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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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Boeing Focused On Expanding India’s Supply Chain Capabilities

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Dassault Aviation Completes Deliveries of All 36 Rafales to IAF

IAF's RAFALE FIGHTERS


With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISE) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has recently tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy Carrier Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the IAF and Indian Navy.


Dassault Aviation Completes Deliveries of All 36 Rafales to IAF

With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISE) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has recently tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy Carrier Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the IAF and Indian Navy.


With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISE) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has recently tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy Carrier Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the IAF and Indian Navy.


India-Specific Enhancements to be Incorporated on All IAF Rafale Fighters Soon
The last Batch of three Rafale Fighter Jets recently arrived in India, while work on Upgrading all the Rafale Fighters in Service of IAF to the Indian Standard Configuration with the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISE) is reportedly currently underway in India. This leaves just one Rafale in France, though already delivered to the IAF, the instrumented aircraft RB008, on which the ISE were first incorporated and certified. While IAF had taken delivery of the last 3 Rafales in France and the modalities of their ferry to India were being worked out and the jets then arrived in India. Like in earlier instances, the Rafales flew directly from France with in-flight refuelling during the journey, which in the past also was supported by the Air Forces of France and United Arab Emirates (UAE).


All ISEs have been qualified and certified. The ISE incorporation on the Rafales is reportedly underway on all aircraft at the moment, which now is proceeding at a fast pace. The first Rafale for India, RB008, had made its maiden flight on October 30th, 2018 in France. It was on this aircraft that the 13 ISEs had been first incorporated, tested and certified.

The Indian Standard Rafales of IAF are the most advanced among all Rafale Aircraft across the world. Not all the ISEs are present in the Rafale Fighters being operated by other countries and pertain to Radar Enhancements, Helmet-Mounted Display, ability to start and operate from high-altitude Airfields, Advanced Infrared Search and Track Sensor, a potent Electronic Jammer Pod and Avionics. While some of the ISEs were incorporated during the manufacturing of the aircraft, the remaining are being incorporated now, in India, post their certification, which includes both Hardware and Software Upgrades.


In September 2020, the IAF inducted the first batch of five Rafale Jets into the No.17 Golden Arrows Squadron based at Ambala AFS and the Second Squadron based at Hasimara AFS in West Bengal was operationalised last July. The jets were earlier handed over to India in France in October 2019, but were used for training IAF Pilots and Maintenance Crew in France. The Indian Air Force had formally inducted the Rafale Aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on July 28th 2021. 101 is the Second IAF Squadron to be equipped with Rafale Aircraft. The Twin-Engine Rafale Jets are capable of carrying out a variety of missions, such as Ground and Sea Attack, Air Defence and Air Superiority, Reconnaissance and Nuclear Strike Deterrence.


India and France signed the 7.87 Billion Euro Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) in September 2016 for 36 Rafales in fly-away condition following the announcement by PM Modi in April 2015 citing “critical operational necessity” of the IAF. The ISEs reportedly cost 1.3 Billion Euros out of the total amount.


With the last batch arriving, Dassault Aviation has completed the deliveries of all the 36 Rafale Fighter Jets to the Indian Air Force (IAF). As per the Inter-Governmental deal inked by both sides in September 2016, India had placed an order for 36 Multi-Role Fighter Jets in fly-away condition at a cost of Rs. 59,000 crores, and as per the contract, the delivery of all the 36 was to be completed by 2022.


IAF Starts Rafale ISE Upgrade Project
The Indian Air Force has started Upgrading its Fleet of Rafale Fighters with India-Specific Enhancements, which would make them more capable. An Indian Air Force Team was in France to assess the India-Specific Enhancements being carried in the aircraft RB-008 there. The ISE Upgrades would be installed in the Rafales in the next 12 to 15 months. A French team is now in India for the ongoing Hardware and Software Upgrades, with two to three jets to be retrofitted with the ISEs every month. The Enhancements also include Satellite Communication Compatibility, Jammers and other capabilities, which would make it the best and most capable Rafales operating across the globe.

The Rafale Fighters are capable of defeating enemy Air Defence mechanisms and Strike targets at long ranges. The last batch of Rafale Aircraft received are the most capable of the entire lot. India is now going to place orders for 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA), along with the Indigenously-developed Stealth Fighters - the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), whose seven Squadrons would join the Indian Air Force in the next 15 to 20 years.


