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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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RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS

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 High-Tech Defence Systems for Air, Land, Sea & Space Applications for the Israel Defence Forces and the Israeli Defence Establishment, as well as for customers worldwide, including India.


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. Rafael is one of Israel’s three largest Defence Companies. Rafael's has excellent technological capabilities and manufactures Systems that surpass their competition. Rafael's field-proven solutions are unique among their kind, and hold a strategic value for the State of Israel and many Nations.


Rafael's President and CEO, Yoav Har-Even said, "We are proud of the way we maintained our financial robustness and stability throughout this challenging and uncertain period. This will allow us to continue to be a growth engine, a major pillar in the security of the State of Israel and a trusted provider of the most High-End Technology to our Partners around the world."


As far as Onboard Air Solutions, Rafael presents those as a comprehensive package that turns any Platform into a 4.5 Generation Platform. Rafael's Air Warfare Systems are among the best in the world, stand-alone, or in combination as an Integrated Suite that acts as part of a Net-Centric Array that once installed on any Platform, to give it Advanced-Generation Capabilities. This Integration essentially turns the Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) or the Pilot, into an Intelligence and Decision-making Officer, controlling the mission, not the Weapon, helping to dramatically decrease their workload. For example, combining new technology, such as Automatic Autonomous Target Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, is changing the way missiles are used in war. These technologies help missiles identify and track multiple targets at the same time and use what is called “deep learning” to process data, taking some of the workload off the Aircrew.


An Unique NCW Array connects Rafael's End-to-End Air Systems, which include the Air-to-Air Derby MK-III & Python-5, its Air-to-Surface Munitions (SPICE Family), which use (AI) for Autonomous Capabilities, and Electro-Optical Scene-matching technology, allowing the weapon to act independently of GPS, as well the Litening EO/IR Targeting Pods and the Reccelite XR Reconnaissance Pods, which operate from large Stand-Off Ranges (exceeding 100 km) using the most Advanced EO/IR Technology. The ability to bring these Systems together in a Net-Centric Configuration is provided for by Rafael's BNET SDR Communications Radio, a unique, patented technology, delivering Wideband, with low delay and reliable Connectivity, based on Rafael's Multi-Channel Reception Technology.


RAFAEL IN INDIA
The Python 5 & Derby Missiles are in Service in the IAF as part of the SPYDER LLQRM programme and as Air-to-Air Missiles on the LCA. These Missiles and their Advanced Versions will be part of future Air-to-Air & Air Defence programmes in the Air Force and the Army. Both missiles can potentially be integrated on LCA, HAWK, Su-30MKI or any other Combat Aircraft in the IAF.


For over two decades, Rafael already works with the different branches of the Indian Military and the Indian Security apparatus and has cooperated to integrate its Electro-Optical Systems, Advanced Ordnance, as well as its Air-to-Air and Air Defence Systems into the Indian Defence Systems. Over the last few years, Rafael has continued to realise its commitment to the Indian market, including last summer's inauguration of a State-of-the-Art Facility at Hardware Technology Park, Hyderabad for local manufacturing of the SDR BNET Communication System for the Indian Air Force, with a US$ 30 Million order. Rafael has placed a US$ 100 Million order for Barak-8/MRSAM Missile Kits for the Indian Army and Air Force from KRAS (Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd., India). This, among other steps, is part of Rafael's compliance with the ‘Make-in-India’ Policy of the Indian Government and is testimony to Rafael's global commitment to local production, knowledge transfer and industrial cooperation. Rafael also announced that substantial share of its Air Defence portfolio is now made in India by its Joint Venture, Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS).


Smart Aerial Missile Systems
Air Superiority and Unparalleled Performance: Rafael’s wide range of missiles provides a decisive advantage for diverse combat requirements - from Air-to-Air, Surface-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Missiles, to Sparrow Target Missiles. Rafael’s Air-to-Air Missiles provide unparalleled performance and Air Superiority for the 21st-Century Pilot. Their effectiveness and capabilities are combat-tested by the Israeli Air Force and include: I-DERBY Short-to-Medium Range BVR Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air Missile; I-DERBY ER Short, Medium, and Long-Range Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air Missile; PYTHON-5 Full Sphere IIR Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air Missile.


