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   ** Official Media Partner: EUROSATORY 2018 & SEA FUTURE 2018 SHOW PREVIEWS: 15 MAY - 15 JUNE 2018 SPECIAL ISSUE **        INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 49th Year in Defence Publishing:44th Year of Monthly Publication       

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EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW PREVIEW

Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, will be  held from 9th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participate at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems and also conduct live indoor and outdoor demonstrations. Eurosatory presents strategic trends, technological developments and innovations in Future Defence.

EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW PREVIEW
Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, will be held from 9th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participate at this exhibition ...
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NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW: SEA FUTURE 2018

SEA FUTURE 2018 will be held from 19th to 23rd June, 2018 at La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 140 companies attending, from Peru to India, 37 High Rank Navies Delegations from all over the world expected to visit, with about 1,500 B2B meetings and 4 Days of Conferences and Seminars .

NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW: SEA FUTURE 2018
SEA FUTURE 2018 will be held from 19th to 23rd June, 2018 at La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 140 companies attending, from Peru to India, 37 High Rank Navies Delegations from all over ...
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Joint Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018

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

IAF’s Largest Joint Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018
The Indian Air Force conducted the Pan-India Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 from 8th to 22nd April 2018. The aim of the exercise was real-time coordination, deployment and employment of Air Power in a sh...
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ILA 2018 SHOW REPORT

The ILA 2018 Berlin Air Show, an exhibition for the Aerospace Industry, was held at Schonefeld Airport Berlin ExpoCenter from 25th to 29th April 2018 with above 1,100 exhibitors from about 41 countries participating, with France being the ‘Partner Country’ this year.

ILA 2018 BERLIN AIR SHOW REPORT
The ILA 2018 Berlin Air Show, an exhibition for the Aerospace Industry, was held at Schonefeld Airport Berlin ExpoCenter from 25th to 29th April 2018 with above 1,100 exhibitors from about 41 countri...
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DSA 2018 SHOW REPORT

The 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 was held from 16th to 19th April 2018 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this time incorporating NATSEC Asia 2018, focussed on Internal Security as well. The DSA Series has gone from strength to strength and is the largest Tri-Services Defence Show in Asia, which again this time attracted about 1,500 exhibitors from about 60 countries, including 30 International Group Pavilions.

DSA 2018 SHOW REPORT
The 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 was held from 16th to 19th April 2018 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this time incorporating NATSEC Asia 2018, focussed on Internal Security as well.
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DEFEXPO INDIA 2018 SHOW REPORT

Defexpo India 2018, the Tenth in the Series of biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibitions, was held at Thiruvidanthai in Kanchipuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from 11th to 14th April 2018. Defexpo India 2018 did not show any growth, for the first time, and received mild International & Indian companies response, with lesser companies participating at Chennai than most Defexpo Shows. There were only about 670 companies exhibiting from 23 countries, compared with above 1,000 claimed last time.

DEFEXPO 2018 SHOW REPORT
Defexpo India 2018, the Tenth in the Series of biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibitions, was held at Thiruvidanthai in Kanchipuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from 11th to...
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Raksha Mantri Visits Forward Army & Air Force Bases in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Forward Army Posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air Force Base in Eastern Assam. The visit to the Forward Army & Air Force Bases followed her visits to Bomdilla and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.

Raksha Mantri Visits Forward Army & Air Force Bases in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Forward Army Posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air Force Base in Eastern Assam. The visit to the Forward Army & Air Force Bases followed her visits to Bom...
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Defence Minister Visits CVRDE

The Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai. The RM was taken to various Technology Centres by Director, CVRDE to witness the products and systems/technologies developed by CVRDE.

Defence Minister Visits CVRDE
The Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai.
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DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Long-Range Cruise Missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on 7th November with the successful test flight of NIRBHAY - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long-Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile, which can be deployed from multiple platforms.

DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Long-Range Cruise Missile
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on 7th November with the successful test flight of NIRBHAY - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long-Rang...
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Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI

IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The Air-Launched BrahMos Missile is a 2.5 ton Supersonic Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile with ranges of more than 400 kms.

Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI
IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed t...
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DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017 SHOW REPORT

Defense & Security 2017, the Tri-Services Asian Defence & Security Exhibition & Conference was  held from 6th to 9th November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, which has positioned itself as a major event in the ASEAN Region. Defense & Security 2017 featured over 400 companies exhibiting from about 50 countries.

DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017 SHOW REPORT
Defense & Security 2017, the Tri-Services Asian Defence & Security Exhibition & Conference was held from 6th to 9th November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Defense & Security...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring state-of-the-art platforms and systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Power Dominance capabilities, with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295W MTAs, ALH Dhruv, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Mi-17V5s, Chinook Heavy-Lift & Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, Trainers, etc. and various types of Radar Systems, Weapons Systems and SAGW Systems, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who covered almost all the IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AWACS/AEW&Cs, Refuellers, Trainers, Transporters, Akash Missile System & BrahMos-A Missile, Astra BVRAAM, UAS/RPAs, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya. Excerpts:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF is Progressing Well on a Capability Driven Modernisation Plan”
Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring state-of-the-art platforms and systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Power Dominance capabilities. Chanakya Intervie...
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DUBAI AIR SHOW REPORT

The 15th Dubai Air Show 2017 was held at DWC Dubai from 12th to 16th November 2017. The Dubai Air Show had 159 Aircraft displayed, with above 1,200 exhibitors from about 60 countries. Dassault Aviation’s Rafale & Mirage 2000-9 Fighters; Saab Gripen; Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet & F-15 Fighters, Apache & Chinook Helicopters; Lockheed Martin’s F-16 and C-130J Super Hercules, Sikorsky CH-53K; Airbus Defence & Space’s C295 Airlifters, the Eurofighter Typhoon; Pilatus PC-12NG, were amongst the aircraft presented at Dubai.

DUBAI AIR SHOW REPORT
The 15th Dubai Air Show 2017 was held at DWC Dubai from 12th to 16th November 2017. The Dubai Air Show had 159 Aircraft displayed, with above 1,200 exhibitors from about 60 countries. Dubai Air Show ...
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Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019

While the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be inducting the Next-Generation Rafale Fighters in the current F3R Standard from September 2019 onwards, the Rafale F4 Standard is to start a six-year Development Phase soon, where new and modern Advanced Combat Missile and Engine Technologies will be introduced. Rafale F4 will include Weapon Integration modifications, including new Variants of Air-to-Air MICA, SCALP and the Nuclear Cruise Missile ASMP-A.

Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019
While the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be inducting the Next-Generation Rafale Fighters in the current F3R Standard from September 2019 onwards, the Rafale F4 Standard is to start a six-year Developme...
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Airbus Helicopters Offers Complete Know-how for Indian Helicopter Programmes

A select group of Indian journalists were invited to Marignane in France to witness the handing over of the last two AS565 MBe Panther Helicopters to the Mexican Navy. There are three Naval Helicopter programmes in the pipeline in India - the Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH), Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) and Naval Multi-Role Helicopter (NMRH). Airbus Helicopters, which has Mahindra Aerospace as a ‘Strategic Partner’ in India, is fielding the AS565 MBe Panther for the NUH programme and the helicopter leader is now concentrating on finalising a location for the facility and building an Indian Supply Chain that would eventually form part of the global supply chain in the years to come.

Airbus Helicopters Offers Complete Know-how for Indian Helicopter Programmes
A select group of Indian journalists were invited to Marignane in France to witness the handing over of the last two AS565 MBe Panther Helicopters to the Mexican Navy. There are three Naval Helicopte...
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INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Scorpene-Class Submarines built under Project 75 (Kalvari-Class) into the Indian Navy at an impressive ceremony recently held at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Subhash Bhamre, National Security Advisior Ajit Kumar Doval, and Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff were present on this significant occasion.

INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Scorpene-Class Submarines built under Project 75 (Kalvari-Class) into the Indian Navy at an impressive...
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67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT

The year 2017 has witnessed significant capability accretion through induction of a number of state-of-the-art Combat Platforms into the Indian Navy, including the 3rd Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette INS Kiltan, which has about 80% indigenous content, the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft and Fast Interceptor Craft, Landing Craft Utility Ships, etc. The commissioning of INS Kalvari, the first Ship of Scorpene-Class Submarines, was an important milestone in the indigenous Shipbuilding programme, alongwith the 2nd Scorpene Khanderi undertaking trials, with the Arihant-Class Submarine, will further boost the Indian Navy’s combat potential. The construction of the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant is progressing at Kochi. The Navy is also finalising plans and design for the next Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II), said the Navy Chief at the Annual Pre-Navy Day Press Conference. We feature a Special Report on the Indian Navy.

67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT
The year 2017 has witnessed significant capability accretion through induction of a number of state-of-the-art Combat Platforms into the Indian Navy, including the 3rd Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Co...
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INTERVIEW IGNS, INDIAN NAVY

Interview of Senior-most serving Submariner - Vice Admiral Srikant, Inspector General Nuclear Submarines (IGNS) on occasion of Submarine Day celebrated on 8th December 2017, when the Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm completed 50 Years of Service.

