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** CHANAKYA 55th YEAR ** 15th JANUARY 2024 INDIAN ARMY DAY SPECIAL ISSUE ** EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ARMY CHIEF ** MEDIA PARTNER - WINGS INDIA 2024 SPECIAL SHOW PREVIEW ** MEDIA PARTNER - EGYPT DEFENCE EXPO 2023 SPECIAL SHOW REPORT **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 55th Year in Defence Publishing: 50th Year of Monthly Publication       

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South Korea Selects the Embraer C-390 Millennium

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has recently announced Embraer’s C-390 Millennium as the winner of the Large Transport Aircraft (LTA) II public tender to provide the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) with new Military Transport Aircraft.

ROKAF Will be Asia’s First C-390 Millennium Operator & 7th Nation to Select C-390s
South Korea is the C-390 Millennium’s first customer in Asia. Under the signed contract, Embraer wi
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MBDA Missiles Systems

MBDA is ready to consider integration of Brimstone Missiles onto the MQ-9B Predator, which are to be procured by India, according to an MBDA official, speaking to a select group of journalists from India visiting the Missile Leaders’ Facilities in UK’s Bolton and France.

MBDA Missiles Systems for Indian Armed Forces
A select group of journalists from India visited the MBDA Missile Systems’ Facilities in UK’s Bolto
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: GENERAL MANOJ PANDE, CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF (COAS)

Chanakya Interviewed GENERAL MANOJ PANDE, CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF (COAS), who briefly covered some ARMY programmes of Modernisation, including Emergency Weapons Procurements, Air Defence, Drones & Unmanned and Autonomous Systems (UAS); Automation, Digitization, Networking, including ACCCS, SAMA (Situational Awareness Module), ANUMAAN and Battlefield Surveillance System, etc. On the occasion of the 76th Army Day 2024, we feature the Exclusive Interview of the Army Chief with Chanakya:

“The Military Role of Unmanned Weapon Systems is Growing at Unprecedented Rates”
Indian Army is going through a Transformation process acquiring State-of-the-Art Weapon Platforms a
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said “The Navy is steadfastly striving for rapid modernisation of the force through indigenous route and is committed to becoming fully AtmaNirbhar by 2047.” He spoke about the future plans of the Indian Navy and the various Air Operations integration trials undertaken on the deck of INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF “Towards Capacity & Capability Building of the Navy, 67 Ships & Submarines are Under Construction”
For Indian Navy Day 2023, CHANAKYA Interviewed CNS ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR covering Indian Navy’s Mod
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Prime Minister Modi Flies Sortie in LCA Tejas

On 25th November 2023, in a historic milestone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew a sortie in the indigenously designed, developed and manufactured Tejas Twin-Seater Light Combat Fighter Aircraft at Bengaluru. During the 30-minute sortie, capabilities of Fighter Aircraft Tejas were demonstrated to the PM.

Prime Minister Modi Flies in the Indigenously-Manufactured Twin-Seater Fighter LCA Tejas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew a sortie in the Tejas Twin-Seater Light Combat Fighter Aircraft a
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NAVANTIA S-81 SUBMARINE

On the 30th of November, 2023, the S-81 Isaac Peral Submarine has been commissioned to the Spanish Navy. It is the first boat of the series of 4 that have been designed and built entirely by Navantia for the Spanish Navy.

SPANISH NAVY’S NAVANTIA S-80 SUBMARINE, IN SERVICE
After this key milestone of the S-80 Programme, the Spanish Navy will have in service one of the mo
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MBDA NAVAL MISSILES

MBDA is proud to celebrate Indian Navy Day 2023, and to mark a long history supporting the Indian Navy with the highest performing Missile Systems. From Anti-Ship Missiles, to Air Defence Systems, and the latest in Naval Aviation Weaponry, MBDA has supported the Indian Navy for decades and is committed to continuing to do so today and into the future, says Ludovic Dumont, General Delegate, MBDA India Private Limited.