All the Rafales which are already with the IAF are in the process of being Upgraded to the ISE Configuration in India. All the 13 ISEs are  already certified by the concerned authorities. Before being ferried to India, some of the ISEs were incorporated at the Manufacturing Stage. and post certification the remaining are being included in the aircraft. The aircraft in the IAF’s Rafale Fleet have a unique tail number, with all Rafale Single Cockpit Fighters and Dual-Cockpit Fighter Trainers, having different set of alphabets as initials.


India was the fourth country in the world to have the Rafales in its Air Force Fleet. The others were Qatar, Egypt and France. And very recently, Indonesia has confirmed an order of 42 Rafale Fighters from Dassault Aviation of France, after Croatia, Greece and the UAE had joined the Rafale Users Club.


The Indian Air Force (IAF) recently received the latest three of the four Rafale Fighter Jets. The Fighters were handed over by France at Istres Air Base of Rafale Manufacturer Dassault Aviation, situated North-West of Marseille. The handed over planes were then routinely test-checked for all the details.


When they flew out of France, these Fighter Jets received mid-air refueling by the Air Force of India’s close ally, the United Arab Emirates, using the Airbus Multi-Role Transport Tanker (MRTT). These Rafale Fighter Jets are fully equipped with the India-Specific Enhancements, which will give them extra teeth to fight any regional adversary. The last Fighter Jet is reportedly nearly ready with fresh paint and enhancements, but will arrive later in April 2022.


The last of the 36 contracted fighters from France is actually the first fighter used for training IAF personnel after the deliveries started from France. This fighter was reportedly inspected by Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar at the Istres Air Base during his visit to France for a high-level Defence dialogue in December 2021.


Although IAF does not specify what India-Specific Enhancements are on the Rafale Fighters, it is learnt that these relate to Long-Range Meteor Air-to-Air Missile, Low-Band Frequency Jammers, Advanced Communication Systems, more capable Radio Altimeter, Radar Warning Receiver, High-Altitude Engine Start-Up, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Ground Moving Target Indicator and Tracking System, Missile Approach Warning Systems and Very High Frequency Range Decoys and 10-hours of Data Recording.


After  the arrival of the Fighter Jets, the IAF will now test the India-Specific Enhancements to their satisfaction under Indian conditions apart from verifying the Original Equipment Manufacturers claims as per agreement. After this, work will continue in retrofitting the remaining 32 aircraft at Ambala AFS in the Western Sector with the India-Specific Enhancements with all the related equipment already with the IAF. This Upgradation Exercise will be carried out at the Ambala Air Base as it has the Maintenance-cum-Repair set-up for Rafale Fighters in India.


With the last batch of three Rafale Jets arriving in India from France, it has further boosted Indian Air Force Capabilities in the wake of the tense border dispute with neighbouring China. The 13 India-Specific Enhancements are for greater lethality.


Indian Navy Flight Tests the Rafale-Marine for INS Vikrant
The Marine Variant of the French-made Rafale Fighter Jet has been successfully flight-tested at the Shore-based Facility in Goa, where conditions which are similar to that on the Indigenously-developed Aircraft Carrier Vikrant were simulated. The Dassault Aviation Rafale-M is pitted against the U.S.-Boeing Super Hornet - both of which are being evaluated for a possible purchase by the Indian Navy for deployment on the 44,000-tonne INS Vikrant that is undergoing sea trials in the Arabian Sea for likely commissioning in August 2020.


“Tests were done to check the Rafale-Marine’s take-off capability from the deck of your [India’s] Carrier and it has done very well,” French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain told journalists on February 1st in Kolkata, in a free-wheeling conversation.


India’s new Aircraft Carrier - the first IAC Vikrant has been designed as a Ski-Jump Launch Ship, different from many other such Carriers, which use a Catapult-Launch for their jets. The aircraft selected by the Indian Navy consequently must be capable of taking-off in this fashion, carrying all Weapon Systems and full fuel load.


The Rafale-M Carrier-Borne Fighter was earlier tested for 12 days at Goa’s INS Hansa Facility using a 283 metre Mock Ski-Jump Facility, Mr. Lenain said. The Ski-Jump Ramp uses what Naval experts call Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) Technology. Boeing’s Super Hornet F/A-18 Jet, which is also being offered to India, is expected to undergo similar tests at INS Hansa soon.


The Suppliers have reportedly made modifications to both the Rafale-M and Super Hornet to make them suitable for the Indian Carrier according to the RFI. The Indian Navy was looking for an aircraft that is capable of delivering Nuclear loads, Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Missiles and Precision-Guided Bombs.


