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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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MAKS MOSCOW AIR SHOW REPORT

MAKS 2017, the 13th International Aviation & Space Salon, was held at the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region, from 18th to 23rd July, 2017. The Flight Programme of the International Aviation and Space Salon is dominating among leading Air Shows worldwide. The MAKS 2017 was no exception at all. The best Russian test pilots demonstrated unique capabilities of advanced Military and Civil fixed and rotary-wing aircraft for specialists and numerous visitors of the Air Show in the Zhukovsky skies.

MAKS MOSCOW AIR SHOW REPORT
MAKS 2017, the 13th International Aviation & Space Salon, was held at the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region, from 18th to 23rd July, 2017, at the Zhukovsky Airfield. The MA...
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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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52nd PARIS AIR SHOW PREVIEW

The 52nd International Paris Air Show 2017 is being held at the Le Bourget Exhibition Centre from 19th to 25th June 2017. The mega event features some 2,300 companies from 48 countries participating as Exhibitors, including world leaders like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics’ Gulfstream, United Technologies, P&W, Textron Aviation, Bell Helicopters, GE Aviation, L-3 Communications, Rockwell Collins, Harris, Orbital ATK, Honeywell, etc. from USA; Dassault Aviation, MBDA, Thales, Safran Group, Nexter Systems, DCI, Sofradir, Rafaut, etc. from France; Israel’s IAI, Rafael, Elbit Systems, Aeronautics, etc; Germany’s Diehl Defence, Rohde & Schwarz, etc.; Italy’s Leonardo Group and ELT, AEREA, etc. besides leading international companies like Airbus Group, Saab, Rolls-Royce, Pilatus, FLIR, Rostec, Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, Schiebel, RUAG, Cobham, Terma, CAE, Bombardier, Embraer, Superjet, Piaggio, UAC, GKN, TAI, Antonov, LH Aviation, HAL, etc.

52nd PARIS AIR SHOW PREVIEW
The 52nd International Paris Air Show 2017 is being held at the Le Bourget Exhibition Centre from 19th to 25th June 2017. The mega event features some 2,300 companies from 48 countries.
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IMDEX ASIA 2017 SHOW PREVIEW

The 11th International Maritime & Defence Exhibition & Conference - IMDEX Asia 2017 - Asia Pacific’s flagship Maritime Defence Show is being held at Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from 16th to 18th May 2017. IMDEX Asia 2017 enjoys a high level of excellence as well as integrated experience that create value for both visitors and exhibitors. Some highlights include the Unmanned Aerial Systems and the International Naval Warships Displays and Strategic Conferences like the International Maritime Security Conference and the INEC@IMDEX Asia. Above 200 exhibitors from 28 countries are expected to participate at IMDEX Asia 2017. Major international exhibitors include: Airbus Group, Atlas Elektronik, Austal, BRAHMOS, Damen, DCNS, DCI, ECA Group, Elbit Systems, Elettronica, General Dynamics Canada, IAI, IMI, IX Blue, L-3, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Navantia, Northrop Grumman, Rafael, Raytheon, Rolls-Royce/MTU, Saab, Safran, ST Engineering, Sikorsky, Terma, Thales, ThyssenKrupp, Wartsila, etc., and an India Pavilion. 30 International Warships will be displayed from 20 Navies, including Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Russia, Singapore, etc.

IMDEX ASIA SHOW PREVIEW
The 11th International Maritime & Defence Exhibition & Conference - IMDEX Asia 2017 - Asia Pacific’s flagship Maritime Defence Show is being held at Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from 16th to...
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AERO INDIA 2017 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

11th INTERNATIONAL SHOW ON 'MAKE-IN-INDIA' IN AEROSPACE, DEFENCE, CIVIL AVIATION, AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE & DEFENCE ENGINEERING