MBDA Celebrates Indian Navy Day 2023 by Ludovic Dumont, General Delegate, MBDA India Private Limited
MBDA well understands the importance of operational capability and sovereignty to the Indian Navy a
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Embraer C-390 Millennium Medium Military Transport Aircraft

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of the Czech Republic announced the start of negotiations on potential acquisition of the New-Generation Multi-Mission Embraer C-390 Millennium, a Tactical Military Transport Aircraft. The Czech Republic's Ministry of Defence has identified the C-390 as the most suitable solution for meeting the requirements of the Army of the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic Selects the Embraer C-390 Millennium as its Next Medium Military Transport Aircraft
The Embraer Defense & Security's New-Generation Multi-Mission Embraer C-390 Millennium, a Tactical
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DUBAI AIR SHOW PREVIEW

The 18th Dubai Air Show 2023 is being held at DWC Dubai from 13th to 17th November 2023. The Dubai Air Show will have about 160 Aircraft displays, with 1,200 Plus exhibitors from above 50 countries. Dubai Air Show 2023 visitors view the thrills of Al Fursan, the UAE Aerobatic Team and other fascinating Air Displays including the IAF’s LCA Tejas, which flew last time.

DUBAI AIR SHOW 2023 SPECIAL SHOW PREVIEW
Dassault Aviation’s Rafale & Mirage 2000-9 Fighters; Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet & F-15 Fighters,
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1st Airbus C-295MW Inducted into IAF

“C-295 Will Bolster the Medium Lift Tactical Capability of IAF”: RM Rajnath Singh

The formal induction of the First Airbus C-295MW Transport Aircraft into the IAF took place on 25th September 2025 in an Induction Ceremony held at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad. This Medium Lift Tactical Aircraft, which is capable of taking off and landing from unprepared landing grounds, will replace the HS-748 Avro Aircraft.

First Airbus C-295MW Transport Aircraft Inducted into the Indian Air Force
While the first 16 of the 56 contracted Airbus C-295MW aircraft will be delivered to the IAF in a '
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

“Procurement of Six AEW&C Mk-II
is Underway”

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring State-of-the-Art Platforms and Systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Dominance Capabilities, with 36 New Rafales, 51 Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk-1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, Avro replacement with 56 C-295MW MTAs, ALH Rudra Mk-IV, Prachand Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Light Utility Helicopters (LUH); Mi-17V5s; Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters & Apache Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, etc. and various types of Radar & Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW, SAAW, etc. either have been inducted or are in final stages of procurement.

AIR CHIEF INTERVIEW
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

Safran is an International High-Technology Group operating in the Aviation (Propulsion, Equipment & Interiors), Defence & Space markets. Safran has Aircraft Engines for Mainline & Regional Airplanes, to Business Jet Powerplants, & Engines for Military Transport, Training, Combat, Surveillance & In-Flight Refueling Missions. Safran has a global presence and holds world or regional leadership positions in its core markets.

Safran Aircraft Engines and India Shine on the Champs Élysées
Safran Aircraft Engines has been a trusted partner to the Indian Air Force for over 4 decades. The
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Creation of Theatre Commands Delayed

The much-awaited Military Reform of creating Integrated Theatre Commands, which will entail having all War-Fighting Assets and Forces under a single Commander for a specific geographical area, is not expected to take place anytime soon. The Theatre Commands are inevitable and will be eventually formed as the delay is only to bring about a wider consensus.

Creation of Theatre Commands Delayed: No Consensus Yet, CDS For Wider Consultations on Tri-Services Jointness in Operations
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan has been reportedly asked to reach a wider consen
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INTERVIEW: WILLIAM L. BLAIR, VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LOCKHEED MARTIN INDIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Airbus Remains Committed to Developing India’s Defence Industry
The focus is also back on the pending acquisition of the New-Generation A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ATUL DINKAR RANE, DG BRAHMOS, DRDO and CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

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

“Top-Most Priority is the Design and Development of BRAHMOS-NG”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring State-of-the-Art Platforms and Systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Dominance Capabilities, with 36 New Rafales, Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk.1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, 56 C295MW MTAs, ALH Rudra Mk.IV, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Light Utility Helicopters (LUH); Mi-17V5s; Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters & Apache Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, etc. and various types of Radar & Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW, either been inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

