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   ** CHANAKYA 50th GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR ** PARIS AIR SHOW 2019 SPECIAL SHOW PREVIEW ISSUE: 15 JUNE 2019 **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 50th Year in Defence Publishing:45th Year of Monthly Publication       

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1st Apache Guardian Helicopter Handed Over to IAF

First AH-64E(I) - Apache Guardian Helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing Production Facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA on 10th May 2019. Air Marshal A.S. Butola, represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing Production Facility.

1st Apache Guardian Helicopter Handed Over to IAF
First AH-64E(I) - Apache Guardian Helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Bo
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Indian and French Navies Conduct Varuna 19.1 Bilateral Joint Naval Exercise

The first part of the Indo-French Joint Naval Exercise, Varuna 19.1 was conducted off the Goa Coast from 1st to 10th May 2019. The 17th Edition of Varuna included participation of the French Navy’s Aircraft Carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle, two Destroyers, FNS Forbin and FNS Provence, the Frigate FNS Latouche-Treville, the Tanker FNS Marne and a Nuclear Submarine. From the Indian Navy’s side, the Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya, Destroyer INS Mumbai, the Teg-Class Frigate INS Tarkash, the Shishumar-Class Submarine INS Shankul, and the Deepak-Class Fleet Support Tanker INS Deepak, participated in this Joint Naval Exercise.

Indian and French Navies Conduct Varuna 19.1 Bilateral Joint Naval Exercise
The first part of the Indo-French Joint Naval Exercise, Varuna 19.1 was conducted off the Goa Coast
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Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine - VELA

Vela, the fourth Scorpene-Class Submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched on 6th May 2019, by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Vice Admiral A.K. Saxena, CWP&A was also present during the Launching Ceremony.

Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine - VELA
Vela, the fourth Scorpene-Class Submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited fo
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Admiral Karambir Singh is Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral Karambir Singh assumed command of the Indian Navy on 31st May 2019 as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff.

Admiral Karambir Singh is Chief of the Naval Staff
Admiral Karambir Singh assumed command of the Indian Navy on 31st May 2019 as the 24th Chief of the
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Visits Siachen, Reviews Security Situation at Highest Battlefield

In his first visit after taking charge, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Siachen Glacier to review the Security situation. The Raksha Mantri paid his tributes to the martyrs at the highest battlefield of the world and interacted with the Soldiers at the Forward Posts.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Visits Siachen, Reviews Security Situation at Highest Battlefield
In his first visit after taking charge, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Siachen Glacier
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Takes Charge of Indian Defence

Rajnath Singh took over the responsibility as the Defence Minister on 1st June 2019. On his arrival at the Ministry of Defence in South Block, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh was received by the Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik, three Services’ Chiefs, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Secretary Defence Production Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G..Satheesh Reddy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Takes Charge of Indian Defence
Rajnath Singh took over the responsibility as the Defence Minister on 1st June 2019. On his arrival
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First 4 CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force Arrive in Gujarat

Boeing announced the arrival of the first four CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force at the Mundra Port in Gujarat. The CH-47F(I) Chinooks will be ferried to Chandigarh, where it will be formally inducted in the Indian Air Force later this year.

First 4 CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force Arrive in Gujarat
Boeing announced the arrival of the first four CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force at the M
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AERO INDIA 2019 AIR SHOW FOCUS

Aero India 2019, the 12th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, organised by the Ministry of Defence from 20th to 24th February 2019 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

AERO INDIA 2019 AIR SHOW FOCUS
Aero India 2019, the 12th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, organised by t
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Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to spend US$ 100-150 Billion on Defence Modernisation programmes by 2022. This presents a huge opportunity for Multinational Companies (MNCs) and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to leverage India's fast-growing Aerospace and Defence Sectors.

Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to
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GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives

General Atomics (GA) and its affiliated companies now constitute one of the world's leading resources for High-Technology Systems ranging from Nuclear fuel cycle to Electromagnetic Systems, Remotely Operated Surveillance Aircraft, Airborne Sensors and Advanced Electronics, Wireless & Laser Technologies.

GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives
GA and its affiliated entities manufacture, operate and service state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Ve
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MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force

MBDA is exhibiting a full range of Missiles and Missile Systems on Stand AB.2.23 designed to provide Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities, including Air Dominance, Strike and Maritime Engagement, for the Indian Air Force.

MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force
Aero India 2019 is the first Air Show where L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd, MBDA’s Joint Venture with
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Dassault Aviation Reaffirms Full Commitment to India & Launches New Rafale F4 Standard for France

Dassault Aviation has assured that it will ensure successful production in India through the Dassault Reliance Joint Venture in Nagpur as well as through a full-fledged Supply Chain Network involving already 30 companies with which Dassault Aviation signed contracts, and additional 60 companies currently under discussions.

Dassault Aviation Launches New Rafale F4 Standard for France
Dassault Aviation has received a Development Contract from the French DGA to Upgrade the Rafale Fig
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HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence

HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, HENSOLDT is one of the market leaders in the field of Civil and Military Sensor Solutions and develops new products based on innovative approaches for Data Management, Robotics and Cyber Security to combat a wide range of threats.

HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics
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Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s

Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, dedicated the globally combat proven M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, K9 Vajra-Tracked Self-Propelled Guns and 6x6 Filed Artillery Tractors to the service of the Nation.

Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s
Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army,
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BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, which should see larger numbers of Missiles ordered in the future.

BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon
BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export require
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Dassault Aviation in France

India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited France on October 11th-12th, 2018 for the first India-France Ministerial level Annual Defence Dialogue with her French counterpart, the Minister for the Armed Forces, Ms. Florence Parly.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Dassault Aviation in France
India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited France on October 11th-12th, 2018 for the first
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EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW REPORT

EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition  was held from 23rd to 26th October 2018 at Le Bourget in Paris.

EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW REPORT
EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition was he
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INDO DEFENCE 2018 JAKARTA SHOW REPORT

Indonesia’s 8th Premier International Tri-Services Defence Expo & Forum – Indo Defence 2018, was  held concurrently with Indo Aerospace 2018 - the 6th International Aviation, Aircraft & Airport Technology Show, Indo Helicopter 2018 and Indo Marine 2018, from 7th to 10th November 2018 in Jakarta.

INDO DEFENCE 2018 JAKARTA SHOW REPORT
Indonesia’s 8th Premier International Tri-Services Defence Expo & Forum – Indo Defence 2018, was h
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EDEX 2018 TRI-SERVICES DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW

Egypt’s First International Tri-Services Defence Show will take place from 3rd to 5th December 2018 at Egypt International Exhibition Centre, New Cairo, featuring over 18 International Pavilions from US, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, etc.

EDEX 2018 TRI-SERVICES DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW
Egypt’s First International Tri-Services Defence Show will take place from 3rd to 5th December 2018
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‘Optimising Resources’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’ Dominate Navy Commanders’ Conference

The second edition of the three day Navy Commanders’ Conference of 2018 held from 31st October to 2nd November 2018, had top Commanders of the Indian Navy deliberate on the themes of ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’.

‘Optimising Resources’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’ Dominate Navy Commanders’ Conference
The second edition of the three day Navy Commanders’ Conference of 2018 held from 31st October to 2
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EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW PREVIEW

EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition  will be held from 23rd to 26th October 2018 at Le Bourget in Paris. In its 26th Edition, completing 50 Years.

EURONAVAL 2018 SHOW PREVIEW
EURONAVAL 2018, the International Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security Exhibition will b
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SPECIAL REPORT: INDIAN AIR FORCE 86th ANNIVERSARY

The Indian Air Force celebrated its 86th Anniversary on 8th October 2018. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa addressed the IAF Day’s Annual Press Conference, covering some of IAF’s acquisitions and upgrade projects, including the Rafale and MMRCA 2.0 Fighters, S-400 Air Defence Missile Systems, etc.

SPECIAL REPORT: INDIAN AIR FORCE 86th ANNIVERSARY
The Indian Air Force celebrated its 86th Anniversary on 8th October 2018. The Chief of the Air Staf
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, 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 Power Dominance capabilities, with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, LCA Tejas enhancements, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295W MTAs, ALH Rudra, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Mi-17V5s, Chinook Heavy-Lift & Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters taking test-flights, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, more Trainers, etc.
 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do
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FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW SPECIAL REPORT

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 was held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, with participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers.

FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW 2018: SPECIAL REPORT
The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 was held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Fa
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NAVAL SHOW REPORT: SEA FUTURE 2018

SEA FUTURE 2018 was held from 19th to 23rd June 2018 at the La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 180 companies attending from Peru to India, over 40 High Rank Navies Delegations from around  the world visited.

NAVAL SHOW REPORT: SEA FUTURE 2018
SEA FUTURE 2018 was held from 19th to 23rd June 2018 at the La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy wit
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Indian Navy Ships Off Guam, USA, Participate in Ex-Malabar 2018

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet under the Command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet were on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 7th June 2018 to participate in the 22nd Edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 7th to 16th June 2018.

Indian Navy Ships Off Guam, USA, Participate in Ex-Malabar 2018
Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet were on an overseas deployment
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EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW REPORT

Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was  held from 11th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participated at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems and also conducted live indoor and outdoor demonstrations. 1,802 exhibitors from 63 Nations participated, with 39 National Pavilions.

EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW REPORT
Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was held
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FARNBOROUGH 2018 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 will be held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, having participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers. Farnborough 2018 has above 1,500 Exhibitors from 52 Countries participating, with 29 International Country Pavilions.

FARNBOROUGH 2018 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2018 will be held from 16th to 22nd July 2018 at th
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Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai

Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came calling at Mumbai from 2nd to 6th June 2018. As part of the select group of journalists that were invited to see the LHD and its multitude of capabilities, one can conclude that the capability that this Vessel would bring to the Indian Navy’s Air Power & Amphibious Operations would be manifold

Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai
Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came cal
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Defence MinisIAF Commanders’ Conference 2018

The First Biannual IAF Commanders' Conference of 2018 was inaugurated on 31st May 2018 by the Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Inaugurates IAF Commanders’ Conference 2018
The First Biannual IAF Commanders' Conference of 2018 was inaugurated on 31st May 2018 by the Defen
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EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW PREVIEW

Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, will be  held from 9th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participate at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems and also conduct live indoor and outdoor demonstrations. Eurosatory presents strategic trends, technological developments and innovations in Future Defence.

EUROSATORY 2018 SHOW PREVIEW
Eurosatory 2018, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, will be
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NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW: SEA FUTURE 2018

SEA FUTURE 2018 will be held from 19th to 23rd June, 2018 at La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy with above 140 companies attending, from Peru to India, 37 High Rank Navies Delegations from all over the world expected to visit, with about 1,500 B2B meetings and 4 Days of Conferences and Seminars .

NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW: SEA FUTURE 2018
SEA FUTURE 2018 will be held from 19th to 23rd June, 2018 at La Spezia Navy Base of Italian Navy wi
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Joint Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018

The Indian Air Force conducted the Pan-India Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 from 8th to 22nd April 2018. The aim of the exercise was real-time coordination, deployment and employment of Air Power in a short and intense battle scenario.

IAF’s Largest Joint Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018
The Indian Air Force conducted the Pan-India Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 from 8th to 22nd April 2018
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ILA 2018 SHOW REPORT

The ILA 2018 Berlin Air Show, an exhibition for the Aerospace Industry, was held at Schonefeld Airport Berlin ExpoCenter from 25th to 29th April 2018 with above 1,100 exhibitors from about 41 countries participating, with France being the ‘Partner Country’ this year.

ILA 2018 BERLIN AIR SHOW REPORT
The ILA 2018 Berlin Air Show, an exhibition for the Aerospace Industry, was held at Schonefeld Airp
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DSA 2018 SHOW REPORT

The 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 was held from 16th to 19th April 2018 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this time incorporating NATSEC Asia 2018, focussed on Internal Security as well. The DSA Series has gone from strength to strength and is the largest Tri-Services Defence Show in Asia, which again this time attracted about 1,500 exhibitors from about 60 countries, including 30 International Group Pavilions.

