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** CHANAKYA 55th YEAR ** 15th JUNE 2024 SPECIAL ISSUE: EUROSATORY 2024 SPECIAL SHOW PREVIEW (MEDIA PARTNER - BONUS DISTRIBUTION) ** DSA 2024 SPECIAL SHOW REPORT **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 55th Year in Defence Publishing: 50th Year of Monthly Publication       

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EMBRAER C-390 MILLENNIUM

Embraer Defense & Security and Mahindra announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the objective of jointly fulfilling the acquisition of the C-390 Millennium Multi-Mission Tactical Aircraft by the Indian Air Force in its upcoming Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) Procurement Project.

Embraer and Mahindra Announce Collaboration on the C-390 Millennium Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) for Indian Air Force
To date, the C-390 Millennium has been selected by Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, the Netherlands, Aust
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AIRBUS C295 TACTICAL AIRLIFTER

The Airbus C295 Medium Tactical Transport Aircraft has reached 300 orders. From the Pacific Ocean to the Arabian desert, from the tropical jungle to the Sahel and the Kazakh steppe, the C295 and its market share have become a success story for the European and Spanish Aerospace Industry. Here are some interesting facts and figures about the C295 Aircraft.

Airbus C295 Hits 300 Orders: The Story of a Global Leader
The Airbus C295 has reached 300 orders following the Republic of Kazakhstan’s acquisition of a thir
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GA-ASI MQ-9B RPAS

India is acquiring 31 GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian & SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), with 15 SeaGuardians for the Indian Navy and 8 each SkyGuardians for the Indian Air Force & Indian Army. Chanakya profiles the mega acquisition of the MQ-9Bs, while outlining the HALE RPAS’ outstanding characteristics.

U.S. Approves US$ 4 Billion FMS Deal to Sell India 31 MQ-9B SkyGuardian & SeaGuardian RPAS
The Next-Generation MQ-9B SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) manu
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NAVAL COMMANDERS' CONFERENCE 1/24

The Inaugural Session of the three-day event saw Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh embarking at sea to witness the Indian Navy’s ability to conduct ‘Twin-Carrier Operations’. Both Aircraft Carriers showcased the growing capabilities of the Navy to safeguard India’s Maritime interests.

1st Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2024: Raksha Mantri Witnesses ‘Twin-Carrier Operations’
The First Edition of the Biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference 2024 was conducted from 5th to 8th M
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PM OPENS BOEING CAMPUS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially commemorated the opening of the New State-of-the-Art Boeing India Engineering & Technology Center (BIETC) Campus in Bengaluru. Built with an investment of Rs. 1,600 crore, the 43-acre campus is Boeing’s largest such investment outside the U.S.

Prime Minister Modi Opens New State-of-the-Art Boeing India Engineering & Technology Center (BIETC) Campus in Bengaluru
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Announces Two Landmark Boeing Initiatives to Advance the Future of Avi
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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

It is Boeing’s honour and privilege to have been a strong partner of Indian Aerospace for more than 75 years now. On the completion of 75 Years of India’s Independence, we remain dedicated to the Nation’s inspiring progress. This Partnership has only deepened with time and continues to grow, says Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India, in this Guest contribution.

India@75: Boeing Focused On Expanding India’s Supply Chain Capabilities, by Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India
The world as we knew it is changing and India will play an important role in the new emerging world
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MBDA and India, Longstanding Partners

MBDA is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence Day. India and MBDA share a long history of Partnership in equipping the Indian Armed Forces going back to the early days of India’s Independence, says Ludovic Dumont – General Delegate, MBDA, in this Guest contribution.

MBDA and India, Longstanding Partners, by Ludovic Dumont– General Delegate, MBDA
MBDA today has two focuses providing the highest performing Missile Technologies to India, and seco
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LOCKHEED MARTIN IN INDIA

Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), a Government of India Company under Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced that it signed agreements for the leasing of six Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from The Milestone Aviation Group Limited. In addition to the six helicopters, of which five have already been delivered, Milestone and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company are also providing Pawan Hans with comprehensive value and sustainment packages to support the phasing-in of this new helicopter type into its fleet.

