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** CHANAKYA 54th YEAR ** MEDIA PARTNER - DEFEA 2023 PREVIEW SPECIAL FOCUS; MEDIA PARTNER - LIMA 2023 SPECIAL SHOW PREVIEW; & MEDIA PARTNER - IMDEX ASIA 2023 SHOW PREVIEW FOCUS: MAY 2023 SPECIAL ISSUE **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 54th Year in Defence Publishing: 49th Year of Monthly Publication       

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INTERVIEW: WILLIAM L. BLAIR, VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LOCKHEED MARTIN INDIA

At Aero India 2023, Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which the IAF operates a fleet. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin announced the future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata Advanced Systems; and its’ Multi-Mission Rotorcraft, like Sikorsky’s MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

“F-21 Would Serve As a Force Multiplier for the Indian Air Force”
The MH-60R SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for ASW/ASuW
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INTERVIEW: LUDOVIC DUMONT, COUNTRY HEAD MBDA & MBDA INDIA GENERAL DELEGATE

MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles & Missile Systems, which designs & produces Missiles & Missile Systems for the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea & Air. The MBDA Group offers a range of 45 Missile Systems & Counter-Measures products already in operational service, including MBDA’s Range of Missiles for IAF’s Rafale Fighters, and over 15 missiles in development stage. Chanakya Interviews LUDOVIC DUMONT, Country Head MBDA & MBDA India General Delegate, who articulates on MBDA’s Range of Missiles for the IAF’s Rafale, & Rafale-M Fighter, including the Meteor BVRAAM & SCALP Missiles; MICA IR & RF Missiles for the Rafale & Upgraded Mirage 2000s of the IAF; Mistral ATAM for the ALH Rudra WSI & LCHs; ASRAAM Missiles for the Jaguar Fighter Upgrade & for the Tejas LCA Mk.1A.

“Tejas LCA Mk.1A to be Armed with MBDA ASRAAM Missile”
Ludovic Dumont also informs about the MBDA Brimstone & new AKERON MP Missiles; and MBDA’s Naval Mis
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INTERVIEW: JAJATI MOHANTY, CEO, SCHIEBEL INDIA

Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System is a proven capability for Military & Civilian Applications. The Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAS needs no prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It operates day and night, under adverse weather conditions, with a range out to 200 km, both on Land and at Sea. The S-100 navigates automatically via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or can be operated directly with a Pilot Control Unit. Missions are planned and controlled via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface.

“Camcopter S-100 is a Mission-Proven Asset”
High-definition Payload Imagery is transmitted to the Control Station in real-time. Using "fly-by-w
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INTERVIEW: ASHISH SARAF, VICE PRESIDENT & COUNTRY DIRECTOR, THALES IN INDIA

For almost decades, Thales has been Partnering the Indian growth story by sharing its technologies and expertise in Defence, Aerospace, Transport and Digital Identity & Security markets. Over the years, it has developed a mature industrial footprint in the country's Defence Sector via a diverse range of high-tech products, services, and collaborations, supporting the Indian Armed Services' Modernisation efforts.

“BDL is Progressing Well to Bring STARStreak MANPAD System to India”
Thales provides several State-of-the-Art Equipment & Systems aboard the Rafale Fighter - ‘Game-Chan
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: BHANU PRAKASH SRIVASTAVA, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL)

BEL, a Navratna PSU under the Ministry of Defence, is India’s leading Defence & Strategic Electronics Company, having the capabilities & expertise in Defence Electronics Domain. BEL produces Radar and Fire Control Systems, Weapon Systems, Communication, Network Centric Systems (C4I), Electronic Warfare Systems, Avionics, Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems & Sonars, Electro-Optics, Tank Electronics, Gun Upgrades, etc.

“BEL is Fast Expanding its Global Presence”
BEL has also been addressing the Non-Defence market by offering high quality products & solutions,
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AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE

With PM Modi laying the foundation stone of C295 Transport Aircraft Manufacturing Facility to manufacture C295 Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) through collaboration between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and Airbus Defence and Space S.A., Spain, the project is now underway in Gujarat. Out of 56, 40 C295 MTAs will be manufactured in India by the TATA Consortium. Interest is now shifting towards the C295 MPA - Maritime Patrol Aircraft, which is to be acquired by the Indian Navy, and is one of the multiple C295MW Variants manufactured by Airbus.

Airbus Remains Committed to Developing India’s Defence Industry
The focus is also back on the pending acquisition of the New-Generation A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker
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EMBRAER DEFENCE

Brazil’s Embraer, the 3rd largest Civil & Defence Aircraft Manufacturer worldwide, is participating at Aero India 2023, having plans for the Indian Air Force future programmes. Embraer Defense & Security plans to boost its local Partnerships and presence in India.

Embraer Defense & Security at Aero India 2023
The Embraer Defense & Security’s Portfolio includes Platforms of interest to India, like the C-390
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ATUL DINKAR RANE, DG BRAHMOS, DRDO and CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, for which the company has received new missiles orders. There is interest in BRAHMOS in South-East Asia, Middle East & Latin America, after an order from Philippines.

