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   ** CHANAKYA 53rd YEAR ** MEDIA PARTNER - EUROSATORY 2022 SHOW SPECIAL PREVIEW ISSUE: JUNE 2022 **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 53rd Year in Defence Publishing: 48th Year of Monthly Publication       

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LOCKHEED MARTIN IN INDIA

Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), a Government of India Company under Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced that it signed agreements for the leasing of six Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from The Milestone Aviation Group Limited. In addition to the six helicopters, of which five have already been delivered, Milestone and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company are also providing Pawan Hans with comprehensive value and sustainment packages to support the phasing-in of this new helicopter type into its fleet.

Pawan Hans Leases Six Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from Milestone Aviation
The legendary S-76 Helicopter operates successfully in more than 40 countries on six continents, fu
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DIMDEX 2022 SHOW REPORT

The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) was held from 21st to 23rd March 2022 in Qatar. World-leading Defence, Naval and Maritime Companies like Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, CAE, Dassault Aviation, Dearsan, Elettronica, Fincantieri, General Atomics, GICAN, Havelsan, KNDS, L3Harris Technologies, Lacroix, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Navantia, Nexter, Northrop Grumman, Rafale International, Raytheon Technologies, Renk, Roketsan, Saab, Safran, Thales, etc. participated at DIMDEX 2022.

DIMDEX 2022 NAVAL SHOW REPORT
The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) wa
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8th WINGS INDIA 2022 SHOW REPORT

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organised the 8th Edition of Indian Aviation Show Series - Wings India 2022 from 24th to 27th March 2022 at Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport. Wings India 2022, had about 25 aircraft on static display, had the participation of about 100 companies, including companies like AAI, Adani Group, Airbus Group, ATR, Boeing, CFM, CSIR, Diamond Aircraft, Embraer, Honda Jet, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), L&T, Maini, National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Pawan Hans, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, etc.

WINGS INDIA 2022 REPORT
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organised the 8th Edition
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DSA 2020 SHOW REPORT

The 17th Defence Services Asia 2022 was held from 28th to 31st March 2022 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, along with NATSEC Asia 2022, focussed on Internal Security. The DSA Series has gone from strength to strength and is the largest Tri-Services Defence & National Security Show in Asia, which this time attracted about 1,100 exhibitors from 54 countries, including 20 International Group Pavilions.

Defence Services Asia 2022: DSA SHOW REPORT
Defence Services Asia (DSA) and National Security (NATSEC) Asia 2022, which are globally recognised
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ADAS 2022

Asian Defense & Security (ADAS) 2022, the 4th Asian Defense and Security, Crisis & Disaster Management Exhibition and Conference will be held from 27th to 29th April 2022 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. ADAS 2022 is a Tri-Services Defence and Security Exhibition for the Region.

Asian Defense & Security - ADAS 2022 SHOW PREVIEW
Asian Defense & Security (ADAS) 2022, the 4th Asian Defense and Security, Crisis & Disaster Managem
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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Solutions

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of High-Tech Defence Systems for Air, Land, Sea, and Space Applications for the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli Defence Establishment, as well as for customers around the globe. 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 Advanced Defense Systems Solutions
Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide r
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said that an efficient way to retain combat-edge is the induction and use of Unmanned Solutions. In the coming years, the Indian Navy will continue to focus on Unmanned Inductions. CHANAKYA Interviewed ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, covering Indian Navy’s Modernisation & Expansion Plans, recent Inductions, Naval Acquisitions, including Aircraft Carrier, Surface Combatants & ASW Craft, LPDs, Submarine Projects, Naval Helicopters, RPAS and Unmanned  Solutions, etc.