“P-75(I) RFP Targeted for Mid-2018” - Vice Admiral Srikant, IGNS Indian Navy
Interview of Senior-most serving Submariner - Vice Admiral Srikant, Inspector General Nuclear Submarines (IGNS) on occasion of Submarine Day celebrated on 8th December 2017, when the Indian Navy’s Su...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NAVY CHIEF

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA,
CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF
“Transition Into Modern Multi-
Dimensional Force Commendable”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF “Transition Into Modern Multi- Dimensional Force Commendable”
Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering most aspects of Indian Naval Acquisitions and Force Transformation, including Carriers, Surface Combatants, Submarines & H...
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Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France

The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications including Israeli Helmet Mounted Displays, Radar Warning Receivers and Low-Band Jammers, most importantly, delivering nuclear weapons and will be equipped with the latest Missiles and PGMs giving the IAF greater supremacy over rivals. The improvements under the proposed F4 Standard, still under discussion, will reportedly transfer to the IAF’s Rafale Fleet when ready.

Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France
The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff was on an official visit to France from 17th to 20th Ju...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

“It is Planned to Complete the Order for 40 LCA Mk.1 by 2019-20”

One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Aircraft, Navigation and related equipment and is also into Designing, Fabrication and Assembly of Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare parts. In an Exclusive Interview, T. SUVARNA RAJU, CMD, HAL speaks to Chanakya, updating us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL
One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Aircraft, Navigation and related equipment and is also into Designing, Fabrication a...
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INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems

INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems

“Fury Light-Weight Precision Guided Glide Weapon is Proven to be Accurate Within One Meter”

Textron Systems’ offers its Aerospace, Defence and Civil customers a fascinating array of Systems and Solutions for Aerospace and Defence applications. At Aero India 2017, Textron Systems is displaying models of Textron Systems' Precision-Guided Munitions, Fury™ Light-Weight Precision-Guided Glide Weapon, which is proven to be accurate within one meter of a designated target and the G-CLAW™ - the Precision-Guided Glide Weapon System that optimizes effects against a broad target set, through utilising Dual-Mode Fuzing - impact or height of burst. BRIAN SINKIEWICZ, Senior VP & GM, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems, fields questions pertaining to these Precision Weapon Systems. Excerpts:

INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems
Textron Systems’ offers its Aerospace, Defence and Civil customers a fascinating array of Systems and Solutions for Aerospace and Defence applications. At Aero India 2017, Textron Systems is displayi...
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RAFALE MMRCA CONTRACT SIGNED

India has finally signed the Rafale MMRCA contract for the IAF. A potent nuclear deterrence platform, the Rafales will come equipped with MBDA’s Meteor BVRAAM, Storm Shadow/SCALP & MICA Missiles. The induction of Rafale Fighters will enhance the IAF's strategic reach and provide superior technological edge through Air Dominance. The version of Rafale Fighters being supplied to India will have better operational capabilities than the Rafales operated by other Air Forces with better Radar, better detection and survival features and will have capabilities for operations from high-altitude airfields as well.

India-France Sign Landmark Contract for IAF’s Rafale MMRCA
India has finally signed the Rafale MMRCA contract for the IAF. A potent nuclear deterrence platform, the Rafales will come equipped with MBDA’s Meteor BVRAAM, Storm Shadow/SCALP & MICA Missiles. The...
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TERMA

TERMA SYSTEMS

Terma Strengthens Presence in India
The Denmark based Aerospace, Defence and Security Group Terma, headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, recently opened its office in India. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Net...
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INTERVIEW

CHRIS RAO, VICE PRESIDENT,
UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
 

“We Offer Unique Capabilities”
UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) is one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced Aerospace and Defence products, designing, manufacturing and servicing systems and components and provide integrated s...
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INTERVIEW

LOIC PIEDAVACHE, MBDA COUNTRY HEAD, INDIA

“We Have Followed ‘Make-in-India’ Policy for Many Years”
With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing Missiles and Missile Systems that ...
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INTERVIEW

JEAN-MICHEL PALAGOS, PRESIDENT &
CEO, DEFENSE CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL (DCI)
 

“French Know-How Recognised in all Fields: Land, Sea, Air & Space”
DCI implemented a platform based on a system used by many international companies and recognised Universities. The platform enables better exchanges between the instructors and the trainees via for e...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

SUDHIR MISHRA, CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE
 

“BRAHMOS Missile has Attained Continuous Successes”
BRAHMOS Aerospace Private Limited is a Joint Venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of ...
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“We Have Followed ‘Make-in-India’ Policy for Many Years”

INTERVIEW


LOIC PIEDAVACHE, MBDA COUNTRY HEAD, INDIA


“We Have Followed ‘Make-in-India’ Policy for Many Years”

With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing 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 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 is jointly held by Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%). We feature this Interview with LOIC PIEDAVACHE, MBDA’s Country Head, India, who articulates on MBDA’s Missiles of interest to the Indian Defence Forces.