DSA 2018 SHOW REPORT
The 16th Defence Services Asia 2018 was held from 16th to 19th April 2018 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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DEFEXPO INDIA 2018 SHOW REPORT

Defexpo India 2018, the Tenth in the Series of biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibitions, was held at Thiruvidanthai in Kanchipuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from 11th to 14th April 2018.

DEFEXPO 2018 SHOW REPORT
Defexpo India 2018, the Tenth in the Series of biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Sy
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Raksha Mantri Visits Forward Army & Air Force Bases in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Forward Army Posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air Force Base in Eastern Assam. The visit to the Forward Army & Air Force Bases followed her visits to Bomdilla and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.

Raksha Mantri Visits Forward Army & Air Force Bases in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Forward Army Posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air For
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Defence Minister Visits CVRDE

The Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai. The RM was taken to various Technology Centres by Director, CVRDE to witness the products and systems/technologies developed by CVRDE.

Defence Minister Visits CVRDE
The Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to Combat Vehicles Research & Developmen
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DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Long-Range Cruise Missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on 7th November with the successful test flight of NIRBHAY - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long-Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile, which can be deployed from multiple platforms.

DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Long-Range Cruise Missile
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on 7th November with
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Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI

IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The Air-Launched BrahMos Missile is a 2.5 ton Supersonic Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile with ranges of more than 400 kms.

Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI
IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighte
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DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017 SHOW REPORT

Defense & Security 2017, the Tri-Services Asian Defence & Security Exhibition & Conference was  held from 6th to 9th November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, which has positioned itself as a major event in the ASEAN Region. Defense & Security 2017 featured over 400 companies exhibiting from about 50 countries.

DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017 SHOW REPORT
Defense & Security 2017, the Tri-Services Asian Defence & Security Exhibition & Conference was hel
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, 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 Power Dominance capabilities.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF is Progressing Well on a Capability Driven Modernisation Plan”
with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do
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DUBAI AIR SHOW REPORT

The 15th Dubai Air Show 2017 was held at DWC Dubai from 12th to 16th November 2017. The Dubai Air Show had 159 Aircraft displayed, with above 1,200 exhibitors from about 60 countries.

DUBAI AIR SHOW REPORT
The 15th Dubai Air Show 2017 was held at DWC Dubai from 12th to 16th November 2017. The Dubai Air S
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Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019

While the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be inducting the Next-Generation Rafale Fighters in the current F3R Standard from September 2019 onwards, the Rafale F4 Standard is to start a six-year Development Phase soon, where new and modern Advanced Combat Missile and Engine Technologies will be introduced. Rafale F4 will include Weapon Integration modifications, including new Variants of Air-to-Air MICA, SCALP and the Nuclear Cruise Missile ASMP-A.

Next-Generation Rafale Fighters For IAF in 2019
While the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be inducting the Next-Generation Rafale Fighters in the curre
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Airbus Helicopters Offers Complete Know-how for Indian Helicopter Programmes

A select group of Indian journalists were invited to Marignane in France to witness the handing over of the last two AS565 MBe Panther Helicopters to the Mexican Navy.

Airbus Helicopters Offers Complete Know-how for Indian Helicopter Programmes
A select group of Indian journalists were invited to Marignane in France to witness the handing ove
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INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Scorpene-Class Submarines built under Project 75 (Kalvari-Class) into the Indian Navy at an impressive ceremony recently held at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

INS KALVARI SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Sc
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67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT

The year 2017 has witnessed significant capability accretion through induction of a number of state-of-the-art Combat Platforms into the Indian Navy, including the 3rd Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette INS Kiltan, which has about 80% indigenous content, the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft and Fast Interceptor Craft, Landing Craft Utility Ships, etc.

67 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT
The year 2017 has witnessed significant capability accretion through induction of a number of state
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INTERVIEW IGNS, INDIAN NAVY

Interview of Senior-most serving Submariner - Vice Admiral Srikant, Inspector General Nuclear Submarines (IGNS) on occasion of Submarine Day celebrated on 8th December 2017, when the Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm completed 50 Years of Service.

