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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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UDT Europe 2017 Show Preview: Undersea Defence Technologies

Undersea Defence Technology (UDT), taking place from 30th May to 1st June 2017 is the Underwater Defence and Security community's most relevant Exhibition and Conference. Now in its 30th Year, UDT 2017 will be taking place in Bremen, Germany, led by the leading names in Undersea Defence, including DCNS, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, ATLAS Elektronik, Lockheed Martin, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Navantia, Kongsberg, ECA Group, Thales, Saab, BAE Systems, Damen, DSIT, Northrop Grumman Litef, General Atomics, Harris, Indra, HENSOLDT, MTU, L3, Safran, Rheinmetall Defence, Siemens, Sunlight, Teledyne Marine, TNO, Qinetiq, Wartsila, Rotinor, Trelleborg, Lurssen, Abeking, Babcock, etc.

UDT Europe 2017 Show Preview: Undersea Defence Technologies
Undersea Defence Technology (UDT), taking place from 30th May to 1st June 2017 is the Underwater Defence and Security community's most relevant Exhibition and Conference. Now in its 30th Year, UDT 20...
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IDEF 2017 SHOW PREVIEW

IDEF 2017, the 13th International Defence Industry Exhibition of Turkey, is being held in Istanbul’s Tuyap Exhibition Centre from 9th to 12th May 2017, with world-leading Defence & Security companies participating from many countries, led by the advanced Turkish Defence & Aerospace Industry.

IDEF 2017 SHOW PREVIEW
IDEF 2017, the 13th International Defence Industry Exhibition of Turkey, is being held in Istanbul’s Tuyap Exhibition Centre from 9th to 12th May 2017, with world-leading Defence & Security companies...
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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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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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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

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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DENEL Group’s World-Class Defence Systems & Solutions

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, 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 is an important Defence Contractor and a key supplier to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), both as OEM and for Overhaul, Maintenance, Repair, Refurbishment & Upgrade of Equipment. Denel’s sole shareholder is the South African Government. Denel has built a reputation as a supplier to its many international clients and supplies systems and consumables to end users as well as sub-systems and components to its industrial client base.


Denel Products & Services
Denel’s products & solutions broadly include: Aircraft MRO - Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of Fixed & Rotary-Wing Aircraft in Military & Civilian Service; Aircraft Production & Components: Manufacturing of sheet metal & machined components for the Aircraft Industry; Assembly of Aircraft; Ammunition Filling Plants: Modern filling plants for filling of a wide range of ammunition products; Artillery Projectiles: A full spectrum of 105mm & 155mm Projectiles & Carrier Rounds, including Pre-Fragmented 105mm Projectiles & Rocket assisted 155mm Projectiles; Artillery Propulsion: Charges for 155mm & 105mm Artillery Guns, including 155mm Modular Charges; Artillery Systems: 105mm & 155mm Towed and Self-Propelled Artillery Guns, including the G5 and G6 Gun Systems; Brass Products & Ammunition Components; Energetic Materials & Ball Powders; Heavy Calibre Ammunition: 60mm & 81mm Mortar Ammunition, Shells for 105mm & 155mm Artillery Guns, Aircraft Bombs, etc.; Light Weapons: 5.56mm & 7.62mm Machine Guns, 60mm & 81mm Mortar Weapons, NTW20 Anti-Materiel Rifles, 20mm Rapid Fire Guns; Mine Action & Contraband; Mine Clearing & Explosives Detection.


Missiles and Stand-Off Weapons: Air-to-Air, Ground-to-Air, Anti-Armour and Long-Range Stand-Off Weapons; Naval Ammunition: A range of 76/62mm Ammunition for Naval Guns; Pyrotechnics, Hand Grenades, Rifle Grenades, High Velocity and Low Velocity 40mm Grenades, as well as a wide range of other Pyrotechnical products; Small and Medium Calibre Ammunition: A wide range of ammunition ranging from 5.56mm to 35mm Ammunition; A range of Turrets for Armoured Vehicles, including the 30mm LCT, which is used on the New-Generation Modular Combat Vehicle for SANDF.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): The range includes the Seeker-II Medium-Range UAV, the Skua High-Speed Target Drone and some new developments. Denel SOC is a state-owned company and Strategic Partner for innovative Defence, Security, Aerospace & related technology solutions. It Groups together several Defence & Aerospace Divisions & associated companies.