“Indian Navy has Continued to Focus on Self-Reliance & Indigenous Solutions”
ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW t
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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2022 REPORT

The Singapore Air Show 2022 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 15th to 18th February 2022, with attendance from few high-level Military Delegations including Senior Government Officials and leading industry players, featured about 600 exhibiting companies from about 40 countries. The Singapore Air Show had fewer participants in the Civil and Military Flying and Static Aircraft Displays that included the IAF’s LCA Tejas Mk.1 Fighter Jet, Airbus A400M, Dassault Aviation Falcon Business Jets, Embraer Profit-Hunter Commuter Jet, Lockheed Martin’s F-35, F-16D & F-22, with Sikorsky’s S-70B, Boeing’s F-15SG & P-8A Poseidon, Bell Boeing MV-22s, Elbit Systems’ Hermes 450 UAS, IAI Heron TP UAS, with Bell Helicopters on display.

SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2022 REPORT
The Singapore Air Show 2022 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 15th to 18th February 2022, w
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DRDO Indigenous Defence Systems & Technologies for Indian Defence Forces

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, has been nurturing as well as encouraging Indian Defence & Aerospace Industry to take up Defence Manufacturing. Today, more than 2000 Industry Partners have joined hands with DRDO in delivery of Components, Sub-systems, Systems, Platforms and Technologies for Indian Armed Forces. Many industries have achieved the capability and the capacity to become the Lead System Integrators. The technology of all systems is transferred to the Indian Industry for Production & Supply.

DRDO Indigenous Defence Systems & Technologies for Indian Defence Forces
The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, has been nurturing as
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IAF's RAFALE FIGHTERS

With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISE) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has recently tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy Carrier Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the IAF and Indian Navy.

Dassault Aviation Completes Deliveries of All 36 Rafales to IAF
With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France,
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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. A leading Military Aircraft Engine Manufacturer, No. 1 in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries, including the M88 Rafale Fighter Engines. Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. Safran is also a Partner in FCAS (Future Combat Air System), a Franco-British programme to develop a New-Generation Combat Drone. We feature the Safran M88 powering the Rafale, its Maintenance Training, and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in-India’, including the Manufacturing of the M88 Engine in India for Future Indian Fighters. Safran Aircraft Engines is implementing its full committment to ‘Make-in-India’.

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES M88
Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, wit
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Interview: Col. H.S. Shankar, CMD, Alpha Designs Technologies (ADTL)

Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ADTL) has got an Indian Army order for Loitering Munitions. In an Interview to Chanakya, Col. H.S. Shankar, VSM (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, spoke about the products and activities of ADTL, Bangalore.

“Manufacture of Loitering Munitions is in Advanced Stages at ADTL’s JVC with ELBIT - Alpha ELSEC”
Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ADTL) has got an Indian Army order for Loitering Munitions. In
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CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal

The CARMENTA Project will be based on EU owned solutions, so that EU Design Authority remains the baseline, in order to avoid any kind on non-EU dependencies. The Consortium includes the major EU Electronic Warfare Champions as well as the major EU Platform and System Integrators. In total it brings together 18 leading Industry Members like: Elettronica (Coordinator, Italy), Leonardo (Italy), Thales (France), SAFRAN (France), MBDA France, Indra (Spain), AIRBUS Defence & Space (Spain), AIRBUS Helicopters (Spain), Hensoldt (Germany), Terma (Denmark), etc. The project has a duration of 30 months and a budget of approximately 10 Million Euros.

CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal
Paolo Izzo, Chief Sales Officer of Elettronica, Coordinator Company of the CARMENTA Consortium, sai
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ROSOBORONEXPORT, RUSSIA

Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry, the sole Russian Rotorcraft Designer and Manufacturer and one of the few companies worldwide with the capability to Design, Manufacture, Service and test modern Civilian and Military Helicopters. Russian Helicopters is part of State Corporation Rostec. We take a look at the Russian Helicopters' Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter.