“Top-Most Priority is the Design and Development of BRAHMOS-NG”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General
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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 36 New Rafales, Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk.1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, 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 been inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations.

“IAF Plans to Induct Six Squadrons of the MRFA in a Phased Manner”
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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INDIAN NAVY CHIEF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said “Considering the indigenous expertise available with respect to design and construction of IAC-1, a repeat order of IAC-1 with suitable modifications to incorporate lessons learnt from IAC-1 and future capabilities envisaged is being explored.”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF: “AoN has been Accorded for Acquisition of 49 Ships & Six Submarines”
On the larger IAC-II, he said “The AoN for the project would be progressed in due course of time.”
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DEFEXPO INDIA 2023 GANDHINAGAR

DefExpo India 2022, the 12th in the Series of Biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition, was held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18th to 22nd October, 2022, and was claimed to be the largest-ever (100,000+ Sqm) with above 1,340 Exhibitors participating, mostly from India, with fewer International Displays and more Domestic Companies displays, with the MoD exhibiting several Indigenously Manufactured Defence Platforms, Systems & Equipment in an effort to promote Indian Defence Exports.

12th DEFEXPO INDIA 2022 SHOW REPORT
12th DefExpo 2022 was the first-ever edition exclusively for Indian Companies, with MoD claiming it
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EURONAVAL NAVY SHOW IN PARIS

EURONAVAL 2022, the International Naval Defence & Maritime Safety & Security Exhibition was  held from 18th to 21st October 2022 at Le Bourget in Paris. With its 27th Edition completing 55 Years, Euronaval maintained its position as a World-Class Show in Naval Defence & Maritime Safety & Security and a promoter of Innovation and new Naval & Maritime Technologies covering Surface Warfare, Undersea Technologies and Naval Air Systems as well.

EURONAVAL 2022 SHOW REPORT
At EURONAVAL 2022, Naval Group and the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) presented the PANG M
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INDIAN NAVY DAY

The past years witnessed some Naval Capability accretion with the commissioning of Indigenously-built State-of-the-Art Combat Platforms into the Indian Navy, including India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi & INS Visakhapatnam, besides INS Vela & INS Karanj Submarines. The year saw the Indian Navy accepting the First Batch of 3 MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters (MRH) in India, after the 3 in USA for crew training. Further, of the 45 Ships & Submarines under construction, 43 are being built at Indian Shipyards.

72 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT
With the IAC-1 INS Vikrant commissioning, the focus is now on the Carrier-Borne Fighters, ASW/ASuW
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Navantia, Reliable Partner for India

Spain’s Navantia has a long success story in the international market, as the result of the National Programmes for the Spanish Navy. Regarding the LPD programme, Navantia is Partnering with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) with a solution based on the Spanish Navy Juan Carlos I Class LPD, a superior design when it comes to perform an Expeditionary Force Deployment in a delicate scenario. It is an outstanding design trusted by the Spanish Navy, the Turkish Navy, and the Royal Australian Navy, where the ships play a major role in the international activity.

Navantia Is Currently Participating in Several International Cooperation Programmes
Navantia is also participating in the Submarine competition P-75(I) for the Indian Navy, with the S
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KONGSBERG NAVAL STRIKE MISSILE - NSM

KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace, a subsidiary of KONGSBERG, is Norway's premier supplier of Defence & Aerospace-related Systems & Solutions, including products & systems for Command & Control, Information, Data Handling, Surveillance, Communications Solutions, Space Technology, Missiles and Remotely Controlled Systems. In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, elaborated on the NSM & JSM success story.

INTERVIEW: JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace AS
In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, K
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GARDEN REACH SHIPBUILDERS

Indian Navy Day is also proud moment for GRSE as the organisation has been associated with the Indian Navy for long and over the last six decades, we have primarily been building Warships and other Vessels for the country's Navy and Coast Guard. From Frigates, Corvettes, Fleet Tankers, Landing Ship Tank, Landing Craft Utility to Survey Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Fast Attack Craft - the repertoire is rich and varied, says Cmde P. R. Hari, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited, in this Special Guest Contribution.

GRSE: Creating New Horizons in Maritime Security by Cmde P. R. Hari, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited
Over last 61 years, GRSE has built 788 Platforms including 107 Warships for Indian Navy, Indian Coa
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C295MW AIRLIFTERS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of C295 Transport Aircraft Manufacturing Facility - the country’s first in the Private Sector in Vadodara, Gujarat on October 30th, 2022. The facility will manufacture C295 Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) through collaboration between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and Airbus Defence and Space S.A., Spain.

Prime Minister Modi Lays Foundation Stone of C295 Transport Aircraft Manufacturing Facility in Vadodara
This is the first project of its kind in which a Military Aircraft will be manufactured in India by
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DASSAULT AVIATION RAFALE-M FOR INDIAN NAVY

With the Deliveries of all 36 IAF Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed, and the Indian Navy having already tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy’s Carrier-Fighter Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the Indian Navy as well, which is soon starting its trials of the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Variant on its Aircraft Carrier, and can go for 26 Rafale-Marine Variants, in a competition with Boeing’s F/A-18, which has heated up now.

