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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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IAF’s Rafale Fighters Inductions Boost India’s Air Superiority

IAF's RAFALE FIGHTERS


With the Indian Air Force (IAF) scheduled to have all the 36 contracted Dassault Aviation Rafale Fighters by early 2022,  India’s Air Superiority gets a boost. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had formally inducted the first five Rafale Fighter Aircraft into the IAF’s 17 Squadron, the 'Golden Arrows' at the Ambala AFS in September 2020. All 36 Rafale Omni-Role Fighters are expected to be inducted by 2022.


IAF’s Rafale Fighters Inductions Boost India’s Air Superiority

The IAF’s Rafale Long-Range Air Superiority & Precision Strike Fighters have the best Survivability Capabilities, Enhanced Multi-Sensor Data Fusion & Most Potent Armaments Package. With the IAF inducting the Rafale Fighters into its 2nd Squadron - the No. 101 Squadron at AFS Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on 28th July 2021, both the Western & Eastern Fronts have the Rafales patrolling the skies. 3 more Twin-Engine Rafales landed at Jamnagar Air Base in India, after Mid-Air Refueling by tankers on 13th October 2021, adding to the 26 Rafales already with the IAF, with the total now being 29.


With the Indian Air Force (IAF) scheduled to have all the 36 contracted Dassault Aviation Rafale Fighters by early 2022,  India’s Air Superiority gets a boost. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had formally inducted the first five Rafale Fighter Aircraft into the IAF’s 17 Squadron, the 'Golden Arrows' at the Ambala AFS in September 2020. All 36 Rafale Omni-Role Fighters are expected to be inducted by 2022. The IAF’s Rafale Long-Range Air Superiority & Precision Strike Fighters have the best Survivability Capabilities, Enhanced Multi-Sensor Data Fusion & Most Potent Armaments Package. With the IAF inducting the Rafale Fighters into its 2nd Squadron - the No. 101 Squadron at AFS Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on 28th July 2021, both the Western & Eastern Fronts have the Rafales patrolling the skies. 3 more Twin-Engine Rafales landed at Jamnagar Air Base in India, after Mid-Air Refueling by tankers on 13th October 2021, adding to the 26 Rafales already with the IAF, with the total now being 29.

36th Rafale Fighter to Get All 13 India-Specific Enhancements
France is delivering three Rafale Fighters a month to India with the last of the 36 contracted Omni-Role Fighters reportedly carrying all 13 India-Specific Enhancements might be delivered in January 2022. While 26 of the 4.5 Generation Fighter Jets are already operational from Ambala in the Western Sector and Hashimara in the Eastern Sector, three more Dassault-manufactured Rafale Fighters landed at Jamnagar Air Base after Refuelling Mid-Air over UAE on October 13th. Three more are expected to be delivered this year.


It is the 36th Rafale Fighter that will reportedly be equipped with all India-Specific Enhancements to make the platform more lethal. India-Specific Enhancements have been included in Hammer Air-to-Ground PGMs, SCALP Land-Attack Cruise Missiles and Meteor Air-to-Air Missiles used by the Rafale Fighters with more range, and accuracy, but it is only after the 36th Rafale Fighter has landed after testing all India-Specific Enhancements with some technologies having Israeli-origins, that the previous 35 fighters will be fitted with all the enhancements.


While the India-Specific Enhancements remain classified, they are understood to be related to a more powerful Radio Altimeter, Radar Warning Receiver, Low-band Jammer, Flight Data Recorder, High-Altitude Engine Start-Up, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Ground Moving Target Indicator and Tracking, Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST), Helmet-Mounted Displays, Missile Approach Warning Systems and Very High-Frequency Range Decoys.


France, one of India’s closest strategic allies, has already sent the enhanced Missiles and Ammunition for Rafale to IAF. While the Meteor Missile is best in its category in the Indian subcontinent, the Hammer and SCALP have pinpoint accuracy with last-minute target adjustment capability and Radar Avoidance Capabilities. These Weapon Systems have multiple guidance facilities so that the enemy has no chance of Jamming the missile either in the Air-to-Air or Land-Attack Mode; they can be used in Stand-off Mode for Land targets over 70 kms away.