Russian Helicopters Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter
Rosoboronexport/ROSTEC - Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry,
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Chairman & Managing Director - Additional Charge, BEL

Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) now produces a wide range of State-of-the-Art Equipment in fields like Defence Communications, Radars, Naval Systems, C4I Systems, Weapon Systems, Homeland Security, Telecom & Broadcast Systems, Electronic Warfare, Tank Electronics, Electro-Optics, Electronic Components. Chanakya Interviewed Mrs. Anandi Ramalingam, Chairman & Managing Director - Additional Charge, BEL, on it’s Products & Exports, its presence in India & abroad, on its diversification initiatives, as well as its exhibits at DefExpo 2022.

“BEL is Fast Expanding its Global Presence”
Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) is a Navratna Company instituted to manufacture Communication Equipme
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BEML Contribution on Defence Services: By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED

Being India's major Defence Equipment Manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence Forces abreast with State-of-the-Art Military Equipment. Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director,  BEML LIMITED, writes a guest column on BEML.

BEML Contribution on Defence Services, By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED
Being India's major Defence Equipment Manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence Fo
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INTERVIEW: Venkat Katkuri, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia

Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF, along with an Offset Contract. Out of 56, 40 MTAs will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium. Chanakya Interviews VENKAT KATKURI, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia, covering the C295MW Variants and the New-Generation A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transporter on offer for IAF’s FRA Project.

“C295 Opens Doors for First ‘Make in India’ Aerospace Programme”
MoD signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport A
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INTERVIEW: BORIS SOLOMIAC, GENERAL DELEGATE, MBDA INDIA

With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. The MBDA Group designs and produces Missiles and Missile Systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea and Air. 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;  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; Brimstone Dual-Seeker Missile; Naval Missiles and on L&T MBDA Missile Systems Joint Venture in India.

“MBDA is a Committed Partner to the Indian Armed Forces”
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: R. MADHAVAN, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAL

One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Navigation and related Equipment. 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, Jaguar Darin-III Upgrade, HTT-40 BTA, IJT, LCH, LUH, ALH Dhruv Variants, UAS/RPAs, etc.

“83 LCA Mk-1A Contract Stipulates Deliveries from 2023-2024”
HAL is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare P
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, AVSM, NM, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL), the oldest Shipyard in India, has now become one of the premier Warshipbuilding Yards in India, producing Warships for the Indian Navy, which include Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes, Missile Boats, OPVs, etc. MDL has built 799 Vessels, including 26 Capital Warships and 6 Conventional Submarines. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, MDL, elaborates on MDL’s various activities.

“Indigenous Warship Building is a Success Story”
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL) has now become one of the premier Warshipbuilding Yards in Ind
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INTERVIEW: JORGE GARCÍA MONEDERO, INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, NAVANTIA

The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of highly technological state-of-the-art Warships for the Spanish Navy, which makes it a strategic company, and for the international market. Its activities include the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command & Control Systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. NAVANTIA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which is made up by a total of 15 state-owned companies. In this INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jorge García Monedero, International Commercial Director, Navantia, elaborates on Navantia’s interests in Indian Naval Defence.

“Navantia Wants to be the Best Partner at Sea”
The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of hi
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THALES

As India progresses towards its goal of becoming AtmaNirbhar, constructive measures are being taken across sectors including Defence. These measures along with efforts of the Industry will pave the way for long-term success of India's Indigenous Defence Sector. Ashish Saraf, Vice President & Country Director - India, Thales contributes this guest column on Thales India.

Thales, Partnering India's Defence Modernisation Journey: By Ashish Saraf, Vice President and Country Director - India, Thales
Thales has been playing a role in India's growth story by sharing its technologies & expertise in D
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MoD Signs Contract With Airbus Defence & 56 C295MW Transporters for IAF

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) on September 24th, 2021. The induction of Airbus C295MW Airlifters will be a significant step towards modernisation of the Transport Fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is a Transport Aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro Transport Aircraft of IAF.