Aero India 2017, the 11th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, is being organised by the DEO, Ministry of Defence, from 14th to 18th February 2017 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru. Above 750 major Aerospace, Aviation & Defence companies of the world are showcasing their Aviation, Aerospace & Defence products, including world leaders like Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, GE Aviation, L-3, UTC, Pratt & Whitney, Textron Inc., Textron Systems, Textron Aviation - Beechcraft & Cessna, Bell Helicopters, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, General Atomics, Flir, Esterline from USA; Dassault Aviation, Safran Group, MBDA, Thales, Nexter, DCI, Sofradir, etc. from France; the European Airbus Group, Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, ATR, etc.; BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Ultra, UTAS & Cobham from UK; Saab from Sweden; IAI, Rafael, Elbit Systems, Controp, Aeronautics, etc. from Israel; BDLI with Diehl Group from Germany; Leonardo & Elettronica from Italy; RUAG Aviation from Switzerland; UAC, MiG, Sukhoi, Rostec, Russian Helicopters, Rosoboronexport from Russia, and DRDO, HAL, BEL, BEML, OFB, BDL, Midhani, BrahMos Aerospace, Tatas, Mahindra Aerospace, MKU, Samtel Avionics & Defence, Alpha Group and ISRO, amongst others from India, will be participating at the Bengaluru Air Show, which supports the ‘Make-in-India’ in Defence Manufacturing campaign as its pivot point.

AERO INDIA 2017 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
Aero India 2017, the 11th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, is being organised by the DEO, Ministry of Defence, from 14th to 18th February 2017 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Ben...
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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B.S. DHANOA

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA,
CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

“IAF is Progressing Towards Complete Network Centric Operations”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B.S. DHANOA
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, U...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA assumed Command of the Indian Navy, as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff on 31st May 2016. A Navigation and Direction Specialist, Admiral Lanba served as the Navigation and Operations Officer onboard numerous ships. His sea tenure included Command of INS Kakinada, a Mine Counter Measure Vessel, INS Himgiri Frigate, INS Ranvijay, a Kashin-Class Destroyer and INS Mumbai, the indigenous Delhi-Class Destroyer. He was also Executive Officer of Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. He has been the Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, and Commandant of the National Defence College. As the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, the Admiral streamlined the framework for transformation of Indian Navy's combat capabilities and infrastructure development as well as Tri-Services initiatives towards enhancing integration and jointness. Prior to taking over as the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Lanba has been Flag Officer C-in-C of the Southern and Western Naval Commands, wherein he provided impetus to training and skill development, synergising Combat Operations, Coastal Security, Safety and Infrastructure Development. Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, covering most aspects of Naval Acquisitions.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF: “Modernisation has Transformed Indian Navy Into a Blue Water Force”
ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA assumed Command of the Indian Navy, as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff on 31st May 2016. A Navigation and Direction Specialist, Admiral Lanba served as the Navigation and Operat...
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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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DENEL Group’s World-Class Defence Systems & Solutions

Denel SOC is the largest Defence Manufacturer in South Africa and operates in the Military Aerospace and Land Defence Systems environment. Denel Group includes: Denel Aerostructures, Denel Aviation, Denel Dynamics, Denel ISM, Denel Land Systems, Denel Mechem, Denel OTR, Denel PMP, Denel SOC Ltd. & Denel Vehicle Systems. From being a world leader in Land Artillery Systems, with expertise in Missiles & Stand-Off Weapons, Attack & Maritime Helicopters, Guns, Turrets & RWS, Ammunition & Artillery Projectiles/Charges, Naval Systems, UAV Systems like Seeker 200 & 400, SKUA Hi-Speed Drone Target Systems, Communications & Security Systems, besides lethal Land Defence Vehicles & Weapons. Denel Land Systems, is a world leader in the development, manufacture and support of Long-Range Artillery Gun Systems providing the range, mobility, flexibility and reaction time for modern Armies with accurate firepower. Denel is the Designer & Manufacturer of 155mm Artillery Gun Systems like the G5-45 155mm Guns, G6 Wheeled SP 155mm with 50+km Range, and T5 Mounted Gun System; Armoured & Combat Vehicles, etc.