RAFALE - MARINE Force Multiplier at Sea
While 325 Rafales Fighters have been ordered (133 for export) and 239 delivered by the end of 2021,
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IAI's DEFENCE SYSTEMS

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a world-class Aerospace and Defence Company innovating and delivering state-of-the-art technologies in Space, Air, Land, Naval, Cyber & Homeland Security for Defence and Commercial markets. In India, IAI’s Weapon Systems & Unmanned Systems are in Service with the Indian Defence Forces, with IAI opening new Subsidiaries in India and signing MoUs with HAL.

IAI’s Strategic & Tactical Systems
IAI provides customers with tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face
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SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

Recently, the CEO of French Aircraft Engine Maker SAFRAN called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and briefed the RM on Safran’s Mission in India. A World-Leading Military Aircraft Engine Manufacturer, No. 1 in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines powers some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries, including the M88 Engine for Rafale Fighters. Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters are global benchmarks

French Aircraft Engine Maker SAFRAN Group CEO Meets Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Chanakya features the Safran M88 Engine powering the Rafale Fighters and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Security

In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Security, elaborates on the Embraer Defense & Security New-Generation C-390 Millennium being selected by The Netherlands to replace its C-130 Hercules Transporter, and on its Aerial Refuelling Configuration - the KC-390 Multi-Mission Airlifter. Considering the potential of Indian Industry that can be leveraged, Jackson Schneider views India as not just a customer, but also as a promising Partner in the APAC Region. He further elaborates on Embraer’s AEW&C, A-29 Super Tucano Fighter & ISR Solutions.

“We foresee India as a Promising Partner in the APAC Region”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Secu
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DASSAULT AVIATION RAFALES

With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISEs) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has already 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 under the MRFA Project, and the Indian Navy, which is soon starting its trials of the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Variant on the INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier, can go for 26 Rafale-Marine Variants, a competition which has heated up now.

36 Dassault Aviation Rafales With IAF, Will Indian Navy Go for 26 Rafales?
While the Indian Navy has already tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluat
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Navantia, Reliable Partner for India

Navantia is attending Defexpo 2022 with the commitment of strengthening ties with the Indian Industry, finding ground for collaboration and for developing further the promising future of the Naval Industry in India. The company is confident in bringing its best endeavour and commitment in order to meet both the Indian Navy needs and the Government’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat strategy in the Defence Sector.

Navantia, Reliable Partner for India
Navantia is attending Defexpo 2022 with the commitment of strengthening ties with the Indian Indust
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INTERVIEW: William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which the IAF operates a fleet. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an equally impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin announced the future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata Advanced Systems; and its’ Multi-Mission Rotorcraft, like Sikorsky’s MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The MH-60R SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for ASW/ASuW, now being delivered to the Indian Navy. Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, covering all these and other programmes of Lockheed Martin in India.

“F-21 Will Leverage Advanced Technologies from Across Fighter Portfolio”
Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Ma
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INTERVIEW: ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, L&T MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS LIMITED (LTMMSL)

MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles & Missile Systems, which designs & produces Missiles & Missile Systems for the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea & Air. Chanakya Interviews ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, LTMMSL, who articulates on MICA IR & RF Missiles for the IAF’s Upgraded Mirage 2000s; alongwith Naval Missiles like Sea Ceptor & Exocet MM40 Block 3 Anti-Ship Missile, which is on offer for the Indian Navy, and ATGM5 for Indian Army. L&T MBDA Missile Systems is a Joint Venture in India between MBDA & L&T.

“L&T MBDA is Focused on Winning New Flagship Missile Programmes”
Chanakya Interviews ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, LTMMSL, who articulates on MICA IR & RF Missiles fo
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A. D. RANE, DG BRAHMOS, DRDO and CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, for which the company has received new missiles order. There is interest in BRAHMOS Missiles in countries like Vietnam & Indonesia, after an order from Philippines. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General BRAHMOS, DRDO & Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace, said that BRAHMOS Weapon has “Steep Dive & Deep Penetration” Capability. He articulated on the success achieved by various BRAHMOS Variants’ proven capabilities, including the Block-III LACM. On future plans of BrahMos Aerospace, he elaborated on the BRAHMOS NG Variant, their top-most priority, and on the successful BRAHMOS-A tests of the Airborne Cruise Missile for IAF’s Su-30MKI Fighter, and on the BrahMos ‘Make-in-India’ initiatives.

“BRAHMOS Stands Out as an Ultimate Weapon System for Multiple Platforms”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, 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 & related Equipment, and also Designs, Fabricates & Assembles Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare Parts. In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, 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.

“Deliveries of 83 Mk-1A Aircraft Would Commence from February 2024”
In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindust
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General Anil Chauhan Takes Over as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

General Anil Chauhan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM assumed office as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on 30th September  2022. General Chauhan is also the Principal Military Advisor to  Raksha Mantri on all Tri-Services matters as well as the Head of Department of Military Affairs, MoD, as the Secretary. He is also the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC).

CDS Vows to Deal with Challenges Together
General Anil Chauhan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM assumed office as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)
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INTERVIEW: Venkat Katkuri, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia

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, along with an Offset Contract. The induction of Airbus C295MW Airlifters will be a significant step towards Modernisation of the IAF’s Transport Fleet. 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.