Pawan Hans Leases Six Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from Milestone Aviation
The legendary S-76 Helicopter operates successfully in more than 40 countries on six continents, fu
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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Solutions

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of High-Tech Defence Systems for Air, Land, Sea, and Space Applications for the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli Defence Establishment, as well as for customers around the globe. Rafael offers its customers a diversified array of Innovative Solutions at the leading-edge of global technology, from Underwater Systems through Naval, Ground and Air Superiority Systems to Space Systems.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Solutions
Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide r
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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 of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said that an efficient way to retain combat-edge is the induction and use of Unmanned Solutions. In the coming years, the Indian Navy will continue to focus on Unmanned Inductions. CHANAKYA Interviewed ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, covering Indian Navy’s Modernisation & Expansion Plans, recent Inductions, Naval Acquisitions, including Aircraft Carrier, Surface Combatants & ASW Craft, LPDs, Submarine Projects, Naval Helicopters, RPAS and Unmanned  Solutions, etc.

“Indian Navy has Continued to Focus on Self-Reliance & Indigenous Solutions”
ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW t
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DRDO Indigenous Defence Systems & Technologies for Indian Defence Forces

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, has been nurturing as well as encouraging Indian Defence & Aerospace Industry to take up Defence Manufacturing. Today, more than 2000 Industry Partners have joined hands with DRDO in delivery of Components, Sub-systems, Systems, Platforms and Technologies for Indian Armed Forces. Many industries have achieved the capability and the capacity to become the Lead System Integrators. The technology of all systems is transferred to the Indian Industry for Production & Supply.

DRDO Indigenous Defence Systems & Technologies for Indian Defence Forces
The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, has been nurturing as
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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,
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SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, Safran designs, develops, produces and sells, alone or in Partnership, Engines for Civil and Military Aircraft, Launch Vehicles and Satellites. A leading Military Aircraft Engine Manufacturer, No. 1 in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries, including the M88 Rafale Fighter Engines. Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. Safran is also a Partner in FCAS (Future Combat Air System), a Franco-British programme to develop a New-Generation Combat Drone. We feature the Safran M88 powering the Rafale, its Maintenance Training, and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in-India’, including the Manufacturing of the M88 Engine in India for Future Indian Fighters. Safran Aircraft Engines is implementing its full committment to ‘Make-in-India’.

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES M88
Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, wit
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Interview: Col. H.S. Shankar, CMD, Alpha Designs Technologies (ADTL)

Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ADTL) has got an Indian Army order for Loitering Munitions. In an Interview to Chanakya, Col. H.S. Shankar, VSM (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, spoke about the products and activities of ADTL, Bangalore.

“Manufacture of Loitering Munitions is in Advanced Stages at ADTL’s JVC with ELBIT - Alpha ELSEC”
Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ADTL) has got an Indian Army order for Loitering Munitions. In
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CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal

The CARMENTA Project will be based on EU owned solutions, so that EU Design Authority remains the baseline, in order to avoid any kind on non-EU dependencies. The Consortium includes the major EU Electronic Warfare Champions as well as the major EU Platform and System Integrators. In total it brings together 18 leading Industry Members like: Elettronica (Coordinator, Italy), Leonardo (Italy), Thales (France), SAFRAN (France), MBDA France, Indra (Spain), AIRBUS Defence & Space (Spain), AIRBUS Helicopters (Spain), Hensoldt (Germany), Terma (Denmark), etc. The project has a duration of 30 months and a budget of approximately 10 Million Euros.

CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal
Paolo Izzo, Chief Sales Officer of Elettronica, Coordinator Company of the CARMENTA Consortium, sai
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ROSOBORONEXPORT, RUSSIA

Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry, the sole Russian Rotorcraft Designer and Manufacturer and one of the few companies worldwide with the capability to Design, Manufacture, Service and test modern Civilian and Military Helicopters. Russian Helicopters is part of State Corporation Rostec. We take a look at the Russian Helicopters' Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter.

Russian Helicopters Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter
Rosoboronexport/ROSTEC - Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry,
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BEML Contribution on Defence Services: By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED

Being India's major Defence Equipment Manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence Forces abreast with State-of-the-Art Military Equipment. Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director,  BEML LIMITED, writes a guest column on BEML.