Q. Highlight the main features of the MBDA Missiles package on the Rafale MMRCA like the Mica, Meteor, SCALP/Storm Shadow, Exocet AM39, etc., while elaborating on the progress in the game-changing Meteor Missile programme, and update us on any talks for the Rafale Weapons package?

A. We are in regular discussions as MBDA’s product range of Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface Weapons are ideally suited for the Rafale. With regard to Meteor, yes you’re right, it is a total game changer as there is no other weapon in this category, either current or planned, that comes even close to matching its BVR capability. Regarding progress, guided test firings have proven the awesome capability of Meteor and as a result, integration work on the three intended platforms, Gripen, Rafale and Eurofighter is well advanced and the missile is already being produced for the six Partner Nations involved in the programme.

Q. Kindly elaborate on MBDA's Anti-Ship Missile Technology, and what is the progress achieved after the Exocet was ordered for the Six Scorpene Submarines. When does the delivery of the first batch start? Further, is there any Indian interest for the Exocet BlockIII Variant?

A. MBDA has a range of Anti-Ship Weapons for Air, Surface and Below-Surface Launch. When the Scorpene enters service it will be equipped with the Exocet SM39 Variant and from our side everything is on schedule. The 200km class Exocet MM40 Block 3 is the latest addition to the Exocet Family of Missiles and offers even greater lethality and difficulty to a ship’s capability to defend against it as well as a much extended range. Given its proven capability and reputation, Exocet interests many of the world’s leading Navies. So yes, the Indian Navy has shown interest during our discussions.

Q. Could you Update us on the Air-to-Ground PARS 3 Missile and the Mistral ATAM for the ALH Rudra MSI helicopter?

A. We have found an Indian partner to develop a special twin-launcher for the PARS 3 to be fitted to the ALH Rudra. The work we have been doing together is a strong sign of MBDA’s skills in developing industrial cooperation with its international partners, particularly in India. Indian representatives were impressed by a series of test firings that were carried with exceptionally good results in their presence in Europe in 2012 (at the occasion of the Field Evaluation Trials). As a result, we now await with some confidence the next stage of the acquisition process.

The ATAM System, deploying the highly flexible Mistral Missile, which has been integrated on the Rudra helicopter for both the IAF and Indian Army Aviation, was qualified at the beginning of last year following successful test firings carried out at the Chandipur Range. Regarding the Mistral Missiles for the system we are in the process of responding to a RFP. Following on from the success with Rudra, we have also finalised negotiations for the system to be integrated onto the LCH.

Q. What progress has been achieved in India on the Marte Mk2/S Anti-Ship Missile for the future Naval MRH (NMRH)?

A. NMRH is currently an RFI for which we feel that Marte is the ideal product to match the operational requirement of the Indian Navy.

Q. Could you update us on any talks on the Dual Mode Brimstone Missile with the Indian Air Force?

A. As you can imagine we are in close discussion with the IAF given recent activities regarding the Mirage and Jaguar Upgrades. Without going into details, as our discussions with our customers need to remain confidential, let’s say that the IAF is very aware of the combat proven capabilities of Brimstone, capabilities that have been recognised around the world following its performance under tough combat conditions in both Afghanistan and Libya.

Q. What about the plans for the Wing-top launch of the Mica/ASRAAM for the Jaguar Upgrade programme, has there been any progress on that with the IAF? Besides that what has been the response by the IAF to latest variants of the Mica Missiles, and what new weapons package is on offer for the IAF's Upgraded Mirage 2000s?

A. Jaguar Wing-Pylons will be equipped with ASRAAM, MBDA’s Short-Range Air Dominance Missile that is already in service with the UK RAF and the Royal Australian Air Force. The contract was awarded last year to replace the R550 Magic 1 Short- Range Missiles on the IAF’s fleet of Jaguars. When it enters service with the IAF, the missile will be known as NGCCM, or the New-Generation Close Combat Missile. The weapon forms a critical part of the Jaguar Upgrade to the DARIN II level, combined with the aircraft’s new Multi-Mode Fire Control Radar and the Helmet-Mounted Sighting System will provide the IAF with a phenomenal capability, worthy of the most modern of Air Forces.

MICA in both its RF and IR Variants has been ordered for the Mirage Upgrade. Integration work is progressing on schedule and we have been working closely with Thales as well as training HAL engineers in Istres, the French Base where the first few Mirages are being upgraded to the New Standard, so that they can carry out the remaining integration work in India.

