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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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NAVDEX 2017 NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW

NAVDEX 2017, the Naval Defence Exhibition, will be held concurrently with IDEX 2017 from 19th to 23rd February 2017 at Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC Marina and Dockside. Visitors can witness the latest in Naval Defence & Maritime Security technology with exhibits of Warships, Vessels, Naval workboats and Amphibious Crafts, USVs, UAS, Helicopters, peace and war fighting equipment, anti-piracy and Coastal Security Systems and Communication Solutions on display. NAVDEX 2017 features a number of international Naval Warships berthed at the Dock, alongwith many Naval Vessels and smaller Fast Craft and boats, with daily live on-water demonstrations being held. The 4th NAVDEX Edition has attracted above 90 exhibitors, including the major Naval companies like DCNS, ThyssenKrupp, MBDA, Atlas, Raytheon, Thales, L-3, ECA, Leonardo, Fincantieri, IXBlue, BrahMos Aerospace and Shipyards from the UAE.

NAVDEX 2017 NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW
NAVDEX 2017, the Naval Defence Exhibition, will be held concurrently with IDEX 2017 from 19th to 23rd February 2017 at Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC Marina and Dockside. Visitors can witness the latest in Naval ...
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IDEX 2017 DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW

Global Defence majors compete for deals worth billions of dollars at the Middle East’s largest military expo, the Tri-Services International Defence Exhibition and Conference - IDEX 2017, which will be held from 19th to 23rd February 2017 at Abu Dhabi, UAE. The mega event features about 1,200 companies including world leaders like U.S. Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Textron Systems, Bell Helicopters, L-3 Communications, Rockwell Collins, Harris, Datron, Orbital ATK, Oshkosh Defense, KVH, Navistar Defense, Honeywell, AAR, etc.; the French Dassault Aviation, MBDA, Safran, Nexter, Thales, ThalesRaytheon Systems, DCI, DCNS, Renault, CNIM, ECA Group, etc.; Germany’s Rheinmetall, KMW, Diehl Defence, ThyssenKrupp, ATLAS, Rohde & Schwarz, etc.; Italy’s Leonardo-Finmeccanica Group, Fincantieri, ELT, Iveco, Beretta, etc. besides leading Defence companies like Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, BAE Systems, Navantia, Indra, SAAB, Kongsberg, Ultra, FLIR, EID, Rosoboronexport, Rostec, Russian Helicopters, Schiebel, RUAG, Cobham, CAE, Photonis, Terma, Sofradir, FN Herstal, Colt, Ukroboronprom, SSTC Russia, etc.

IDEX 2017 DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW
Global Defence majors compete for deals worth billions of dollars at the Middle East’s largest military expo, the Tri-Services International Defence Exhibition and Conference - IDEX 2017, which will ...
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IAI’s Impressive Array of Systems at Aero India Air Show

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a globally recognised leader in the Development and Production of Military and Commercial Aerospace and Defence Systems. IAI provides unique System-of-Systems Solutions for a broad spectrum of needs in Space, Air, Land, Sea, Homeland Security and Cyber. IAI's core areas of activity: Air Defence Systems, Special Mission Aircraft, UAS - Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Observation & Reconnaissance Satellites, ISR - Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solutions for Real-Time Information, Network and Situation Awareness Systems, Advanced Multi-Mission Radars, Tactical Weaponry, Training & Simulation Systems, Business Jet Design & Production, Cyber Protection and Intelligence. At Aero India 2017, IAI focuses on solutions tailored for Indian Forces specific requirements.

IAI’s Impressive Array of Systems at Aero India Air Show
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a globally recognised leader in the Development and Production of Military and Commercial Aerospace and Defence Systems. IAI provides unique System-of-Systems Sol...
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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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Rafael's Smart Air & Missile Defence Systems

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 Israeli Defense Forces &  Defence Establishment, as well as for foreign customers worldwide. 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. We feature Air & Missile Defence Systems.

