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   ** CHANAKYA 52nd YEAR ** INDIAN AIR FORCE DAY SPECIAL ISSUE: OCTOBER 2021 ** EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF ** MEDIA PARTNER DSEI 2021 LONDON DEFENCE SHOW REPORT & AUSA 2021 SHOW PREVIEW **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 52nd Year in Defence Publishing: 47th Year of Monthly Publication       

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Navantia S-81 Submarine Launch Ceremony

On 22nd April 2021, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias and Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofia presided over the Launching Ceremony of S-81, the first Submarine of S-80 Class, in Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain).

His Majesty King Felipe VI Presided the Navantia Launching Ceremony of the first S-80 Submarine for the Spanish Navy - the S-81 'Isaac Peral'
The S-81, which will be named 'Isaac Peral', is the first Submarine designed and built in Spain by
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IAF's Dassault Rafale Fighters

A third batch of three Rafale Fighter Jets landed in India on 27th January 2021 evening after flying non-stop from France, in a further boost to the strike capability of the Indian Air Force when India and China are engaged in a bitter border stand-off in Eastern Ladakh. With the arrival of the new batch, the number of the Rafale Fighters with the IAF in India has increased to 11.

Three More Rafale Jets Arrive in India from France
With the arrival of the new batch of 3 Rafales, the number of the Rafale Fighters with the IAF in I
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INTERVIEW: William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

At Aero India 2021, Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which IAF operates a fleet, with one of them achieving the daunting feat of landing at the world’s highest landing strip. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an equally impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin offers future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata; and its’ Sikorsky Helicopters the MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and the INDAGO Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

“Committed to Strategic & Long-Term International Defence Partnerships”
The MH-60R Romeo SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for AS
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AIRBUS INDIA

Airbus with its long-standing relationship with the Indian Aerospace and Defence Sector, will have a significant presence at Aero India.

Transforming India’s Defence and Aerospace Capabilities
Transforming India’s Defence and Aerospace Capabilities: by Rémi Maillard, President & Manag
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DASSAULT SYSTEMES AT AERO INDIA 2021

Dassault Systemes stands committed to help the industry with advanced 3D design and engineering solutions powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Digitalization to Realize a thriving Aerospace, Defence and Space Ecosystem
As the leader in the sector for over three decades, Dassault Systèmes works with companies of every
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Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX)

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an Aerospace and Defence Company that provides Advanced Systems and Services for Commercial, Military and Government customers worldwide. With four Industry-Leading Businesses - Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, and Raytheon Missiles & Defense - the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in Avionics, Cyber Security, Directed Energy, Electric Propulsion, Hypersonics, and Quantum Physics.

Raytheon Technologies Corporation: Creates Future of Aerospace & Defence
The merger of Raytheon and United Technologies combined two companies with distinctive legacies in
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INTERVIEW: BORIS SOLOMIAC, GENERAL DELEGATE, MBDA INDIA

Chanakya features this Interview with BORIS SOLOMIAC, General Delegate, MBDA India, who articulates on MBDA’s Range of Missiles for the IAF’s Rafale Fighter; Brimstone Dual-Seeker Missile; MICA IR & RF Missiles for the Upgraded Mirage 2000s of the IAF; MANPADS Missile System offered for VSHORAD & Mistral ATAM for the ALH Rudra WSI & LCHs; ASRAAM for the Jaguar Fighter Upgrade, Naval Missiles and on L&T MBDA Missile Systems Joint Venture established in India.

“Highly Potent Set of Weapons from MBDA that are Unrivalled”
With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile S
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DR. SUDHIR MISHRA, CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, DR. SUDHIR MISHRA, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace, said that they are developing "90-Degree Steep Dive & Surround Attack Capability," a "Carrier-Killer" Weapon. He articulated on the success achieved by various BRAHMOS Variants’ proven capabilities, including the Block-III LACM. On future plans, he elaborated on the Hypersonic BRAHMOS-II(K) Weapon with speeds between Mach 5-7 and the BRAHMOS NG Variant, on the BRAHMOS-A tests of the Airborne Cruise Missile for the IAF’s Su-30MKI Fighter, and on the BrahMos ‘Make-in-India’ initiatives.

“We have been Actively Pursuing the Hypersonic BRAHMOS-II(K)”
BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if
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INTERVIEW: Emmanuel De Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India

Thales offices and sites are spread across several cities in India, having hundreds of employees working with Thales and its Joint Ventures in India. Thales has been playing an essential role in India’s growth story by sharing its technologies and expertise in Defence, Transport & Aerospace markets. Thales' strategy supports 'Make-in-India' Policy and aids the development of the Defence Industrial Base in the country, evident from it’s association with HAL, BEL, BDL, Samtel and L&T Technology Services.

