault Aviation Launches New Rafale F4 Standard for France
Dassault Aviation has received a Development Contract from the French DGA to Upgrade the Rafale Fig
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HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence

HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, HENSOLDT is one of the market leaders in the field of Civil and Military Sensor Solutions and develops new products based on innovative approaches for Data Management, Robotics and Cyber Security to combat a wide range of threats.

HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics
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Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s

Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, dedicated the globally combat proven M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, K9 Vajra-Tracked Self-Propelled Guns and 6x6 Filed Artillery Tractors to the service of the Nation.

Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s
Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army,
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BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, which should see larger numbers of Missiles ordered in the future.

BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon
BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export require
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Dassault Aviation in France

India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited France on October 11th-12th, 2018 for the first India-France Ministerial level Annual Defence Dialogue with her French counterpart, the Minister for the Armed Forces, Ms. Florence Parly.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Dassault Aviation in France
India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited France on October 11th-12th, 2018 for the first
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EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW REPORT

EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition  was held from 23rd to 26th October 2018 at Le Bourget in Paris.

EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW REPORT
EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition was he
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INDO DEFENCE 2018 JAKARTA SHOW REPORT

Indonesia’s 8th Premier International Tri-Services Defence Expo & Forum – Indo Defence 2018, was  held concurrently with Indo Aerospace 2018 - the 6th International Aviation, Aircraft & Airport Technology Show, Indo Helicopter 2018 and Indo Marine 2018, from 7th to 10th November 2018 in Jakarta.

INDO DEFENCE 2018 JAKARTA SHOW REPORT
Indonesia’s 8th Premier International Tri-Services Defence Expo & Forum – Indo Defence 2018, was h
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‘Optimising Resources’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’ Dominate Navy Commanders’ Conference

The second edition of the three day Navy Commanders’ Conference of 2018 held from 31st October to 2nd November 2018, had top Commanders of the Indian Navy deliberate on the themes of ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’.

‘Optimising Resources’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’ Dominate Navy Commanders’ Conference
The second edition of the three day Navy Commanders’ Conference of 2018 held from 31st October to 2
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SPECIAL REPORT: INDIAN AIR FORCE 86th ANNIVERSARY

The Indian Air Force celebrated its 86th Anniversary on 8th October 2018. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa addressed the IAF Day’s Annual Press Conference, covering some of IAF’s acquisitions and upgrade projects, including the Rafale and MMRCA 2.0 Fighters, S-400 Air Defence Missile Systems, etc.

SPECIAL REPORT: INDIAN AIR FORCE 86th ANNIVERSARY
The Indian Air Force celebrated its 86th Anniversary on 8th October 2018. The Chief of the Air Staf
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

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, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, LCA Tejas enhancements, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295W MTAs, ALH Rudra, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Mi-17V5s, Chinook Heavy-Lift & Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters taking test-flights, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, more Trainers, etc.
 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do
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FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW SPECIAL REPORT

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 was held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, with participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers.

FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW 2018: SPECIAL REPORT
The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 was held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Fa
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Indian Navy Ships Off Guam, USA, Participate in Ex-Malabar 2018

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet under the Command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet were on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 7th June 2018 to participate in the 22nd Edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 7th to 16th June 2018.

Indian Navy Ships Off Guam, USA, Participate in Ex-Malabar 2018
Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet were on an overseas deployment
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EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW REPORT

Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was  held from 11th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participated at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems and also conducted live indoor and outdoor demonstrations. 1,802 exhibitors from 63 Nations participated, with 39 National Pavilions.

EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW REPORT
Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was held
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Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai

Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came calling at Mumbai from 2nd to 6th June 2018. As part of the select group of journalists that were invited to see the LHD and its multitude of capabilities, one can conclude that the capability that this Vessel would bring to the Indian Navy’s Air Power & Amphibious Operations would be manifold

Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai
Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came cal
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Joint Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018

The Indian Air Force conducted the Pan-India Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 from 8th to 22nd April 2018. The aim of the exercise was real-time coordination, deployment and employment of Air Power in a short and intense battle scenario.

IAF’s Largest Joint Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018
The Indian Air Force conducted the Pan-India Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 from 8th to 22nd April 2018
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DEFEXPO INDIA 2018 SHOW REPORT

Defexpo India 2018, the Tenth in the Series of biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibitions, was held at Thiruvidanthai in Kanchipuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from 11th to 14th April 2018.