RAFAEL AIR DEFENCE AT AERO INDIA
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 Israeli Defense Forces & ...
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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHA

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, Rafale MMRCAs, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295 MTAs, ALH Dhruv, LCH, Mi-17V5s, Heavy-Lift & Attack Helicopters, AEW&C, various types of Radars, Weapons and SAGW Systems, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHA, CHAIRMAN CHIEFS OF STAFF COMMITTEE (COSC) & CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who covered almost all the IAF programmes, including Fighters & Weapons, AWACS/AEW&Cs, Refuellers, Trainers, Transporters, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHA, CHAIRMAN, CHIEFS OF STAFF COMMITTEE, & CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF at Threshold of Acquiring Multi-Spectrum Strategic Capabilities”
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, R...
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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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EURONAVAL 2016 PREVIEW

EURONAVAL 2016, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition  will be held from 17th to 21st October 2016 at Le Bourget in Paris. In its 25th Edition, Euronaval maintains its position as a world-class show in Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security and a promoter of innovation and new Naval & Maritime Technologies covering Surface Warfare, Undersea Technologies and Naval Air Systems as well. Exhibitors at Euronaval are expected from above 390 companies (56% from abroad) from 34 countries, led by world leaders from France, USA, UK, Germany, Israel, Russia, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, South Korea, Canada, Australia and other countries, including some Indian Defence Companies like BrahMos Aerospace, MKU, etc. exhibiting from India.

25th EURONAVAL 2016 SHOW PREVIEW
EURONAVAL 2016, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition will be held from 17th to 21st October 2016 at Le Bourget in Paris. In its 25th Edition, Euronaval maintai...
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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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AUSA 2016 - U.S. ARMY SHOW PREVIEW

The Association of U.S. Army (AUSA) 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held from 3rd to 5th October 2016 at the Washington Convention Centre in Washington D.C. AUSA is the world’s leading Land Forces & Air Systems companies exhibition for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. The three-day mega event includes about 600 industry and military exhibits occupying a large exhibit space. Presentations on the current focus of the U.S. Army and related defence subjects are delivered by senior U.S. Army Staff and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Industry representatives. Defence majors like Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Boeing, Raytheon, Textron Systems, Bell Helicopter, Airbus Defence and Space, Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, L-3, Rafael, IAI, Elbit Systems, BAE Systems, Thales, Orbital ATK, GE Aviation, Honeywell, General Atomics, Telephonics, Saab, Safran Group, AM General, Oshkosh, Navistar, FLIR, Harris, KMW, Rheinmetall, AAR, KVH, Kongsberg, MTU, Qinetiq, Allison Transmission, Cobham, Photonis, Curtiss-Wright, Aviall, UTAS and a host of U.S., European and companies from across the globe participate at this mega U.S. Land Forces Warfare annual event.

AUSA 2016 - U.S. ARMY SHOW PREVIEW
The Association of U.S. Army (AUSA) 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held from 3rd to 5th October 2016 at the Washington Convention Centre in Washington D.C. AUSA is the world’s leading Land ...
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Indian Army’s Artillery ‘Make Indian’ Drive

The Regiment of Artillery is the second largest arm of the Indian Army, and with its Guns, Mortars, Rocket Launchers, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Surveillance Systems, Missiles and Artillery firepower it constitutes almost one-sixth of the Army’s total strength. While the Indian Army’s Artillery Regiment celebrates its 189th Year, the Directorate of Artillery has crossed 30 years without any 155mm Guns inducted since Bofors in 1986, except 3 Dhanush Guns for trials. The Acquisition Plan is for various types of 155mm/52-Calibre Guns, under the overall Artillery Modernisation Programme of about R.100,000 crore. The 155mm acquisitions, delayed at different stages, include 145 Light Guns, 1,580 Towed Gun Systems (TGS), 814 Mounted Gun Systems (MGS), 180 Self-Propelled Wheeled Guns and 100 Tracked 155mm Artillery Gun Systems. The indigenous efforts of DRDO & OFB have met with success lately, saw 114 Dhanush 155mm Guns orders placed with OFB. With Evaluation Trials undertaken and with ‘Make-in-India’ drive gaining momentum, some Private players have teamed-up with global leaders hoping to win.