DENEL Group’s World-Class Defence Systems & Solutions
Denel SOC is the largest Defence Manufacturer in South Africa and operates in the Military Aerospace and Land Defence Systems environment. Denel Group includes: Denel Aerostructures, Denel Aviation, ...
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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

RAINER FARID, VICE PRESIDENT,
SALES & CUSTOMER RELATIONS, INDIA & SOUTH ASIA, AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
 

“Airbus Helicopters is Looking to Enhance Industrial Footprint here”
Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a Division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in Aerospace and Defence related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer, wi...
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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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INTERVIEW

AVM (RETD.) ARVIND WALIA,
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE, INDIA & SOUTH ASIA,
SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
 

“Sikorsky Well Positioned to Provide Solutions”
Indian Navy has selected Sikorsky’s S-70B SEAHAWK to fulfill its Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) requirement for ASW/ASuW, among other Maritime roles. Negotiations are ongoing to procure 16 S-70B SEAHAWK...
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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

GENERAL DALBIR SINGH SUHAG,CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF

“Impetus to Major Modernisation”
The Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, was commissioned into 4/5 GR(FF) in June 1974 has had a distinguished military career, spanning four decades, and has tenanted critical Comman...
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INTERVIEW: KHALIL RAHMAN, MD, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK INDIA

INTERVIEW: KHALIL RAHMAN, MD, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK INDIA

INTERVIEW
Atlas Elektronik and the Indian Ministry of Defence have signed a contract for the delivery of six Active Towed Array Sonar Systems (ACTAS) for the Indian Navy. The total contract volume is approxima...
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INTERVIEW: SAMIR MEHTA

INTERVIEW: SAMIR MEHTA
President, Sikorsky Defense Systems & Services
“India is an Emerging & Significant Market”

INTERVIEW
Indian Navy has selected UTC’s Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s S-70B SEAHAWK to fulfill its Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) requirement for ASW/ASuW, among other Maritime roles. Negotiations will now beg...
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INTERVIEW: AVM WALIA, SIKORSKY

“India Would Need Upwards of 1,000 Helicopters”
INTERVIEW: Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) ARVIND WALIA, Regional Executive, India & South Asia, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. “India Would Need Upwards of 1,000 Helicopters” Chanakya Interviewed Air Vice ...
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Terma Strengthens Presence in India

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 Netherlands, Germany, the U.S., Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and India. Terma's activities in India are headed by Managing Director, Anupam Narain Mathur. At present, business opportunities in the area of Security and Radar Surveillance are being pursued by Terma with the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard, and new business prospects are being explored together with India's Defence and Space Industry. The high-tech Terma Group develops products and systems for Aerospace, Defence, and Security applications, including Command and Control Systems, Radar Systems, Self-Protection Systems for Aircraft, Space technology, and Aerostructures for the Aircraft Industry. Chanakya met Jens Maaloe, President & CEO Terma, Jorn Henrik Levy Rasmussen, Vice President, Terma Global and Anupam Narain Mathur, Managing Director, Terma India, for an interaction to learn about their plans for the Indian market.


India is a strategic market for Terma, reveals Jens Maaloe, President & CEO of Terma, who along with Jorn Henrik Levy Rasmussen, Vice President, Terma Global and Anupam Narain Mathur, MD, Terma India, spoke with Chanakya on Terma's activities and future plans in India.


After more than a decade of sustained business operations with India, Terma has officially established its presence with a wholly owned subsidiary - Terma India Pvt. Limited in New Delhi. With this move, strategic in-country relations are being strengthened with both the private as well as public Indian Defence Industry to move Terma closer to the end-users of the large Indian Aerospace & Defence market.


Terma's Four Business Segments
*    Aerostructure Sector: Development and production of advanced structures for defence and non-defence aircraft and helicopters;
*    Space: Mission-critical electronics, software, and services for Space applications;
*    Defence: Network and Tactical Systems, Airborne and Naval Self-Protection Systems, and Electronics manufacturing services for mission-critical Defence and Security applications;
*    Security & Surveillance: Advanced Security Systems and Surveillance Radar Solutions for Ports, Airports, Coast Guards, first responders, emergency organisations, and Defence Forces.


Indian Navy's Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) Programme
Terma already has a strong strategic partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL). Jens Maaloe, President & CEO, Terma stated, "Terma's strategic partnership with TASL has developed further after bidding together for Indian Navy's Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) programme as we have moved ahead in the area of Naval Combat Management Systems. In partnership with TASL, we have established a Development Center situated in Noida for design and development of Combat Management Systems."


