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   ** INDIAN NAVY DAY SPECIAL ISSUE: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF & CHAIRMAN, CHIEF OF STAFFS COMMITTEE - DECEMBER 2018 ** MAST INDIA 2018 FOCUS: MEDIA PARTNER ** EURONAVAL 2018 NAVAL SHOW REPORT: MEDIA PARTNER ** INDO DEFENCE 2018 TRI-SERVICES SHOW REPORT: MEDIA PARTNER **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 49th Year in Defence Publishing:44th Year of Monthly Publication       

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EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW PREVIEW

EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition  will be held from 23rd to 26th October 2018 at Le Bourget in Paris. In its 26th Edition, completing 50 Years, 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.

EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW PREVIEW
EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition will be held from 23rd to 26th October 2018 at Le Bourget in Paris. In its 26th Edition, completing 50 Yea...
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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 Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa addressed the IAF Day’s Annual Press Conference, covering so...
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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. and various types of Radar Systems, Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW Systems, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS):

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF Has Fleet Expansion, Modernisation & Diversification Plans for Challenges of the Future”
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who covered almost all the IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AWACS/AEW&Cs, Re...
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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 Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, with participation from most of the major Comme...
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NAVAL SHOW REPORT: SEA FUTURE 2018

SEA FUTURE 2018 was held from 19th to 23rd June 2018 at the La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 180 companies attending from Peru to India, over 40 High Rank Navies Delegations from around  the world visited. Event Sponsors included: Fincantieri, Leonardo, MBDA, Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, Cabi Cattaneo, L3 Calzoni, Elettronica, CEIA, AIAD. Edge Lab and L&T’s AMOGH Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Leonardo’s AW HERO Unmanned Naval Helicopter, IDS Drone on Launcher, and many warships were on view, with Fincantieri Frigates.

NAVAL SHOW REPORT: SEA FUTURE 2018
SEA FUTURE 2018 was held from 19th to 23rd June 2018 at the La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 180 companies attending from Peru to India, over 40 High Rank Navies Delegations from around...
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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 to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 7th June 2018 to participate in the ...
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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 from 11th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participated at this exhibition di...
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FARNBOROUGH 2018 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 will be held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, having participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers. Farnborough 2018 has above 1,500 Exhibitors from 52 Countries participating, with 29 International Country Pavilions.

FARNBOROUGH 2018 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 will be held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, having participation from most of the major...
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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 calling at Mumbai from 2nd to 6th June 2018. The Indian Navy is specifically deciding to build Amphibio...
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Defence MinisIAF Commanders’ Conference 2018

The First Biannual IAF Commanders' Conference of 2018 was inaugurated on 31st May 2018 by the Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Inaugurates IAF Commanders’ Conference 2018
The First Biannual IAF Commanders' Conference of 2018 was inaugurated on 31st May 2018 by the Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan.
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EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW PREVIEW

Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, will be  held from 9th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participate at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems and also conduct live indoor and outdoor demonstrations. Eurosatory presents strategic trends, technological developments and innovations in Future Defence.

EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW PREVIEW
Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, will be held from 9th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participate at this exhibition ...
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NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW: SEA FUTURE 2018

SEA FUTURE 2018 will be held from 19th to 23rd June, 2018 at La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 140 companies attending, from Peru to India, 37 High Rank Navies Delegations from all over the world expected to visit, with about 1,500 B2B meetings and 4 Days of Conferences and Seminars .

NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW: SEA FUTURE 2018
SEA FUTURE 2018 will be held from 19th to 23rd June, 2018 at La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 140 companies attending, from Peru to India, 37 High Rank Navies Delegations from all over ...
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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. The aim of the exercise was real-time coordination, deployment and employment of Air Power in a sh...
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ILA 2018 SHOW REPORT

The ILA 2018 Berlin Air Show, an exhibition for the Aerospace Industry, was held at Schonefeld Airport Berlin ExpoCenter from 25th to 29th April 2018 with above 1,100 exhibitors from about 41 countries participating, with France being the ‘Partner Country’ this year.

ILA 2018 BERLIN AIR SHOW REPORT
The ILA 2018 Berlin Air Show, an exhibition for the Aerospace Industry, was held at Schonefeld Airport Berlin ExpoCenter from 25th to 29th April 2018 with above 1,100 exhibitors from about 41 countri...
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DSA 2018 SHOW REPORT

The 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 was held from 16th to 19th April 2018 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this time incorporating NATSEC Asia 2018, focussed on Internal Security as well. The DSA Series has gone from strength to strength and is the largest Tri-Services Defence Show in Asia, which again this time attracted about 1,500 exhibitors from about 60 countries, including 30 International Group Pavilions.

DSA 2018 SHOW REPORT
The 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 was held from 16th to 19th April 2018 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this time incorporating NATSEC Asia 2018, focussed on Internal Security as well.
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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 India 2018 did not show any growth, for the first time, and received mild International & Indian companies response, with lesser companies participating at Chennai than most Defexpo Shows. There were only about 670 companies exhibiting from 23 countries, compared with above 1,000 claimed last time.