Indian Army’s Artillery ‘Make Indian’ Drive
The Regiment of Artillery is the second largest arm of the Indian Army, and with its Guns, Mortars, Rocket Launchers, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Surveillance Systems, Missiles and Artillery fir...
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AAD 2016 SHOW PREVIEW

The 9th edition of Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 Exhibition will take place at Air Force Base Waterkloof, near Pretoria in South Africa from 14th to 18th September 2016, covering Tri-Services - Air, Land & Sea, and Civil Aviation products. Leading international participants include: Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, UTC, CAE, Textron, L-3, Airbus Group, Airbus Helicopters, MBDA, DCNS, Thyssenkrupp, Navantia, Saab, BAE Systems, Bombardier, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Safran, Thales, Pilatus, Indra, Embraer, Atlas Elektronik, Rostec, Denel Group, Reutech, MTU, OTT, Turbomeca Africa, Cassidian Optronics, Vectronix, Beretta, etc., besides others and the India Pavilion of DEO, with most leading Indian DPSUs like HAL, BEL, MDL, Midhani, etc.

AAD 2016 SHOW PREVIEW
The 9th edition of Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 Exhibition will take place at Air Force Base Waterkloof, near Pretoria in South Africa from 14th to 18th September 2016, covering Tri-Services...
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FARBBOROUGH 2016 AIR SHOW REPORT

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2016 was held from 11th to 17th July 2016 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, had a strong participation from all the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers including Airbus Group, Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Bombardier, CAE, Cobham, Chemring, Dassault Aviation, Elbit Systems, Embraer, Engine Alliance, Eurofighter, FLIR, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, General Dynamics Gulfstream, HAL, Harris, IAI, Irkut, Kongsberg, L-3, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Orbital ATK, Pilatus Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney, Rafael, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Rostec, Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, Ruag, Saab, Safran Group, Sikorsky, Sukhoi, Terma, Textron Aviation, Textron Systems, Thales, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), UTAS, etc. Farnborough 2016 had over 1,500 Exhibitors from  52 countries participating, with 23 International Country Pavilions.

FARBBOROUGH 2016 AIR SHOW REPORT
The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2016 was held from 11th to 17th July 2016 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, had a strong participation from all the major C...
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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

VICE ADMIRAL R. K. PATTANAIK, DY. CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF, INDIAN NAVY

“Naval Air Arm is Poised for Significant Growth”
The Indian Naval Aviation Wing provides the Navy with crucial Air Power & Support at Sea. With two Carrier Task Groups being envisaged for both Coasts, VICE ADMIRAL R. K. PATTANAIK, DY. CHIEF OF THE ...
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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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INTERVIEW

Ulderigo Rossi, Senior V.P., Marketing & Sales, OTO Melara

“We Propose a Collaboration For All Caliber Guns the Indian Navy Needs”
Chanakya interviewed Ulderigo Rossi, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, OTO Melara and covered a host of Systems like 127/64 Light Weight V4 VULCANO Naval Gun System as well as the VULCANO Fam...
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AAD 2016 SHOW PREVIEW

AAD 2016 SHOW PREVIEW


The 9th edition of Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 Exhibition will take place at Air Force Base Waterkloof, near Pretoria in South Africa from 14th to 18th September 2016, covering Tri-Services - Air, Land & Sea, and Civil Aviation products. Leading international participants include: Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, UTC, CAE, Textron, L-3, Airbus Group, Airbus Helicopters, MBDA, DCNS, Thyssenkrupp, Navantia, Saab, BAE Systems, Bombardier, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Safran, Thales, Pilatus, Indra, Embraer, Atlas Elektronik, Rostec, Denel Group, Reutech, MTU, OTT, Turbomeca Africa, Cassidian Optronics, Vectronix, Beretta, etc., besides others and the India Pavilion of DEO, with most leading Indian DPSUs like HAL, BEL, MDL, Midhani, etc.


AAD 2016 SHOW PREVIEW

The 9th edition of Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 Exhibition will take place at Air Force Base Waterkloof, near Pretoria in South Africa from 14th to 18th September 2016, covering Tri-Services - Air, Land & Sea, and Civil Aviation products. Leading international participants include: Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, UTC, CAE, Textron, L-3, Airbus Group, Airbus Helicopters, MBDA, DCNS, Thyssenkrupp, Navantia, Saab, BAE Systems, Bombardier, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Safran, Thales, Pilatus, Indra, Embraer, Atlas Elektronik, Rostec, Denel Group, Reutech, MTU, OTT, Turbomeca Africa, Cassidian Optronics, Vectronix, Beretta, etc., besides others and the India Pavilion of DEO, with most leading Indian DPSUs like HAL, BEL, MDL, Midhani, etc.


Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016 is Largest Ever AAD Show
The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2016 Show at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Centurion, South Africa is being held from the 14th to 18th September 2016. An Air Show will be hosted at the South African Air Force Base. AAD 2016 is one of the world's premier Aerospace and Defence exhibitions, hosted on the African continent, which is one of the world's fastest growing markets. The 9th AAD Show will once again bring together various industries from throughout the world to showcase the latest Civil & Defence technologies.


AAD is the premier exhibition of Air, Sea and Land technologies in South Africa. Substantial support is also received from the National Government and the cooperation of the Department of Defence as well as the Department of Trade and Industry.


With about thirty confirmed participating countries and about fourteen National Pavilions, AAD 2016 will host an excellent mix of first-timers and repeat exhibitors, some with increased exhibition space.


The public will be treated to a mass parachute drop, a mini war re-enactment, which will see Special Forces Pathfinders parachuted in to the secure area followed by the insertion of troops, vehicles and the air-dropping of supplies.


There will be aircraft participating in Aerobatic Displays and trucks and Armoured Vehicles in the very popular displays at the Mobility Demonstration Track. The local favourites like the Saab Gripen, BAE Systems’ Hawk, Denel’s Rooivalk and Silver Falcons will be expected to thrill the crowds during the Air Show days.


Africa Aerospace and Defence Air Show and Defence Exhibition is open to the public. The Air Show comprising of a world class air demonstration, mobility track demonstrations, parachute drops, aerobatic displays and many other static displays from some of the biggest names in the Aviation and Defence Industry who will demonstrate their latest aircraft.


There will also be organised children’s activities and attractions including a Youth Development Programme being staged in a dedicated Pavilion with a fun fly park where the youth will have interactive activities, such as plastic model building, virtual aviation, simulator, target shooting, first-aid and crime scene investigation, etc.


AAD-Ground Forces Equipment
The 9th edition Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD), the continent’s Premier  Exhibition and show of Air, Sea and Land will be taking place from 14th to 18th September 2016. The AAD was born from the Aerospace Africa civilian exhibition (the roots of which lay in the original Lanseria Air Show in 1975) and the DEXSA Military exhibition. Organised and managed by the successful partnership of the Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DOD), Armscor (Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC), AMD (South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence Industries Association) and CAASA (Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa). The event attracts over 400 exhibitors from over 30 Countries.


While AAD covers the full spectrum of Defence equipment, the focus has been on Ground Forces equipment, which is where most African requirements lie. Ground Forces equipment and secure communications and elements of Electronic Warfare have also been the main areas of focus of the South African Defence Industry, although it has developed remarkable Systems and Equipment in the Air Force and Naval environment, notably the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter, which is of obvious and considerable importance to Ground Forces, and the Umkhonto SAM, which is also offered as a Ground-Launched Weapon, developed by the South African Defence & Aerospace Leader, the Denel Group.


Armscor Leads Another Successful AAD
Preparations for Africa’s premier Defence and Aerospace Exhibition and Air Show are well underway. Hosted biennially, Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) remains the flagship event on South Africa’s Defence and Aerospace calendar, experiencing significant growth with each hosting. AAD is Africa’s only Defence and Aerospace Show delivered in the exhibition and Air Show format and it is this unique offering that adds to the Show’s popularity with both the industry and the general public.  


Another critical contributor to the Show’s success is its sheer scale: covering a total span of 43,000 sqm exhibition space, both indoor and outdoor, makes AAD South Africa’s biggest grossing event and has earned it a ranking within the top 5 related exhibitions in the world.’


“We are very fortunate to have an Air Force Base that is as expansive as Waterkloof; this means that we are able to accommodate a significant number of exhibitors from our industry. The spin offs from this are multi-tiered: our local industry players get to be in close proximity to their international counterparts – thus tacitly benchmarking themselves against international best practice and innovation.  For our international exhibitors, AAD is the gateway to the largest and fastest growing economy” said Kevin Wakeford, CEO of Armscor – the lead partner for AAD 2016.


Sharing some of the plans for 2016, Wakeford shared that there would be some firsts at the coming AAD.  ‘We recognise our responsibility to constantly deliver a superb event with each edition of AAD. In 2016, our exhibitors, trade and public visitors can look forward to an exciting AAD experience”.