BEML Contribution on Defence Services, By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED
Being India's major Defence Equipment Manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence Fo
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INTERVIEW: JORGE GARCÍA MONEDERO, INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, NAVANTIA

The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of highly technological state-of-the-art Warships for the Spanish Navy, which makes it a strategic company, and for the international market. Its activities include the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command & Control Systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. NAVANTIA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which is made up by a total of 15 state-owned companies. In this INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jorge García Monedero, International Commercial Director, Navantia, elaborates on Navantia’s interests in Indian Naval Defence.

“Navantia Wants to be the Best Partner at Sea”
The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of hi
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MoD Signs Contract With Airbus Defence & 56 C295MW Transporters for IAF

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. The induction of Airbus C295MW Airlifters will be a significant step towards modernisation of the Transport Fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is a Transport Aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro Transport Aircraft of IAF.

MoD Signs Contract With Airbus Defence & Space, Spain for Acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for IAF
The IAF will become the 35th C295 Operator worldwide, with the programme reaching 278 aircraft, 200
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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
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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 New Rafales, more Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s, more MiG-29s & 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 being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations.

“Upgrade of Existing Fleet of UAVs to Possess Combat Capability is Being Progressed”: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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INTERVIEW: William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

At Aero India 2021, Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which IAF operates a fleet, with one of them achieving the daunting feat of landing at the world’s highest landing strip. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an equally impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin offers future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata; and its’ Sikorsky Helicopters the MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and the INDAGO Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

“Committed to Strategic & Long-Term International Defence Partnerships”
The MH-60R Romeo SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for AS
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AIRBUS INDIA

Airbus with its long-standing relationship with the Indian Aerospace and Defence Sector, will have a significant presence at Aero India.

Transforming India’s Defence and Aerospace Capabilities
Transforming India’s Defence and Aerospace Capabilities: by Rémi Maillard, President & Manag
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Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX)

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an Aerospace and Defence Company that provides Advanced Systems and Services for Commercial, Military and Government customers worldwide. With four Industry-Leading Businesses - Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, and Raytheon Missiles & Defense - the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in Avionics, Cyber Security, Directed Energy, Electric Propulsion, Hypersonics, and Quantum Physics.

Raytheon Technologies Corporation: Creates Future of Aerospace & Defence
The merger of Raytheon and United Technologies combined two companies with distinctive legacies in
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RAFAEL

Rafael is a world-leading Developer & Manufacturer of Advanced Weapon Systems, providing forefront Technological Solutions that address the Defensive and Offensive requirements of the Modern Battlefield. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been supporting the Indian Defence Forces with State-of-the-Art Systems, during which Rafael has stood by India to supply systems at short notice in operational contingencies, including Air-to-Air, Air Defence, ATGMs, Targeting & Reconnaissance Pods, SDR Communication, etc.

RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Designs, Develops, Manufactures and Supplies a wide range of H
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Indian Navy’s Vagir 5th Scorpene Submarine Launched at MDL

On November 12th 2020, INS Vagir was launched by Smt Vijaya Shripad Naik, wife of Shripad Naik, Raksha Rajya Mantri. INS Vagir is the fifth P-75 Scorpene Submarine entirely built by the Indian Shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL)

Launching of Vagir, the Fifth Indian Kalvari-Class Submarine with Scorpene Design, Entirely Made in India
Making its underwater defence stronger, Indian Navy launched the fifth Kalvari-Class Scorpene Subma
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Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines Project

Amongst the five Global Defence Majors selected by the MoD Committee for the P-75(I) Submarines Project is Navantia of Spain. The two Indian Shipyards for the mega 'Make-in-India' Project are L&T Group and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL). Navantia has recently organised more than 100 side meetings and submitted 380 RFIs specific to the P-75(I) Submarine cost items, and targets achieving 500 PTS and nearly 1,500 RFIs within the next 3-4 months.

Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines
Navantia is participating in P-75(I) using the basis of the S80 Plus Submarine - the only 3,000 ton
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The Year of Heron TP

The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP is a Multi-Role, Most Advanced, Long-Range Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Strategic Missions, equipped with Automatic Taxi Take-Off and Landing Systems (ATOL), Satellite Communication for Extended Range, fully redundant Avionics and much more. The IAI Heron TP UAS was designed as a Multi-Mission Platform to address customers' needs and to perform a variety of Strategic Missions, including Intelligence Gathering, Surveillance,

The Year of Heron TP
Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), using various Payloads, with a high level of reliabi
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FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Military. Rolls-Royce Engines power a wide variety of aircraft in the inventory of the IAF - from Combat and Strike Aircraft (the Jaguar, powered by the Adour Mk811) to Trainers (Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, powered by Adour Mk871) to Strategic Airlift Aircraft (C-130J Super Hercules, powered by AE 2100), and even VVIP and Surveillance Aircraft (ERJ145, powered by AE 3007).

FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Mil
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IAI’s Strategic & Tactical Systems

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 including Satellites, UAVs, Missiles, Intelligence Solutions, Weapon Systems, Air Defence Systems, Robotic Systems, Radars, Business Jets, Aerostructures, and more.


IAI offers a vast portfolio producing Air and Missile Defence, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Ground Robotics, Precision-Guided Weapons, and Loitering Munitions. IAI delivers Special-Mission Aircraft, Modernise Military Aircraft and Helicopters, and converts Passenger Jets into Cargo Aircraft through Modification, Conversion, and System Integration. Its technology expertise features Systems and Solutions from Reconnaissance Satellites and Radars to all aspects of Command, Control, and Communications, Computing and Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems (C5ISR).


Naval Systems: Trusted by Navies around the world for advanced, battle-proven Naval Systems and Technology, IAI sets new standards for Maritime Domain Awareness, Naval Combat Systems, Network Centric Operation, EEZ Protection, and Coastal Security. From Sensors and Weapon Systems to Integrated Systems of Systems, IAI offers a broad portfolio of Solutions to the requirements and challenges of today’s Naval Forces. Its Maritime Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) are used in Homeland Security, Paramilitary, and Wartime in conditions that range from tropical to arctic missions. They increase surveillance area, range, time over target, and real-time Battle Damage Assessment, improving mission flexibility and effectiveness. These exceptional platforms can be designed to suit Users specific requirements by featuring a wide range of Payloads, a Command & Control Station, and advanced Communication Systems.


Four IAI Groups – A Wealth of Solutions
ELTA Systems: IAI's Radar, Intelligence, and Electronic Systems House, ELTA Systems offers a broad range of Electronic Systems-of-Systems for Air and Space, Land, Naval, and Homeland Security applications. These capabilities are based on the Solutions developed for C5ISR (ISTAR), Early Warning & Control (AEW&C), Electronic Surveillance (SIGINT/ELINT/COMINT) and countermeasures (C-UAS), Fire Control, Self-Protection, and Self-Defence, with specific specialisation in AI, Cyber, and Robotics.


Systems Missiles & Space: All activities related to Missile Systems run under the Systems, Missiles, and Space Group. These activities include Air and Missile Defence Systems, Offensive and Defensive Naval Systems, Surface-to-Surface Missiles, and Loitering Munitions. The Group also oversees IAI's Space Operations, including the initiation, design, development, delivering, and operations of dozens of Observation and Communication Satellite Systems, associated Ground Control Stations, Mission Centers, and Launchers.


Military Aircraft: Backed by decades of innovation and combat-proven experience with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), as a pioneer and world leading provider of Unmanned Aerial Systems. IAI's Military Aircraft Group combines state-of-the-art technology and knowhow with hands-on field experience, offering innovative UAS Solutions for Land-based, Aerial and the Maritime Domains, brand names that have earned worldwide reputation for excellence and reliability. Some of the Group’s legacy activities are currently managed under the Aviation Group and Golan Industries.


Aviation: The Aviation Group covers the full spectrum of technologies and capabilities for the design, integration, testing, certification, manufacturing, marketing, and product support of Manned and Unmanned Aircraft – from Business Jets to the conversion of passenger jets, cargo planes, aerostructure assemblies, and parts. The Group also provides comprehensive maintenance services (MRO) for Aircraft, Engines, and Components - including Heavy Maintenance, Modifications, Upgrades, Conversions, and development programmes, all with minimal downtime.