“SPECTRA Electronic Warfare System Boosts Survivability”
EMMANUEL DE ROQUEFEUIL, VP & COUNTRY DIRECTOR, THALES in India, in this Interview to Chanakya, cove
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: R. MADHAVAN, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAL

 In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, R. MADHAVAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Updates us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking like LCA Tejas, Mirage 2000 Upgrade Project, Jaguar Darin-III Upgrade, HTT-40 BTA, IJT, LCH, LUH, Ka-226T, ALH Dhruv, etc.

“HAL is Geared Up to Take Production of 83 LCA Order”
One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in m
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INTERVIEW: ANANDI RAMALINGAM, DIRECTOR MARKETING, BEL

Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) is the leading Defence Electronics Company in India with several Hi-Tech Capabilities including Missile Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Avionics Systems, Communication Systems, Electro-Optics Systems, Radars, C4I Systems/Solutions, Sonar, Gun Upgrades, Shelters, etc.

“Government Approved the Export of Indigenous Akash Missile System”
Chanakya Interviewed ANANDI RAMALINGAM, DIRECTOR MARKETING, BEL, on it’s Orders, New Products, Expo
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Safran Aircraft Engines

Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, Safran designs, develops, produces and sells, alone or in Partnership, Engines for Civil and Military Aircraft, Launch Vehicles and Satellites. Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries.

Safran Military Engines M88
Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. Safran als
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THALES INDIA

Backed by its strong presence in diverse verticals like Defence, Aerospace, Transportation and Digital Identity and Security, Thales has been an unwavering partner to India's ambitious plans and growth storyby sharing its niche technologies and expertise.

Thales: A Steadfast Partner to India's Growth Story
As India marches towards its goal of 'Atmanirbharta' or Self-Reliance, it opens up immense opportun
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MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS

MBDA is not new to Partnership with the Indian Armed Forces and Indian industry, indeed it has been delivering battle-winning capabilities to the Indian Air Force and collaborating with Indian industry for over 50 years.

MBDA Shows Make In India Commitments and Rafale Weaponry at Aero India 2021
MBDA, the maker of the Rafale's game-changing weaponry, is showcasing its Make in India commitments
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RAFAEL

Rafael is a world-leading Developer & Manufacturer of Advanced Weapon Systems, providing forefront Technological Solutions that address the Defensive and Offensive requirements of the Modern Battlefield. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been supporting the Indian Defence Forces with State-of-the-Art Systems, during which Rafael has stood by India to supply systems at short notice in operational contingencies, including Air-to-Air, Air Defence, ATGMs, Targeting & Reconnaissance Pods, SDR Communication, etc.

RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Designs, Develops, Manufactures and Supplies a wide range of H
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AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, is being organised by the Ministry of Defence from 3rd to 5th February 2021 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru, with above 540 Aerospace, Aviation & Defence companies/organisations showcasing their products, including Platforms, Weapons, Equipment & Systems, Components, etc. A Special Preview:

AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, is being organ
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IDEX 2021 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 - 15th IDEX 2021, which will be held from 21st to 25th February 2021 at Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event features above 1,300 companies including several world leaders.

IDEX 2021 TRI-SERVICES DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW
Global Defence majors compete for deals worth Billions of Dollars at the Middle East’s largest Mili
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Indian Navy’s Vagir 5th Scorpene Submarine Launched at MDL

On November 12th 2020, INS Vagir was launched by Smt Vijaya Shripad Naik, wife of Shripad Naik, Raksha Rajya Mantri. INS Vagir is the fifth P-75 Scorpene Submarine entirely built by the Indian Shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL)

Launching of Vagir, the Fifth Indian Kalvari-Class Submarine with Scorpene Design, Entirely Made in India
Making its underwater defence stronger, Indian Navy launched the fifth Kalvari-Class Scorpene Subma
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NAVANTIA S-80 PLUS SUBMARINE

Spain’s Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena has successfully carried out the Power-Up activity tests on the S-81 "Isaac Peral" Submarine. The S-81 is the first of four S-80P Class Submarines under construction for the Spanish Navy by Navantia. This is a relevant safety-related commissioning milestone for Navantia prior to the Submarine’s delivery.