“A330 MRTT Carries Upto 111 Tonnes of Fuel, Highest Capacity of All Tanker Aircraft”
Chanakya Interviews VENKAT KATKURI, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia, covering th
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INTERVIEW: ALAIN GARCIA, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Global Services

Boeing Defense, Space & Security has supplied C-17s, Apaches & Chinooks to the IAF, and P-8Is with Harpoon Missiles to the Indian Navy. Apaches for the Indian Army are to be delivered. In an Interview to Chanakya, Alain Garcia, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Global Services, highlighted some capabilities of the F-15EX, which is participating in the Indian Air Force MRFA Fighter competition; and elaborated on Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet Block-III, which is participating in Indian Navy’s Carrier-borne Fighter competition. F/A-18 Super Hornets participated in the Operational Demonstration test flights in May & June 2022 in Goa, performed at India's Shore-Based Facility, where conditions similar to that on the indigenously-developed Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant were simulated. Soon, the INS Vikrant Carrier trials will commence. Alain also covered Boeing’s India activities.

“Super Hornet Proved its Ability to Take-Off Within INS Vikrant Ski-Jump Parameters”
In an Interview to Chanakya, Alain Garcia, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defen
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL)

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 about 800 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.

“MDL is Building 4 P-15B Missile Destroyers”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managin
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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 36 New Rafales, 34 out of 51  Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III 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 been inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly covered many IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AEW&Cs, FRA, Transporters, Trainers, Air Defence, S-400, Missiles, UAS/RPAS, CUAS, UAVs, Upgrading Combat Helicopters, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya:

“Work is Underway for the Development of Armed Drone Technology by DRDO”: CAS
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches GRSE Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched Y-3023 Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders Limited (GRSE) in Kolkata on July 15th, 2022. P17A Frigates are follow-on class of the P17 (Shivalik-Class) Frigates with improved Stealth features, Advanced Weapons and Sensors and Platform Management Systems. Seven P17A Frigates are under various stages of construction at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and GRSE.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh Launches Y-3023 Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate at GRSE, Kolkata
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commended GRSE for its unstinted support in the field of Ship Produc
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Navantia S81 'Isaac Peral' Submarine Completes Initial Sea Trials

Navantia has just introduced Jose Porto, a Naval Architect with 19 years of experience in Military Programmes, who is taking over the Navantia India Liaison Office, which is located in New Delhi. Mr. Jose Porto has filled up different positions across the S80 Submarines Programme, and over the last four years he was working for the DDG TSP Programme for the Australian Navy as Platform Systems Engineering Manager focused on increasing Australia Defence Capabilities and transferring knowledge.

Navantia S81 'Isaac Peral' Submarine Completes Initial Sea Trials
“The S80 Submarines integrate cutting-edge technologies and innovate solutions, validating that all
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Boeing Focused On Expanding India’s Supply Chain Capabilities

It is Boeing’s honour and privilege to have been a strong partner of Indian Aerospace for more than 75 years now. On the completion of 75 Years of India’s Independence, we remain dedicated to the Nation’s inspiring progress. This Partnership has only deepened with time and continues to grow, says Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India, in this Guest contribution.

India@75: Boeing Focused On Expanding India’s Supply Chain Capabilities, by Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India
The world as we knew it is changing and India will play an important role in the new emerging world
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MBDA and India, Longstanding Partners

MBDA is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence Day. India and MBDA share a long history of Partnership in equipping the Indian Armed Forces going back to the early days of India’s Independence, says Ludovic Dumont – General Delegate, MBDA, in this Guest contribution.

MBDA and India, Longstanding Partners, by Ludovic Dumont– General Delegate, MBDA
MBDA today has two focuses providing the highest performing Missile Technologies to India, and seco
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Embraer Defense & Security C-390 Millennium

The recent weeks have been busy and exciting times for Embraer Defense & Security, the C-390 Millennium programme is going from strength to strength. The KC-390 Millennium, the Air-to-Air Configuration of the C-390 Millennium, was on display at the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in the United Kingdom in July, says Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security, in this guest contribution.

The C-390 Millennium from Embraer Defense & Security, by Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security
In addition to the Brazilian Air Force, the C-390 aircraft has been acquired by NATO Nations includ
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EUROSATORY 2022 REPORT

Eurosatory 2022, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was  held from 13th to 17th June 2022 at Paris Villepinte. Eurosatory presented the strategic trends, technological developments and innovations in Future Defence, in the areas of UAVs, Helicopters, C4I and Joint Services Programmes, Futuristic MBTs, Combat Vehicles, Artillery Systems, Missile Systems, Ordnance, Infantry Solutions, etc.

EUROSATORY 2022 SHOW REPORT
Eurosatory 2022, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was held
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FARNBOROUGH 2022 PREVIEW

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2022 is being held from 18th to 22nd July 2022 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, with participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers.

FARNBOROUGH 2022 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
The Farnborough International Air Show 2022 will be held from 18th to 22nd July 2022 at the Farnbor
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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
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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.

