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IAF & FAF Joint Ops at EXERCISE GARUDA-VI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring state-of-the-art platforms and systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Power Dominance capabilities, with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, LCA Tejas enhancements, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295W MTAs, ALH Rudra, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Mi-17V5s, Chinook Heavy-Lift & Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters taking test-flights, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, more Trainers, etc.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

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Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019

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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 ove
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INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Sc
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67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT
The year 2017 has witnessed significant capability accretion through induction of a number of state
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INTERVIEW

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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.