Navantia Passes the First Safety Milestone of the S-81 Submarine: The Power-Up
Spain’s Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena has successfully carried out the Power-Up activity tests on
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy says that the immediate focus would be to overcome critical deficient capabilities and concurrently adopt modern 'leap-frogging' technology to create capabilities for accomplishing a range of missions. For Navy Day 2020, Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering Indian Navy’s Modernisation & Expansion Plans, recent Inductions, Naval Acquisitions, including Aircraft Carriers, Surface Combatants, Gun Systems, Missiles, LPDs, FSS, Submarines, MRCBF Carrier-Borne Fighters, Naval Helicopters, RPAS, Aircraft, etc.

“Towards Force Level Augmentation, 43 Ships & Submarines are Under Construction”
For Navy Day 2020, Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering
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Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines Project

Amongst the five Global Defence Majors selected by the MoD Committee for the P-75(I) Submarines Project is Navantia of Spain. The two Indian Shipyards for the mega 'Make-in-India' Project are L&T Group and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL). Navantia has recently organised more than 100 side meetings and submitted 380 RFIs specific to the P-75(I) Submarine cost items, and targets achieving 500 PTS and nearly 1,500 RFIs within the next 3-4 months.

Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines
Navantia is participating in P-75(I) using the basis of the S80 Plus Submarine - the only 3,000 ton
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Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety

Collins Aerospace is part of Raytheon Technologies Corporation, which is a leading Aerospace & Defence Company that provides Advanced Systems and Services for Commercial, Military and Government customers worldwide. It comprises four industry-leading businesses - Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense. This feature on “Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety” is contributed by DON BORCHELT, Business Development Director, ACES II/5, Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace, highlights various aspects of Pilot Safety and new developments in Ejection Seats for New-Generation Combat Aircraft.

Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety
Collins Aerospace specialises in Aerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Mission S
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The Year of Heron TP

The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP is a Multi-Role, Most Advanced, Long-Range Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Strategic Missions, equipped with Automatic Taxi Take-Off and Landing Systems (ATOL), Satellite Communication for Extended Range, fully redundant Avionics and much more. The IAI Heron TP UAS was designed as a Multi-Mission Platform to address customers' needs and to perform a variety of Strategic Missions, including Intelligence Gathering, Surveillance,

The Year of Heron TP
Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), using various Payloads, with a high level of reliabi
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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2020 REPORT

The Singapore Air Show 2020 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11th to 16th February 2020, with attendance from high-level Military Delegations including India’s Air Chief, Senior Government Officials and leading industry players, featured exhibitors from over 930 companies from above 45 countries. The Singapore Air Show had major participants in the Civil and Military Flying and Static Aircraft Displays that included: Airbus A400M, Dassault Aviation Falcon Business Jets, Embraer Profit-Hunter Commuter Jet, Gulfstream Aircraft, Textron Aviation Aircraft, RSAF Apache & Chinook, Super Puma, Lockheed Martin’s F-16D & F-22 with Sikorsky’s S-70B, Boeing’s F-15SG & P-8A Poseidon, Bell Boeing MV-22s, Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 UAS, IAI’s Heron TP UAS, Bell Helicopters, were on display.

SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2020 REPORT
The Singapore Air Show 2020 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11th to 16th February 2020, w
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First Indian Air Force Rafale Handed Over

On October 8th, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the handover ceremony of the first Indian Air Force Rafale in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale Final Assembly Facility. The event was placed under the high patronage of Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence of India and Ms. Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France.

First Indian Air Force Rafale Handed Over
On October 8th, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the h
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1st Rafale Handed Over by France: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says Induction Will Boost India's Air Dominance Exponentially

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the French-made Rafale Combat Jet will boost India's Air Dominance exponentially, as he was formally handed the delivery of the first of 36 Rafales in France. The induction of Rafale Fighter Jets into the Indian Air Force will give a boost to India's Air Dominance exponentially, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said at the Handing-Over Ceremony of the IAF's Rafale Fighter.

1st Rafale Handed Over by France: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says Induction Will Boost India's Air Dominance Exponentially
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the French-made Rafale Combat Jet will boost India's Air D
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Thales: A Proud Partner of the Indian Air Force by Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India

Thales is proud that the IAF has been relying on its high-end Technology Solutions for Combat Aircraft, Air Defence Systems and Sensors, among others to achieve its big ambitions. The Upgrade of Mirage 2000 Fleet is one such example and so is the selection of the Rafale Omni-Role Combat Aircraft by the Indian Air Force.