Indian Navy’s LRSAM Missiles
Final Production batch of Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (LRSAM), designed and developed by DRDO in collaboration with various Industry Partners and integrated by BDL, was flagged off on 14th February 2021 at DRDL, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, Hyderabad in the presence of Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO.


LRSAM is Jointly Developed by DRDO and IAI Israel to equip latest Ships of Indian Navy. This LRSAM Missile System provides Point and Area Defence against various aerial targets including Fighter Aircraft, Subsonic & Supersonic Cruise Missiles. The Missile is powered by indigenously developed Dual-Pulse Rocket Motor and Dual Control System to impart required manoeuvrability at the Terminal Phase. This state-of-the-art Weapon System is designed with Active Radio Frequency (RF) Seeker to identify, track, engage and destroy the target with high kill probability.


LRSAM System end-to-end performance has been successfully demonstrated through number of User Flight Trials from Indian Naval Ships. This Weapon System has been successfully productionised and has been delivered to the Indian Navy.


Secretary, DDR&D highlighted the importance of Indigenous Production efforts and complemented the industries that have established the Manufacturing Facilities and successfully executed the production orders in achieving the goal towards 'Make-in-India'. He also commended the efforts of Missile System Quality Assurance Agency (MSQAA), DG (NAI) in streamlining the production activities at various industries across India, leading to delivery of Missiles with Aerospace Quality Standards.


IAI Sets Up Indian Subsidiary ASI for MRSAM Support
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has opened a new Subsidiary located in New Delhi, India, Aerospace Services India (ASI). ASI is the sole authorized OEM’s Technical Representative for the entire (MRSAM) System in India and is establishing State-of-the-Art Facilities to provide product Life-cycle Support Services in India. The new facilities will provide advanced and timely support to the Indian Defence Forces, including the Indian Air Force, Navy and Army.


Boaz Levy, IAI’s President and CEO said: “Aerospace Services India is leveraging top technology, innovation, and talent to deliver customer satisfaction so that they can focus on their mission. IAI has a well-established operation in India, working with various Partners and customers in the Indian market. Through the years, IAI has pursued a flexible and adaptive business policy to comply and respond to PM Modi’s ‘Self-Reliance’ Vision.”


ASI is located in New Delhi, trades in Indian Rupees and is the sole authorized OEM’s Technical Representative for the entire MRSAM System.


MRSAM is an Advanced and Innovative Air and Missile Defence System which provides ultimate protection against a variety of Aerial Platforms. It is used by the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. The system includes an Advanced Phased Array Radar, Command and Control, Mobile Launchers and Interceptors with Advanced RF Seeker. MRSAM is jointly developed by IAI and DRDO for the Indian forces.


IAI & DRDO MRSAM Air & Missile Defence System
The advanced system, jointly developed by DRDO India and IAI Israel, provides the ultimate protection against a variety of Aerial Platforms. Boaz Levy IAI’s President and CEO has said “This is significant proof of the unique Partnership between the countries and IAI's commitment to India.”


The MRSAM Air & Missile Defence System is an advanced path-breaking Air and Missile Defence System which provides full protection against many Aerial Platforms. It is used by the Indian Air Force, Indian Army, Indian Navy and Israeli Defense Forces. MRSAM is Jointly Developed by IAI and DRDO in collaboration with Indian and Israeli Companies for the Indian Defence Forces.


In a ceremony held at Air Force Station Jaisalmer in India, the MRSAM System was inducted by India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Secretary of Department of Defence Research and Development and DRDO Chairman, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), and IAI President and CEO, Boaz Levy. The induction took place after the two countries had successfully carried out earlier extended tests at a facility in India, which validated that all the components of the Weapons System were working perfectly.


Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI has said, “MRSAM Air & Missile Defense System is a Cutting-edge, Innovative System and significant proof of the unique Partnership and collaboration between the countries and IAI's commitment to India. The development and production of the system is fully based on the ‘Make-in-India’ policy in Partnership and collaboration between Israel and India's Industries, and is a model of success of the ‘Make in India’ policy for the benefit of all parties. During the last year, under strict Covid-19 conditions, teams from IAI and India worked shoulder-to-shoulder to ensure this moment, following the validation of the system’s capabilities. The commitment of IAI to India, and to its Defence Forces, is unquestionable and we salute this Partnership for many years to come.”