Rafael’s Air-to-Surface Missiles assure Navigation, Targeting, Homing, Precision-Strikes in austere, GPS-denied arenas, using affordable, advanced EO/IR Scene-matching technologies. They are combat-proven and in Service at several leading International Air Forces and the Israeli Air Force, which include: ROCKS Advanced, Long-Range, Stand-Off Air-to-Surface Missile; Spice 2000 - 2000 lb. Warhead Guidance Kit; Spice 1000 - 1000 lb Warhead Guidance Kit; Spice 250 New-Gen. Stand-Off Precision Guided Munitions.


Target Missiles: Sparrow Air-Launched Ballistic Target Missiles Simulate Trajectories, Re-entry Manoeuvers & Signatures of various Ballistic Missiles. The systems enable flexible test capabilities and readiness; Black Sparrow Simulates Short-Range Ballistic Theaters; Blue Sparrow Simulates Unitary and Separable Medium to Long-Range Theaters; Silver Sparrow Simulates Medium Unitary and Separable Range Theaters.


SPYDER Air Defence System
The SPYDER Systems defend large areas against a wide spectrum of threats. System components and interceptors can be flexibly combined, affording different configurations with various ranges and capabilities. All the SPYDER Systems have multiple target engagement capability for dealing with saturation attacks.


The SPYDER Systems incorporate the most advanced Air-to-Air Missiles with proven performance: the PYTHON-5 Dual Waveband IIR Missile, the I-DERBY Active Radar BVR and the I-DERBY ER Long-Range Missile. The Missiles can also be used for Air-to-Air Missions. The SPYDER Family has autonomous capabilities, detecting threats while on-the-move and firing instantly after halt. SPYDER Systems enable a 360° Launch within seconds of the target being declared hostile, and provide All-Weather, Multi-Launch, and Net-Centric Capabilities. SPYDER’s Open Architecture Design enables the integration of external components (such as Radars) and cooperation with selected local industry.
Benefits: Operational and Combat-proven Systems; Mobile Quick Reaction; Effective against large threat set; Open Architecture and reconfigurable; Commonality with Air-to-Air Missiles; Cyber hardened; Search-on-the-Move, fire-on-halt.


Capabilities: The SPYDER-SR and SPYDER-ER 360° Slant Launching Missile Systems provide Quick Reaction, Lock-On-Before-Launch (LOBL) and Lock-On-After Launch (LOAL) Capabilities, while extending the range of defence to up to a 40 km radius. SPYDER-MR and SPYDER-LR offer Medium & Long Range Target Interception through Vertical Launch, while pushing the Defence Envelope up to 80 km radius. Both Systems enable a 360° Launch within seconds of the target being declared hostile and provide All-Weather, Multi-Launch, and Net-Centric Capabilities. The SPYDER Systems have advanced ECCM Capabilities and use Electro-Optical Observation Payloads and Wireless Data-Link Communication.


Israel MoD Completes Delivery of Rafael's Iron Dome to the U.S. Army
The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of the Israel Ministry of Defense, delivered the second of two Iron Dome Defence System Batteries to the U.S. Army. The Iron Dome System is developed and produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. In August 2019, the United States and Israel signed an agreement for the procurement of two Iron Dome Defence System Batteries (IDDS-A). The first Battery was delivered in September and is already undergoing a process of implementation in the U.S. The second Battery was delivered in accordance with the agreement and project schedule. These Batteries will be employed in the defence of U.S. troops against a variety of Ballistic and Aerial threats.


The Rafael Iron Dome has a MMR Radar, developed by ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and the Command and Control System (BMC), is developed by mPrest. The Iron Dome is an integral part of Israel’s Multi-Layered Defence Array developed by the IMDO.


Successful Intercept Tests of an Advanced Version of David's Sling Weapon System
The Israel Missile Defence Organisation (IMDO), of the Directorate for Defense R&D in the Ministry of Defense, together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), have successfully completed a series of live-fire Intercept Tests of the David's Sling Weapon System, against threat-representative Cruise and Ballistic Missiles. The tests conducted were led by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., from a testing site in Central Israel, with the participation of the Israel Air Force and Navy. The series tested the capabilities of a new and advanced version of the David's Sling Weapon System, and included a number of scenarios simulating future threats. The results of this test will enable IMDO and industry engineers to evaluate and Upgrade the System's Capabilities.