Thales: A Proud Partner of the Indian Air Force by Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India
Thales is proud that the IAF has been relying on its high-end Technology Solutions for Combat Aircr
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FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Military. Rolls-Royce Engines power a wide variety of aircraft in the inventory of the IAF - from Combat and Strike Aircraft (the Jaguar, powered by the Adour Mk811) to Trainers (Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, powered by Adour Mk871) to Strategic Airlift Aircraft (C-130J Super Hercules, powered by AE 2100), and even VVIP and Surveillance Aircraft (ERJ145, powered by AE 3007).

FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Mil
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MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force

With a strong reputation as a reliable Partner that has supported the Indian Air Force for over 50 years, European Missile company MBDA understands the importance of operational capability and sovereignty to the IAF. MBDA has set up an extensive network of business Partners throughout India. This extensive Indian Supply Chain supports its JV initiatives ready to fulfil ‘Make-in-India’ requirements through its JV with L&T to manufacture Missiles & Components in India. In addition, MBDA continues to work with Indian Public-Sector entities for local Production, Development and Partnership.

MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force
With a strong reputation as a reliable Partner that has supported the Indian Air Force for over 50
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches Indian Navy's First New P-17A Stealth Frigate INS Nilgiri

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched INS Nilgiri, the first of the Navy's seven new P-17A Stealth Frigates at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches Indian Navy's First New P-17A Stealth Frigate INS Nilgiri
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 28th September launched INS Nilgiri, the first of the Navy's seve
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions Indigenously-Built Scorpene Submarine INS Khanderi

On 28th September 2019, INS Khanderi, the second of P75 Scorpene-Class Submarines, was commissioned by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in presence of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, CMD MDL Commodore Rakesh Anand (IN Retd.) and several other dignitaries. INS Khanderi is totally built by Indian Shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) through years of Technology Transfer and Partnership with the Naval Group,  in line with Indian Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ Policy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions Indigenously-Built Scorpene Submarine INS Khanderi
INS Khanderi, the second of P75 Scorpene-Class Submarines, was commissioned by Defence Minister Raj
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Fighte
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AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW


Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, is being organised by the Ministry of Defence from 3rd to 5th February 2021 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru, with above 540 Aerospace, Aviation & Defence companies/organisations showcasing their products, including Platforms, Weapons, Equipment & Systems, Components, etc. A Special Preview:


AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, is being organised by the Ministry of Defence from 3rd to 5th February 2021 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru.


The Ministry of Defence, Govt of India, organises the biennial Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace Exhibition, which focuses on 'Make-in-India' in Aerospace, Defence, Civil Aviation, Airport Infrastructure and Defence Engineering, providing a significant platform in bolstering business opportunities in the International Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Sectors. Aero India 2021 is being conducted as a Business Event from 3rd to 5th February 2021. This three day event is unique as it will be the World’s first Hybrid Exhibition, wherein the Business element of the event will be both physical as well as virtual.


The Aero India 2021 Bengaluru Air Show & Exhibition will be inaugurated by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in the presence of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh; Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R. K. S.  Bhadauria, Chief of the Army Staff General M. M. Naravane, Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar; Secretary, DDR&D and Chairman, DRDO, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, and Secretary Defence Production Raj Kumar, besides other VIPs, present at the Inaugural Session at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru. The top brass then tours the exhibition halls of Aero India.


Above 540 Aerospace, Aviation & Defence companies and organisations from 14 Countries will showcase their Civil & Defence Aviation & Aerospace products, including world leaders like Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, GE Aviation, L3Harris, Raytheon Technologies, Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, General Atomics  from USA; Dassault Aviation, Safran Group, MBDA, Thales, GIFAS, etc. from France; the European Airbus Group, with Airbus Defence & Space and Airbus Helicopters; BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Cobham from UK; IAI, Rafael, Elbit Systems, Controp, etc. from Israel; UAC, MiG, Sukhoi, Rostec, Russian Helicopters, Ilyushin, Rosoboronexport, Almaz-Antey, etc. from Russia, and DRDO, HAL, BEL, BEML, OFB, BDL, Midhani, BrahMos Aerospace, Tatas, Bharat Forge, Kalyani Group, Mahindra Aerospace, MKU, Adani, NAL, Alpha Technologies and ISRO, amongst others from India, will participate at the Bengaluru Air Show, which supports the ‘Make-in-India’ in Defence Manufacturing campaign as its pivot point.