“P-75(I) RFP Targeted for Mid-2018” - Vice Admiral Srikant, IGNS Indian Navy
Interview of Senior-most serving Submariner - Vice Admiral Srikant, Inspector General Nuclear Subma
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NAVY CHIEF

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA,
CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF
“Transition Into Modern Multi-
Dimensional Force Commendable”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF “Transition Into Modern Multi- Dimensional Force Commendable”
Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering most aspects of Indian
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Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France

The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications including Israeli Helmet Mounted Displays, Radar Warning Receivers and Low-Band Jammers, most importantly .

Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France
The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications including Israeli He
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

“It is Planned to Complete the Order for 40 LCA Mk.1 by 2019-20”

 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL
One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in m
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INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems

INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems

“Fury Light-Weight Precision Guided Glide Weapon is Proven to be Accurate Within One Meter”

 

INTERVIEW: Brian Sinkiewicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems
Textron Systems’ offers its Aerospace, Defence and Civil customers a fascinating array of Systems a
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RAFALE MMRCA CONTRACT SIGNED

India has finally signed the Rafale MMRCA contract for the IAF. A potent nuclear deterrence platform, the Rafales will come equipped with MBDA’s Meteor BVRAAM, Storm Shadow/SCALP & MICA Missiles.

India-France Sign Landmark Contract for IAF’s Rafale MMRCA
India has finally signed the Rafale MMRCA contract for the IAF. A potent nuclear deterrence platfor
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TERMA

TERMA SYSTEMS

Terma Strengthens Presence in India
The Denmark based Aerospace, Defence and Security Group Terma, headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, re
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INTERVIEW

CHRIS RAO, VICE PRESIDENT,
UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
 

“We Offer Unique Capabilities”
UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) is one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced Aerospace and Defe
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INTERVIEW

LOIC PIEDAVACHE, MBDA COUNTRY HEAD, INDIA

“We Have Followed ‘Make-in-India’ Policy for Many Years”
With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in Missiles and Missile S
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INTERVIEW

JEAN-MICHEL PALAGOS, PRESIDENT &
CEO, DEFENSE CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL (DCI)
 

“French Know-How Recognised in all Fields: Land, Sea, Air & Space”
DCI implemented a platform based on a system used by many international companies and recognised Un
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

SUDHIR MISHRA, CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE
 

“BRAHMOS Missile has Attained Continuous Successes”
BRAHMOS Aerospace Private Limited is a Joint Venture between the Defence Research and Development O
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Défense Conseil International: DCI COFRAS & NAVFCO French Land-Air & Naval Training