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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.

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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
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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”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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: 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”
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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”
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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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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
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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'
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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”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,

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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
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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.

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“F-21 Would Serve As a Force Multiplier for the Indian Air Force”

INTERVIEW: WILLIAM L. BLAIR, VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LOCKHEED MARTIN INDIA


At Aero India 2023, Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which the IAF operates a fleet. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin announced the future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata Advanced Systems; and its’ Multi-Mission Rotorcraft, like Sikorsky’s MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).


“F-21 Would Serve As a Force Multiplier for the Indian Air Force”

The MH-60R SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for ASW/ASuW, now being delivered to the Indian Navy. Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, covering all these and other programmes of Lockheed Martin in India.


Q.  While highlighting the superior characteristics of the new F-21 Fighter offered for IAF's MRFA competition under the 'Make-in-India' initiative, what are the advantages over its competitors, and which Lockheed Martin 5th Gen. Fighter technologies are incorporated in the F-21 programme? Further, does Lockheed Martin's offer have any technologies which could be incorporated in the development of the indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) in India?


A.  The IAF currently faces a Fighter Squadron deficit required to meet its regional security needs. Lockheed Martin has proposed the F-21 as the ideal solution to meet India's capability, force structure, affordability, Make-in-India & Skill India requirements. The F-21 would serve as a Force Multiplier for the Indian Air Force (IAF) with an unmatched capability-to-cost ratio compared to the competition.


The aircraft is equipped with State-of-the-Art Systems and Sensors that would allow the Indian Air Force to detect, track and engage multiple targets in a contested environment. The aircraft features numerous India-Specific Capabilities - inside and out - uniquely configured to meet the Indian Air Force's requirements. Production of the F-21 in India will create tens of thousands of new highly skilled jobs within the Indian Industrial Base. This large development programme represents an opportunity to support a US$ 165 Billion global sustainment market and includes a robust production plan.


The platform is configured with the latest Sensors and Mission Avionic Systems that couple onboard and off-board data information into an effective, easy to manage combat situation display. Years of pilot-vehicle interface design - that Lockheed Martin developed for the data-intensive 5th Generation F-35 and F-22 Platforms - will be incorporated into the F-21. Lockheed Martin has a long history of leveraging capabilities across platforms, and we have an extremely high level of confidence in the maturity and performance of these 5th Generation capabilities when integrated onto the F-21.


The F-21 has a 30 percent lower life-cycle cost and carbon footprint almost entirely because it is a lighter weight, single-engine aircraft that doesn't burn as much fuel compared to twin-engine competitors/platforms. Furthermore, the F-21 offering includes sourcing advanced systems and components from across India via our unrivaled track record of developing robust industrial ecosystems across the globe.


The current and future state of warfare is and will be around gathering and sharing information across multiple domains - Air, Space, Land, Sea, and Cyber - to make effective warfighting decisions as quickly as possible. The F-21 will be able to integrate across these domains and across Indian Services to provide current and future relevance. Our F-21 offer is also "Made in India" which addresses the goals of "AtmaNirbhar Bharat" while providing India with an improved security cooperation relationship with the United States.


Q.  Elaborate on the MoUs signed with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) to explore industrial opportunities in the F-21 programme? Could you tell us if there has been any progress achieved so far with these MoUs?


A.  Lockheed Martin signed MoUs with India's Premier Aerospace and Defence Companies, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) at Aero India 2021 and DefExpo 2020, respectively. The focus of these MoUs is to explore industrial opportunities which strengthen and grow our relationships with Indian Industry to generate jobs and economic benefits in support of "Make in India, Self-Reliant India, and Start-Up India" initiatives, as well as in support of India's Air Power Mission.


Q.  Do update us on any progress been made with the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for the IAF's Fighters, and which Electronics Warfare (EW) Capabilities does Lockheed Martin offer to the Indian Defence Forces? Further, has there been any progress with making some parts of the Sniper & IRST21 in India?


A.   Lockheed Martin has a wide array of capabilities including expertise in Targeting and Reconnaissance Sensors. In fact, Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod and Infrared Search and Track (IRST21) will soon have licenses for parts to be made in India. We are working with the U.S. Government to secure these licenses and anticipate sending quote requests soon.


Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) is the most widely deployed Targeting Pod in combat today, chosen by the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and more than 25 International Air Forces for its superior targeting capability. Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) is a proven Electro-Optical Targeting System housed in a single, lightweight structure.

Sniper ATP completes the most challenging precision targeting and non-traditional Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Missions in Air-to-Ground, Maritime & Air-to-Air environments. Sniper ATP has been integrated across multiple platforms, including U.S. Air Force and multinational F-2, F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1, B-52, FA-50, Harrier, Rafale, and Typhoon aircraft. Sniper ATP has an ongoing product improvement programme, which functions as a roadmap to enhance Sniper ATP's capabilities. Under this programme, we are pursuing a variety of enhancements, including a digital interface and extended-range combat identification, among other efforts.