The Indian Navy reportedly wants to initially purchase 26 Jets for its Aircraft Carrier, though it had issued in 2017 a Request for Information (RFI) for 57 Multi-Role Aircraft capable of operating from Indian Carriers. The RFI was issued as the Navy will be phasing out the MiG-29Ks in 2034, currently being used on INS Vikramaditya - a modified Kiev-Class LHD.


French Ambassador Lenain also pointed out that the Indian Air Force was already using the Rafale Fighter Jets and “was very satisfied with the aircraft”. Since the IAF has Rafale Jets, a Naval order would build on commonality, he said.

“We have already supplied 35 Rafales in the last order and will complete it by sending the 36th before the deadline in April,” he said.


India Explores Additional 57 Dassault Rafale- Ms From France For Indian Navy Carriers
Touted as the favourite of the Indian Air Force (IAF), India is mulling to acquire additional 57 Rafale Marine Fighters for its Navy. The Indian MoD is on the hunt for Multi-Role Carrier-Borne Fighters for its new indigenously developed Aircraft Carrier that is currently on sea trials. The Indian Navy has indicated that it remains determined to acquire a Twin-Engine Aircraft to replace the MiG-29Ks which currently operates from the INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier.


The Indian Navy has conducted flight-testing of the Naval Version of Rafale Fighters at the Shore-Based Test Facility at INS Hansa in Goa from January 6th onwards, as part of its exercise to determine the finest warplane to suit the 40,000-tonne Carrier INS Vikrant, which is planned to be commissioned in August 2022.


For now, Rafales appear to be ‘hot contenders’, after then Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh had earlier said that the Indian Navy may pursue a ‘Joint Acquisition’ of Fighters with the Indian Air Force, which further has requirements for a few more Squadrons of similar MRFA Fighters, for which an RFI has been issued.


The Request for Information (RFI) for a Multi-Role Carrier-Borne Fighter was issued by the Directorate of Naval Air Staff in January 2017 as the currently operational MiG-29K is scheduled to be phased-out in 2034. The Indian Navy has opted to assess a global tender for Carrier-Based Twin-Engine Fighters, despite the fact that the indigenously developed Twin-Engine Deck-Based Fighter (TEDBF) is slated to arrive by 2032.


In March 2022, the Indian Navy also plans to test the U.S. Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet as an alternative for the Rafale-M (Marine) aircraft at the same location.


The IAC-1 is supposed to be commissioned as INS Vikrant on August 15th, 2022, the 75th Anniversary of Indian Independence. The Indian Navy reportedly could also ask the French Manufacturers of the aircraft to lease four to five Rafale-M Aircraft in 2022, so that the Aircraft Carrier can be made operational soon.


The IAF’s Ambala Air Base in North India already has a Rafale Maintenance and Flight Training Facility, which is operational. The Naval Aviators will be trained at INS Hansa Facility in Goa.


In her recent visit to India, the French Armed Forces Minister had also expressed her willingness to supply the Carrier-Based Rafale Marine to India. She had stated, “We know the Aircraft Carrier will be arriving soon, and that planes will be required. If India decides to buy another Rafale, we are ready to offer it.” At the time, she had also declared that France would supply additional Rafale Fighters over and above the 36 being acquired by the Indian Air Force, if India needs it. “We're ready to answer any additional needs or requests that could be made by India. We know that an Aircraft Carrier will soon be delivered. Aircraft are needed. So we're open and ready to provide any other Rafale if this is India’s decision,” French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly had said.


Even before signing the contract for the Indian Air Force Fighters in 2016, Dassault Aviation was in talks with the Indian Navy about selling the Naval Variant of the Rafale Fighter, in Service with the French Navy on its Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle.


As per reports, Military experts do believe that the Rafale-Marine Fighters have an advantage over the Boeing Super Hornets since a mega-deal worth US$ 8.7 Billion was negotiated between France and Indian Government for 36 Rafales for the Indian Air Force (IAF).


It is said that the Weight-to-Power Ratio of the Rafale, as well as its Maritime Strike Capabilities and France’s proven reliability as a Strategic Partner, all work in its favour. The Rafale Platform has piqued the interest of both the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.