The IMDO and Rafael also successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the Iron Dome in intercepting a variety of threats including UAVs and Cruise Missiles. The test also demonstrated the Interoperability of the Multi-Layer Air Defence Mechanism (Arrow, David's Sling, and Iron Dome). This indicates that the Systems will be capable of intercepting threats simultaneously during conflict. Rafael is the Prime Contractor for the development of the David's Sling Weapon System, in cooperation with U.S. Raytheon Technologies. IAI’s ELTA Division developed the MMR Radar and Elbit Systems developed the Golden Almond BMC. David's Sling is a significant component of Israel's Multi-Layer Air Defence Mechanism, consisting of four layers: Iron Dome, David's Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3. These are all operational in the Israel Air Force.


Executive VP and Head of Rafael's Air & Missile Defense Division,  Brig. Gen. (Res.) Pini Yungman said: "The capability that was demonstrated in this series of tests ensures the security of Israel and its ability to contend with current and future threats. When the different systems in the Multi-Layered Mechanism are combined, they can handle a variety of simultaneous threats and defend  citizens of Israel."


Rafael Awarded US$ 200 Million Contract for SPICE Air-Surface Systems, SPIKE Tactical Missiles and BNET Communication
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announced that it has been awarded a US$ 200 Million contract to provide an Asian country with SPICE 2000 Air-to-Surface Systems, Spike ATGMs, Tactical, Electro-Optically Guided Missiles, and Advanced Communication Systems. SPICE is a family of Stand-Off, Autonomous, Air-to-Ground Weapon Systems that strike targets with pinpoint accuracy and at high attack volumes, independently of GPS Navigation, based on Autonomous Electro-Optic Scene-Matching Artificial Intelligence (AI) Algorithms. The SPICE Family, operational and combat proven in the Israel Air Force and other Global Users, consists of SPICE-250, SPICE-1000, and SPICE-2000 Variants, with ranges of up to 100 km.


The new contract includes Rafael's BNET System, a Family of advanced Broadband IP MANET (Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork) Software Defined Radios (SDRs) for Tactical Operations, supporting the Modern Digital Battlefield’s needs with high-speed, low delay, reliable connectivity for Data, Voice and Video on-the-Move. BNET Tactical Communications, includes BNET Broadband IP SDR for Tactical Communications; BNET Military Tactical Communications Systems. Rafael’s vast experience as the Israel Defense Ministry's major Digital Communications Supplier has been applied to providing Secured Communications Solutions for Land Forces. Rafael’s BNET Family is an Advanced Broadband IP SDR for On-the-Move Tactical Operations, Military Tactical Communications System. The BNET Family delivers unprecedented Network Capacity in terms of data rates, number of Users and minimal delay, BNET enables all Land, Sea and Air Radio Units to participate in a Single, Seamless, Scalable Mobile Adhoc Network (MANET).


C4I CONNECT: The C4I-Connect Integrated Communication Network optimises and establishes an instant communication pathway between multiple applications and a variety of Users and Sensors, anywhere, across different bearers. It also facilitates real-time tactical and strategic decision making. C4I-Connect is employed at Command & Control Centers as well as fixed, deployable or fully Mobile Sites. C4I-Connect Network Layer Services support both Tactical and Standard TCP/IP Applications.


BSAT: Satcom On-the-Move for Manoeuvering Forces provides Connectivity from anywhere, with everything. BSAT is specifically characterised, developed and tested to provide a Satcom response to the operational needs of Tactical Forces. BSAT is based on breakthrough Panel-Antenna Technology and State-of-the-Art Control and Tracking Mechanisms, enabling the highest performance efficiency in the smallest and lightest package.


Royal Thailand Army Receives Rafael's SPIKE Tactical Missile Systems
Rafael announced that the Royal Thailand Army (RTA) has recently received a supply of Rafael's SPIKE MR Missiles and Launchers following procurement of the Missile System earlier. The RTA selected the SPIKE MR (Medium-Range) Variant after a process of evaluation and procured its first lot of Missiles and Launchers designated for its 6th Infantry Division.