Speaking on maintaining partnerships in different markets, Mr. Maaloe, explains, "As a global company, with some really core technologies and coming from a small home market, we are used to teaming up with partners in the US, Europe and now, in India. Denmark is extremely active in international operations like Anti-Piracy, etc. Our Danish Navy celebrated 500 years, a few years back. Our SCANTER Radars are world leading in Maritime Surveillance.  So, the expertise that Terma has given our Navy and many other Navies are what we would like to bring here, along with TATA."
Jorn Henrik Levy Rasmussen, Vice President, Terma Global explains, "We can offer our technology to a strong partner in India ensuring that this partner is being trained to a certain level, where we can start co-development with Terma on future programmes." He hastens to add, "We see the capabilities of the young engineers from India, who are really very strong in IT and they understand our requirements." Right now, apart from the programmes in India, Terma has a sizeable project ongoing in the Middle East, where Indian engineers are posted for further training. "So, we're doing this in order to prepare them and enable a situation where they could be deployed for future programmes where our technology can be used," adds Jorn Rasmussen.


Speaking on the prospects of cooperation with partners other than TASL, Jens Maaloe is quick to clarify, "So far, to predict anything about the future partnerships in India seems difficult. For the moment, we are investing in this cooperation (with TASL) and we are satisfied with it. I don't see any reason for that not to continue. However, we would also have to listen to our customer and what they require of us."


On prospects in the Indian market, Mr. Rasmussen agrees, "We have some strategic choices to make. There are a lot of opportunities, but it would be expensive to take the wrong steps. We are here for the long term and have been working on the Indian market for the last 10 years. It fits well with our clear global partnership strategy", he adds..
Further, Terma has demonstrated its ability to move in harmony with India's 'Make-in-India' initiative by using Transfer of Technology (ToT) as an active tool to enter the Indian market. Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, TASL, had said, "The strong technology partnership between TASL and Terma is fully in sync and caters with India's 'Make-in-India' initiative. We have great expectations of the partnership, with mutual complementarities."
At present business opportunities in the area of Security and Radar Surveillance are being pursued by Terma with the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard, and new business prospects are being explored together with India's Defence and Space Industry.


With Terma tie-up with TASL and the bid for the Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) programme, what is the next step in India, we asked Anupam Mathur, who confirms, "Now, we are waiting for the bid opening as it is a competitive bid. According to our information, the bid could open in summer, though nothing is written in stone. And what follows is a long process for the evaluators, as they do their calculations and declare the L1 bidder."


Naval Combat Management System
Besides the SSR Programme, Terma has made inroads into Indian Navy's Combat Management programme as well. As Anupam Mathur put it, "The Combat Management System (CMS) is a very critical part and the Indian Navy is extremely choosy as to who they would allow to enter the fray, based ofcourse on competency." Traditionally, the CMS has been BEL territory so far, but now the Indian MoD is opening up for private Indian players to enter the field of CMS. Anupam adds, "Terma, together with TASL have set-up a Combat Management System Development Centre at Noida and the entire India CMS operations have been moved there. The Indian Navy have taken great pains to conduct multiple audits on the CMS center in order to be ensured that we are compliant to their requirements and they have the satisfaction that should Terma/TASL be awarded any CMS order that we can deliver within the required time frame and support locally in India." Visibly pleased, he goes on to add that the Indian Navy has to see commitment, before they entertain any company for empanelment in the complex and critical area of CMS as the learning curves are quite steep.


Currently, the Terma/TASL CMS Development Centre employs a number of TASL Engineers with the support of Terma experts from Denmark who keep coming to oversee the progress at the Centre.