DEFEXPO 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...
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Raksha Mantri Visits Forward Army & Air Force Bases in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Forward Army Posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air Force Base in Eastern Assam. The visit to the Forward Army & Air Force Bases followed her visits to Bomdilla and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.

Raksha Mantri Visits Forward Army & Air Force Bases in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Forward Army Posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air Force Base in Eastern Assam. The visit to the Forward Army & Air Force Bases followed her visits to Bom...
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Defence Minister Visits CVRDE

The Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai. The RM was taken to various Technology Centres by Director, CVRDE to witness the products and systems/technologies developed by CVRDE.

Defence Minister Visits CVRDE
The Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai.
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DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Long-Range Cruise Missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on 7th November with the successful test flight of NIRBHAY - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long-Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile, which can be deployed from multiple platforms.

DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Long-Range Cruise Missile
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on 7th November with the successful test flight of NIRBHAY - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long-Rang...
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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 Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed t...
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DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017 SHOW REPORT

Defense & Security 2017, the Tri-Services Asian Defence & Security Exhibition & Conference was  held from 6th to 9th November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, which has positioned itself as a major event in the ASEAN Region. Defense & Security 2017 featured over 400 companies exhibiting from about 50 countries.

DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017 SHOW REPORT
Defense & Security 2017, the Tri-Services Asian Defence & Security Exhibition & Conference was held from 6th to 9th November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Defense & Security...
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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, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295W MTAs, ALH Dhruv, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Mi-17V5s, Chinook Heavy-Lift & Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, Trainers, etc. and various types of Radar Systems, Weapons Systems and SAGW Systems, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who covered almost all the IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AWACS/AEW&Cs, Refuellers, Trainers, Transporters, Akash Missile System & BrahMos-A Missile, Astra BVRAAM, UAS/RPAs, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya. Excerpts:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF is Progressing Well on a Capability Driven Modernisation Plan”
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. Chanakya Intervie...
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DUBAI AIR SHOW REPORT

The 15th Dubai Air Show 2017 was held at DWC Dubai from 12th to 16th November 2017. The Dubai Air Show had 159 Aircraft displayed, with above 1,200 exhibitors from about 60 countries. Dassault Aviation’s Rafale & Mirage 2000-9 Fighters; Saab Gripen; Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet & F-15 Fighters, Apache & Chinook Helicopters; Lockheed Martin’s F-16 and C-130J Super Hercules, Sikorsky CH-53K; Airbus Defence & Space’s C295 Airlifters, the Eurofighter Typhoon; Pilatus PC-12NG, were amongst the aircraft presented at Dubai.

DUBAI AIR SHOW REPORT
The 15th Dubai Air Show 2017 was held at DWC Dubai from 12th to 16th November 2017. The Dubai Air Show had 159 Aircraft displayed, with above 1,200 exhibitors from about 60 countries. Dubai Air Show ...
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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 current F3R Standard from September 2019 onwards, the Rafale F4 Standard is to start a six-year Developme...
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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. There are three Naval Helicopter programmes in the pipeline in India - the Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH), Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) and Naval Multi-Role Helicopter (NMRH). Airbus Helicopters, which has Mahindra Aerospace as a ‘Strategic Partner’ in India, is fielding the AS565 MBe Panther for the NUH programme and the helicopter leader is now concentrating on finalising a location for the facility and building an Indian Supply Chain that would eventually form part of the global supply chain in the years to come.

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. There are three Naval Helicopte...
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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, Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Subhash Bhamre, National Security Advisior Ajit Kumar Doval, and Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff were present on this significant occasion.

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...
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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. The commissioning of INS Kalvari, the first Ship of Scorpene-Class Submarines, was an important milestone in the indigenous Shipbuilding programme, alongwith the 2nd Scorpene Khanderi undertaking trials, with the Arihant-Class Submarine, will further boost the Indian Navy’s combat potential. The construction of the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant is progressing at Kochi. The Navy is also finalising plans and design for the next Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II), said the Navy Chief at the Annual Pre-Navy Day Press Conference. We feature a Special Report on the Indian Navy.

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) Co...
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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 Submarines (IGNS) on occasion of Submarine Day celebrated on 8th December 2017, when the Indian Navy’s Su...
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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 Naval Acquisitions and Force Transformation, including Carriers, Surface Combatants, Submarines & H...
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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, delivering nuclear weapons and will be equipped with the latest Missiles and PGMs giving the IAF greater supremacy over rivals. The improvements under the proposed F4 Standard, still under discussion, will reportedly transfer to the IAF’s Rafale Fleet when ready.

Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France
The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff was on an official visit to France from 17th to 20th Ju...
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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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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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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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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

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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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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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.