Denel Group Leading Businesses
Denel SOC is the largest manufacturer of Defence Equipment in South Africa and operates in the Military Aerospace and Landward Defence environment.


Denel Land Systems: DLS focuses on Landward Defence System Solutions and is a Prime Contractor, System Integrator, and Subsystem and Product Supplier. It is renowned for the Development, Production, Maintenance and Upgrades of Infantry Systems, Artillery Gun Systems (like the G5 and G6 Systems) and Combat Turrets, as well as Small Arms.


Denel Dynamics: Denel Dynamics designs and manufactures Missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The successful commissioning of its Umkhonto-IR Surface-to-Air Missile Systems with the Finnish Navy, including a very successful flight test from the customer's vessel in the Baltic Sea.


Denel Integrated Systems & Maritime: Denel ISM specialises in: Systems Integration Specialists; Sovereign Command & Control Technologies provider to  SANDF (Land, Air, Sea & Joint); Maritime Technologies (Missions Systems, Weapon Systems, Integration & Logistics Support; Command & Control Solutions for National Security; Cyber Space Solutions; Electronic Warfare; Secure Communications.


Denel Aviation: A well-established Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facility, Denel Aviation had been providing Support Services to the South African Air Force (SAAF) and the South African Aviation Industry for more than 40 years.


DENEL LAND SYSTEMS
Denel Land Systems, is a world leader in the development, manufacture and support of Long-Range Artillery Gun Systems. The Denel Group is the Designer & Manufacturer of 155mm Artillery Gun Systems, including the G5-45 155mm Guns, G6 Wheeled SP 155mm with 50+km Range, and T5 Mounted Gun System; Guns/Turrets, Armoured & Combat Vehicles, etc.


Denel has a strong global reputation in Land Defence with leading Artillery products such as the G5, the Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle developed for the South African Army and the Casspir Mine-Protected Vehicle range. This position was strengthened with Denel’s acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems, a leading manufacturer of Protected Vehicles, now Denel Vehicle Systems. Denel offers clients an integrated, turnkey solution with its ability to manufacture all vehicle types, covering firepower, mobility and support. Denel Land Systems is a Land Defence System Solutions business with its primary focus on the requirements of SANDF as Prime Contractor and, selected international customers as System Integrator and subsystem and product supplier. Denel Land Systems is a consolidated, programme-based systems house for the Development, Production, Maintenance and Upgrades of Infantry Systems, Artillery Gun Systems and Combat Turrets as well as Small Arms.


The G6-45 Artillery System
The 155mm G6 Wheeled Gun Howitzer Vehicle, is a complete system, like the 155mm G5 Towed Gun. The same ammunition is used as with the G5. The G6 is used in batteries of eight, with each Artillery Regiment having three batteries. Batteries can be split into two troops, each consisting of four G6s. The G6 is a Self-Propelled Gun/Howitzer, which is mounted on a 6x6 chassis. The G6 is currently the largest wheeled artillery gun in existence. To distribute the weight of the vehicle evenly and to ensure a low ground weight, which allows easy mobility over sand, large 21x25 tyres are used, which are fitted with run-flat inserts. The tyre pressure in the tyres can be controlled by means of a centralised pressure control system. This means that the driver can control the pressure of the tyres from inside the vehicle. The Wheeled System is highly mobile and does not need to be transported by low-bed trucks as is the case with Tracked Systems.


