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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

Two Upgraded Mirage 2000 I/TI Handed Over to Indian Air Force


Two Upgraded Mirage 2000 I/TI Handed Over to Indian Air Force


The acceptance ceremony of the first two Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 I/TI was held at Istres, France, Dassault Aviation’s Flight Test Centre. Ambassador Arun K. Singh, India’s Ambassador to France, attended the ceremony hosted by Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman & CEO, and Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales  Executive Vice President,  Defence Mission Systems.


The signing of the contract for the Upgrade of the Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fleet occured in July 2011. The maiden flight of its first upgraded Mirage 2000 was completed successfully by Dassault Aviation on the 5th October 2013, following a two-year development phase dedicated to the equipment kit provided by Thales, including the Radar, the Electronic Warfare Suite and the Mission Computer. The two aircraft are expected to fly to India on 16th April 2015.
“Today’s ceremony is the result of the excellent understanding between the Indian and French partners and of our commitment to India. India is Dassault Aviation’s first export client and the historical relationship we nurtured with the Indian Air Force has spanned 60 years, growing from strength to strength. The Rafale aircraft has been chosen by India after a comprehensive selection process in the frame of the MMRCA competition, and exclusive negotiation is ongoing. The Rafale is the next logical step”, Eric Trappier, Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation. said. “HAL and Indian Industries will contribute to the ‘Make-in-India’ policy by developing and manufacturing the aircraft locally. The Rafale will fulfill all of the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force and the industrial requirements of India’s economic policy as the Mirage 2000 continues to do, ” declared Eric Trappier. Mr. Trappier seemed upbeat about the future of Dassault Aviation in India as he mentioned that the relationship with the IAF was 60 years old, and the two sides had a relationship based on long-standing trust and that it was “strong enough to build the future together.”
The Dassault Aviation CEO went on to say that the ongoing negotiations with the MoD were 95% done. He also indicated that “due to the conformity to the RFP, the contract finalisation and signature could happen soon.” Referring to the Indian Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ strategy, he said that it had been a driving force for Dassault Aviation, which was now ready for a much larger challenge - the Indian Rafale programme.


“This ceremony gives us the opportunity to thank our customer, the Indian Air Force, and our long time partner, HAL, for the excellent team work we have carried out together on the Mirage 2000 Upgrade programme. Not forgetting the many Indian companies with whom we are working on a daily basis, making the ‘Make-in-India’ policy something concrete and real, we experiment with great success every day. Thales has been operating in India since 1953 and employs 300 people all over the country. We are trusted partners of the Indian Armed Forces and have developed a strong local supply chain which helped us to make the upgrade of the Mirage 2000 a real success story. We are ready to continue developing this team work in the future,” added Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales Executive Vice President, Defence Mission Systems.


Technologically ambitious and based on the integration of the latest-generation equipment and systems, the first phase of the programme was completed on schedule in France. The rest of the fleet will be upgraded in Bangalore under the responsibility of HAL with the complete support and involvement of Dassault Aviation and Thales Teams. This programme serves the strategic requirements of the ‘Make-in-India’ priority policy of the Indian Authorities. This acceptance of the first two upgraded Mirage 2000 by the Indian Air Force is a new milestone in the long-term cooperation between French and Indian Industry based on cutting-edge technologies and the sharing of know-how and expertise. This illustrious programme, conducted hand-in-hand with Indian Industry and Indian Air Force, is testament to the strength of the joint partnership.


Mirage 2000 Upgrade Phases


Following a discussion between the Indian Air Force and Dassault Aviation initiated with Ouragan, followed by the Mirage H/TH and continuing with the upgraded Mirage 2000 I/TI, the IAF requested an extension of the Mirage 2000 H/TH operational capabilities. The mid-life upgrade contract was signed on 29th July 2011 between IAF and the OEMs, Dassault Aviation & Thales.


The Upgrade programme organisation is divided into 2 main phases, with the first phase of activities in France for development by the OEMs of the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) Standard and Upgrade in the French Air Force Istres facilities of Dassault Aviation with the first two aircraft dedicated to the development of the IOC Standard. Following this, elaboration of the industrial data file is to be dedicated to HAL for the industrialisation part of the upgrade in India, for the remaining 47 aircraft in the fleet, using the industrial data pack elaborated by the OEMs on the 2nd development aircraft.