While the Indian Navy is also believed to be examining the option of a Rafale-Marine Fighter for its Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant, to be inducted by next August. IAF has reportedly been asked to rationalise its Fighter Squadron strength due to the enhanced capabilities of the Rafales.


In a report, experts say that one Squadron of Rafale is equivalent to 2.5 Squadrons of Russian Su-30MKIs in terms of turnaround and maintenance. IAF’s capability will further be multiplied with the addition of the S-400 Air & Missile Defence System to the Indian Warfighting Capability.


Induction of Rafale Fighters Into No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara
The Indian Air Force inducted the Rafale Fighter into the No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on 28th July 2021. Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) presided over the Induction Ceremony. The event also included a fly-past heralding the arrival of Rafale Fighters to Hasimara AFS, followed by a traditional water cannon salute.


Addressing the IAF personnel during the Rafale Induction Ceremony, the CAS said that the induction of Rafale had been carefully planned at AFS Hasimara; keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF's capability in the Eastern Sector. Recalling the glorious history of 101 Squadron, which bestowed upon them the title of 'Falcons of Chamb and Akhnoor', CAS urged the personnel to combine their zeal and commitment with the unmatched potential of the newly inducted platform. He said that he had no doubt that the Squadron would dominate whenever and wherever required and ensure that the adversary would always be intimidated by their presence.


101 Squadron is the Second IAF Squadron to be equipped with the Dassault Aviation Rafale Fighters. The Squadron was formed on 1st May 1949 at Palam and has operated the Harvard, Spitfire, Vampire, Su-7 and MiG-21M aircraft in the past. The glorious history of this Squadron includes active participation in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak Wars.


IAF Inducts 2nd Squadron of Rafale Fighters at Hasimara Air Base for the North-East
The Indian Air Force (IAF) got a major boost along the China Border in the North-East as the Force made its Second Rafale Fighter Aircraft Squadron operational. The Rafale Aircraft which had earlier arrived in AFS Ambala, started ferrying to the Hasimara Air Base and the Squadron reportedly got operational by July 26th.


The 101 Squadron is mainly responsible for looking after the Eastern Frontier with China based in AFS Hasimara, while the 17 Squadron in Ambala Air Force Base is looking after the Northern Borders with China in Eastern Ladakh and other areas along with Pakistan.


The Dassault Aviation manufactured Rafales have been operationalised in the Service and they have been deployed for Air Patrols along the Eastern Front with China and the new Squadron would be functioning with the Fleet of Su-30MKI Squadrons already deployed in the Eastern Sector in significant numbers.


After the aircraft were formally inducted in September 2020, the second set of Rafale Fighter Jets reached India in November 2020. The Twin-Engine Rafale Jets are capable of carrying out a variety of missions of Ground and Sea Attack, Air Defence and Air Superiority, Reconnaissance, and Nuclear Strike Deterrence.


Three More Rafale Multi-Role Fighters Arrive in India from France
Three more French-origin Twin-Engine Rafale Fighters touched down at the Jamnagar Air Base in India, after Mid-Air Refueling by Tankers of France and UAE on 13th October 2021. The 3 Rafales add to the 26 Rafales already with the IAF, with total now being 29 Rafales. Three Rafale Jets were provided mid-Air Refueling over the Middle East by the UAE Air Force. The Rafales have a combat range of 780km to 1,650 km without any Mid-Air Refuelling. The next three Rafale Jets are set to reach India by the first half of December and they would be joining the Operational Squadrons by January 26th. The 36th and final Rafale would, according to the plan, include special enhancements that would make it more lethal and capable.