Défense Conseil International (DCI) was created to assist French military equipment sales to foreign countries. It has four Divisions - COFRAS for Land, NAVFCO for Naval Training, AIRCO for Aeronautical and DESCO for Contract Management, etc. Its main mission consists of providing Operational Training Courses based on the knowhow of the French Armed Forces. DCI now operates throughout the Defence and Security spectrum. Culturally close to the French MoD, offering outsourcing services to foreign countries, for: consulting and assistance throughout the life-cycle of Armament Programmes, training engineering in the academic, operational, technical fields and works with Armed Forces of about 100 countries.
Défense Conseil International (DCI) was created in 1972 and now operates throughout the Defence and Security spectrum. DCI and its subsidiaries have been partners of the French Armed Forces for above 10 years within the scope of service contracts and are endeavouring to extend their activities to European Union countries.
DCI-COFRAS: Land Forces Capability Approach
DCI-COFRAS is the DCI branch in charge of transferring the military know-how of the French Army, Gendarmerie and Armed Forces Medical Corps. Prepared in close coordination with the French Armed Forces Headquarters (French Armed Forces Label), DCI-COFRAS tailored services beneficially complement the industrial offer. They facilitate and accelerate the operational appropriation of Weapon Systems by their end user. Due to the mastery of its operational use, the industrial tool becomes a real Defence or Security capability, thus meeting its partners' expectations.
DCI-COFRAS services are ensured by instructors and experts coming from the French Army, Gendarmerie (Internal Security Forces) and Armed Forces Medical Corps. Operational know-how is consequently transferred between military personnel in a real spirit of brotherhood in arms. DCI-COFRAS includes 4 Divisions: The Land Forces Division, to reinforce Land Capabilities; The Air Mobility Division, to optimise the role of Helicopters in Land Combat; The Academic Training Division, to prepare men for engagement; The Internal Security Division, to face new security threats.
Land Forces Division
In recent years, France has been engaged in an increasing number of overseas operations. To answer operational engagement challenges demanded by the political authority, soldiers must be trained. Failing this, they would be inefficient in a crisis situation. Knowledge, knowhow and life skills are levers that need regular actuation and enhancement to allow the military to ensure the operational mandate entrusted to them. DCI’s Services include: Specialty Training Courses (Preparation of Forces, Mountain Corps, etc.); Use and operational maintenance of Land Equipment & Systems; Creation and Support of new units (Special Forces, IED, etc.); Design and Functioning of Training Centres or Preparation of Forces; Demobilisation, Demilitarisation and Reintegration (DDR).
After successfully proving its stand with the first batch in 2010-2011, DCI-COFRAS sees its position within the Draguignan Military Schools confirmed and in 2011-2012 welcomed two new batches of foreign officers for training on Ground-to-Air and Ground-to-Ground Support Systems. The original aspect of this formula, that benefits from the “French Armed Forces Label”, is the creation of a DCI-COFRAS structure, totally integrated in the schools and placed directly, for its training activities, under the Schools' Commanding Officer. At the same time, a specific DCI-COFRAS administrative structure ensures educational and logistic support for trainees.
Air Mobility Division (ALAT)
The market of Helicopter-related services is promising. This is due to the following two converging factors. The first factor relates to the sophistication level of aircraft and Weapon Systems or other mission equipment. The second factor relates to new purchasing practices, which lead an increasing number of customers to look for a global service offer spread in time and preferably including both Technical/Logistic Support and Training Services.
DCI-COFRAS branch has been widely involved in helicopter activities for over thirty years and largely contributes to the French Military Air Mobility influence. DCI’s Services include: Training of helicopter pilots (ab initio, operational), instructors and mechanics; Creation and support of new units; Design and functioning of Training Centres; Maintenance and operational use.
Kuwait’s Renewed Confidence
For over twenty years, Kuwait has entrusted DCI-COFRAS with a delicate mission: the operational maintenance of its French-manufactured helicopters (Gazelle, Puma and Super Puma). Totally satisfied with the service provided, Kuwait has not only renewed this contract for 3 years, but has also entrusted the major overhaul of its Gazelles to DCI-COFRAS.
Academic Training and Cycles Division: Initial training institutions (Schools in Coëtquidan and Saint-Maixent) provide young officers and NCOs with aptitudes, military and general knowledge, fundamental qualities that, once completed by specialised courses in speciality schools, will enable them to assume their first regimental responsibilities. This initial training is completed several years later by a higher education cycle (War College, National Defence University, etc.). DCI Services include: Coaching and officering of foreign trainees in French Schools; Initial Training Courses for officers and NCOs;  Training courses and higher military education training courses;  French language courses: Military and emergency medicine (Armed Forces Medical Corps); Support for French Forces, etc.
Training Officers The "French Way"
