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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 maintains its position as a world-class show in Naval Defence and Maritime Safety and Security and a promoter of innovation and new Naval & Maritime Technologies covering Surface Warfare, Undersea Technologies and Naval Air Systems as well.

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 Yea...
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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 Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa addressed the IAF Day’s Annual Press Conference, covering so...
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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. and various types of Radar Systems, Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW Systems, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS):

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF Has Fleet Expansion, Modernisation & Diversification Plans for Challenges of the Future”
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who covered almost all the IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AWACS/AEW&Cs, Re...
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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 Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, with participation from most of the major Comme...
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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. Event Sponsors included: Fincantieri, Leonardo, MBDA, Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, Cabi Cattaneo, L3 Calzoni, Elettronica, CEIA, AIAD. Edge Lab and L&T’s AMOGH Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Leonardo’s AW HERO Unmanned Naval Helicopter, IDS Drone on Launcher, and many warships were on view, with Fincantieri Frigates.

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...
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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 to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 7th June 2018 to participate in the ...
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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 from 11th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participated at this exhibition di...
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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 the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, having participation from most of the major...
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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 calling at Mumbai from 2nd to 6th June 2018. The Indian Navy is specifically deciding to build Amphibio...
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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 Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan.
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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 held from 9th to 15th June 2018 at Paris Villepinte. Major Companies participate at this exhibition ...
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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 with above 140 companies attending, from Peru to India, 37 High Rank Navies Delegations from all over ...
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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. The aim of the exercise was real-time coordination, deployment and employment of Air Power in a sh...
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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 Airport Berlin ExpoCenter from 25th to 29th April 2018 with above 1,100 exhibitors from about 41 countri...
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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, this time incorporating NATSEC Asia 2018, focussed on Internal Security as well.
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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 India 2018 did not show any growth, for the first time, and received mild International & Indian companies response, with lesser companies participating at Chennai than most Defexpo Shows. There were only about 670 companies exhibiting from 23 countries, compared with above 1,000 claimed last time.

DEFEXPO 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...
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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 Force Base in Eastern Assam. The visit to the Forward Army & Air Force Bases followed her visits to Bom...
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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 & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai.
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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 the successful test flight of NIRBHAY - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long-Rang...
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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 Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed t...
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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 held from 6th to 9th November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Defense & Security...
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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, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295W MTAs, ALH Dhruv, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Mi-17V5s, Chinook Heavy-Lift & Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, Trainers, etc. and various types of Radar Systems, Weapons Systems and SAGW Systems, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who covered almost all the IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AWACS/AEW&Cs, Refuellers, Trainers, Transporters, Akash Missile System & BrahMos-A Missile, Astra BVRAAM, UAS/RPAs, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya. Excerpts:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF: “IAF is Progressing Well on a Capability Driven Modernisation Plan”
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. Chanakya Intervie...
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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. Dassault Aviation’s Rafale & Mirage 2000-9 Fighters; Saab Gripen; Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet & F-15 Fighters, Apache & Chinook Helicopters; Lockheed Martin’s F-16 and C-130J Super Hercules, Sikorsky CH-53K; Airbus Defence & Space’s C295 Airlifters, the Eurofighter Typhoon; Pilatus PC-12NG, were amongst the aircraft presented at Dubai.

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 ...
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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 current F3R Standard from September 2019 onwards, the Rafale F4 Standard is to start a six-year Developme...
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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. There are three Naval Helicopter programmes in the pipeline in India - the Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH), Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) and Naval Multi-Role Helicopter (NMRH). Airbus Helicopters, which has Mahindra Aerospace as a ‘Strategic Partner’ in India, is fielding the AS565 MBe Panther for the NUH programme and the helicopter leader is now concentrating on finalising a location for the facility and building an Indian Supply Chain that would eventually form part of the global supply chain in the years to come.

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. There are three Naval Helicopte...
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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, Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Subhash Bhamre, National Security Advisior Ajit Kumar Doval, and Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff were present on this significant occasion.

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...
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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. The commissioning of INS Kalvari, the first Ship of Scorpene-Class Submarines, was an important milestone in the indigenous Shipbuilding programme, alongwith the 2nd Scorpene Khanderi undertaking trials, with the Arihant-Class Submarine, will further boost the Indian Navy’s combat potential. The construction of the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant is progressing at Kochi. The Navy is also finalising plans and design for the next Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II), said the Navy Chief at the Annual Pre-Navy Day Press Conference. We feature a Special Report on the Indian Navy.

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) Co...
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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 Submarines (IGNS) on occasion of Submarine Day celebrated on 8th December 2017, when the Indian Navy’s Su...
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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 Naval Acquisitions and Force Transformation, including Carriers, Surface Combatants, Submarines & H...
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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, delivering nuclear weapons and will be equipped with the latest Missiles and PGMs giving the IAF greater supremacy over rivals. The improvements under the proposed F4 Standard, still under discussion, will reportedly transfer to the IAF’s Rafale Fleet when ready.