DEFEXPO 2018 SHOW REPORT
Defexpo India 2018, the Tenth in the Series of biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Sy
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Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI

IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The Air-Launched BrahMos Missile is a 2.5 ton Supersonic Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile with ranges of more than 400 kms.

Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI
IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighte
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

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.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF is Progressing Well on a Capability Driven Modernisation Plan”
with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do
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Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019

While the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be inducting the Next-Generation Rafale Fighters in the current F3R Standard from September 2019 onwards, the Rafale F4 Standard is to start a six-year Development Phase soon, where new and modern Advanced Combat Missile and Engine Technologies will be introduced. Rafale F4 will include Weapon Integration modifications, including new Variants of Air-to-Air MICA, SCALP and the Nuclear Cruise Missile ASMP-A.

Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019
While the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be inducting the Next-Generation Rafale Fighters in the curre
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Airbus Helicopters Offers Complete Know-how for Indian Helicopter Programmes

A select group of Indian journalists were invited to Marignane in France to witness the handing over of the last two AS565 MBe Panther Helicopters to the Mexican Navy.

Airbus Helicopters Offers Complete Know-how for Indian Helicopter Programmes
A select group of Indian journalists were invited to Marignane in France to witness the handing ove
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INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Scorpene-Class Submarines built under Project 75 (Kalvari-Class) into the Indian Navy at an impressive ceremony recently held at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Sc
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67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT

The year 2017 has witnessed significant capability accretion through induction of a number of state-of-the-art Combat Platforms into the Indian Navy, including the 3rd Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette INS Kiltan, which has about 80% indigenous content, the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft and Fast Interceptor Craft, Landing Craft Utility Ships, etc.

67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT
The year 2017 has witnessed significant capability accretion through induction of a number of state
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INTERVIEW IGNS, INDIAN NAVY

Interview of Senior-most serving Submariner - Vice Admiral Srikant, Inspector General Nuclear Submarines (IGNS) on occasion of Submarine Day celebrated on 8th December 2017, when the Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm completed 50 Years of Service.

“P-75(I) RFP Targeted for Mid-2018” - Vice Admiral Srikant, IGNS Indian Navy
Interview of Senior-most serving Submariner - Vice Admiral Srikant, Inspector General Nuclear Subma
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NAVY CHIEF

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA,
CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF
“Transition Into Modern Multi-
Dimensional Force Commendable”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF “Transition Into Modern Multi- Dimensional Force Commendable”
Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering most aspects of Indian
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Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France

The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications including Israeli Helmet Mounted Displays, Radar Warning Receivers and Low-Band Jammers, most importantly .

Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France
The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications including Israeli He
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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.

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 platfor
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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, re
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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 Defe
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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 S
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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 Un
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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 O
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OTO Melara Smart Ammunition for 76/62 & 127mm Naval Guns


In a continuous effort to increase the performance of its products, the development of Smart Ammunition for Naval Artilleries is pursued by OTO Melara as a winning strategy. State-of-the-art Programmable Proximity Fuzes and Guided Projectiles for 76mm and 127mm Guns allow OTO Melara's Systems to reach top levels of effectiveness in any of the operational roles emerging within evolving scenarios. Today, Naval Artilleries are required to play various and challenging roles: Protection from Asymmetric Threats, Naval Fire Support, Air and Anti-Missile Defence in complex littoral waters scenario. In some respect, a new era may be envisaged as Naval Guns are now requested to perform new and relevant roles in the modern warfare. Committed to fulfil any present and future requirement and with the aim to consolidate its leadership position in the market, OTO Melara is today focused on the implementation of novel technologies allowing top-level performance for its products.

In the area of Medium Calibre Weapons, the company is engaged in various development programmes involving Smart Ammunition: all the relevant activities are performed in the frame of Contracts responding to the requirements of the Italian Navy and funded by the Italian Government, but there are also development programmes based on foreign contracts.

For its 76/62  Naval Guns, today in service with 56 customers worldwide, OTO Melara has completed the development and the qualification of the new 3A Plus Multi-Function Programmable Fuze for conventional ammunition now in service for Italian Navy and France Navy. STRALES System and DART Ammunition have finished the development and are under qualification, a small batch of DART have been produced for Italian Navy and Colombian Navy.