The 155mm Gun is identical to the one on the G5, except that it has a fume extractor on the barrel. The fighting compartment is situated at the rear of the vehicle, two axles are situated at the rear and one is at the front. The driver is separated from the rest of the crew and is seated in front of the engine, which is a 386 kW air-cooled Diesel Power Unit. The G6 has a crew of six members and during action two of these crew members are on the outside of the vehicle, handling the ammunition. As there is no armour above the front wheels, should the vehicle hit a mine, the blast is dissipated upwards and away from the driver. Bullet-proof windows are situated in front of and on each side of the driver providing good visibility through 180°. The front window can be covered by an armoured shutter by means of a lever. The driver then observes through a periscope. A roof hatch is situated above the driver and opens to the left. The dashboard is fitted with comprehensive instruments, which are easy-to-read when negotiating rough terrain. Critical vehicle characteristics are monitored continuously (such as low oil pressure or fuel status). In event problems, the driver is warned by means of visual & audible alarms before any damage occurs.


The G6 has power operated steering and a permanent 6x6 drive. A fully-automatic or semi-automatic drive can be selected, which provides six forward gears. In front of the driver's compartment is a wedge-shaped box that holds sixteen projectiles and acts as a bush fender. The engine compartment has air-inlet louvres, on top, in front of the engine. The engine compartment contains a fire detection and suppression system. The Commander, Gun layer, loader and ammunition handler are seated in the crew compartment.


The Commander has braking controls from inside the turret, should the driver become disabled. Emphasis has been placed on crew protection. The hull and turret is made of armoured steel and the shape and armour at the bottom of the vehicle can withstand the detonation of two mines. The turret is fitted with firing ports so that the crew can use their individual weapons for close defence, a unique feature, when compared to Tracked Self-Propelled Artillery Systems. Upto 45 projectiles are carried in the G6. Before firing, four outriggers are lowered hydraulically. To prepare the G6 to fire takes only about 60 seconds and only 30 seconds are required to raise the outriggers and disengage from action.


On either side of the turret there are four electrically-operated 81mm Smoke-Grenade Launchers. The gun layer is seated to the left of the breech and has the use of a direct and indirect sighting system. The Commander is seated to the right below the cupola which provides all-round vision. A machine gun is situated at the left cupola. An auxiliary power unit is situated to the rear of the turret, which charges batteries and powers the air conditioning. This system could be developed into a complete NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) protected system, if the need arose. The barrel points forward when travelling and held in a lock, which can be unclasped without anyone having to leave the vehicle.


The turret can be traversed through 80° (40° to the left and 40° to the right). The turret is traversed by means of electro-hydraulics and manual controls can be used in an emergency. The rate of fire is 3 rounds per minute for 15 minutes. A thermal warning system alerts the crew of high barrel temperatures. A semi-automatic hydraulic flick rammer is situated to the left of the breech and the projectile is placed on the rammer tray by hand. This is aligned with the breech and rammed. The rammer is used at any elevation angle and the propelling charges are loaded into the breech by hand.


The G6's Projectiles and Charges are fed from the rear into the fighting compartment by means of conveyer belts. During action the G6 will use the ammunition from its support vehicle, therefore retaining its basic ammunition load.


Weapon Systems Design & Integration
Denel Land Systems is a world leader in the Design and Manufacturing of Towed and Self-Propelled Artillery Weapons, Infantry Systems, Combat Turrets and a range of Infantry Weapons. The capability to define, design and integrate these systems with Small, Medium and Large Calibre Guns has been established over 30 years. This has lead to world-class products such as: G5 155mm Towed Artillery System; G6 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery System; Rooikat 76mm and LMT 105mm Armour Combat Turrets; Olifant 1B Optimised Tank Turret; 12.7mm, 20mm, and 35mm Light Combat Turrets; 35mm Air Defence and Naval Turrets; The New-Generation Infantry Combat Vehicle System (Badger); A range of Infantry Weapons such as the SS77 General Purpose Machine Gun, 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher, 60mm and 81mm Mortars.