Above 35 Foreign Delegations have registered, comprising Ministers of Defence, Service Chiefs, Heads of Department, to attend the show. There is country-wise company participation from about 14 countries. Representatives from many countries are expected to participate. Exhibitors at Aero India 2021 are from the USA, France, UK, Russia, Israel, Italy, Ukraine, South Africa, Czech Republic, Austria, Belarus, Japan, Taiwan, and Bulgaria. There is also a Chiefs of Air Staff (CAS) Conclave and an IOR Defence Ministers’ Conclave scheduled to be held at Aero India 2021.


The MoD’s Department of Defence Production has taken upon itself the mantle of making the ‘Make-in-India’ in Defence Production a success story. However, there is still a long way to go. In these pandemic times, Aero India 2021 is an excellent platform for interaction with the stalwarts of the Aerospace, Aviation, Defence & Security Sectors, showcasing the displays of some of the best present and future global business alliances being formed in India, getting a further boost, with technological displays of high standards and numerous industrial interactions, besides deals negotiations also expected to  take place.


‘Runway to a Billion Opportunities’
This Edition of Aero India also intends and endeavours to put India on the Global Map and intended metaphorically to be a “Runway to a Billion Opportunities”! India has established itself as the hub of manufacturing and export of various world-class Avionics Equipment. The country now has the potential for “Nose to tail Production”. The ‘Make-in-India’ initiative of the Government has provided the impetus for increased Self-Reliance in Defence and stressed on the need for instituting provisions for creating the Eco-system for utilisation and consolidation of Design and Manufacturing Facilities to create a robust Supply Chain System. Many contracts of lakhs of crores have been signed with Indian Vendors for procurement of Defence Equipment for the Armed Forces in past years. The Government had accorded AoNs to several proposals under ‘Buy and Make’ Categories only for the Indian Vendors.


With several policy initiatives of the Government under the ‘Make-in-India’ viz. 100% FDI in Defence Manufacturing, Defence Offset Policy 2021, Delicensing of Defence items, iDEX and the Defence Investor’s Cell. The S-92 Helicopter Cabin, Advanced Aircraft Cockpit, Glass Cockpit for Dornier and CH-47 Pylon for Boeing, besides others, have been production successes, will be displayed at the Indian Pavilion. Indian PSUs have already manufactured above 4,000 aircraft, including the LCA, LCH, ALH, etc.


Several companies had obtained the licence for Defence Production, and also Testing Facilities of DPSUs and OFs had been opened up for Private Industry. Many Projects relating to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force had already been accorded approval under the ‘Make-II’ Category.


The iDEX Scheme was launched earlier to create a Network of Defence Innovation Hubs throughout the country and to resolve Defence and Aerospace related issues. The first Innovation Hub was started at Coimbatore, with the setting-up of the two Defence Corridors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, wherein investments were committed by the Defence Industry. The ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’was  launched by the MoD, to create greater capacity development and encourage greater filing of patents in Defence and Aerospace Sectors.


The Government is committed to create an enabling environment for a Domestic Eco-system of Defence Manufacturing, the results of which were already visible. With the policy initiatives and the procedural reforms, India could emerge as a key player in the Global Defence arena, by creating an Eco-system in which there would be enhanced technological collaborations of the Public as well as Private Sectors with the Foreign Aerospace Defence OEMs. Strategic Partnerships will be forged with increased integration of skills, systems, technologies and Manu facturing Capabilities.


Inaugural Fly Past
The Aero India Inaugural Session is followed by three Mi-17 V-5 Helicopters flying past the dais in ‘Vic’ Formation carrying the Indian Tricolour, the Air Force Ensign and the Aero India flag. The Air Display commences with a solitary vintage Dakota flying by the stands. Thereafter, a host of indigenously manufactured Helicopters including the LUH, ALH Mk-III and IV and LCH fill the skies with their jet wash. This is followed by three ALH Mk-IV (Rudra) in a ‘Vic’ Formation. Following the flypast by the indigenous Dornier Do-228 flanked by the Hawk-i and HTT-40, comes the Sukhoi Su-30MKI flanked by LCA Tejas and Jaguar, and there is also a flying display of the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team. The Fighter Jets thunder over the grandstand through the skies displaying a host of Aerobatic Manoeuvres – the IAF’s Su-30MKI followed by indigenous Tejas LCA, and the French Rafale Fighter. A host of helicopters including the LUH, LCH, ALH Mk-IV and the Sarang Helicopter Display Team enthrall the spectators with their performance.


About 50 aircraft participate in the event out of which about half fly as well. The total area of the show was 28,398 sqm last time, which has been reduced due to Covid-19. Some Seminars are conducted by a host of Agencies and Industrial Associations in addition to Ministry of Defence. Further, many B2B meetings will be held and several MoUs will be also signed. This Aero India 2021 will also have a Hybrid Programme, with a seperate Virtual Exhibition, as well as Seminars/Webinars held virtually as well.


