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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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MAKS MOSCOW AIR SHOW REPORT

MAKS 2017, the 13th International Aviation & Space Salon, was held at the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region, from 18th to 23rd July, 2017. The Flight Programme of the International Aviation and Space Salon is dominating among leading Air Shows worldwide. The MAKS 2017 was no exception at all. The best Russian test pilots demonstrated unique capabilities of advanced Military and Civil fixed and rotary-wing aircraft for specialists and numerous visitors of the Air Show in the Zhukovsky skies.

MAKS MOSCOW AIR SHOW REPORT
MAKS 2017, the 13th International Aviation & Space Salon, was held at the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region, from 18th to 23rd July, 2017, at the Zhukovsky Airfield. The MA...
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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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52nd PARIS AIR SHOW PREVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

AERO INDIA 2017 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
Aero India 2017, the 11th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, is being organised by the DEO, Ministry of Defence, from 14th to 18th February 2017 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Ben...
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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B.S. DHANOA

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

“IAF is Progressing Towards Complete Network Centric Operations”

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

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

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

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

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

TERMA SYSTEMS

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

CHRIS RAO, VICE PRESIDENT,
UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
 

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

LOIC PIEDAVACHE, MBDA COUNTRY HEAD, INDIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUDHIR MISHRA, CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE
 

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

GENERAL DALBIR SINGH SUHAG,CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF

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

INTERVIEW: KHALIL RAHMAN, MD, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK INDIA

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

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

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

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