Since late 2010 and following its experience feedback from previous missions, DCI-COFRAS has designed a new training offer for non French-speaking foreign cadets. This offer is formatted so as to better meet the objective, i.e. to obtain a diploma from the Saint Cyr Military School. The cadets will now attend: 2 years of French language learning at CIEL (French International Language School) in Brest, to reach the required French language level; 2 years of preparation in a Defence Military School, like their French colleagues; 3 years of academic and military training at Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan within the French batch. Throughout these 7 years, DCI-COFRAS provides extra and continuous coaching to its trainees. DCI-COFRAS also guarantees Contract Management while ensuring the interface between schools, the Embassy and Governmental authorities.
Internal Security Division (Gendarmerie)
Ten years after the September 11th attacks, the protection of persons and property more than ever demands the attention of public authorities. In fact, these events have lead States to reconsider their safety in more global terms - associating Internal Security problems and international strategic stakes. This new “global security” concept is often associated with that of a security-defence continuum. The French Gendarmerie participates in its development and regularly tests the concept during its many real-life missions.
Services proposed bear the label of the International Cooperation Directorate of the French Ministry of the Interior. DCI Services include: Intervention and VIP protection (GIGN); Law enforcement and crowd management; Security of major events;  Protection of Borders and Sensitive Sites (in partnership with CIVI.POL); Military Police, Training in the use of dogs, motorcycles, IED, EOD, etc.
Courses with the “French Gendarmerie” Label: After a first training course in 2010, a further contract to train Gulf military police was signed in September 2011. Through this contract, DCI-COFRAS is entrusted with five Training Missions: Protection of Very Important Persons (VIPs); Security Gunner; Anti-Terrorism Warfare techniques; Military site securing; road traffic control and safety; Again in 2011, DCI-COFRAS ensured several training courses for personnel from the Ministry of the Interior (1st level negotiations, Law enforcement, Intervention and Explosives). These new contracts highlight interest in the Gendarmerie know-how overseas.
DCI-NAVFCO: Sharing French Naval Expertise
DCI-NAVFCO, the Navy Branch of Défense Conseil International (DCI), combines tradition and modernism to export French Navy know-how. For more than thirty years, NAVFCO has been specialised in Instruction, Training and Technical Assistance for friendly foreign Navies and has trained more than 13,000 officers, Naval Engineers, Petty Officers and Specialists.
Reliable and Competitive Coaching: The DCI-NAVFCO Teams are composed of dedicated professional experts who coach customer Navies throughout the execution of their Naval and Naval/Air Programmes. The services proposed are always adapted to the specific needs and requirements of customer Forces and in compliance with the “French Navy Label” owing to the presence of military personnel on active duty in these teams. Training a new crew implies taking into consideration the ever-increasing complexity of entirely automated and highly Integrated Combat Systems and Platforms. Therefore, Ship and Submarine Training programmes are essential to enable foreign Navies to achieve the operational qualification of both ship & complement.
On the other hand, a permanent Documentation Center integrating modern and performing multimedia tools is used to elaborate, draw up and translate the pedagogical, functional and operational documentation required by recent Naval and Naval-Air Systems. On the Job Training: DCI-NAVFCO delivers Operational and Technical/Operational Training enabling its customers to rapidly acquire the necessary qualifications for the operation and in-service support of their equipment. These training programmes cover a wide range of skills and levels, ranging from initial training to highly specialised training.
SOUMALAIS RMN’s Scorpene Training
DCI-NAVFCO had started a close collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) intended to accompany the latter in the creation of a Submarine Force capable of operating two SCORPENE Type Submarines. In this programme, DCI-NAVFCO was in charge of the comprehensive training of Malaysian Submariners for Royal Malaysian Navy Scorpene Submarine Force.
The Ouessant Submarine, chartered by DCI, spent four years at sea for the Malaysians. One hundred and fifty of them embarked for more or less long periods depending on their function. At the end of this four-year School Training period, the Malaysians obtained the required qualifications, which allowed the formation of two complete SCORPENE Submarine crews, a reserve crew and an embryonic staff.
Specialised Naval Training
Generic Courses: DCI-NAVFCO exports the French Navy’s know-how to foreign Navies. DCI-NAVFCO develops pedagogical methods adapted to each customer Navy, which take into consideration the initial training level and professional qualification of the personnel, but also their experience and culture.
The courses proposed provide a wide range of operational training necessary to correctly use the action and information means onboard a modern warship: Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Mine Warfare, Electronic Warfare (Radar and Communications), high-level operational training for foreign officers (OPSDEP course, designed to train future operations officers for Frigates). Training is taught at the Saint-Mandrier Naval Instruction Center (near Toulon) in a specific building. The pedagogical means implemented are modern and operate using the latest technologies (Internet, CAT, MTA, Para-meterised Software).