The awe-inspiring manoeuvres by various types of Aircraft and Formations enthrall the audience, every day. The Flying Displays are appreciated by one and all with immaculate precision painting a colourful aerial symphony in the clear Bengaluru skies every day. Finally, the curtains are drawn with a final display by the Sarang Helicopter Display Team biding adeau to Aero India.


The tagline for Aero India 2021, “The Runway to a Billion Opportunities” was earlier created to communicate India’s value proposition in addressing the immense opportunities in the Aerospace and Aviation Sectors in India today. The tagline underlines India’s status as an emerging hub for the Global Aerospace Industry and draws attention to the investment opportunities under ‘Make-in-India’. From the ongoing acquisition of 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) for IAF and 57 Carrier-Borne Fighters for Indian Navy; and 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUHs) and 123 Naval Multi-Role Helicopters (NMRHs), to the Indigenous Development of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), India’s Aerospace Sector has much to offer with the two - IAF & IN Fighters - LCA Mk-1A, LCA Mk-II Medium Weight Fighter, AMCA, MRH, NMRH, LUH, AWACS/AEW&Cs, Missiles & other Projects. The Indian Coast Guard too has some aircraft/helicopters acquisitions in the pipeline.


The theme for Aero India is as always Indigenisation, driving home the ‘Make-in-India’ Policy, while the fact remains that India is the largest importer of Defence Hardware and is still currently globally supplied about 60 to 70% of India’s Weaponry. The MoD has repeatedly declared that India should source 70% of its Defence needs indigenously. Global majors are in the process of consolidating Partnerships with Indian Defence Producers to make them a part of the Global Supply Chains. Many tie-ups with Indian companies are also driven by Foreign Vendors’ Offsets Liabilities (with some changes in the new offset policy guidelines), which accrue from Defence Sales to India. Many of the world’s leading players in Aerospace, Defence & Security Platforms, Equipments and Systems, and Civil Aviation & Space-related Industries, have a presence at Aero India 2021, showcasing their Aircraft, Rotorcraft, UAVs, models, Missiles, Weaponry, latest Equipments and Systems, Avionics, Components, Ordnance, Optronics, Engineering Services, Tools, etc.


Besides the participation of Dassault Aviation, Safran Group, Thales & MBDA, the major Partners of the Rafale Team, the Aero India 2021 Air Show will again be dominated by the Two Future Fighters - MMRCA 2.0 or MRFA for IAF & Carrier-Borne Fighters for Indian Navy, and also be focussed on the Rotorcraft Industries’ four Helicopter Projects of the Indian Defence Forces, namely Naval Utility Helicopters (NUHs), Naval Multi-Role Helicopters (NMRHs & MRHs) and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), besides the 200 Ka-226Ts being negotiated since years, with 140 to be built in India by the HAL JV, and 60 to be supplied in flyaway condition from Russia by Rostec/Russian Helicopters. Then there are the LCA Variants and the 56 C295 MTAs in focus.


Aircraft Flying & Static Displays
The Aerial Displays include the range of Helicopters, and Fighter Jets like Rafale, Mirage 2000, Su-30MKI, etc. taking over the skies. Aptly keeping with the ‘Make-in-India’ theme, the indigenous creations - Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas & LCA Trainer, and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), ALH Dhruv and Rudra showcase India’s technological leap in Aircraft Production. The IAF’s Sukhoi-30MKI keep the gathering spellbound with its versatility and agility. There will be impressive displays by the Rafale Fighters as well. After the deafening roars of the Jets, Aerial stunts are also performed by the IAF’s Hawk Surya Kirans (SKAT) and Sarang ALHs Aerobatic Display Teams, enthralling the audience at the Bengaluru Air Show. The show-stopping moment is provided by ‘Sarang’, the IAF’s Helicopter Display Team in their sprightly coloured, peacock-themed, Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs). Thousands witness the aerial spectacle of Daily Flying Displays even as serious business deals get negotiated, propelling ‘Self-Reliance in Defence Production’ in keeping with the credo  - ‘Make-in-India’.While all Aerobatic Display Teams enthrall audiences, the widest and loudest applause is reserved for the Indian Air Force Aerobatics Team ‘Sarang’ flown by young IAF Helicopter Pilots.