Chanakya discussed at length on Terma's ongoing interest in the Indian Navy and Coast Guard projects. The upcoming Utility Helicopter programmes are also of interest to the Danish Engineering company, as their Self-Protection Solutions are on a variety of helicopters including CH-47 Chinook, EH 101 Merlin, and the Airbus Helicopters Fennec and they are now working with Sikorsky as well. Sikorsky is supplying Denmark's new Maritime Helicopter. Jorn Rasmussen, explaining the company's strategy, said, "We are a niche player and our strategy is simple. We pick the niches where our technology can be used and if we cannot be in the forefront with our chosen technology we would rather not participate in the programme. For Radars, EW Systems and Combat Management Systems, we have well proven solutions. For the CMS, we are concentrating on Frigate class ships and downwards, but our modular and scalable Combat Management System architecture is in fact catered for any ship class. We have worked very hard and are continuously focused on turning that segment into an even more standard, modular and cost-effective solution catered both for small as well as big Navies like the Indian Navy. For smaller countries, which do not have a big research facility, we go with standard solutions to put onboard the ships and make it operational."
On standardization of the Combat Management Systems, Jens Maaloe explains, "The Combat Management System, if you go back in time, has been very complicated and the heart of a big Navy. We have tried to change that view and we believe that if we standardize it, it could be rendered much cheaper and still with a very high performance. We have seen an increasing interest from various Navies around the world for the standard solutions. We have had a strong Naval history to be where we are!"


Decoy Launching Systems
Decoy Launching Systems are another area where Terma excels. To this Anupam Mathur reveals that the Indian Navy has shown big interest in the Decoy Systems. "We call it C-Guard. It can be used to counter sub-surface threats as well as surface threats. This is something that the Indian Navy really likes from a conceptual standpoint. As you know, real estate is a big issue onboard ships. So, if the Navy can install the same Ship System addressing two different requirements, it could save on costs and save real estate space. Terma's Decoy Launchers can launch chaff, flares, and active off-board decoys and can fire Anti-Torpedo Decoys as well. It is based on the proven 130mm NATO standard".


Anupam Mathur further explains, "The basic idea is that if you have to counter an incoming missile, you need to put a lot of material out there, depending on the tactics. We are following the 130mm standard and this is exactly what the Indian Navy wants.


Coastal Surveillance Project
The Coastal Surveillance Project in India has seen a lot of success for Terma. "Right now our focus is on the Coastal Surveillance project.With 46 Stations operational, Indian Coast Guard is now going ahead with Phase II." Anupam Mathur observes, "The ICG has an ambition for beefing up their ships. A thought process that is prevalent is that the ICG should have their own ships and if there is a conflict situation, where more ships are required, they can be quickly retrofitted and deployed."


While Terma has a large footprint in the Aerospace & Naval Sector, Land Defence is also an area where they have some core competency. "We are active in Border Protection, ISR, Infrastructure Protection, etc. That is an area of expertise that we wish to introduce to India," informs Jens Maaloe. Visibly upbeat about a new concept combining video and radar for protection of Critical Infrastructure and Border Protection, Mr. Maaloe reveals, "We have a solution, which, at the moment, no other company can offer. We have had a big demonstration in Bahrain for many customers and have made a pilot installation together with Lockheed Martin, at one of their facilities in the U.S." One of the key growth areas for this system are airports and this system can eliminate the possibility of a security threat, as this system keeps track of them, coordinating video and radar.


Airborne Self-Protection Systems
Terma is a global provider of advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) Self-Protection Systems, tactical audio technology, and applied aerostructures for all types of military aircraft. The Electronic Warfare Management System, EWMS ALQ-213, is capable of integrating any combination of EW Sub-systems into a coherent and complete systems solution, on any type of aircraft.


The Advanced Threat Display and 3D-Audio Warning Systems provide maximum situational awareness for crews. An Active Noise Reduction and Electrical Noise System are incorporated to reduce pilot stress and fatigue.
EW Sub-systems are typically installed in pods, pylons, or other external fixtures in order to avoid interfering with the aircraft structure and to allow systems to be used across the fleet, thereby significantly reducing the overall cost. Today, more than 2,000 fighters, helicopters, and transport aircraft worldwide are equipped with Terma's EW Self-Protection Systems.


Elaborating on the Airborne Self-Protection Suites, Mr. Rasmussen explains, "That's a different area seen from Terma's perspective. Talking about Airborne, we collaborate with platform providers like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Sikorsky, etc. Strategically, we see ourselves with partners. The Indian Navy's new Maritime Patrol Aircraft - the Boeing P-8Is, are all equipped with Terma's Self-Protection Suite".