Earlier the seventh Batch of three Rafale Fighter Jets arrived in India after flying non-stop for a distance of almost 8,000 km from France, in a further boost to the Strike Capability of the IAF. The new batch of the aircraft was part of the IAF's Second Squadron of the Rafale Fighters. Even those aircraft were provided Mid-Air Refuelling by the Air Force of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


“Three Rafale Aircraft arrived in India a short while ago, after a direct ferry from Istres Air Base, France. IAF deeply appreciates the support by UAE Air Force for In-Flight Refuelling during the non-stop ferry,” the IAF had said in a tweet.
The new Second Squadron of Rafale Jets is based in Hasimara Air Base in West Bengal to serve the Eastern Sector. The first Rafale Squadron is based in the Ambala Air Force Station to serve the North-Western Sector. A Squadron comprises around 18 aircraft.


India has Received 29 Out of 36 Dassault Aviation Rafale Combat Aircraft
India has so far received 29 Rafale Fighters out of the 36 it had ordered from Dassault Aviation. The Multi-Role Rafale Fighters, built by French Aerospace major Dassault Aviation, are known for Air Superiority and Precision Strikes. The first batch of five Rafale Jets arrived in India on July 29th, 2020, nearly four years after India signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement with France in September 2016 to procure 36 aircraft at a cost of Rs. 59,000 crore. The sixth batch of Rafale Fighter Jets comprising three aircraft landed in India on 28th May 2001. After that the Indian Air Force  was set to kick-off the flying operations of the Second Squadron of these aircraft in Hasimara situated in West Bengal.


The arrival of the sixth batch of Rafale Jets meant that the country had then received about two-third of the total number of planes that it had ordered. Earlier, the fifth consignment of four jets had traversed a total distance of 8,000 km from the Merignac Air Base to reach India on 22nd April 2021.


The addition of Rafale Fighters is a major capability booster for the IAF. The Twin-Engine Omni-Role Rafale Jets are capable of carrying out a variety of Missions: Ground and Sea Attack, Air Defence and Air Superiority, Reconnaissance, and Nuclear Strike Deterrence. The Rafales carrying the Long-Range Meteor Air-to-Air Missiles are considered to have an edge over Fighter Aircraft with Pakistan and China. The Fighters equipped with the Hammer Missiles have enhanced India's capability to carry out Air-to-Ground Strikes like the one in Balakot.


Rafale Batches Ferried from France Got Mid-Air Refuelling by UAE Air Force A330 MRTT
The Indian Air Force had earlier received the fourth batch of three Rafale Combat Aircraft from France on March 31st, 2021. United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force’s Airbus A330 Multi-Role Transport Tankers (MRTT) had then also provided Air-to-Air Refuelling to the jets over the Gulf of Oman. These three aircraft joined the Golden Arrows Squadron stationed at Ambala Air Force Station. Dassault Aviation’s three Rafale Aircraft took-off from Merignac Air Base in France’s Bordeaux at 7am on March 31st and reached Gujarat at around 7pm. The formal Induction Ceremony of the IAF’s Rafale Fleet had taken place at Ambala AFS on September 10th, 2020. A second batch of three Rafale Jets arrived in India on November 3rd, while a third batch of three more jets joined the IAF on January 27th, 2021.


IAF has plans to issue RFP for 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA), along with the indigenously developed Stealth Fighters - Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) whose seven Squadrons would join the IAF in the 15 to 20 years.


Entire Fleet in India by April 2022: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
India should have the entire fleet of 36 Rafale Fighter Aircraft bought by the country by April 2022. “I also inform that all Rafale will reach India by April 2022,” the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier said, while replying to a question in the Parliament’s Rajya Sabha.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said all new aircraft types in IAF are traditionally inducted through a befitting ceremony. The first five Rafale aircraft of IAF were formally inducted into IAF on September 10th, 2020. On 29th July 2020, India received its first batch of five Rafale Jets from France. The second batch of three Rafale Combat Aircraft arrived in India on 4th November 2020. On 27th January 2021, another three Rafale Combat Aircraft arrived in India after flying non-stop from France.