Indian Air Force Chief Flies Rafale Fighter In France
The Rafale Combat Aircraft will come with various India-specific modifications. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff was on an official visit to France from 17th to 20th Ju...
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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”

One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Aircraft, Navigation and related equipment and is also into Designing, Fabrication and Assembly of Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare parts. In an Exclusive Interview, T. SUVARNA RAJU, CMD, HAL speaks to Chanakya, updating us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL
One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Aircraft, Navigation and related equipment and is also into Designing, Fabrication a...
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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”

Textron Systems’ offers its Aerospace, Defence and Civil customers a fascinating array of Systems and Solutions for Aerospace and Defence applications. At Aero India 2017, Textron Systems is displaying models of Textron Systems' Precision-Guided Munitions, Fury™ Light-Weight Precision-Guided Glide Weapon, which is proven to be accurate within one meter of a designated target and the G-CLAW™ - the Precision-Guided Glide Weapon System that optimizes effects against a broad target set, through utilising Dual-Mode Fuzing - impact or height of burst. BRIAN SINKIEWICZ, Senior VP & GM, Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems, fields questions pertaining to these Precision Weapon Systems. Excerpts:

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 and Solutions for Aerospace and Defence applications. At Aero India 2017, Textron Systems is displayi...
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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. The induction of Rafale Fighters will enhance the IAF's strategic reach and provide superior technological edge through Air Dominance. The version of Rafale Fighters being supplied to India will have better operational capabilities than the Rafales operated by other Air Forces with better Radar, better detection and survival features and will have capabilities for operations from high-altitude airfields as well.

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 platform, the Rafales will come equipped with MBDA’s Meteor BVRAAM, Storm Shadow/SCALP & MICA Missiles. The...
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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, recently opened its office in India. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Net...
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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 Defence products, designing, manufacturing and servicing systems and components and provide integrated s...
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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 Systems. MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing Missiles and Missile Systems that ...
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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 Universities. The platform enables better exchanges between the instructors and the trainees via for e...
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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 Organisation (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of ...
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News

Kalyani Rafael Joint Venture: KRAS to Make Missile Systems for Indian Forces


In less than 10 months of commencing work, Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), a Joint Venture between Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd of Israel, has inaugurated a ‘State-of-the-art’ Facility to manufacture Missile Systems in India, in the presence of  Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India. Located about 40 km from Hyderabad and close to the new International Airport, the project will manufacture Anti-Tank Guided Missile Systems for the Indian Army and thereafter strengthen the facility to make it a hub for supplies to other markets in South-East Asia.


The project set-up in record time, is considered the first such facility which will make Missile Systems by a private company in the country. This is in line with the Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative, where the Joint Venture will invest in high-end technology and advanced manufacturing techniques to design, develop and manufacture Weapon Systems for the Indian Armed Forces.
Set with an initial outlay of about R.70 crore, the facility may see additional investment as the product range goes up. First set of products are set to roll out within few weeks from now.


The greenfield Joint Venture Project is expected to create about 1,300 jobs both direct and indirect and will play a critical role in import substitution. Referred to as KRAS, this will be India's first Private Sector Advanced Defence Sub-systems Manufacturing entity. The 24,000-sq ft facility will develop a wide range of advanced capabilities like Command, Control and Guidance, Electro-Optics, Remote Weapon Systems, Precision Guided Munitions and System Engineering for System Integration.


After inaugurating the new facility, K.T. Rama Rao, Minister for Industries, Commerce, and IT, Telangana, said: “The State will extend all necessary support for further expansion plans.”


Speaking on the occasion, Baba N. Kalyani, Chairman, Kalyani Group said, “The path breaking visit of  Prime Minister to Israel has reaffirmed the importance of bilateral Defence Cooperation between our two Nations. This technology-based partnership is our endeavour to develop Advanced Defence Systems and Remote Weapon System capabilities within India and is a testament to this increasing co-operation between Israel and India in a Strategic Sector. We are committed to the Government’s vision of ‘Make-in-India’ and this Joint Venture Manufacturing Facility is a step in this direction.”


During the Inauguration Ceremony, Maj. Gen. (Ret) Yoav Har-Even, President & CEO, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. said: “Rafael has been increasingly looking at cooperation with India in the Defence and Aerospace arena. We are confident and eager to be a Strategic Partner in addressing India’s Defence Modernisation needs. We have, without any hesitations, offered our most Advanced Defence Systems to India, with the willingness to Transfer Technology. Strategic cooperation between our two Nations received a huge boost with the path breaking visit of PM Modi to Israel. Rafael is committed to ‘Make-in-India’ and this JV is a step in the same direction. The establishment of this facility is a sign of our commitment to ‘walk the talk’, in terms of partnering with Indian Industry towards indigenous manufacture.”


Rafael develops and manufactures Advanced Defence Systems for the Israeli Defense Forces and the Defence Establishment, as well as for foreign customers around the world. The company 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 is one of the world's leading Missile Design and Manufacturing companies offering best-in-class products and systems for Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM), Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM), Precision Weapons, etc. which are in service with several Defence Forces all over the world.


