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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHA

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, Rafale MMRCAs, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295 MTAs, ALH Dhruv, LCH, Mi-17V5s, Heavy-Lift & Attack Helicopters, AEW&C, various types of Radars, Weapons and SAGW Systems, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHA, CHAIRMAN CHIEFS OF STAFF COMMITTEE (COSC) & CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who covered almost all the IAF programmes, including Fighters & Weapons, AWACS/AEW&Cs, Refuellers, Trainers, Transporters, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHA, CHAIRMAN, CHIEFS OF STAFF COMMITTEE, & CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF at Threshold of Acquiring Multi-Spectrum Strategic Capabilities”
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, R...
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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

VICE ADMIRAL R. K. PATTANAIK, DY. CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF, INDIAN NAVY

“Naval Air Arm is Poised for Significant Growth”
The Indian Naval Aviation Wing provides the Navy with crucial Air Power & Support at Sea. With two Carrier Task Groups being envisaged for both Coasts, VICE ADMIRAL R. K. PATTANAIK, DY. CHIEF OF THE ...
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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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News



News

New Civil Aviation Policy in Final Stage: Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Civil Aviation Minister


New Civil Aviation Policy in Final Stage: Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Civil Aviation Minister


The NDA Government's new Civil Aviation Policy is in the final stages and it will be referred to the Cabinet for approval, even as the Draft Policy received several views and suggestions, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.
"Aviation Policy has reached the final stages...and I think we have to do one or two more sittings. We (in Government of India) have a procedure...we have to put a Cabinet note and then decisions will be arrived at. And once the decisions are arrived at, it will be a question of implementability," Mr. Raju said.


"Lot of discussions have taken place. For the first time suggestions on the Draft Policy had been called and three lakh odd people have given their suggestions, including for and against...so, whatever it is all that has been sorted out and they are working on it," he said. Mr. Raju was speaking to reporters after inaugurating the e-boarding facility to domestic fliers at the GMR Group-run Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad.


Replying to a query on the 5/20 rule, the Minister said it would come up before Cabinet, which will take a final call. The 5/20 rule bars Domestic Airlines from flying overseas unless they have completed five years of domestic flying and have a fleet of 20 aircraft. Many Indian Carriers, including Air India, have been strongly opposing abolishing the rule.


Civil Aviation Policy to Go to Cabinet Soon


“We met Airlines today and have taken their inputs. We will be holding discussions internally on the policy and hope to put up the policy before the cabinet by third week of January,” a senior Civil Aviation Ministry official said. The Ministry has received several comments from various stake holders on the Draft Policy.


The meeting at the Civil Aviation Ministry was attended by representatives of Air India, Air Asia and Vistara.  Other airlines – GoAir, Jet Airways and IndiGo, who are part of the Federation of Indian Airlines did not attend the meeting. While FIA is against the relaxation of 5/20 rule, which restricts new airlines from launching overseas flights, Air Asia and Vistara are lobbying for easing of the rule.


The policy also  seeks to improve Regional Connectivity, bring down fares for short-haul flights and facilitate higher foreign investment. A two percent cess has been proposed on all domestic and international tickets to fund a new Regional Connectivity Scheme, which seeks to create a pool for the purpose of Viability Gap Funding (VGF).
The Government has also drawn up plans to boost Air Cargo, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities through tax incentives and favourable policies.


Government Seeks to Help Everyone Fly


Among other things, the Draft Civil Aviation Policy proposes to rationalise jet fuel cost, promote Air Cargo, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) through fiscal and regulatory concessions. To enable the common man to fly at least once every year, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) unveiling the Draft Civil Aviation Policy proposing a two percent levy on air fares on trunk routes to subsidise air travel to underserved and unserved destinations.


The Ministry additionally proposed a replacement to the 5/20 rule with a reworked Domestic Flying Credits (DFC) formula, but it also left open options to either retain or abolish the regulation altogether. A final decision on the issue will be taken after public consultations and will subsequently be notified when the final Civil Aviation Policy is cleared by the Cabinet.