Electronic Warfare Training
Within the scope of the French Navy’s know-how transfer to foreign Navies, and considering the increasing need in this type of training, DCI-NAVFCO has created an Electronic Warfare School at the Saint-Mandrier Naval Instruction Center (near Toulon). This school, equipped with state-of-the-art pedagogical means, allows wide range training for all personnel at all levels. Theoretical training is interspersed with practical training sessions giving trainees an easy approach to notions which are particularly complex. Courses proposed last a few weeks to several months, depending on the requirements specified and objectives to be reached, and they cover all the fields related to Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Warfare, C4ISR as well as Radio or Radar Electronic Intelligence Collection and Analysis. Practical training uses high-performance Signal Processing Software, Modern Simulators, Computer-Aided teaching and relies on audio training to familiarise operators with the different Electronic Signal characteristics, regardless of their origin. The courses proposed are also intended for Staff Officers specialised in Electronic Warfare, from all Forces (Land, Air, Naval) as well as for the future EW Support Center Officers. These courses are taught by the best French Navy and DCI-NAVFCO Specialists and are already extremely successful.
Diving Training
DCI created NMDS (NAVFCO Military Diving School) in December 2003, in close collaboration with the French Navy Diving School in Saint-Mandrier. This school is equipped with all the pedagogical and technical means required for French Diving and EOD know-how transfer. It also uses Land and Sea Training areas provided by the French Navy. These courses guaranteed by the transfer of French Navy knowhow are directly provided and validated by the French Navy and intended to provide a Navy with highly operational personnel able to react when facing modern threats. DCI-NAVFCO has already trained more than 250 trainees since the school was created.
Courses in the Field of Maritime Security
To ensure the security of the constant and increasing maritime traffic, the military Navies and/or their Coast Guard Forces have to react to the following threats: Ship-hijacking, Illicit traffic (particularly narcotraffic, arms), Illegal immigration prevention,  Terrorism against port installations or ships alongside or at anchor, Maritime pollution, etc. To counteract these threats, DCI-NAVFCO proposes training courses for Navy Special Forces and other Security Forces lasting from 2 weeks to 8 months in France or in another country. The two categories of courses, which will enable trained personnel to acquire new skills in the fields of Maritime Security are distributed as follows - General training courses for officers and non-commissioned officers: Specific training courses, such as, training for fast boat interventions, training for helicopter interventions.
Academic Training - As academic training plays an essential part in structuring elite military personnel, it constitutes a central pole of DCI's activity. Therefore, DCI-NAVFCO proposes comprehensive academic training programmes, ranging from 1 to 7 years, in the most prestigious French Military and civilian schools, enabling officers of friendly foreign Armed Forces to obtain internationally recognised French diplomas. Naval Academy Training Courses for Foreign Officers (CENOE): DCI-NAVFCO proposes Engineer Training in the frame of CENOE. Under French Navy supervision, DCI-NAVFCO ensures the prime contracting of the entire CENOE course. This 4-year training course includes a "Bridge" branch and an "Engineering" branch. Its objective is to provide Foreign Officer Trainees with a Military, Maritime and Scientific instruction enabling them to fulfil the functions of Officer-of-the-Watch or Engineering Officer-of-the-Watch, as well as the functions of Head of Department on small Ships.
Navy Colleges for Saudi Arabian Students (SAGEMA): After 2 years to learn French and follow a Scientific Refresher Course, future Engineers from Saudi Arabia attend a two-year training course at the University of Brest, before entering high-level Engineering Schools: ENSTA in Brest, ISAE in Toulouse and the Naval Academy in Brest.
AIRCO Aeronautics Expertise
The primary vocation of DCI-AIRCO, Air Branch of the Defense Conseil International Group, is to transfer French Air Force know-how to foreign Air Forces. For over 28 years, with support from the French Air Force and in cooperation with leading French Aeronautical Industries, DCI-AIRCO has set up User-to-User partnerships, adapted to each Nation's operational requirements and bearing the “French Air Force Label”. Operational training: Aircraft Crews (Pilots, Navigators/Weapon System Officers); Controllers (Air Defence, Air Traffic Control); Ground/Air System Operators, Engineers and Maintenance Technicians, Logisticians, etc. The Military Air Training Institute (FDAI) is dedicated to Maintenance Technician Training. It uses French Air Force assets and knowhow as well as Dassault Aviation industrial technology and expertise. IFAM provides adapted training that meets Air Force requirements in all Air equipment in-service support skills: Airframe and Structure, Engine, Avionics, Airborne Equipment, Weapons and environmental material. Special training: Air Ops, EW, Sat. Imagery, Intel & Air Safety.