The IRST21 is a Passive, Long-Range System that uses a Long-Wave Infrared Sensor capable of detecting, tracking and engaging airborne targets in radar-denied environments. The IRST21 is the Next Generation of Lockheed Martin's Legacy IRST Sensor System, with more than 300,000 flight hours. The system can autonomously, or in combination with other sensors, support the guidance of Beyond-Visual-Range Missiles. Fielded and in-production now, IRST21 is transportable for fighter, non-fighter, and Unmanned Air Vehicles. More reaction time, improved survivability and unmatched threat detection make IRST21 a powerful tool for achieving Air Superiority.


Q.  With the C-130J Super Hercules in service with the Indian Air Force, are there any discussions regarding the next batch of Super Hercules for the IAF? Briefly tell us about the IAF contract signed to support the C-130J Fleet in India, and on the Simulation Training Centre set-up for IAF's C-130Js Flight Training requirements?


A.  The C-130J continues to be a vital asset for the Indian Air Force (IAF) demonstrating Multi-Mission Capability with high availability in service. The IAF uses its fleet to support a variety of requirements, from cargo delivery to Military Missions to providing vital humanitarian aid. The IAF extensively used its fleet of Super Hercules for humanitarian efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and Afghanistan crisis for transportation of relief materials, equipment and personnel in the areas affected during Assam floods.


In August 2021, the Indian Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a US$ 328.8 Million, five-year contract to provide dedicated and Comprehensive Support for the IAF's Fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules Aircraft. Through this Follow On Support II (FOS) contract, Lockheed Martin Teams manage the programme, logistics and engineering support elements necessary to sustain the IAF's C-130J Fleet.


In Partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin is meeting the increasing global demand for C-130J Military Flight Training for the Indian Air Force at the C-130J Super Hercules Simulator Training Center at Hindon Air Station in India. This State-of-the-Art Training Center provides qualitative and quantitative training to C-130J Pilots, Combat System Operators and Loadmasters. Through realistic and holistic learning environments, crew members are able to hone critical tactical and operational skills to conduct a variety of missions including humanitarian aid, natural disaster support, Airlift, Search and Rescue and Special Operations.


For all Nations operating C-130Js, the Lockheed Martin C-130J domestic and international Mobility Training Programmes, including C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (JMATS), provide a comprehensive range of Training Devices and Training Support Services teaching aircrew and maintenance personnel without having to step foot in an aircraft. Launched in 2000, the C-130J MATS programme provides training devices, training aids, device modernisation, and courseware development for C-130J Pilots, Loadmasters, Maintainers, Combat System Operators and Crewmasters. The C-130J MATS Programme has delivered 36 Flight Simulators, 64 other simulators and 26 courses with more than 3,300 lessons across eight configurations to date with 26 additional new device deliveries planned through early 2024. In addition, the C-130J MATS Training Systems Support Center (TSSC) provides configuration management, engineering tasks and Cyber Security for the Air Mobility Command, Air National Guard and Naval Aviation Systems Command end users. The TSSC provides operational support across a wide range of infrastructure elements, keeping the Training System current, configured, relevant and modern.


We would be happy to support the Indian Government in procurement of additional C-130Js, should there be an opportunity to do so. The global demand for Super Hercs is only increasing, as exemplified by additional U.S. Government contracts; new deliveries for Germany, Indonesia and New Zealand; and the announcement from the Australian Department of Defence to acquire 24 new C-130J-30s. These C-130J acquisitions provide a natural follow-on opportunity for other operators thanks to production line and supply chain stabilization, and an increasing global C-130J footprint that already includes 26 operators in 22 Nations. Ready. Available. Proven. The C-130J stands ready to support India's Tactical Airlift needs today and for decades to come.


Q.  With Indian Navy utilizing the first three MH-60Rs in USA for training air crews, and three more delivered at Kochi, by when do you expect the next batches of Indian Navy's 24 MRHs to arrive in India? Further, briefly update us on the Systems, Sensors & Weapons on the MH-60R SeaHawks and their Multi-Mission Capabilities for the ASW &ASuW Roles?


A.  The Indian Navy's acquisition of MH-60R "Romeo" Helicopter is the largest contract Lockheed Martin has ever signed with India. Through the India MH-60R programme, Lockheed Martin is excited to work with Indian companies to further develop long-term potential business relationships.


The MH-60R "Romeo" is the most capable and mature Anti-Submarine (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Multi-Mission Helicopter available in the world today. Lockheed Martin has a proven delivery record with 100% on time delivery of over 330 MH-60Rs to the U.S. and six International Navies including the Indian Navy. The MH-60R combines the world's most reliable and cost-effective Naval Helicopter with most advanced & integrated ASW/ASuW Mission System & Sensors. The aircraft has the lowest operating and sustainment costs of any Maritime Helicopter with the most advanced capabilities required for Indian Navy to meet all Complex Missions.


The first three MH-60R Helicopters were delivered to India in the U.S. in 2021 and are being utilised to train Indian pilots and crew members. In July/August 2022, the Indian Navy accepted the delivery of another three helicopters at Kochi International Airport and they will be initially based at Naval Air Station INS Garuda in Kochi. A total of 24 MH-60Rs will be delivered in country over the next few years.