French Aircraft Engine Maker SAFRAN Group CEO Meets Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Chanakya features the Safran M88 Engine powering the Rafale Fighters and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in
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Navantia, Reliable Partner for India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“BRAHMOS Stands Out as an Ultimate Weapon System for Multiple Platforms”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Navigation & related Equipment, and also Designs, Fabricates & Assembles Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare Parts. In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Updates us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking like LCA Tejas, Mirage 2000 Upgrade, Jaguar Darin-III Upgrade, HTT-40 BTA, IJT, LCH, LUH, ALH Dhruv Variants, UAS/RPAs, etc.

“Deliveries of 83 Mk-1A Aircraft Would Commence from February 2024”
In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindust
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INTERVIEW: Venkat Katkuri, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) on September 24th, 2021, along with an Offset Contract. The induction of Airbus C295MW Airlifters will be a significant step towards Modernisation of the IAF’s Transport Fleet. Out of 56, 40 MTAs will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium. Chanakya Interviews VENKAT KATKURI, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia, covering the C295MW Variants and the New-Generation A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transporter on offer for IAF’s FRA Project.

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

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

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

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL), the oldest Shipyard in India, has now become one of the premier Warshipbuilding Yards in India, producing Warships for the Indian Navy, which include Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes, Missile Boats, OPVs, etc. MDL has built about 800 Vessels, including 26 Capital Warships and 6 Conventional Submarines. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, MDL, elaborates on MDL’s various activities.

“MDL is Building 4 P-15B Missile Destroyers”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managin
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring State-of-the-Art Platforms and Systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Dominance Capabilities, with 36 New Rafales, 34 out of 51  Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk.1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, Avro replacement with 56 C295MW MTAs, ALH Rudra Mk.IV, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Light Utility Helicopters (LUH); Mi-17V5s; Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters & Apache Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, etc. and various types of Radar & Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW, either been inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly covered many IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AEW&Cs, FRA, Transporters, Trainers, Air Defence, S-400, Missiles, UAS/RPAS, CUAS, UAVs, Upgrading Combat Helicopters, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya:

“Work is Underway for the Development of Armed Drone Technology by DRDO”: CAS
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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Navantia S81 'Isaac Peral' Submarine Completes Initial Sea Trials

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

Navantia S81 'Isaac Peral' Submarine Completes Initial Sea Trials
“The S80 Submarines integrate cutting-edge technologies and innovate solutions, validating that all
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Two Upgraded Mirage 2000 I/TI Handed Over to Indian Air Force


Two Upgraded Mirage 2000 I/TI Handed Over to Indian Air Force


The acceptance ceremony of the first two Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 I/TI was held at Istres, France, Dassault Aviation’s Flight Test Centre. Ambassador Arun K. Singh, India’s Ambassador to France, attended the ceremony hosted by Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman & CEO, and Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales  Executive Vice President,  Defence Mission Systems.


The signing of the contract for the Upgrade of the Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fleet occured in July 2011. The maiden flight of its first upgraded Mirage 2000 was completed successfully by Dassault Aviation on the 5th October 2013, following a two-year development phase dedicated to the equipment kit provided by Thales, including the Radar, the Electronic Warfare Suite and the Mission Computer. The two aircraft are expected to fly to India on 16th April 2015.
“Today’s ceremony is the result of the excellent understanding between the Indian and French partners and of our commitment to India. India is Dassault Aviation’s first export client and the historical relationship we nurtured with the Indian Air Force has spanned 60 years, growing from strength to strength. The Rafale aircraft has been chosen by India after a comprehensive selection process in the frame of the MMRCA competition, and exclusive negotiation is ongoing. The Rafale is the next logical step”, Eric Trappier, Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation. said. “HAL and Indian Industries will contribute to the ‘Make-in-India’ policy by developing and manufacturing the aircraft locally. The Rafale will fulfill all of the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force and the industrial requirements of India’s economic policy as the Mirage 2000 continues to do, ” declared Eric Trappier. Mr. Trappier seemed upbeat about the future of Dassault Aviation in India as he mentioned that the relationship with the IAF was 60 years old, and the two sides had a relationship based on long-standing trust and that it was “strong enough to build the future together.”
The Dassault Aviation CEO went on to say that the ongoing negotiations with the MoD were 95% done. He also indicated that “due to the conformity to the RFP, the contract finalisation and signature could happen soon.” Referring to the Indian Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ strategy, he said that it had been a driving force for Dassault Aviation, which was now ready for a much larger challenge - the Indian Rafale programme.