Command & Control Systems
The ever growing proliferation of Ballistic Missiles is continuing to threaten both military and civil areas, thereby increasing the demand for cost-effective countermeasures to secure the way of life. Terma has been delivering Command & Control Systems for both Ground-Based Air Defence as well as Sea-Based Anti-Air Warfare for more than 30 years.Terma delivers Command & Control Solutions for Land- and Sea-based Ballistic and Missile Defence, which provide the operators with unprecedented situational awareness and maximum operational effectiveness in the highly complex and dynamic mission of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD). Coupled with Terma's extensive experience in conventional Air Defence, the company provides Integrated Air and Missile Defence capabilities, where all threats are detected, classified, identified, and prioritized. Hostile threats are evaluated using Terma's advanced set of threat evaluation and engagement planning features and functions, ensuring that all threats are engaged in the most effective way, thereby maximizing the effectiveness of the deployed unit.


Is BMD an area in India that Terma would be interested in collaborating with DRDO, Anupam Mathur says, "Yes, that is an area we would like to enter with a partner as it is too complex an area. It has a National Security angle built into it. We have some core technologies. We are monitoring and looking into it as to how to move into this area." To this, Jorn Rasmussen adds, "We have a system developed together with Lockheed Martin and we have been actively involved with Denmark, Germany and Netherlands for studies on the Ballistic Missile area. With our long history on the Naval side and with the Radar business, we have an edge."


"DRDO is informed about our capabilities and they have shown interest. The Indian Government also needs to decide what they want to do, as they have existing partnerships in place. So we are watching and monitoring, which direction it moves in," Anupam said.


Speaking about the future prospects of Terma being on the Indian Air Force Fighter programmes, Mr. Rasmussen said, "we have 2,000 plus combat proven aircraft systems around the world.We are well versed in this business, whether they are fixed-wing, rotary-wing or transports. We are trying to learn more and more about the Indian market requirements and we are closely monitoring the prospects."


Space Activities
Terma offers a unique product - the Star Tracker for Space-based activities, which has received a lot of interest from ISRO. Star Trackers are used for Navigation in Space. Mr. Rasmussen further explains, "We can supply the Trackers and Power Supplies. Terma is extremely good at really getting the maximum out of it. Most Satellites have the solar panels - harnessing the energy out of these panels is the power supply. Our power supplies are highly valued and the technology is also in use on the F-35. The core technology is taking the energy out of the source to maximise the power into the system. It is one of our core competencies."


To this Mr. Maaloe further explains the concept, "When in Space, the efficiency of the power supply has to be extremely high. To get heat out of electronics in Space, where there is no oxygen is very difficult. So, we have high technology solutions for that."


Aerostructures Plans in India
Speaking of his visit to the TASL Facility in Hyderabad, a visibly impressed Jorn Rasmussen quipped that the facility was state-of-the-art and it was impressive, with this JV and facility has been up so quick and running. Terma, he said, have expertise in very advanced 3D composites, which is what they learnt from the F-35 programme, which Terma participate in. Talking on the plans for future collaboration with TASL, Mr. Maaloe explains, "I would say from an Indian perspective, we could look into award metallic work from Denmark to the Hyderabad facility of TASL and ask them to do it, as we do not have enough space at our factory in Denmark. Moreover, labour rates are cheaper here."
On challenges faced in the Indian market, Mr. Rasmussen optimistically says, "There will be challenges, but we have learned to deal with challenges, as we handle a number of offset and Transfer of Technology requirements around the world. We understand and deliver in the best possible way as we are equipped to face all challenges. Further, we do understand that India wishes to build a stronger Defence Industry than it has today, and we wish to contribute to this development."


"It is difficult to predict what the future will bring in a large country like India. We know that it is going to develop very fast in the Defence Sector and we want to ensure a situation where we can enable our participation. We want to create a situation that makes it possible for us to not only participate in Indian programmes, but also to export out of India with our partners, to third countries. We are very happy for our business on the P-8Is, and prospects for C-130Js and Chinooks. Further, with the expertise available in the Indian market with capable engineers, we are tapping a resource base that can be used for programmes worldwide," Jorn Rasmussen said.