The development of the two aircraft was on time as per the schedule, with the qualification of the IOC standard and the delivery back to the IAF for the first two upgraded aircraft has been achieved with all successive phases of this Upgrade programme successfully carried out in France by Dassault Aviation and Thales, including the design definition and development, Upgrade of the two aircraft, ground and flight tests, qualification and acceptance and delivery back to the IAF. Several improvements to the aircraft have been provided as part of the upgrade programme, including the new multi-target RDY-3 Radar, a new firing system for Air-to-Air MICA Missiles, implementation of an aircraft-to-missile Data Link, advanced Navigation System TOTEM, an NVG-compatible glass cockpit with 5 displays, a new fully integrated EW Suite ICMS Mk4, a new main Data Processing Unit (DPU) and an advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System.


After the two aircraft were ferried to Istres for upgrade activities - the Mirage 2000H, which is a single-seater and the Mirage TH (dual seater), underwent 6 different phases for about 18 months beginning from 2012 upto 2013. The two aircraft were dismantled and a mock-up created with dummy equipment, followed by the structural modification and electrical fittings being carried out. Then, the final assembly and ground tests were also successfully achieved. Following the re-assembly of the aircraft, the first flight was carried out in October 2013 for the Mirage TI (dual-seater) and at the end of 2013 for the Mirage 2000I (single-seater). The two aircraft collectively logged more than 250 flight tests during the flight-test campaign.


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Indian HAL Mirage 2000 Upgrade Programme Begins with 3rd & 4th Fighters


After the Indian Air Force took delivery of the first two of 49 Upgraded Mirage 2000H Vajra (Divine Thunder) Fighters from Dassault Aviation at its Istres Aviation Flight Test Centre in northern France, the remaining 49 Mirage 2000Hs, including eight dual-seat trainers, will be retrofitted to Mirage 2000-5 levels by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore under a R.175.47 Billion (US$ 2.8 Billion) upgrade contract signed in 2011. The upgrade programme is reportedly likely to be completed by around 2019-20. The retrofit, includes equipping the fighters with Advanced Avionics, fully Integrated Electronic Warfare (EW) Suites, advanced Beyond-Visual-Range (BVR) Missile capability and Mission Computers.


The Ministry of Defence reported that France will hand over the two "almost new" Mirage fighters to the Project Management Teams of IAF and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). "Our teams are in Istres to take the delivery. The next two jets will be upgraded by HAL in India with French assistance," said a report.


The remaining 47 Mirages, which were first inducted by India in the mid-1980s, will then be progressively souped up by HAL with technology transfer from France under the overall R.17,547 crore programme finalised in 2011-2012. "The upgraded Mirages have been stripped down and virtually re-built with state-of-the-art Avionics, Radars, Mission Computers, Glass Cockpits, Helmet-Mounted Displays, Electronic Warfare Suites and Long-Range Missiles. IAF will be able to operate them for another 15to 20 years," the report said.


From the very beginning of the Upgrade programme, the OEMs forged a strong partnership with Indian companies, including HAL, which is the main partner for the Upgrade programme and with several equipment manufacturers who would be involved with the production of new items to be incorporated in the aircraft. The upgrade programme is providing a significant Transfer of Technology (ToT). The industrial datapack, which was delivered by the OEMs to IAF for the end-user contains all necessary data required for industrialisation for upgrade of the remaining fleet.


Meanwhile, the process of induction of the 3rd and 4th aircraft to be upgraded in India, has started at the Overhaul Division of HAL and has delivery deadlines to meet this fall, followed by the upgrade of the fourth aircraft for which delivery is expected by the end of the year. The Upgrade programme presents a great opportunity for Dassault Aviation and Thales, to develop a strong cooperation with HAL, equipment manufacturers in India like Axis, Samtel, Avio, Centum and Rangsons, to name a few, which would be involved in the production of new items which are to feature as part of the upgrade.


The Mirage Upgrade project, under which India had signed two separate contracts, had faced criticism earlier for being expensive. The first upgrade programme was finalised at R.10,947 crore with French companies Dassault Aviation and Thales in July 2011. The second R.6,600 crore contract for 490 advanced fire-and-forget MICA (Interception and Aerial Combat Missiles) Systems to arm the Mirages was finalised with French MBDA in early-2012. Each Upgraded Mirage will cost about R.345 crore, whereas the last batch of Mirage 2000s bought by India cost about R.133 crore apiece.


Indian Air Force has gone in for a mix of upgrades and inductions like Sukhoi-30MKIs, with 200 of the 272 Russian fighters inducted, but it continues to take a hit with the delay in new fighter projects, even as the obsolete MiG fleets are being progressively retired. Both the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) project for 126 Rafale Fighters and for 127 Russian Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) are still very far from being concluded. The indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project is also running years behind schedule. The IAF ideally requires 44 Fighter Squadrons, instead of the 34 it currently has.