“This ceremony gives us the opportunity to thank our customer, the Indian Air Force, and our long time partner, HAL, for the excellent team work we have carried out together on the Mirage 2000 Upgrade programme. Not forgetting the many Indian companies with whom we are working on a daily basis, making the ‘Make-in-India’ policy something concrete and real, we experiment with great success every day. Thales has been operating in India since 1953 and employs 300 people all over the country. We are trusted partners of the Indian Armed Forces and have developed a strong local supply chain which helped us to make the upgrade of the Mirage 2000 a real success story. We are ready to continue developing this team work in the future,” added Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales Executive Vice President, Defence Mission Systems.


Technologically ambitious and based on the integration of the latest-generation equipment and systems, the first phase of the programme was completed on schedule in France. The rest of the fleet will be upgraded in Bangalore under the responsibility of HAL with the complete support and involvement of Dassault Aviation and Thales Teams. This programme serves the strategic requirements of the ‘Make-in-India’ priority policy of the Indian Authorities. This acceptance of the first two upgraded Mirage 2000 by the Indian Air Force is a new milestone in the long-term cooperation between French and Indian Industry based on cutting-edge technologies and the sharing of know-how and expertise. This illustrious programme, conducted hand-in-hand with Indian Industry and Indian Air Force, is testament to the strength of the joint partnership.


Mirage 2000 Upgrade Phases


Following a discussion between the Indian Air Force and Dassault Aviation initiated with Ouragan, followed by the Mirage H/TH and continuing with the upgraded Mirage 2000 I/TI, the IAF requested an extension of the Mirage 2000 H/TH operational capabilities. The mid-life upgrade contract was signed on 29th July 2011 between IAF and the OEMs, Dassault Aviation & Thales.


The Upgrade programme organisation is divided into 2 main phases, with the first phase of activities in France for development by the OEMs of the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) Standard and Upgrade in the French Air Force Istres facilities of Dassault Aviation with the first two aircraft dedicated to the development of the IOC Standard. Following this, elaboration of the industrial data file is to be dedicated to HAL for the industrialisation part of the upgrade in India, for the remaining 47 aircraft in the fleet, using the industrial data pack elaborated by the OEMs on the 2nd development aircraft.


The development of the two aircraft was on time as per the schedule, with the qualification of the IOC standard and the delivery back to the IAF for the first two upgraded aircraft has been achieved with all successive phases of this Upgrade programme successfully carried out in France by Dassault Aviation and Thales, including the design definition and development, Upgrade of the two aircraft, ground and flight tests, qualification and acceptance and delivery back to the IAF. Several improvements to the aircraft have been provided as part of the upgrade programme, including the new multi-target RDY-3 Radar, a new firing system for Air-to-Air MICA Missiles, implementation of an aircraft-to-missile Data Link, advanced Navigation System TOTEM, an NVG-compatible glass cockpit with 5 displays, a new fully integrated EW Suite ICMS Mk4, a new main Data Processing Unit (DPU) and an advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System.


After the two aircraft were ferried to Istres for upgrade activities - the Mirage 2000H, which is a single-seater and the Mirage TH (dual seater), underwent 6 different phases for about 18 months beginning from 2012 upto 2013. The two aircraft were dismantled and a mock-up created with dummy equipment, followed by the structural modification and electrical fittings being carried out. Then, the final assembly and ground tests were also successfully achieved. Following the re-assembly of the aircraft, the first flight was carried out in October 2013 for the Mirage TI (dual-seater) and at the end of 2013 for the Mirage 2000I (single-seater). The two aircraft collectively logged more than 250 flight tests during the flight-test campaign.