Successful Test of the MRSAM
MRSAM Air & Missile Defence System jointly developed by IAI, Israel & DRDO India was successfully tested earlier in January 2021 at a test range in India. The MRSAM System includes an Advanced Phased Array Radar, Command and Control, Mobile Launchers and Interceptors with Advanced RF Seeker. MRSAM. Jointly Developed by IAI and DRDO for Indian Forces, has IAI in collaboration with Israeli and Indian Industries, including: Rafael, TATA, BEL, L&T, BDL and many Private Vendors.


The successful test validated all components of the Weapon System to the customer’s satisfaction. Israeli Specialists and Indian Scientists and officers participated in and witnessed the test. The flight test demonstrated different extreme reference scenarios, validating various system capabilities. As part of the test the MRSAM Interceptor was launched from a Land-Based Mobile Launcher and successfully hit its threats. The scenario began by targeting the threat detected by the Systems Digital MMR Radar and launched the MRSAM Interceptor toward its operational trajectory. The interceptor acquired the target, and successfully intercepted it. All the Weapon System’s elements met the test goals successfully.


Boaz Levy, IAI’s President and CEO commented “MRSAM Air & Missile Defence System is a Cutting-edge, Innovative System, that once again has proven its advanced capabilities against a variety of threats. Every trial in an Air Defence System is a complex operational event and the COVID-19 limitations significantly increase the complexity. This trial is yet another testimonial to the strong Partnership between IAI and India and the two Nations. IAI is proud to lead this impressive cooperation with DRDO and the Indian Forces and is dedicated to its continued success.”


IAI’s Unmanned Aerial Systems
Building on four decades, IAI’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have accumulated over 2,000,000 operational flight hours over regions as diverse as deserts and mountain ranges, and conditions that range from tropical to arctic. Its wide range of Unmanned Aerial Systems gather Intelligence, Target Missions and Survey Borders in support of key Military and Law Enforcement Operations for more than 50 customers all over the world.


Strategic: Robust and combat proven, with hundreds of thousands of operational flight hours, IAI’s Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Systems allow complex Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) over any terrain, in any weather conditions. The multiple combat-proven operational configurations also include Maritime Patrol and Persistent Surveillance. Heron TP, Heron, Heron MK II, Long Runner, Aerial Persistence.


Tactical: For Medium-Range Surveillance for Situation Awareness, Protection, Reconnaissance, Target Acquisition or Damage Assessment, the User needs the flexibility, ruggedness and endurance that an IAI Tactical UAS System can offer. Tactical Heron, Searcher Mk III, BirdEye 650D, BirdEye 650, WanderB-VTOL, ThunderB-VTOL.


Ground Control Systems: Improve Real-Time Fleet Operation through centralized Command and Control of advanced UAS Missions. IAI’s Mission Operation and Intelligence Center (MOIC) and innovative Unified Control Station (UCS) are the latest in Ground Control Technology, processing massive amounts of data from multiple offline and online Sensors, maximizing mission flow efficiency and conserving manpower and resources.


IAI and HAL Sign Joint Works MoU to Offer Advanced UAVs to the Indian Defence Forces
Israel Aerospace Industries and Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) have signed a Joint Works agreement MoU at DefExpo 2022 to offer Israeli made UAVs to the Indian Armed Forces. According to the agreement, a major part of the Israeli developed UAVs will be manufactured by HAL to fulfil the ‘Make in India’ policy. The proposed Joint Venture is aimed at offering the Indian Armed Forces with advanced UAVs. The Joint Venture will offer two options – purchase or lease and will also be involved in adapting the UAVs to Indian regulations.


The first two types offered to the Indian Armed Forces will be the Heron Mk II and Tactical Heron (T-Heron). The IAI Heron Mk II can reach a ceiling of 35,000 feet and a max speed of 140 knots. The Mk II has a wider and longer fuselage than the Heron-1, to allow the installation of additional payloads. MTOW is 1350 Kgs. Max payload weight is 470 kg.