In the field of Naval Artilleries, the STRALES System implements the revolutionary technology of Guided Ammunition so that a 76mm Naval Gun is as effective as missiles but at an extremely lower cost. As for 127mm Naval Guns, OTO Melara leads the industrial team of the Vulcano project. Such a project focuses on the development of a family of Multi-Role Extended Range (ER) Ammunition, both Guided (Shells with non-ballistic flight) and Conventional (Shells with ballistic flight). Following the results achieved in the development phase, all the technologies mentioned for 76mm and 127mm Weapon Systems have been ordered and scheduled to enter in service with new Patrol Ships, Cavour Aircraft Carrier, Horizon and FREMM Frigates of the Italian Navy.

3A Plus Programmable Fuze for 76mm Ammo

3A Plus provides 76mm Naval Guns with the capability to operate a unique Multi-Function Programmable Ammunition. This fuze, which is adaptable to most 76mm warheads and envisaged by the Italian Navy as to be integrated in pre-fragmented projectiles, is programmed immediately before firing. The 3A Plus Fuze operates in proximity, impact and time modes, and it can be programmed to perform the following 9 functions: Proximity Mode: Gated Proximity, Proximity with Impact Priority, Anti-Missile Proximity, Anti-Helo/Aircraft Proximity, Anti-Ship Proximiy. Impact Mode: Point Detonation, Delayed Detonation. Time Mode: Air  Burst (top picture), Point Saturation. The availability of so many operating functions with proven level of performance, largely superior to that of any other fuze, has been achieved using the most recent technologies in the area of miniaturized digital electronic and real-time processing. As per Navy's requirement, the 3AP fuze can operate in extreme EM environmental conditions, with dramatic improvement of effectiveness and significant reduction of collateral damages.

In Proximity Mode, which is the functioning mode that allows top performance against Sea-Skimming Missiles and manoeuvring surface targets, this fuze is totally insensitive to sea clutter: the activation range is approximately 10m even if the projectile is at around one meter from the sea surface. In similar operative conditions, any other fuze would either have a reduced activation range or require the selection of time activation: both possibilities would be detrimental to performances against maneuvering targets. A Digital Signal Processor discriminates target echo from sea clutter and a CPU optimises the fuze activation by computing the engagement kinematics according to the data received approaching the target, the latter  being detectable at about 100 m range. In Proximity Mode the 3AP Fuze combines insensitivity to sea clutter, smart computation of the best point of detonation and protection from EM environment. The result is a reduction of up to 80% in the number of rounds required to achieve a reference cumulative kill probability.

The 3AP Multi-Function Programmable Fuze is compatible to all in service 76 mm Compact and Super Rapid (SR) Guns by simply replacing the standard fuze setter with a new programming device. The OTO Melara 76/62 Super Rapid (SR) Guns installed on the new Fast Patrol Boats and Horizon Frigates of the Italian Navy as well as the 76/62 Super Rapid currently in production for the new FREMM Frigates and for some international Customers are configured to operate the 3AP Fuze. The fuze development has been completed with many live trials and several hundreds of projectiles have been fired in realistic scenarios, including bog-hammer-like vessels, according to the requirement of asymmetric warfare. A qualification of the fuze has been done according the applicable STANAGs and some thousands fuzes have been produced and delivered to Italian Navy and French Navy. The trials and the qualification on the 3AP Fuze have been carried out at the Italian Navy Proving Grounds and Laboratories. The results of said trials have been extremely successful, confirming the expected performance of the 3AP Fuze in any operational situation.

76mm DART Guided Munitions and STRALES Super Rapid (SR) Gun System

The DART (Driven Ammunition with  Reduced Time of Flight) Round is also equipped with a fuze of new-generation, which shares many commonalities with the 3AP Fuze. DART isa Guided Ammunition for OTO Melara 76mm Artilleries and represents the main components of the STRALES System: the latter has been conceived to defeat the next-generation of supersonic missiles according to the requirement of the Italian Navy for their future vessels. The Italian Navy has selected the STRALES System against Missile Systems based upon a rationale of better performance at a lower cost. Thanks to the unique sustained firing capability of the 76mm Gun, the STRALES System is extremely effective both against modern Anti-Ship Missiles and in ASuW,also when engaging multiple maneuvering targets. Besides DART, the other components of the STRALES System are a Guidance Radar Antenna with the associated electronic interface, and an adapted 76mm Gun.