The first five Rafale Aircraft of IAF were formally inducted into IAF on September 10th, 2020. The Rafale Induction Ceremony was attended by French Defence Minister Florence Parly and the top echelon of the French Aerospace Major Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of the Combat Aircraft.


The Rafale Combat Aircraft is manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation. It is a 4.5 Generation Aircraft and has the latest Weapons, Superior Sensors and fully integrated architecture. It is an Omni-Role Fighter, which means it can carry out at least four missions in one sortie. The Fighter Jet is getting HAMMER Missiles and is armed with Beyond Visual Range Missiles like Meteor, SCALP and MICA, increasing its ability to take on incoming targets from a distance.


The Rafale Jets are India's first major acquisition of Fighter Aircraft in 23 years after the Sukhoi Jets were imported from Russia. The IAF Rafale Fleet has been carrying out sorties in Eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in the LAC Military Stand-Off. The first Squadron of the Rafale Jets is stationed at the Ambala Air Base, while the second Squadron  is now based at the Hasimara Air Base in West Bengal. Indian Air Force Pilots were being trained in batches at the Saint-Dizier Air Base in France.


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Rafale carries MBDA’s Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Meteor with a range of 120-150 km, the potent SCALP Cruise Missile, MICA Air-to-Air Missile Variants, and the Hammer Precision-Guided Munition (PGM) from the Safran Family of AASM Weapons for Precision Air-to-Land Strikes.


Meteor is the Next-Generation of BVR Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) is designed to revolutionise Air-to-Air Combat. The weapon has been developed by MBDA to combat common threats facing the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.


Faced with the prospect of an adversary on both Western and Eastern Fronts, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly got the French manufacturer to re-calibrate the software of Rafale Fighter Jet’s SCALP Long-Range Air-Launched Cruise Missile to ensure that the Subsonic Weapon hits targets up to 4,000 metres above sea level. The Subsonic Cruise Missile with a range in excess of 300 kilometres and a 450-kilogramme warhead is part of the Weapon Suite on the Rafale Omni-Role Fighter of the IAF.


This means that the IAF’s Rafales will now be able to demolish targets located in mountains and high plateaus at 4,000 metres instead of the previous calibration of 2,000 metres. The tweaking of the software has been reportedly done by the Missile Manufacturer MBDA in consultation with the top brass of the IAF.


The MBDA Storm Shadow/SCALP Missile can operate in extreme conditions and offers IAF a highly flexible, Deep-Strike Capability based around a sophisticated Mission Planning System.  The Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) SCALP is a unique weapon that has a ‘fire-and-forget’ mechanism. Once launched from the Rafale Fighter, the Cruise Missile drops to a terrain-hugging role between 100 to 130 feet from the ground to avoid detection by the enemy Radars and Jamming Systems. Before approaching the target, the Missile again goes up to a maximum height of 6,000 metres and then drops perpendicularly on the high-value target. The primary charge first penetrates the target, the secondary charge then blows it to smithereens. The SCALP’s range will be crucial to degrade enemy’s fight power.


While the MICA Missile has Air-to-Air kill at a maximum range of 80 km, the Meteor Missile has a Beyond Visual Range touching nearly 140 km. The SCALP is an Air-to-Ground Stand-Off Weapon with a beyond 300 km range and a 450 kilogramme warhead. It flies just below the speed of sound and has Imaging Infra-Red Terminal Guidance. With the arrival of the Hammer Weapon, the Indian Rafale Fighter has now a full armament complement with the capacity to dominate and destroy the adversary.


IAF’s Rafale Adds Hammer Stand-Off Weapon to its Lethal Arsenal
The IAF is also procuring a New-Generation Medium-Range Modular Air-to-Ground Weapon System, the Safran Electronics & Defense Hammer AASM PGM, to integrate with the Rafale Fighters. Hammer (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range) is a Precision-Guided Missile developed by French Defence major Safran. The missile was originally designed and manufactured for the French Air Force and Navy. France had agreed to equip Indian Rafale Fighters with the Air-to-Surface Hammer All-Weather Smart Weapon, apart from Air-to-Air MICA, Meteor Missiles and Air-to-Ground SCALP Stand-Off Weapon. The Safran Hammer is a ‘fire and forget’ weapon that can be launched from a very short range of 20 km to a long range of 70 km without availability of GPS and has high resistance to jamming and target location errors.