Q.  With India planning to induct large number of UAS/UAVs of all types, do elaborate on the range offered by Lockheed Martin in the Unmanned Domain - Air, Land & Sea, which could be of interest to the Indian Defence Forces? Further, tell us about the MoU signed with Garuda Aerospace on UAS Solutions?


A.   Lockheed Martin's Unmanned Technologies can play a predominant role in modern-day warfare situations. Our portfolio of sophisticated Unmanned Systems iscurrently being used for a variety of lifesaving Military and Commercial Applications, and the demand for these capabilities is growing.


In addition, advancements that support Autonomous and Optionally-Piloted Operations, like Sikorsky's MATRIX Technology, will change the ways Aviators and Air Crews execute their missions, assisting when flying with reduced crew or limited visibility. MATRIX is like a virtual second pilot that will help operators fly safely and confidently in dangerous and complex missions. It can leverage Full Authority Flight Control inputs for Autonomous Flight - including take-off, route planning, obstacle avoidance, site selection and landing. MATRIX Technology will enable operators to fly more manned missions in adverse weather or restricted visibility, fly missions more effectively in complex and obstacle rich environments, eliminate sources of pilot and operator error, and reduce operating costs.


The technology has been integrated and extensively flight tested on various aircraft including the S-76B and a Black Hawk. During 2022, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, in partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), successfully demonstrated Sikorsky's MATRIX Technology Autonomy System, which forms the core of DARPA's ALIAS (Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System) Project.


During demonstrations in 2022, pilots landed the aircraft, then flipped a switch in the cockpit to give control to the flight computer. With no humans on board, the Fully Autonomous Aircraft avoided imagined buildings while route re-planning in real-time, and delivered internal and external cargo loads over long distances at 100 knots speed. The team also showed how a ground operator with a secure radio and tablet can take control of the uncrewed helicopter, command it to release its sling load, and then land to evacuate a casualty.


Ahead of DefExpo 2022, Garuda Aerospace and Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to integrate Garuda Aerospace's Made-In-India Drones with Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems' advanced Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) Software Solutions for Defence and Commercial purposes. The companies also committed to explore expanded partnership opportunities to work closely to build a strong data processing capability and develop joint algorithms, which will cater to a wide range of drones and various drone-based service applications in sectors such as defence, agriculture, mining, large scale mapping and industrial inspection.


Q.  With the IAF's Apache Attack Helicopters inducted into the IAF and the Indian Army set to get their first batch, elaborate on the Lockheed Martin Cockpit/Avionics Systems, Sensors, Launchers and Missiles on the Indian Apaches?


A.   Lockheed Martin's Apache Fire Control products include Electro-Optical Sensors and Radar Technologies for the AH-64E Apache Helicopter. Our products provide aircrews with enhanced situational awareness and greater performance and survivability.


The E-model Apache is the most advanced variant of the Attack Helicopter. The E-model is equipped with the Gen III Target Acquisition Designation Sight / Pilot Night Vision Sensor (Gen III TADS/PNVS). Known as the "Eyes of the Apache," it provides pilots with long-range, precision targeting and pilotage capabilities for safe flight during day, night and adverse weather missions. The modular design makes for reduced maintenance, therefore maximising sustainability efforts and enhancing the product's life-cycle. The combat-proven system has been fielded on above 700 U.S. Army Apaches.


Gen III Day Sensor Assembly (Gen III DSA) is what modernises the Gen III TADS/PNVS System. It provides a high-definition near Infrared (IR) and Colour TV Sensor that adds color to the cockpit and greatly improves image resolution.

Colour Imagery gives the aircrew better situational awareness for targeting and flight operations. The Co-Pilot Gunner views the target image on a 5"x5" Ultra resolution colour Cockpit Display. Gen III DSA also incorporates an updated Laser Rangefinder Designator, TV Sensor, and Laser Spot Tracker components.


LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LBL) is a Joint Venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corporation. When coupled with the Apache's unique system of sensors approach, LONGBOW FCR gives aircrews the capability to scan large areas at long ranges to identify threats and targets for prosecution with a low probability of being detected. If a target is identified, the data can be handed off to a Missile and Launch System, or if a target needs further identification and classification, the data is handed off to the Gen III TADS System for increased visual identification.


LBL provides increased FCR capabilities to the Apache AH-64E Version 6 Helicopter. Version 6 FCR Software enhancements provide new operational modes and capabilities, including Maritime, single target track, and 360-Degree Surveillance Mode, as well as extended detection range against Land, Air and Sea targets.  


Q.  Earlier the Lockheed Martin-Raytheon Javelin Joint Venture had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bharat Dynamics Ltd. (BDL) to explore co-production of the Javelin Anti-Tank Missile System. Kindly elaborate on any further discussions that have taken place for co-production of the Javelin in India, and any progress in identifying Javelin components which can be made in India?


A.   Javelin is the world's most versatile one-man Portable and Platform-employed Anti-Tank Precision Weapon System which is capable of defeating all known armour as well as a wide array of regular and irregular targets. Javelin can be deployed in both a dismounted and mounted role. Using "fire-and-forget" technology, the weapon guides itself to the target, allowing Soldiers and Platform assets to reposition out of harm's way once the missile is fired. Javelin offers more than 20 years of proven performance, which includes combat operations in multiple theaters with more than 5,000 firings. With nearly 50,000 Javelin deliveries, the Weapon System is anticipated to be in the U.S. Military's operational inventory through 2050.