DART is a Sub-Calibre Projectile with Canard Control Compatible to any 76mm Gun. DART is fully compatibleto any 76/62 Guns and it can be fired at maximum rate of fire. A guidance beam generated by an antenna placed on the Gun Mount within a protective shield guides DART to the target present point.Thanks to high muzzle velocity and low drag coefficient, DART reaches the target in very short time. The Guidance System directs a Radio Frequency Beam to the target according to data received by the Ship's Combat Management System and DART "rides the beam up to the target" irrespectively of target maneuvers. Additional technologies enabling for completely autonomous operation with respect to Ship's CMS are also under consideration. The Guidance System produces a modulated signal that sends information, including Fuze Programming, to an onboard receiver positioned in the rear section of the in-flight DART projectile.

Computerized Data Management of the signals received keeps DART in the centre of the RF channel aimed at the target, while the canard guidance device receives continuous course-correction data up until the target is reached and neutralized. DART approaches the target in a very short time respect to any other Anti-Missile System and its maneuverability - as confirmed by the trials - is up to four times higher than the maneuvering capacity of future missiles and more than ten times higher than today's missiles. A pre-fragmented warhead and a state-of-the-art Proximity Fuze further increase the effectiveness of the DART.

The STRALES Guidance Kit can be installed on the existing 76mm Guns and a Multi-Feeding System, available also as stand-alone product for standard 76mm ammunition, is recommended. The Multi-Feeding System allows to feed the 76mm Gun with different types of ready to fire rounds selectable in real-time according to the target, thus optimising cost-effectiveness.

STRALES has been successfully tested during trials performed at PISQ (Poligono Interforze Salto di Quirra) and onboard the Italian Navy Patrol Ship "Foscari", a vessel used as a test ship for the system live trials. DART was guided with the required and expected accuracy at the operative ranges. The results achieved have been regarded as an extremely important and decisive milestone for the STRALES programme, meaning the STRALES concept has been proved and validated and any technological risk associated to development minimised. The STRALES System operates in a modular and autonomous way: the information required from the ship is limited to target position and stabilisation data.

More than 500 DART Ammo have been produced in 2013 for its qualification. Some hundreds of DART have been produced to enter in service for Italian Navy and Colombian Navy as soon as the qualification ends. The STRALES  (Davide for the Italian Navy) System will be installed onboard the Italian Navy Cavour Aircraft Carrier, Horizon and FREMM Frigates.

Vulcano Family Ammunition & Vulcano Module

The technological experience matured with DART,especially in the domains of Aerodynamics and Guidance, gun hardening of electronic equipment, test procedures, miniaturization, has been scaled-up to Vulcano, an ammunition with larger calibre. Vulcano consists of a Family of  Ballistic Extended Range (BER) and Guided Long Range (GLR)  Ammunition, the guided one can be integrated in different terminal guidance configurations (IMU-GPS, SAL, IR). The role of Vulcano is  mainly for Fire Support or Shore Bombardment, other roles as  Anti-Ship or Anti -Aerial are possible. Vulcano Family covers 127mm and 76 mm Caliber for Naval Artillery as well as 155mm for Land Artillery Systems.

Development activities have been performed in the frame of a Project funded by the Italian Ministry of Defence with the participation of The Netherlands MoD, following the signature of Governmental MoUs. Also for this new family of ammunition the sub-calibre concept has been selected because of high muzzle velocity and low drag coefficient. While for the 76mm DART such two parameters are oriented to maneuverability and short time to target, the aim for the Vulcano is the Extended Range (ER) Capability, beyond 100 km. An additional requirement for Vulcano is the compatibility with the Standard OTO Melara 127 mm Naval Guns as well as with the new 127/64 LW. The geometries match the interfaces with in-service loading systems, and only minor modifications to the Gun Mount are required to install a fuze programmer for the new ammunition. The Vulcano Ammunition consists of a complete cartridge including Propelling Charge, Fin-Stabilised Projectile with different kinds of warheads, fuzes and guidance units. Vulcano warhead is currently Pre-Fragmented High Explosive, though future configurations can include Semi-Armour Piercing features as well. As mentioned, the Vulcano 127mm Propelling Charge is not stored separately from the projectile. The Vulcano Ammunition is a one piece cartridge, as the 76mm Ammunition.