AAD looks set to beat expectations, with 13 international pavilions have been confirmed compared to 11 pavilions in 2014.  76% of both indoor and outdoor space has been booked. More than 60% of the exhibitor profile that have booked are repeat exhibitors “We are truly enthused by the number of exhibitors that have returned to our books; this bears testament of the value that AAD offers. We have put in place a robust plan to attract as many delegations and trade visitors from within our own borders, the SADC  region  and beyond’’ concluded Wakeford.


Being a member of EXSA: Events and Exhibitions Association of Southern Africa ensures that AAD remains fully compliant with all statutory requirements relating to the organising and hosting of events of this magnitude, whilst through the partnership, the event also operates within the confines and stipulations of industry related obligations.

Denel Leads with Land Combat Systems
The state-owned Denel is the major actor in South Africa’s Defence Industry, with most divisions active in developing and manufacturing equipment for Ground Forces – from Combat Vehicles and Artillery Systems and Guided Weapons at one end of the scale to explosives - sniffing dogs at the other. Two companies partly owned by Denel, Rheinmetall Denel Munition and Airbus Optronics develop and manufacture Munitions and Optical /Optronic Equipment.
Denel Land Systems is best known for Long-Range Artillery, and will showcase the current versions of its 155mm G5 and G6 Guns, a Truck-Mounted 155mm Long-Range Gun and its LEO Long-Range (30 km+) 105mm Gun, which has also been developed as a Turret System for Medium Vehicle platforms. RDM will show their Long-Range Artillery Ammunition and other Munitions.


Denel is also very active in the field of Combat and protected Vehicles: Denel Land Systems is the prime contractor for the Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle, for which it developed the turret, which is being exported to Malaysia, the cam-operated 30 mm cannon and 60 mm breech-loading Mortar System. Denel has also acquired the former BAE Land Systems South Africa, now Denel Vehicle Systems, and will be showing their RG Series of Mine-Protected Vehicles, including the light RG32M that has been exported to several countries including Sweden, and the RG12 Police Riot Control Vehicle that has been exported to Italy and other countries. Among them will also be the RG35, which is now being further developed by the NIMR Group in the UAE.


Denel’s Mechem has a full range of Casspir Mine-Protected Vehicles in production in the NG2000 Family – Armoured Personnel Carrier, Weapons Carrier, Command Vehicle, Truck, Tanker, Recovery Vehicle and Ambulance – allowing an entire battalion to be equipped with a single vehicle type. Mechem is also active in several countries in clearing Mines and unexploded Ordnance, and has developed its dog-centred explosives sniffing system to also be used in the counter-narcotics role.


Also in the Denel stable is Land Mobility Technologies, which has developed a range of Military and Para-Military Vehicles that have found a ready export market, protected cabs for Trucks (in use by Canada), Protected Personnel Containers and Protection Kits for Light Vehicles. LMT also developed the flat-bottom Mine-Protection Kit and the internal refit of the Badger.


Denel Dynamics will be showing the Ingwe Anti-Tank Missile in its vehicle and ground mount form, Mokopa Missile with both Anti-Tank and blast/fragmentation warheads and the Umkhonto Surface-to-Air Missile, which is in service with the South African,  Finnish and Algerian Navies, and which has been developed as a Ground-Launched System for Army use. Related to this, Reutech Radar Systems will be showing their dual L/X-Band RSR 320, which is being developed with an eye to the SA Army’s requirements.


At the lighter end of the Ground Forces equipment scale, Denel Land Systems will be showing its long-range (6 000 m) 60 mm Mortar, its 40 mm Automatic Grenade-Launcher and its Long-Range Anti-Materiel Rifle, which has proven itself in the Long-Range sniping role in the course of peace-enforcement operations in the DRC.
Denel’s small Arms Ammunition Division, PMP, will also show the innovative 20x42 mm individual Fire-Support Weapon, and Truvelo a range of Sniping and Anti-Materiel Rifles in Calibres from 7.62 mm to 20 mm.


Other companies active in the field of Protected Vehicles include Integrated Convoy Protection, whose Reva Vehicles have been exported to the Middle East and Asia; OTT technologies, whose M36 Mine-Protected APC is in service with the Kenyan Army and the UN among others, and who have also developed a Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle on the basis of the Brazilian Agrale Marrua Utility Vehicle. The Paramount Group will showcase its Mine-Protected Vehicles, including the latest version of the 6x6 Mbombe and the very impressive four-wheeled Mbombe 4 that was originally developed by Industrial and Automotive Design.