In an effort to boost Air Connectivity, the Civil Aviation Ministry is looking at an upfront subsidy to Airlines so that the cost of air travel on certain routes would be brought within the reach of the common man at about R.2,500 per flying hour under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). The subsidy would be collected in a Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) and generated by levying a two percent charge on air tickets in high-volume traffic making sectors.


No-frills Airports at over 401 unused Airstrips across the country would be developed at estimated cost of around R.50 crore each for supporting flights to these unconnected destinations. The push for air travel proposed under the Regional Connectivity Scheme is expected to boost Domestic Air Traffic to 300 million by 2022 from 70 million now. Domestic air ticketing is expected to go up further to 500 million by 2027.


Among other things, the Draft Policy proposes to rationalise jet fuel cost, promote Air Cargo, MRO through fiscal and regulatory concessions and also frame separate regulations for promoting helicopter operations, while looking at UAVs policy.


The Ministry has considered a slew of fiscal incentives for stakeholders in the Draft Policy across the country’s fledging Aviation Industry to reduce operating costs for Airlines and rationalise air fares. The Ministry is looking at tax waivers to incentivise stakeholders across the value chain for a specified period of time. The growth in the sector would be evaluated thereafter and the tax breaks realigned.


Regulations for bilateral agreements between India and other countries are proposed to be changed with an option to auction seats. The Ministry is considering linking the opening up of Indian skies with liberalisation of FDI in Indian Airlines. “We will consider extending FDI in Indian Airlines beyond 49 percent. This will be linked to India’s ‘Open Skies’ arrangement with other countries. The current system of traffic rights is based on bilateral arrangements, but once there are ‘Open Skies’ it does not make much sense to distinguish between Domestic and Foreign Carriers’, said a senior Ministry official.


Connecting the Hinterland


The Draft National Civil Aviation Policy contains some much-needed impetus for the growth of Commuter Airlines in India. These are typically airlines with fleets of Turboprop Aircraft seating fewer than a hundred passengers – sometimes less than ten – to profitably serve routes that do not generate sufficient demand to fill larger, narrow-body jets such as the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737.


Consider the case of a Tier-2 and Tier-3 City pair in Tamil Nadu, say Coimbatore and Tuticorin. Flight Services currently do not exist between these two cities partly because of reliable and frequent bus and train links. At the same time, the route might not have over a hundred passengers every day to fill a narrow-body jet. Commuter aircraft, on the other hand, may only need a dozen passengers to sustain operations. The Draft Policy suggests creating those dozen or more passengers – or poach road or rail transport passengers – by keeping Commuter Airline fares affordable.


The Draft Policy directs State Governments and Airports to extend concessions for the SCA (Scheduled Commuter Airline) operations to achieve such fares. To keep such Services going in the long run, the Central Government would cover part of the operational expenditure through a fund. This fund is to be created from the proposed two percent extra charged per ticket on trunk routes – routes linking the country’s Top Tier cities – and international flights. The Draft Policy, however, leaves untouched some aspects of the framework that might upset a few of the stakeholders. The Route Dispersal Guidelines ensure that the country’s Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities are connected by air. Under these rules, major airlines are directed to serve such destinations with a percentage of capacity deployed on trunk routes.
This presents a problem for Commuter Airlines, subjecting them to competition from larger airlines. Such competition would result in an inefficient allocation of resources – capacity and public finances – when instead, leveraging Regional Commuter Networks could work in favour of major airlines.


The Route Dispersal Guidelines are key to retaining connectivity to unviable destinations beyond the range of commuter aircrafts. But with public finances backing a nascent Commuter Airline Industry in the country, should these guidelines be restricted to connecting the North-East and the Islands?


The Draft Policy incorporates tested solutions from the European Union’s Public Service Obligations and the American Essential Air Services programme that have been successful in enhancing Regional Connectivity for a few decades now. In Europe and the USA, Commuter Airlines bring in people from smaller towns and urban catchments to hub airports, serving as feeders to major airlines. They could achieve the same in India: students from smaller towns travelling abroad for higher education could fly from their towns, seamlessly connected to their international flights at the nearest major airport. People could return to their hometowns more often from the cities they live in. To achieve this, the National Civil Aviation Policy needs to ensure that the Commuter Airlines and the established Carriers don’t step on each other’s toes.