The MBDA METEOR Missile, a robust Thales AESA RBE2 Radar and an Upgraded Spectra Electronic Warfare System are all included in the Rafale-M (Marine) Version being pitched to the Indian Navy. It also includes the MBDA Exocet, and the Safran GBU16 500kg Laser-Guided Bomb in terms of weapons. It is considered to have a better Warning Capability and is more resistant to GPS Jamming. With the incorporation of the new Laser Designation Pod, the Naval Variant of the Rafale has improved Ground Target Recognition and Designation Capability with the TALIOS. It also includes a built-in Next-Generation Refueling Pod, so Air-to-Air Refueling is also possible with the aircraft in both ‘buddy-buddy’ mode and by a tanker.


France & India Step-Up Military Allegiance with Offer of More Rafale Jets
Besides the Dassault Aviation offer to arm India’s new Aircraft Carrier with Rafale Jets as France looks to ramp-up ties with its South Asian Partner, the bilateral visits recently also backed India’s pitch to indigenise Military Production and also refreshed France’s interest in the world’s second largest arms importer.


After France delivering 35 of the 36 Rafales as part of a 2016 deal worth above Seven Billion Euros and its Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly in her recent visit hoping to sell more Rafales to outfit India’s new Aircraft Carrier undergoing sea trials, India had further separately announced plans for the Joint Military Production of French Safran Aircraft Engines in India.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh & his French Counterpart Florence Parly held 3rd Annual Defence Dialogue in New Delhi
The third Annual Defence Dialogue between India and France took place between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Minister for Armed Forces Florence Parly in New Delhi on December 17th, 2021. A wide range of bilateral, regional, Defence and Defence Industrial Cooperation issues were discussed in the Annual Meeting.


The Ministers reviewed the existing Military-to-Military Cooperation, which has increased in spite of pandemic challenges. They discussed ways to increase Defence Cooperation in all Domains. Defence Industrial Cooperation was discussed with focus on future collaborations and Co-production between the two countries.


The Ministers acknowledged their convergences on number of Strategic and Defence issues. They expressed commitment to work together to enhance cooperation in Bilateral, Regional and Multilateral forums. France is the current Chair of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium and took over the Presidency of European Union from January 1st, 2022.  The two Ministers decided to work closely on a number of issues during the French Presidency. Earlier, Florence Parly called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and paid tribute to Indian Soldiers at the National War Memorial as well.


Indonesia Signs Up for 42 Dassault Aviation Rafale Omni-Role Fighters
Indonesia will buy 42 Dassault Aviation Rafale Omni-Role Fighters as part of a series of deals that include Submarine development and Armament Production, France’s Armed Forces Minister, Florence Parly, announced in Jakarta. A signing ceremony between Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO, and Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari from the Indonesian Defence Ministry, was held on February 9th, witnessed by Parly and her Indonesian counterpart, Prabowo Subianto. The contract includes a full range of Training and Logistical Support, including two Full-Mission Simulators. Indonesia follows France, India, Egypt, Qatar, Croatia, Greece, and the UAE in ordering the Rafale.


Minister Prabowo confirmed that the South-East Asian country has placed an initial order for six aircraft, and has committed to buy 36 more. The country first signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Rafales in June 2021, following which detailed negotiations began. Earlier this year, Indonesia stated that a contract was ready to sign, following the establishment of a range of Industrial Offsets. Among these is the involvement of the country’s main Aerospace Company, PTDI, in the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) for the Rafales.


“It is a great honour for Dassault Aviation to see the Rafale join the highly prestigious Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara [TNI-AU, Indonesian Air Force], and I would like to thank the Indonesian Authorities for the trust they have placed in us,” said Eric Trappier. “This contract marks the start of a long-term Partnership that will see Dassault Aviation rapidly step up its presence in the country.” Following recent orders from Croatia, Greece and the UAE, Indonesia becomes the eighth Nation to sign up for the 4.5-Generation Rafale Fighter.


France Seals US$ 8.1 Billion New Deal
Indonesia will order 42 Rafale Fighter Jets in the US$ 8.1 Billion deal, France's Defence Ministry said. “We're planning to acquire 42 Rafale," said Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto as he met with his French counterpart, Florence Parly. "Our strategic partnership will benefit from the deepening of our Defence Relations," said France's Minister of the Armed Forces Ms. Parly. The order would make Indonesia the 2nd state in the Indo-Pacific Region after India to rely on the jet produced by Dassault Aviation, Minister Parly said.


A French Defence Ministry official told journalists in a briefing that the jet deal, which will boost production at Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales, is worth US$ 8.1 Billion. A first phase of the deal, with six Rafale jets, will be executed over the next months, while the remaining 36 will be delivered at a later stage.