Other South African Defence companies active in the Ground Forces Sector include DCD Protected Mobility, Integrated Convoy Protection, OTT Technologies, Paramount, Reutech, Thales and Truvelo, plus many who develop and manufacture components or materials such as Ceramic Armour. Another interesting system likely to be on Show is the Scorpion Mobile Mortar System developed by Thales in South Africa.


Other South African companies import and where necessary adapt equipment for Ground Forces, and several foreign companies will be showing equipment they believe suited to African Military and Para-Military requirements. In the past that has included Chinese, Indian, Russian and Ukranian companies. This year it will include the Armoured Vehicle specialist Streit Group of UAE and possibly some other newcomers to AAD 2016.


The Streit Group will be showing some of its wide range of Para-Military and Military Vehicles.A rather different mix of Vehicles will be shown by DCD Protected Mobility. The emphasis will be on the Husky Mine-Detection Vehicle, which is one of relatively few non-American Systems ever to be type-qualified by the U.S. Army, and which proved effective in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. Other DCD Vehicles on show will be the innovative Mountain Lion MRAP Vehicle with its four-wheel steering, the simpler Springbuck Mine-Protected Patrol Vehicle that is being exported to Nigeria and elsewhere, the Oribi Light Modular Truck and the Testudo Remotely-Operated Vehicle for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and close reconnaissance tasks.


Other South African companies that will be showing equipment related to Ground Forces include the Reutech Group, which will show its Rogue Overhead Weapons Mounting, ‘Stealth Rad’ family of low-probability of Detection Ground Surveillance and Air Warning Radars, as well as Tactical Communications Equipment. Saab Grintek Defence will showcase their Electronic Self-Protection System for Combat Vehicles, which has been exported to The Netherlands.


Among the South African companies showing both its own and imported equipment is Twiga, who will be showing Weapons Mounts, Night Vision equipment, the Thermoteknix range of thermal fusion devices. Twiga will also show Patrol Craft manufactured using high-density Polyethylene, which makes them impervious to small-arms fire and other light damage. While not strictly Ground Forces equipment, the smaller versions are ideal for river and lake operations that often fall within the ambit of ground forces.


With most of the exhibition space sold out. Traders can expect a fully-fledged display of Land Forces innovation and capability from African and Global Industry players. Once again AAD will feature a mobility track to give vehicle manufacturers a chance to showcase proficiency.


It is All Systems Go for AAD 2016
The 9th edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, will continue as planned, under the expert watchful guidelines stipulated by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), the regulatory body which oversees events such as AAD. This means it is all  systems  go  for  AAD  which  is  regarded  as  the  biggest  Aerospace and Defence exhibition Show in Africa.


“Acknowledgement of our compliance is important for AAD as it gives confidence to our partners and exhibitors that the show will indeed go on. They can now plan their activities around this event with confidence,” says Kevin Wakeford, CEO of Armscor which is one of the AAD partners.


The AAD has over the period enjoyed a successful and mutually respectful relationship with the NCACC and it continues to comply with all necessary requirements to produce a successful  show. The AAD supports  the vision to ensure that South African Arms trade and transfer policies conform to international and best practice.
Over the years, the Show has seen a steady growth – the 2016 edition is expected to be bigger. Traders can expect to see more African countries partake in this year’s show after the introduction of the African Pavilion.
“The  new  pavilion  will  allow  African  companies  in  the  Aerospace,  Defence  and Manufacturing to get an opportunity to display their innovation and capabilities to other global players,” says Wakeford.


With 13 International Pavilions confirmed, several regulars such as the United States of America, Germany and Russia have  already confirmed their participation in this year’s edition. Turkey which didn’t feature in the previous show, made a comeback. Pakistan increased display space by over 50%, and more countries are expected to confirm their participation.


The AAD 2016 is set to link the African continent towards  greater industrial participation through Aerospace and Defence. It  is coordinated and managed by partners - Department of Defence  and Military Veterans, Armscor, AMD and Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa.