SPIKE MR is an Electro-Optical Fire & Forget Missile for ranges of 2.5 km. It is part of the wider SPIKE Missile Family, which consists of five Variants (SR, MR, LR2, ER2, NLOS) of Electro-Optical, Multi-Purpose, Multi-Platform Missiles, with ranges of up to 32km and Fire-and-Update Capabilities. To date, SPIKE has been sold to 35 countries, including 19 NATO Nations, with over 33,000 Missiles already supplied and more than 6,000 fired in tests and in combat. SPIKE Missiles have been integrated onto 45 different Vehicular, Helicopter and Naval Platforms.


Roman Palarya, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Rafael's Precision Tactical Weapon Systems Directorate said, "We are very proud that the Royal Thai Army has selected the SPIKE Missile. SPIKE has been in use in Asia for more than 20 years, and the selection of the SPIKE Missile by the RTA strengthens the SPIKE Missile User-base in Asia."


SPIKE SR Precision Tactical Guided Missile Capabilities Demonstrated in Estonia
The EDF (Estonian Defence Forces) has completed a firing of SPIKE SR (Short-Range) Missiles in a demonstration that took place in September. EuroSpike's (a European Joint Venture between Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Diehl Defence and Rheinmettal Defence) SPIKE SR is part of the wider, Multi-Platform, Multi-Purpose, Multi-Range SPIKE Family of Electro-Optical Missiles. It is an advanced, Shoulder-Launched, Guided Missile, designed for Modern Infantry Warfare. SPIKE SR benefits include a light-weight of only 10kg, operational simplicity, and an enhanced range of 2000 meters. SPIKE SR's ease-of-use allows the lower echelon Infantry to qualify rapidly and to sustain a high level of operation with almost no continuous training. During the demo, the EDF evaluated the System's operation & fired two SPIKE SR Missiles successfully, with precise target hits.


In addition to the firing of live rounds, the EDF activated the different training means of the Weapon System, including Outdoor and Indoor Trainers. The EDF also evaluated the high level of portability of the SPIKE SR, and the highly-effective tandem HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) Warheads, which allow advanced modern Armour Penetration, and the critical Stand-Off Range of 2000m. These capabilities enhance Infantry Crew survivability when facing today's modern tank threat that includes better armour, greater stand-off ranges and Advanced Optics, which place ATGM Units at risk. With  its very low signature and single-soldier operation, SPIKE SR enables Forces to ‘shoot-and-scoot’ without exposing their location. This is a crucial capability for both high intensity conflict, when facing an Armoured invasion, as well as in Hybrid Warfare, when proxy Armoured Forces operate to hold ground.


Packed in a 98 cm long Canister, SPIKE SR is highly Portable, allowing Infantry to easily and rapidly deploy with the weapon in any Ground Infantry Manoeuver. In September 2019, the Estonian MoD signed a 40M Euro Framework agreement with Eurospike for the supply of SPIKE LR ATGM’s, Launchers & Associated Maintenance & Training. The contract includes ICLU (Integrated Control Launch Units) Launchers and live SPIKE Rounds.


Estonia is one of 35 User Nations of the SPIKE Missile, and one of 19 Users in the EU and NATO. More than 33,000 SPIKE Missiles have been supplied to date worldwide, with over 5,500 SPIKE Missiles fired both in Training and in Combat; 45 Platforms Integrated, 16 Annual SPIKE User Clubs, 10 Product Lines.


The SPIKE 5th Gen. Precision Guided Tactical Missiles hit targets accurately, being among the most Combat-Proven Anti-Tank Solutions in the world. Suited for Land, Air and Naval Platforms, the SPIKE Family’s 5th Generation Electro-Optical Missiles provide unparalleled performance, Enhanced Lethality, Survivability and Deterrence for the Warfighter. These highly reliable, Multi-Purpose Missiles strike with the utmost accuracy, incorporating advanced technology, high reliability and low LCC. SPIKE’S broad deployment enables customers to collaborate with full Commonality and Interoperability between all the NATO and EU User Groups on operational and logistics levels.