MoD Signs Contract With Airbus Defence & Space, Spain for Acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for IAF
The IAF will become the 35th C295 Operator worldwide, with the programme reaching 278 aircraft, 200
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INDIAN AIR FORCE SPECIAL REPORT

The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 89th Anniversary on 8th October 2021 with the IAF Day Parade. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, addressed the IAF Day’s Annual Press Conference, covering some of IAF’s Acquisitions & Projects, emphasised on technologies for Future Warfare, and spoke on IAF’s deployments for the Eastern Ladakh Stand-Off. The Air Chief spoke about DEWs, Drones/Unmanned Systems, etc. In this Special Report on the IAF, we cover IAF’s Transformation Drive with new inductions and future Modernisation Plans with Updates on Rafale Fighters (featured separately), Fighter Squadrons, MRFA Fighters Competition, More MiG-29s & Su-30MKIs, AMCA & LCA Tejas, Spares for Mirage 2000s, AEW&C/AWACS & Flight Refuellers, Tactical Transporters, Helicopters - Apache, Chinook, LCH, LUH; Weapons - S-400, PGMs, Missiles and future procurements of Aero Engines, Air Defence Systems & Combat RPAS/UAS/CUAV, etc.

INDIAN AIR FORCE 89th ANNIVERSARY
The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 89th Anniversary on 8th October 2021 with the IAF Day Par
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IAF's RAFALE FIGHTERS

With the Indian Air Force (IAF) scheduled to have all the 36 contracted Dassault Aviation Rafale Fighters by early 2022,  India’s Air Superiority gets a boost. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had formally inducted the first five Rafale Fighter Aircraft into the IAF’s 17 Squadron, the 'Golden Arrows' at the Ambala AFS in September 2020. All 36 Rafale Omni-Role Fighters are expected to be inducted by 2022.

IAF’s Rafale Fighters Inductions Boost India’s Air Superiority
The IAF’s Rafale Long-Range Air Superiority & Precision Strike Fighters have the best Survivability
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Thales in India: Building a Trustworthy and Secure Tomorrow

Thales has been a steadfast Partner of India for close to seven decades now. Through a diverse mix of high-technology solutions, services and collaborations, the organisation has brought its global expertise in Defence, Digital Identity and Security, Aerospace, Space, and Transportation to India. Thales is proud of the Upgradation of the Mirage 2000 Fleet of the Indian Air Force. Apart from this, the company also offers a host of systems for India's Armed Forces ranging from Night Vision Devices and Carbines to Unguided Rockets for Attack Helicopters.

Thales in India: Building a Trustworthy and Secure Tomorrow, By Ashish Saraf, VP & Country Director - India, Thales
Thales will continue to help its customers master their decisive moments in an increasingly complex
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Embraer Defense & Security

As security demands grow amidst tighter budgets, Defence Forces in the Indo-Pacific Region are scrutinizing aircraft that can perform multiple roles while demonstrating reliability and low life-cycle costs, says Jackson Schneider, President & CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

Embraer’s Defense & Security Solutions: Designed for India’s Needs, by Embraer’s Defense & Security President & CEO Jackson Schneider
As security demands grow amidst tighter budgets, Defence Forces in the Indo-Pacific Region are scru
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MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS

With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. The MBDA Group designs and produces Missiles and Missile Systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea and Air. In total, the MBDA Group offers a range of 45 Missile Systems and Counter-Measures products already in operational service and over 15 others currently in Development Stage.

MBDA: Celebrating Indian Air Force Day During a Landmark Year, By Boris Solomiac, General Delegate, MBDA India
Chanakya features this guest contribution by BORIS SOLOMIAC, GENERAL DELEGATE, MBDA INDIA, who arti
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, 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 Dominance Capabilities, with New Rafales, more Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s, more MiG-29s & Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk.1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, Avro replacement with 56 C295MW MTAs, ALH Rudra Mk.IV, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Light Utility Helicopters (LUH); Mi-17V5s; Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters & Apache Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, etc. and various types of Radar & Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations.

“Upgrade of Existing Fleet of UAVs to Possess Combat Capability is Being Progressed”: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force

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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.