Dassault Aviation has so far delivered around 8,000 military and civil aircraft to 90 countries over the past 60 years, and logging nearly 28 million flight hours to date. The company can offer recognised know-how and experience in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, from the Rafale Fighter to the Falcon range of high-end business jets, as well as Military Unmanned Air Systems.


Thales, meanwhile, is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements.


Indian HAL Mirage 2000 Upgrade Programme Begins with 3rd & 4th Fighters


After the Indian Air Force took delivery of the first two of 49 Upgraded Mirage 2000H Vajra (Divine Thunder) Fighters from Dassault Aviation at its Istres Aviation Flight Test Centre in northern France, the remaining 49 Mirage 2000Hs, including eight dual-seat trainers, will be retrofitted to Mirage 2000-5 levels by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore under a R.175.47 Billion (US$ 2.8 Billion) upgrade contract signed in 2011. The upgrade programme is reportedly likely to be completed by around 2019-20. The retrofit, includes equipping the fighters with Advanced Avionics, fully Integrated Electronic Warfare (EW) Suites, advanced Beyond-Visual-Range (BVR) Missile capability and Mission Computers.


The Ministry of Defence reported that France will hand over the two "almost new" Mirage fighters to the Project Management Teams of IAF and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). "Our teams are in Istres to take the delivery. The next two jets will be upgraded by HAL in India with French assistance," said a report.


The remaining 47 Mirages, which were first inducted by India in the mid-1980s, will then be progressively souped up by HAL with technology transfer from France under the overall R.17,547 crore programme finalised in 2011-2012. "The upgraded Mirages have been stripped down and virtually re-built with state-of-the-art Avionics, Radars, Mission Computers, Glass Cockpits, Helmet-Mounted Displays, Electronic Warfare Suites and Long-Range Missiles. IAF will be able to operate them for another 15to 20 years," the report said.


From the very beginning of the Upgrade programme, the OEMs forged a strong partnership with Indian companies, including HAL, which is the main partner for the Upgrade programme and with several equipment manufacturers who would be involved with the production of new items to be incorporated in the aircraft. The upgrade programme is providing a significant Transfer of Technology (ToT). The industrial datapack, which was delivered by the OEMs to IAF for the end-user contains all necessary data required for industrialisation for upgrade of the remaining fleet.


Meanwhile, the process of induction of the 3rd and 4th aircraft to be upgraded in India, has started at the Overhaul Division of HAL and has delivery deadlines to meet this fall, followed by the upgrade of the fourth aircraft for which delivery is expected by the end of the year. The Upgrade programme presents a great opportunity for Dassault Aviation and Thales, to develop a strong cooperation with HAL, equipment manufacturers in India like Axis, Samtel, Avio, Centum and Rangsons, to name a few, which would be involved in the production of new items which are to feature as part of the upgrade.


The Mirage Upgrade project, under which India had signed two separate contracts, had faced criticism earlier for being expensive. The first upgrade programme was finalised at R.10,947 crore with French companies Dassault Aviation and Thales in July 2011. The second R.6,600 crore contract for 490 advanced fire-and-forget MICA (Interception and Aerial Combat Missiles) Systems to arm the Mirages was finalised with French MBDA in early-2012. Each Upgraded Mirage will cost about R.345 crore, whereas the last batch of Mirage 2000s bought by India cost about R.133 crore apiece.


Indian Air Force has gone in for a mix of upgrades and inductions like Sukhoi-30MKIs, with 200 of the 272 Russian fighters inducted, but it continues to take a hit with the delay in new fighter projects, even as the obsolete MiG fleets are being progressively retired. Both the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) project for 126 Rafale Fighters and for 127 Russian Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) are still very far from being concluded. The indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project is also running years behind schedule. The IAF ideally requires 44 Fighter Squadrons, instead of the 34 it currently has.