Gun design experience, gained over 30 years, is now firmly established in the technological know-how and design capabilities at Denel Land Systems. These capabilities are applied over a wide spectrum of Gun Development, from 20mm to 155mm Calibre. The elements related to Main Weapon design are: Barrel Design; Energy transfer and Recoil Systems; Cradle Systems; Muzzle brake design; Breech and Obturation Systems; Ballistics; Cooling concepts; Dynamic Simulation; Comprehensive Test Capabilities. Infantry Weapon Design capability is firmly established in the technology and know-how gained over years. Both electric and hydraulic gun drives have been successfully integrated with Artillery, Infantry, Naval & Armour Turrets. Integrated Fire Control Systems for Stabilised Turrets are specified and developed at Denel Land Systems. New systems have been developed that can be retrofitted to existing Combat Systems such as the T-72 Tank. The Inertial Gyro Platforms required for the Aiming and Navigation of Artillery Systems are integrated by Denel Land Systems. Fire Directing Systems are designed for a range of Sight Systems. A proprietary Turret Management System, which is used to link diverse Turret Sub-systems in a modular fashion, enables flexible turret configurations as cost-effective solutions. This affordable hardware forms the main building block of Denel’s Armour, Naval and Infantry Turrets.


An Artillery System is not only the Gun, the Projectile, Charge or Fire Directing System, but an Integrated System with closely related interfaces that provides the end-user with an efficient and high performance system. 30 years of development, support and battlefield experience have placed Denel Land Systems in an excellent position to guide the technological and system requirements of existing and Future Artillery, Infantry, Naval and Armour Weapons.


A world leading team of ballistic specialists provide a service not only to Denel's programmes, but to clients worldwide, with Trajectory Simulation, Projectile Flight Analysis & Base Bleed Motor Modelling. This team's efforts are closely co-ordinated with the design, testing and evaluation of each Development Programme. Trajectory Simulation of foreign Ballistic Systems can be deduced from a User's range table, cost efficiently and within short time frames.


Combat Proven Rooivalk’s Winning-Edge
The successful deployment of the Rooivalk Combat Helicopter during peace-keeping operations in Africa has focused international attention on the technological capabilities of the South African Defence Industry. The highly mobile helicopter – designed and manufactured by Denel SOC – turned the tide of hostilities in Congo when it was first deployed in support of the UN’s Intervention Brigade in November 2013. The Acting Group Chief Executive of Denel, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, says the Rooivalk is proof that South Africa is able to design and manufacture Defence Systems that are among the best in the world. The Rooivalk provided the winning edge for UN Forces that had been locked in battle with M23 Guerrilla Groups in the eastern part of the DRC. Within minutes of entering the combat zone it fired multiple rockets against rebel bunkers and destroyed the targets. The helicopter offers a protective shield to forces on the ground, providing them with unprecedented levels of support, defensive cover and reconnaissance capabilities. However, when required, the Rooivalk is a highly effective combat machine with the capability of engaging enemy forces in any weather conditions and in the most inhospitable terrains.


“The helicopter is designed to operate in harsh environments and can be deployed for lengthy periods without sophisticated support. It has a cruise speed of 280 km/h and a range of above 700 kms,” says Mr Ntshepe. The helicopter’s crew consists of a Pilot and a Weapons Systems Officer who enjoy full situational awareness through multi-spectral Sighting Systems and sophisticated, locally-developed Avionics. Its fully-integrated Digital Management System and low cockpit workload provide the crew with more time to focus on operational awareness. Depending on battlefield requirements the Rooivalk can be armed with up to 16 Mokopa Anti-Tank Missiles, developed by Denel Dynamics, 4 Air-to-Air Missiles, 76 Aerial Rockets & 20mm high-speed Cannon capable of firing upto 750 rounds. With capabilities of  Mokopa, the Rooivalk can engage the enemy at distances of  upto 8,000m. As the OEM of Rooivalk, Denel Aviation has been responsible for the final modifications to the helicopter to improve its safety and reliability, and the accuracy of its Weapon Systems. Denel Aviation continues to provide logistical support for the Rooivalk in terms of Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Services to sustain the flight operations.