The new design , and especially the new improved engine gives the Mk II a climb rate that is 50 % greater than the Heron-1. The Mk II has an endurance of 45 hours. The capability of the Heron Mk II to “fly the mission” meaning that the platform fits itself to the mission profile. To achieve that IAI installed a Flight Control Computer and a separate dedicated Mission Computer. The new version is equipped with a Line of Sight Communications System and with a Satellite Communication System. The improved Communications Links enable the Mk II to use a large number of payloads in parallel and transmit the data to the different customers.


The Heron Mk II is offered with a variety of dedicated payloads - for Ground, Air and Maritime Missions including Anti-Submarine. The Heron Mk II is capable of landing and taking off in remote areas using the built-in Advanced Satellite Communications System. This capability is essential when the UAV needs to be operated continuously without going back to its home base. The Heron Mk II can automatically land in remote runways located thousands of kilometres away, where it is serviced by a small team and basic fuelling infrastructure, before it takes off for an additional mission. This capability is based on the Advanced Satellite Communications Systems, combined with precise Automated Take-Off and Landing.


The new capability also leads to substantial saving in Command Stations and flying staff resources since it eliminates the need to return to the original take-off point for fuelling, thus saving on flight time and fuel. This increases the operational availability in the mission area and provides several options for routine & emergency landing.


With the new capability, IAI’s Heron Mk II is used in even more complicated and challenging missions. The new capability was developed based on operational demands that are the result of a long series of tests performed by the Flight Test Squadron of the Israeli Air Force (IAF).


The second type that will be offered by the new Joint Venture is the Tactical Heron (T-Heron). The T-Heron is designed for use by ground troops and Coastal Guards, as well as by other Protection Forces. With a versatile design and suitable for a variety of payloads, it features the most advanced IAI Technologies.


The T-Heron has a MTOW of 600 kgs including a 180 kgs payload. Its endurance is 24 hours. This UAV can fly at a max altitude of 24,000 feet, speed of 120 knots and supports 4 useful payloads concurrently with a total weight of up to 400 pound. The T-Heron complies with global standards, including STANAG 4671 requirements. The T-Heron UAV has a retractable nose landing gear, to allow a Radar payload an unobstructed field of view and it has a full Automatic Take-Off and Landing (ATOL) Capability.


IAI has signed this MoU agreement with HAL for the Leasing, Operation and Maintenance of Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the Indian Defence Forces. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) at DefExpo 2022. Through this MoU, HAL and IAI will collaborate on a prospective programme of leasing UAV Systems to the Indian Defence Forces.


Fully supporting India’s vision of ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’ and the long-lasting partnership and commitment between the two countries, IAI also announced the opening of its subsidiary IAI India Private Limited, which will provide customer support, marketing, and business development services for IAI Solutions.


From Radars and Defence Systems for Air, Land, and Sea to Unmanned Aerial Systems and other Intelligence Solutions, including Satellites and Electronic Surveillance, Cyber and more, IAI has been jointly developing tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions for India’s unique challenges for three decades now.


It also manufactures the famous Heron TP Armed Drones, which have been acquired by the Indian Army to boost its Surveillance Operations, especially near the LAC. Focused on their common threat of international terrorism and the use of technology to get rid of it, India and Israel are already working together to produce Next-Generation Drones.


With PM Modi keen on Israeli Defence Companies benefitting from opportunities of co-development and co-production in India, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had exchanged a ‘Letter of Intent’ on enhancing cooperation in the field of Futuristic Defence Technologies with his visiting Israeli counterpart Benjamin Gantz in June this year. It followed last November’s Bilateral Innovation Agreement (BIA) between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel’s Directorate of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) to jointly develop Next-Generation Technologies and products such as Drones, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and unhackable Quantum Computing.


Under the agreement, Start-Ups and Industries of both countries will work together to bring out Next-Generation Technologies and products in the areas such as Drones, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technology, Photonics, Biosensing, Brain-machine Interface, Energy Storage, Wearable Devices, Natural Language Processing, etc. Products and technologies will also be customised to meet the unique requirements of both countries. The development efforts will be jointly funded by DRDO and DDR&D, Israel. The technologies developed under BIA will be available to both countries for their domestic applications.