Kalyani Rafael JV Inaugurates India's First Private Defence Sub-Systems Unit
Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), the Joint Venture between Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Limited of Israel, inaugurated the Facility at Hyderabad on 3rd August 2017. The JV Partners have invested close to R.70 crore in the facility and production is slated to start in a few weeks. KRAS is yet to have the confirmed orders from the Indian Defence Forces. KRAS is expected to supply components for the Israeli Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) called Spike Missiles, which will be integrated by Hyderabad-based Public Sector Defence Company Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) once the deal goes through. The process of finalisation of vendors for the Spike Missile has not yet started. Spike Missiles Family is designed and developed by the JV Partner Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.


 The Pune-based Kalyani Group holds 51 percent stake in the Joint Venture and 49% is with the Israeli Defence and Aerospace major Rafael. The launch of its operations adds to the already evolving ecosystem of high-end Defence and Aerospace Manufacturing activities in Hyderabad, which also has very large base of Defence and Research Establishments involving Missile Development among other items.


 Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited (KSSL) is the principal company within the Kalyani Group undertaking Defence and Aerospace initiatives. KSSL has emerged from being a traditional supplier of Components and Sub-Systems to Indian Defence to becoming a Complete System and Solutions provider.


Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Ready to Roll-Out Missiles Under ‘Make-In-India’
Kalyani Group’s Joint Venture with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is one of the first to be off the block and ready to manufacture Anti-Tank Guided Missiles under the ‘Make- in-India’ initiative. “We will be able to supply missiles to the Indian Army within weeks of getting the orders from the Government,” Baba Kalyani, Chairman of Kalyani Group told reporters at the launch of the Joint Venture’s new facility in Hyderabad. All field trials for the missile have been completed and it will have close to 90 percent localised content, he said. The new Facility can manufacture and integrate Rafael’s Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile Systems and Spice Glider Bombs in India. The order, which awaits final approvals, includes supplying thousands of missiles valued at around US$ 1 billion over next couple of years, said Baba Kalyani.


India, the world’s biggest importer of Arms and Defence Equipment, is looking to boost local manufacturing by pushing domestic private companies to tie up with Foreign OEMs for technology. The process to procure the Anti-Tank Guided Missiles began in 2010. Rafael was shortlisted in 2014. The final push came during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July.


The Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. and Rafael will supply the Indian Army 321 Spike ATGM Launchers, 8,356 Missiles, 15 Training Simulators and associated accessories.
“Both Partners have invested around R.60 to 70 crore to build the facility. We would be investing another R.60 to 70 crore as we scale operations,” said Baba Kalyani. The deal involves Transfer of Technology to state-owned Bharat Dynamics Ltd. and option to produce additional Missile Launchers and Missiles.


“We have already invested close to US$ 70 million as preparation for this order,” said Yoav Har-Even, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The company has been developing and training Small and Medium Enterprises around Hyderabad to supply to the Kalyani-Rafael Facility.
This is Kalyani Group’s second Partnership with an Israeli company, with the first JV being the BF Elbit Advanced Systems Pvt. Ltd. for Artillery Guns.


The Indian Army is looking to equip all its Infantry and Mechanised Infantry Battalions and replace the current Second-Generation French-made Milan Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.


"The Spike Missile is a fully-built ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) Unit except for the explosives and the propellants, and we can supply this weapon, which has a 2.5 km range to the Army within a couple of weeks of getting orders," Baba Kalyani said.


The 24,000 sq.ft. facility was set up in under 10 months and can produce "thousands of missiles", Mr. Kalyani said, adding the company will look for overseas customers if the Indian Army delays orders. When asked what is making the Army delay its order as Spike is fully tested and approved by it, Mr. Kalyani said there were "procedural delays". It can be noted that the first ‘Request for Qualification' for Anti-Tank Guided Missile Production was invited in 2010, but nothing moved as there was lack of policy clarity then on FDI in the Defence Sector.


"We see US$ 1 billion worth business opportunity with this business vertical. We also have plans to begin production of the Spice Missile, which is an Air-to-Surface Weapon, for the Air Force soon," he said. "This venture will offer direct employment to 300 and around 1,000 people indirectly through its hundreds of vendors who are all in the Small Scale Sector," Mr. Kalyani added.


On the plant’s ATGM capacity, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems President and CEO Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Yoav Har-Even said: “We are speaking in thousands of the Air-to-Surface Missiles.”


The localisation content is 90% and most of the vendors are in and around Hyderabad, Baba Kalyani said and thanked the Telangana Government for “pulling out all stops” that led to the plant being set up in 10 months. The JV opted for Hyderabad in view of the Defence Eco-system it plays host to and Telangana reigning on top of the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings.


KRAS, which aims to be a one-stop solution provider to locally re-design, develop, re-engineer and manufacture various Land and Airborne products and systems in India, has plans for expansion. The Phase-II will be undertaken at another industrial location in Hyderabad, the company said. Through this green-field venture, the JV will bring in committed Foreign Direct Investments that will also create significant employment in the State.


KRAS is India's first Private Sector Defence Sub-Systems Manufacturing entity.  It will be engaged in development of a wide range of advanced capabilities like Command, Control and Guidance, Electro-Optics, Remote Weapon Systems, Precision Guided Munitions and System Engineering for System Integration. The  JV will also target to export products to other countries.