Above 50 aircraft participate in the Static and Air Displays, with scintillating and enthralling Aerobatics. The Air Show is a attraction for Aviation aficionados who attend the event to witness the Static and Air Displays by various aircraft, including fighters, transporters, helicopters and Aerobatics Display Teams, although this time only Business Visitors, Exhibitors and Media are permitted to enter the Show. Dassault Aviation’s Rafale Fighters also perform Manoeuvre Displays, while the indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) also demonstrate their air prowess. Besides the Foreign Aircraft like Dassault Aviation Rafale and the Antonov 132D from Ukraine, some of the aircraft on Static Display includes the Airbus H135 & H145 Helicopters, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale Fighter and Falcon 2000S, Hawk Mk.132 AJT, National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) Saras PT1N & HANSA-3, IAF’s C-130J-30 Super Hercules, Pilatus PC-7 Mk.II Turboprop Trainer, DRDO-ADA Embraer EMB-145I AEW&C, Army Aviation’s ALH Dhruv, HAL LUH, HAL BTA HTT-40, ALH WSI Rudra, ALH Mk-1V, HAL LCH, HAL Dornier Do-228, French Air Force Rafales, DRDO-ADA LCA Tejas, LCAMk1 Trainer, Tapas BH-201 (Rustom-II) UAV, Panchi & Nishant UAVs, Su-30MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000I/TI, Mi-17V, Dakota, MiG-27 UPG, MiG-21 Bison, Sarang ALH & SKAT Hawk Aerobatic Teams, etc.


The USA has a smaller presence at Aero India 2021, in which only 14 countries are taking part due to the pandemic. France is the largest participant, followed by the US, Russia, Israel and UK. The Air Show offers Military Contractors and Companies a showcase for their Platforms, Systems and Equipment, Components and Services. India continues to be one of the world's largest arms importer in the foreseeable future, with US$ 150 Billion estimated to be spent in the next decade. So, global armament giants line-up to hard-sell their Aircraft, Helicopters, Drones, Missiles, Air Defence, and Civil products at Aero India 2021. Major Indian Private Sector exhibitors looking for tie-ups include Tatas, Kalyani/Bharat Forge, Alpha, MKU, Aequs, Maini, TASL, Axis-Cades, Cyient, Adani and Mahindra Aerospace, etc. which display to explore tie-ups, MoUs and JVs with foreign companies as well as DRDO, Defence PSUs led by HAL, BDL,  BEL, OFs, BEML & Midhani, and others in the Indian Private Sector, including numerous MSMEs.


International & Indian Exhibitors
Major International & Indian exhibitors at Aero India 2021 include: ADS Group, Aequs, Aeromaoz,Ananth Technologies, Airbus India, with Airbus Defence & Space and Airbus Helicopters, Alpha, Antonov, Astra Microwave, Aeronautics, AVision Systems, Axis-Cades, Axon Cables, BAE Systems, Babcock, BEML, Bharat Dynamics, Bharat Electronics, Bharat Forge, Boeing India, BrahMos Aerospace, Collins Aerospace, Cobham, Controp, NAL, Cyient, Dassault Aviation, Dassault Systemes, Data Patterns, DRDO-ADA, Dynamatic Technologies, Elbit Systems, GE Aviation, General Atomics, GIFAS, Hindustan Aeronautics, Israel Aerospace Industries, 558 Aircraft Repair Plant, Almaz-Antey, L3Harris, Laversab, Lockheed Martin, Liebherr Aerospace, LMW, Mach Aero, Mahindra Aerospace, Maini, Martin Baker, MBDA, Mishra Dhatu Nigam, MKU, Motor Sich, Ordnance Factory Board, Pawan Hans, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Rafale International, Rafaut, Raytheon Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, Collins Aerospace, Reutech, Rolls-Royce, Rosoboronexport, Rostec, Russian Helicopters, SAFRAN, Spetstechnoexport, SIBAT, Schiebel, Sikorsky, Strongfield, Shvabe, Staubli, Tata Aerospace& Defence, TASL, Thales, Trakka Systems, United Aircraft Corporation, United Engine Corporation, etc.


DRDO’s Participation in Aero India
Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) participates in a big way and showcases above 250 Systems, Technologies, working models and innovations in all formats, i.e. indoor, outdoor and live displays. Several DRDO Laboratories under different Technology Clusters of DRDO connected to Aerospace & Aeronautics display their products and achievements. The Clusters are - Aeronautical Systems, Missiles, Armaments & Combat Engineering, Electronics & Communication Systems, Micro Electronics Devices & Computational Systems, Naval Systems & Materials and Life Sciences.