Maritime Heron: Next-Generation Maritime Solution
The IAI Maritime Heron is the optimal solution that puts the UAS in control, at Sea and Beyond-the-Horizon. Incorporating more than 40 years of experience and proven operationally worldwide, the Maritime Heron UAS carries out Maritime Patrol and Intelligence-gathering Missions, from Detection, Classification, to Identification. The Heron in its Maritime Configuration is used by several Naval Forces around the world in Homeland Security, Paramilitary and Wartime Scenarios, it offers extended operational endurance (up to 45 continuous hours); increased scanning area, range, time over target and mission flexibility, as well as, real-time assessment of Battle Damage. IAI's Maritime UAS consists of: Land- or Sea-based Unified Control System (UCS); Ground Data Terminal (GDT); Mission-oriented payloads; SATCOM.


The UAS’ full array of intelligence gathering capabilities is made possible thanks to its capacity to carry Multiple Payloads and Sensors simultaneously. A typical operational configuration consists of a Maritime Patrol Radar (MPR) with Multi-mode Functions, an Electro-optical Sensor with day/night capabilities and an optional Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) package. The system is capable of utilizing customer furnished Sensor Suites. Operational range of the Heron is limited only by fuel availability, with missions ranging over 1,000 km from its operating base, with Low-Altitude Mission height.


Features: Electro-Optical (TV & IR Combi or Triple Sensor TV/IR/LRF/LD), Wideeye Scan; Maritime Patrol Radar (MPR) + AIS; Communications Intelligence (COMINT - HF, VHF, UHF/ DF); Global System Mobile (GSM); Electronic Support Measures /Electronic Intelligence (ESM/ELINT); Aerial Persistence; Sonobuoy (Acoustic Detector); Magnetic Detector (MAD); Customer furnished Payloads & Sensor Suites; Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF); Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS); Integrated ATC Communication Relay; Direct Line-of-Sight (LOS) Data Link; Satellite Communication (SATCOM); UAV Airborne Data Relay (ADR) for beyond LOS missions; Ground-based Data Relay (GDR) for beyond LOS missions.


Technical Details: Max. Take-off Weight: 1,270 kg; Max Payload Weight: 470 kg; Overall Length: 8.5 m; Wingspan: 16.6 m; Performance - Endurance: Up to 45 h (continuous); Range: LOS>350 km, BLOS > 1000 km; Altitude:> 35,000 ft; Loiter speed: 60-80 KTAS;     Max speed: >140 KTAS.


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and 2Excel Aviation successfully completed a demonstration of IAI's Maritime Heron UAS in a series of live, Beyond Visual Line of Sight Maritime Search and ISR scenarios. The demonstration was based out of West Wales Airport in Aberporth, Wales. The Heron UAS was ready to fly within 36 hours of arriving at West Wales and maintained full serviceability throughout the period of the deployment. The Heron UAS achieved 100% of its planned scenarios, despite the challenging seasonal weather conditions. The system demonstrated that it is highly capable in missions including Search and Rescue, Border Protection, fisheries patrol, safety at sea, Small Boat Detection and Surveillance and other activities.


Advanced Unmanned Surface Vessels
Autonomous Systems, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence algorithms to enable distributed Maritime Applications and advanced operational capabilities. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel's leading Aerospace & Defence manufacturer, designs & develops first-in-class series of 17m Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) for the entire range of Military and Commercial applications. IAI specialises in the Autonomous Control System and integrating various Mission Payloads to the Control System Units according to the Users mission requirements.


Comprising of Advanced Sensors, Sonars and Imaging Systems that are integrated into a Unified Command and Control System, the USV can operate either Remotely, Semi-Autonomously, or Autonomously, requiring no human intervention. Designed to suit all customers’ requirements, the bespoke vessel will offer unique capabilities in terms of modularity, payload, range, maneuverability, and performance.


Military Applications for the USV include Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Border and Littoral Zone Patrol, Maritime Security Operations, Mine Detection and sweeping, Submarine Detection And Anti-Submarine Warfare, Deployment Platform For Vtol Vehicles and can also be customised for Commercial applications such as oceanography, pollution monitoring, oil and gas exploration, transportation of materials and liquids, Search and Rescue, fire-fighting and first interventions.