SPIKE LR2 5th Gen.  Long-Range Missile is for 5.5 km; SPIKE NLOS 30-km Non-Line-of-Sight Precision Guided Missile for Complex Missions; SPIKE ER2 5th Gen. Extended-Range Missile for 10 km (ground), 16 km (rotary); SPIKE SR Shoulder-Launched “Fire & Forget” Short-Range Missile for 2km; SPIKE FIREFLY Miniature Organic Loitering Munition for BLOS Engagement in Close-Combat; EPIK - Electro-Optical Precision Integration Kit; EPIK transforms Unguided Rockets into accurate Precision Stand-Off Weapon Systems. EPIK extends rocket range up to 50% and enables pixel-level hitpoint definition. EPIK is an Electro-Optical Precision Integration KIT.


Rafael Contract to Supply Litening 5 and RecceLite Airborne EO Systems
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply 5th Generation Litening and RecceLite Airborne Electro-Optical Systems for installation on a Combat Platform of an undisclosed Air Force. Integrated with Rafael's Pods, the jet will now have combat-proven, stand-off capabilities using the Litening 5 Multi-Spectral Airborne Targeting Pod. The Litening Pod is in use by 27 Air Forces and carried by over 25 Platforms globally, including F-16, F-15, AV8B, F-18, F-4, F-5, A-10, B-52, Jaguar, LCA, AMX, Mirage 2000, Tornado, Typhoon, MiG-21, MiG-27, M346, KC390, Gripen and Sukhoi Su-27 & Sukhoi Su-30 and others.


Litening 5 delivers Real-time, Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR+SWIR) and Day HD Colour Camera Imagery. Its High-Resolution Sensors and effective EO/IR design ensure reliable operation at significant stand-off ranges. Litening 5 allows the operation of all types of Air-to-Surface Smart Weaponry, such as Laser-Guided, GPS-Guided and EO/IR Imaging-Guided Munition. Litening Pods have logged over 2 million flight hours, with more than two-thirds in contingency operations worldwide.


With the RecceLite ISR System, the Attack Aircraft will be able to perform target search, using advanced tools and other Smart Algorithms at the Interpretation Ground Station, for efficient Detection,Tracking and Sensor-to-Shooter closure. Using its advanced ISR, Image Processing and Artificial Intelligence, the System achieves optimal data-exploitation at the Ground Station of Intelligence Data relayed in real-time and mission execution in near-real-time. RecceLite has been delivered to 13 customers worldwide and integrated onto various Aircraft, including the F-16, F-18, Jaguar, AMX, Tornado, Typhoon, Gripen, M-346 and others. It is used by Air Forces in Europe, the Far East and South America. Guy Oren, VP, Head of Rafael's Electro-Optical Systems Directorate said, "We are proud of this contract and we look forward to cooperating with our customer to provide them with a significant Force-Multiplier for Cutting-Edge Mission Performance. Our EO/IR Systems are part of a comprehensive Aerial Package spanning from Air-to-Air Missiles, EW, Air-to-Surface Munition, Communication & more."


Targeting & ISR: End-to-End Situational Awareness
Rafael offers a full set of Adaptive, Robust and Comprehensive Aerial Surveillance Solutions for Unmatched Situational Awareness and High-Precision Strikes. Rafael offers Real-Time Intelligence and Long-Range Targeting through RecceLite XR 24/7 Real-Time Reconnaissance; Litening Advanced Targeting Pod; TopLite Electro-Optical ISR & Targeting System; ImiLite Multi-Source Intelligence; MIST Airborne Imaging Systems for Enhanced Defence & HLS; Aerial Surveillance Suite for IISR Mission Aircraft; Airborne Communications, which are High-Speed, Scalable and Robust. Ensure Forces are always connected and prepared with its proven, Secured Communications: BNET IP SDR Radio, Data-links for UAVs, Wireless Data-Links for Rafael’s Missile & Reconnaissance Solution and IP-based Tactical Networks. AIRSTAR achieves Airspace Dominance by expanding Early Warning & Surveillance Capabilities.

The Airstar Multi-Sensor System is for Extended ISR. The System leverages more than four decades of experience in Aerostat-Borne Surveillance and Targeting Systems,  providing Total Situational Awareness.