For 127mm Naval Application, the programme foresees the development of the following versions of ammunition: BER - an Unguided Version with Programmable Fuze for Extended Range Shore Bombardment as well as Anti-Ship and Anti-Air Missions with intrinsic Multi-Role Performance; GLR IMU-GPS: Guided Version, equipped with IMU/GPS (Inertial Measurement Unit/Global Position System) with RF Sensor Fuze with altimetric, impact and delay impact programmable mode; GRL IMU-GPS IR: Guided version, equipped with IMU/GPS (Inertial Measurement Unit/Global Position System) with terminal homing guidance against infrared target with impact and delay impact programmable mode; and the  GLR IMU-GPS SAL: Guided version, equipped with IMU/GPS (Inertial Measurement Unit/Global Position System) with terminal homing guidance against target illuminated from cooperating forces, with impact and delay impact programmable mode.

The development activities of the Vulcano 127mm Naval BER are completed, the activities were performed within the framework of a multinational programme, OTO Melara is leading an industrial group involving Dutch companies (Thales Nederland, TNO) while funding is provided by the Italian MoD and by The Netherlands MoD). The firing trials performed during the development have demonstrated the capability to reach the range of 63 km for BER Ammo (with 127/64 Barrel).

Coming to progress of activities, BER Version of the ammunition is today at the beginning of the production for qualification purpose (more than 500 ammo foreseen by the end of 2014). The GLR Version is at the end of development, since the last year,  cooperation activities between the Italian and German MODs for Vulcano with Semi-Active-Laser (SAL) Terminal Guidance is active as well as an industrial agreement between OTO Melara and Diehl Defence for the development of the SAL Version of Vulcano.

Significant results have been achieved with GPS/IMU equipment, and several firing trials have been conducted demonstrating the survivability and functioning of miniaturized components as well as the correct functioning of the GPS receiver in both acquisition and tracking phases. Also the IR Seeker as well as the SAL Seeker  have been tested in several firings to assess their survivability as well as the capability to direct the projectile in the Terminal Guidance Mode. These tests represent an important milestone for the programme and an intrinsic growth potential, showing the possibility of the ammunition to host sensors that together with sophisticated imaging analysis techniques can provide ATR (Automatic Target Recognition) capability allowing target engagement in complex scenarios. The Vulcano Ammunition takes best advantage by being operated with OTO Melara 127/64 LW Naval Gun Mount because of very high rate of fire, 35 rounds per minute at any elevation. The 127/64 LW System is now in production for the FREMM Frigates programme. These Naval Guns will integrate a Vulcano module, which coordinates and manages Naval Fire Support in interaction and respect to the general operational scenario, integrated into the Network Centric Warfare (NCW) Global Environment. As well as for STRALES, the integration of Vulcano with the Ship's Combat Management System is straight forward as the operational software is concentrated into the Vulcano Module.

The Vulcano Family of ammunition is scheduled to enter into service for the Italian Navy and for the German Navy F125 Frigates, for which five 127/64 LW Vulcano Gun Systems are currently in production, by the time the new ships enter in service. Vulcano 76mm is the latest configuration that has been designed, this calibre has the same configuration of the big brother of course with a lower payload. Vulcano 76 will extend the capability of the 76  Artillery to engage also precision target at 40 km in Sea and Land, Vulcano 76 can be fired from a OTO Melara 76 mm Gun System with a multi-feeding capability.

Modern Warfare is evolving into very complex scenarios. New requirements emerge for Naval Artilleries that are now requested to ensure very challenging capabilities. Since the 1990s, OTO Melara has been focusing  upon ensuring effective solutions for any envisaged requirement, through a technological approach that encompasses Artillery Systems and Smart Ammunition.

In the area of 76mm Ammunition, the 3AP Smart Fuze is in production, while the STRALES System for DART Guided Projectiles is performing the final trials before being fully qualified. Successful results have so far been achieved with the Vulcano programme and the development is in line with the project schedule. The development activities of 3AP, STRALES and Vulcano are based on contracts funded by Italian MoD as per the requirements of Italian Navy. Orders for the production and integration of 3AP Fuze, STRALES and Vulcano have been issued for four classes of new vessels recently entered in service or currently in production for the Italian Navy. Solutions for the integration of 3AP Fuze, STRALES & Vulcano have been obtained in order to minimise the impact on the ship focusing on extended modularity, digitalisation, structural compactness, maximum flexibility for the interface to CMS.