Premier Aerospace & Defence Show in Africa
Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 (AAD 2016) is slated to  be the biggest ever in the history of AAD showcasing Defence and Aviation products. The 9th AAD 2016 will once again bring together various industries from throughout the world so as to showcase the latest technological innovations for Naval, Land and Air Forces Platforms and Systems.
AAD 2016 will host a good mix of first-timers and repeat exhibitors some with increased exhibition space. Some confirmed exhibitors include Reutech, Tellumat, MTU South Africa, Wagtail Military, Imperial Armour, Osprey Logistics, BAE Systems, OTT, Rippel Effect, Turbomeca Africa, Denel Group, TWA Africa, Barloworld Power, Cassidian Optronics, Paramount and DCD Protected Mobility, etc. The organiser’s are confident that this year’s attendance will break all previous records with 13 confirmed country pavilions including: Russia, China, United States, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Jordan and Argentina.


AAD 2016 opens on 14th September 2016 with three trade days for the Defence Exhibition, followed by two Air Show days comprising of a world-class Air Show, mobility track demonstrations, parachute drops, aerobatic displays and many other static displays. A Youth Development Programme (YDP) will also be staged in a dedicated hangar together with the DOD where the youth will have interactive activities.


To encourage attendance there will be lots of entertainment for the whole family, static displays of Aircraft, Trucks and Armoured Vehicles and an entertainment park for children. Africa’s largest Aerospace and Defence exhibition has the sponsors able to engage with over thousands of trade visitors and potential buyers over the five days of the AAD 2016 Show.


Vehicle Mobility Demonstrations
AAD will again bring some of the world’s most exciting Military and Civilian Vehicles together to showcase vehicles across the unrivalled tracks during AAD 2016.


The track is designed to introduce the Military Vehicles to trade visitors during the three trade days, specifically, exhibitors and vehicle manufacturers are invited to demonstrate their vehicles on the mobility demo track to display the true capabilities of their products on a track that will offer a set of unusual challenges.
The Mobility Track includes eight challenging obstacles that will put vehicles through their paces. AAD demonstrates Tanks, Amphibious Vehicles and Personnel Carriers to show their full mettle on the track, which included water troughs, ditches, steps, steep inclines, out-of-phase cobbles and tight turning circles.


The exhibition’s Mobility Demonstration Track, will have a variety of Land-based Vehicles put through their paces as they tackle the challenging obstacle course over difficult terrains and water features as well.
Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) was born from the Aerospace Africa civilian exhibition (the roots of which lay in the original Lanseria Air Show in 1975) and the DEXSA Military Exhibition.


The first in the series of Aviation exhibitions, which later became known as Aviation Africa, and now Africa Aerospace & Defence, took place at Lanseria Airport in October 1975. The event was initiated by the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) and World Airnews and held at the new Lanseria Airport north of Johannesburg.


The event now offers companies the opportunity to showcase their products indoor exhibition area, book hospitality chalets and display their aircraft in the static aircraft park and on the public days offers members of the general public the opportunity to view an international standard Air Show.


In 1998 the two trade associations – the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) and the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association of South (AMD) – joined in organising Aerospace Africa. Since the first Aviation Africa in 1975, the exhibition has undergone many changes, from a local aero-display and trade show, operating from a small airport 22 years ago, Aviation Africa, under the auspices of the CAASA, had grown to a fully recognised International Aerospace Exhibition catering for all of the sub-Saharan Aviation and Aerospace requirements.


After AMD’s success in organising SAAF ’75 Expo, as part of the South African Air Force’s 75th Anniversary celebrations in 1995, there was a growing request for further Military trade exhibits and an Air Show. A joint venture between CAASA and AMD was therefore a natural progression.
The name changed to Aerospace Africa, the venue to AFB Waterkloof and the amalgamation with AMD incorporated a greater military influence.


City of Tshwane saw the return of AAD 2012 & 2014 at AFB Waterkloof in September, trade and static displays attracted more than 40,000 trade visitors from 28 countries, 120 visiting delegations, 84 aircraft and over 92,983 members of the public. The exhibition was officially opened by the Minister of Defence of RSA, where military veterans and 347 exhibitors were addressed.


The 9th AAD at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion, and will once again bring together various industries from throughout the world so as to showcase the latest technological innovations, including Naval & Maritime companies, Defence & Security companies and Aerospace & Aviaition players as well.                    - Anita Mal