In the Indoor Pavilion, scaled models of LCA Tejas Variants viz., Air Force Mark-1, Medium Weight Fighter, Naval Variants and also Trainer Variants are displayed. In addition scaled model of Twin Engine Stealth Aircraft, namely AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft) is displayed. DRDO also showcases proven expertise in the field of Fighter Aircraft Simulators Design & Development as well 360 Degree Immersive Virtual Experience Kiosks and both these facilities offer an insightful experience. In addition, DRDO also displays demonstrative Virtual Design, Assembly and Servicing of LCA Tejas Aircraft Virtual Reality Experience Centre, which offers near real-life experience to the visitors.


The outdoor display includes the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Limited Series Production Version Aircraft and Rustom-2 UAS of 1:1 size. In addition, DRDO also showcases models of its proven products as well as Futuristic Advanced Fighter Aircraft with Stealth features. Models of Missiles developed by DRDO including Astra, QRSAM, MRSAM, BrahMos, etc. are showcased to emphasise the advances made in Missile Systems. Besides the Model of the upcoming MWF (Medium Weight Fighter) will be on display as well. The highlight of DRDO’s participation is the aerial display of LCA Tejas by the 45th Squadron and flight display of the Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C) Aircraft Netra.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Reviews Aero India 2021: Bengaluru Skies Set to Dazzle in World’s First Hybrid Aerospace & Defence Exhibition


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh earlier reviewed the preparation for Aero India 2021 during the Apex Committee Meeting on 15th January 2021 in Bengaluru. During the meeting, Raksha Mantri emphasised on the Safe conduct of the event and making it inclusive for the world A&D Industry. He said that the hybrid model of Aero India 2021 should be the template for the world to emulate conduct of Business in the new normal till the concerns of the pandemic are addressed. Aero India 2021 is now being held simultaneously as a Physical Exhibition and a Virtual Exhibition with Stalls being provided in both the physical and virtual realms, which will result in greater engagement and the exhibitors will experience a greater outreach catering to those who could not join the event physically.


The Defence Minister noted that the attendees joining the event virtually could participate in Seminars, interact with the exhibitors and representatives, hold B2B Meetings and could also view the product details and supporting videos.
Aero India being one of the Major International Aerospace and Defence (A&D) Exhibitions, requires active participation, shared responsibility and synchronised efforts at all levels. Towards defining the roles and responsibilities, an MoU was signed on the margins of the meeting  between Government of India and Government of Karnataka. The theme of the event is “Runway to a Billion Opportunities”, in keeping with Prime Minister Modi’s Vision for Atmanirbhar Bharat. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the event itself will showcase India’s resolve to be first amongst first. The indigenous technological and logistic prowess will be at the fore and the event will embolden the Indian Aerospace and Defence Industry, Start-Ups, MSMEs to forge Partnerships with Foreign OEMs who are also attending.


The meeting was attended by Chief Minister of Karnataka B. S. Yediyurappa and Chief Secretary of Karnataka P. Ravi Kumar, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Secretary of the Department of Defence Production Raj Kumar, AOC in C Southern Command Air Marshal R.K. Mathur, GoC-in-C Southern Command Lt. General C.P. Mohanty and other Senior Officials.


Aero India 2021 abides by International norms for conduct of such events and incorporates additional precautions for social distancing, crowd control, wherein the total exhibition area count has been reduced to 15000 PAX and Air Display Visual Area to 3000 PAX, safe social behaviour such as compulsory wearing of facemask, non-contact interactions, etc, brochures and literature would be predominantly in digital format, contactless experience for registration and booth visits, negative RT-PCR test 72 hrs prior to 3rd February 2021, entry screening, and restricting entry of people with symptoms to ensure safety for all attendees.


Raksha Mantri also Launched the Aero India-21 Mobile app which will be the handy interactive interface for all issues related to the event and promises to provide a hassle free entry to the venue.The app is available on the Apple App Store/Google Play Store and is a holistic app with features to support exhibitors, attendees, and the media – pre, during and post the event.


The mega Aero Show has above 540 Exhibitors and above 35 Foreign Delegations registered, with the event claimed to be a complete Sell out, reposing their faith in the Ministry of Defence to further their A&D Business interests. Aero India 2021 is symbolic of India’s resolve to further its Business interests as also take global initiatives towards furthering peace and security in the region. The Defence Minister complimented the host State’s preparedness and efforts and expressed confidence for the conduct of a safe Aero India 2021 during the prevailing pandemic situation.