Q. The Joint Maitri SR-SAM project with DRDO is not making much progress. What is the latest update on this Joint Indo-French programme? Further, what has the Indian response been to the Aster 30 Air Defence project or variants of the CAMM Missile - Sea Ceptor, or the Scalp Naval, as the Navy is to go ahead with all types of Vertical Launch Systems in the future?

A. It is true that progress has been slow on MAITRI despite the best efforts of MBDA and the French Government to move things along to a positive conclusion. MAITRI represents a hitherto unprecedented level of Technology Transfer that the French Government has authorised, therefore its strong commitment to the project. It also represents a major boost to the Make in India strategy that the new Indian Government is advocating as about 80% of the missile would be ‘Made-in-India’ with work going to a wide range of Indian Defence Sector and high technology companies – both DPSUs and Private Sector, including SMEs. Other elements of the system such as the Launchers, the Radars and Command and Control would all be 100% ‘Made-in-India’. Moving away from the political and industrial factors - from an operational point of view, it offers the best solution as well in a latest-generation, Vertical Launch System capable of defeating the modern saturating threat, from Land or Naval platforms.

MBDA is a clear world leader in the Air Defence Domain, both Land and Naval with a range of systems giving customers a much wider choice when it comes to meeting their specific requirements. We have discussed Air Defence Systems with India of course and India’s Armed Forces are very aware of the respective advantages that these different systems offer. SCALP Naval is a major strategic capability and would involve Government-to-Government discussions, which are not for me to comment on.

Q. What is the progress with the Fire Shadow LM for the Loitering Munition Programme of the Indian Army? Please provide us an update on the LM project? Are these advanced killer-UAVs to be manufactured in India?

A. Some time ago we responded to an Indian requirement with MBDA’s Fire Shadow Loitering Missile Solution. Currently the requirement is no longer a priority, but we remain at India’s disposal should the project need to be revived.

Q. Have there been any talks with India about upgrading to the ER Version of the Milan 2T Portable Anti-Tank Missiles for the Infantry? What about the latest MMP Weapon System offered for the Indian Army?

A. Milan represents some 40 years of partnership between MBDA and Indian Industry, so it is a product that means a lot for us. We are now proposing a 5th-Generation ATGM System based on the work we are already carrying out for the French Army on MMP. In a co-development along the lines of SR-SAM/MAITRI, we are offering India Transfer of Technology (ToT) so that the Indian Armed Forces could be supplied, within about a three year time-scale, with a family of ATGM Systems covering ranges from about 2.5 to 10 km for deployment from tripods, vehicles and helicopters and including features totally specific to Indian requirements.

Q. MBDA Mistral MANPAD Missile System is on offer to replace India’s Strela and Igla Surface-to-Air Systems. Could you provide us with an update as to how far MBDA has progressed?

A. This is an ongoing competition so I don’t want to go into too much detail apart from to say that we have done very well in the various firing trials and that we believe the Mistral MANPADS offers the best combination of portability, ease of use and suitability for the VSHORAD mission. A Fire-and-Forget Missile such as Mistral offers a significant advantage over beam riding systems for VSHORAD in allowing the operator a much faster response time to either shoot again or to concentrate on another target.

Q. How does MBDA plan to respond to the 'Make-in-India' policy and has it identified any Indian partners, besides DRDO, to supplement its efforts in India, or to meet any offset requirements? Seeing the large market here, are they any future expansion plans to set-up a manufacturing facility in India so as to ensure more orders?

A. We have followed a ‘Make-in-India’ policy for many years. Our strategy in India has always been to develop the deepest of partnerships within the Defence Industry Sector both with the DPSUs and the Private Sector. With the number of projects we are carrying out, these partnerships are already being established. Should major projects such as SR-SAM/MAITRI and the 5th Generation ATGM come about, then MBDA will play a significant role in supporting and advancing India’s ‘Make-in-India’ ambitions.

Q. Which MBDA Missile Systems are being displayed at Aero India?

A. Though we will be concentrating on our range of Air-Launched Weapons, particularly those linked to the Rafale, our display will also demonstrate MBDA’s unique ability to meet the Guided Weapons needs of all three Forces - in the Air, on the Ground and at Sea. MICA and ASRAAM, the recently ordered weapons for IAF upgrades on the Mirage and Jaguar will be on show as will the much talked about Brimstone. The latest addition to the Marte Family, the Marte ER will be there as well. Of course, with so much emphasis on ‘Make-in-India’, full-scale models of SR-SAM and the 5th Generation ATGM will also have a dominant position on our stand.