Lockheed Martin has also worked with Ashok Leyland to develop the Next-Generation Military Vehicle for India and global market. As a proof point of customizing solutions to fit our partner's missions, we've integrated Javelin ATGM on the Light Specialist Vehicle.


The Javelin Joint Venture Team signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) at the 11th edition of DefExpo 2020 to explore co-production of the Javelin Anti-Tank Missile System to fulfil potential future requirements of the Indian Ministry of Defence. Lockheed Martin is currently working with BDL to develop Technology Control Plans. These plans will provide guidance on ensuring our product's data is contained appropriately. Additionally, the team is also working to identify the Javelin components that can be made in India.


Q.  Kindly give us an update on the Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd. JV at Hyderabad, which already manufactures C-130 empennage products and also C-130 centre wing box spares, and is now qualified to produce the Fighter Wing at the TLMAL Facility to support the campaign of F-21 Fighters for the Indian Air Force?


A.   Lockheed Martin continues to build upon its more than three decades of Partnership with India, expand collaborations with local industry to support the evolution of an Indigenous Defence Manufacturing Ecosystem, and further advance India's Strategic Security and Industrial Capabilities.


Our Joint Venture with Tata Advanced Systems Limited, Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL), was established in Hyderabad over a decade ago.The facility produces major Aerostructure Components for the C-130J Super Hercules Transport Aircraft. TLMAL is the sole supplier of these components to Lockheed Martin and is an integral part of our Global Supply Chain. To date, TLMAL has manufactured and delivered more than 180 C-130J Empennages. Lockheed Martin also Partnered with TLMAL to build one of the most technologically Complex Aerostructures - a fuel-carrying 9G, 12,000 hour, Interchangeable/Replaceable Fighter Wing. Interestingly, more than 70% of the detail parts for the wing were produced indigenously. Further, this effort was not an offset project - it was Lockheed Martin demonstrating to India, and to the world, the degree of confidence that exists in our relationships with our partners in India and with the extended Indian ecosystem.


Lockheed Martin is one of the only Aerospace and Defence Companies with a Complex Aerostructure Capability for Advanced Fighters in India. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics provided, at its cost, both on site and remote support to facilitate the Wing Production preparation and Demonstration Phases. Production of Fighter Wings indigenously will support in building a Global Defence Ecosystem and increasing indigenisation by accelerating India's manufacturing and technical capabilities, while creating thousands of new jobs in India. Through this Prototype Project, TLMAL demonstrated the capability to perform detailed part manufacturing, sub-assembly, integration and assembly, and delivery of a fully compliant representative Fighter Aircraft Wing Shipset. This included the wing box, wing trailing edge panels, leading edge flaps and seals, wing flaperons and flaperon seals, wing fuselage fairings, installations, testing and checkout, quality inspections and final close out.


TLMAL's commitment throughout this prototype programme by meeting all of Lockheed Martin's requirements has given the team full confidence in TLMAL's capability to produce an on time, affordable and quality Fighter Wing. The Transfer of Technology and manufacturing rigor that Lockheed Martin and Tata have demonstrated through the Fighter Wing Qualification Project will transfer to the F-21 if/when selected by the Indian Air Force.


Q.  Briefly update us on the Tata-Sikorsky JV at Hyderabad making S-92 Helicopter Cabins for export?


A.  Tata Sikorsky Aerospace Limited (TSAL) is our Joint Venture in Hyderabad between Tata and Sikorsky, which manufactures Aerospace Components for Commercial Helicopters and Aircraft and has expanded to include Aircraft Engine Components for Aerospace Industry companies as well. The facility is also fully integrated into the Global Supply Chain and bears testimony to our contribution to the development of Indo-U.S. Defence Industrial Partnership. Established over a decade ago, TSAL has delivered 157 S-92 Cabins to date. TSAL has positively impacted India's Defence economy, and the contributions of Hyderabad have helped the S-92 Aircraft surpass more than 2 million flight hours. Programmes like these create opportunities for knowledge sharing and Strategic Technology Transfer and strengthen the industries of all involved.


Q. What is Lockheed Martin's major focus at Aero India 2023 and what exhibits will be on display?


A.  We are really excited to participate in Aero India 2023 and reiterate our commitment to supporting the growth of an Indigenous Defence Manufacturing Ecosystem, advancing the Aerospace and Start-Up Ecosystem, and strengthening India's Strategic Security and Industrial Capabilities. We see tremendous opportunity in India's Defence Industry - both Private and Public. Aligned with our commitment to 'AtmaNirbhar Bharat' and 'Make in India' initiatives, we look forward to further strengthening our Partnerships across the country with companies of all sizes, including MSMEs.


Our focus at the show will be to exhibit our advanced security platforms and capabilities including: F-21 Fighter Aircraft Cockpit Demonstrator; MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter; C-130J Aircraft; S-92 Helicopter; S-76 Helicopter; CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helicopter.