The Hammer PGM contract was signed between the two Governments in September 2020 and the weapons in large numbers were reportedly delivered to the Golden Arrows Squadron of Indian Air Force Station in Ambala by the end of November 2020.


The Defence Cooperation between India and France is such that normally the Hammer Weapon would have been delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a year, but the French Air Force had reportedly decided to part with limited weapons from their inventory to cater to New Delhi’s urgent requirement. The Rafale Fighter is on the frontline of the IAF.


The Hammer Weapon can be used for Multi-Target Attack and has zero maintenance due to reduced life-cycle cost. With Data Link Capability, the weapon is aware of the hostile environment and has full flexibility to strike at the target. In addition to the use of dedicated warhead and an air burst capacity, the angle of impact can be set up till a full vertical dive for maximum destruction.


The Rafale is a Twin-Jet Fighter Aircraft able to operate from both an Aircraft Carrier and a Shore Base. The fully versatile Rafale is able to carry out all Combat Aviation Missions: Air Superiority and Air Defence, Close-Air Support, In-Depth Strikes, Reconnaissance, Anti-Ship Strikes and Nuclear Deterrence. The Rafale was ordered by Egypt, Qatar and India, and now by Greece as well.


The Rafale Omni-Role Fighter participates in permanent Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) / Air Defence/Air Sovereignty Missions, Power Projection and Deployments for External Missions, Deep Strike Missions, Air Support for Ground Forces, Reconnaissance Missions, Pilot Training and Nuclear Deterrence duties.


The Air Force Single-Seat Rafale C, the Air Force Two-Seat Rafale B, and the Navy Single-Seat Rafale M feature maximum airframe and Equipment Commonality, and very similar Mission Capabilities. Its Versatility, that is the capability, with the same system, to perform different missions. Interoperability, or the ability to fight in Coalition with the Allies, using Common Procedures and Standard agreements, and collaborating and communicating in real-time with other systems; Flexibility, which can be illustrated by the ability to conduct several different missions in the course of the same Sortie (Omni-Role Capability). With this capability, it is possible to switch instantly on the demand of a decision maker, from a Coercion Mission (Strike Force) to a Preventive Mission (a dissuasive low-altitude, high-speed “show of force”), or even to cancel a mission until the last second (reversibility); Survivability, that is the capability to survive in a dense threat environment thanks to Stealthiness and/or to Advanced Electronic Warfare Systems.


Greece Approves Purchase of 18 Rafale Fighters From France
Greek lawmakers reportedly recently approved the purchase of 18 Dassault-made Rafale Jets from France for 2.5 Billion Euros (US$ 3.04 Billion), in a deal due to be signed by the Greek and French Defence Ministers soon. The agreement for six new and 12 used Rafale Jets is expected to be signed by France and Greece in Athens later and the first deliveries are expected during the first half of the year.


Greece has announced its intention to acquire 18 Rafales to equip its Air Force. This announcement illustrates the strength of the Partnership that has linked the Greek Air Force and Dassault Aviation for more than 45 years, and demonstrates the enduring strategic relationship between Greece and France.


“I am delighted with this announcement, which reinforces the exceptional relationship we have had with Greece for nearly half a century, and I thank the Greek Authorities for their confidence in us once again. Dassault Aviation is fully mobilised to meet the operational needs expressed by the Greek Air Force, and thus contribute to ensuring Greece’s sovereignty and the safety of the Greek people,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.


With over 10,000 Military and Civil Aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognised worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale Fighter, to the high-end Falcon Family of Business Jets & Special Mission Aircraft, Military Drones and Space Systems.