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   CHANAKYA 50th YEAR ** INDIAN ARMY DAY SPECIAL ISSUE: 15 JANUARY 2019 ** IDEX 2019 MEDIA PARTNER: SPECIAL IDEX 2019 TRI-SERVICES SHOW PREVIEW ** NAVDEX 2019 MEDIA PARTNER: NAVAL SHOW PREVIEW ** AERO INDIA 2019 AIR SHOW PREVIEW SPECIAL COLLECTORS' ISSUE: 15 FEBRUARY 2019 & AERO INDIA SHOW DAILY SUPPLEMENTS ** MEDIA PARTNER LIMA 2019: MARITIME & AEROSPACE SHOW PREVIEW: 15 MARCH 2019 **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 50th Year in Defence Publishing:45th Year of Monthly Publication       

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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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Dassault–Reliance Aerospace Manufacturing Facility in Mihan, Nagpur Inaugurated


Eric Trappier, Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation and Anil D. Ambani, Chairman of the Reliance Group laid the Foundation Stone on 27th October 2017 for the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) Manufacturing Facility in Mihan, Nagpur located in India’s Western State of Maharashtra. The Foundation Stone was laid in the presence of Ms. Florence Parly, Minister of Armed Forces of the French Republic; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport  and Highways of India, who is also the Member of Parliament of Nagpur; and Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra; and Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India. Also present were over 200 dignitaries from the State and City Administration and local Industry.


The Dassault-Reliance Manufacturing Facility at Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP) is located in the Mihan SEZ adjoining Nagpur International Airport Hub. Under Joint Venture company, DRAL (51% Reliance Aerostructure and 49% Dassault Aviation) the facility will manufacture several components of the Offset obligation connected to the purchase of 36 Rafale Fighters from France, signed between the two Governments in September 2016.


DRAL will manufacture components for the Legacy Falcon 2000 Series of Civil Jets manufactured by Dassault Aviation and thus will become part of its Global Supply Chain. These first steps are expected to be achieved in the coming years, the possible setting up of Final Assembly of Rafale and Falcon Aircraft.


The Joint Venture also represents an unequalled Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by Dassault Aviation of over 100 Million Euros, the largest such Defence FDI in one location in India. The DRAL Facility will train thousands of skilled workers in Aviation Assembly and Integration, and lead to huge employment generation in Nagpur and its surrounding areas. It will also attract and house an organic eco-system of over 200 MSME’s to secure the Component and Avionics Manufacturing needs of Rafale and Falcon Jets.


Dassault Aviation Chairman & CEO, Eric Trappier, declared that “this Foundation Stone laying demonstrates Dassault’s firm commitment to implementing Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ Programme. It gives the 65 year-long strong association of Dassault Aviation in India a new momentum and the will of future manufacturing developments.”


Reliance Group Chairman, Anil D. Ambani, stated “this facility in Mihan, Nagpur within the Aerospace Park named after my Late Father Dhirubhai Ambani could not have happened without the strong and consistent support of Nitin Gadkari and Devendra Fadnavis. The Reliance Dassault Partnership will bring high levels of Technology Transfer. It will make India a major supplier into the Global Aviation Supply Chain. It will be the endeavour of both Dassault and Reliance to fully support Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make- in-India’ and ‘Skill India’ policies and to accelerate India’s pursuit of self sufficiency in the Aerospace Sector.”


With over 10,000 Military and Civil Aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognised worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale Fighter, to the high-end Falcon Family of Business Jets and Military Drones. In January 2015, the Reliance Group entered the Indian Defence Manufacturing Sector, acquired a state-of-the-art Naval Shipyard, and is rapidly developing its Air, Land and Sea Defence Manufacturing capabilities in collaboration with leading global Defence companies.


Spread over 289 acres, DAAP will be the largest greenfield Aerospace Project in India with R.6,500 crore investment. The Aerospace Park will be home to the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) - the Joint Venture of Reliance Aerostructure and Dassault Aviation of France. This Joint Venture will be the lead project for executing Rafale Offsets Programme. The Reliance Dassault Partnership will bring in not only high level Transfer of Technology, but also help develop the eco-system of the Domestic Aerospace Sector and feed into the Global Supply Chain.


The Project will go a long way in developing the much needed eco-system for development of Aerospace Industrial Base in the country.  In the Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park, Reliance Group will set up Assembly Lines and Manufacturing Facilities of Fixed Wing Aircrafts,  Aerostructure for Commercial Transport Aircraft, Helicopters for both Defence and Commercial use. The Park will also house Ancillary and Component Manufacturing Units to support after sales requirement. Apart from the Dassault Reliance Offsets Facility, the Park will also have proposed facilities with Thales, DAHER and Strata, amongst others. As part of eco-system to support various upcoming projects, large number of Indian MSMEs are expected to set up facilities at DAAP. In addition, French companies in the Dassault Supply Chain are also keen to move to Mihan to support the ‘Make-in-India’ efforts for Rafale aircraft.  The Dassault-Reliance JV has already shortlisted large number of vendors, mostly SMEs, to be part of the Supply Chain at DAAP.


In addition, number of French SMEs have envisaged interest in moving Production Facilities to Mihan. DRAL will generate more than 700 jobs, total number of high skilled jobs at DAAP to exceed 5,000, when fully operational with more than 15,000 secondary jobs. Production at DAAP is expected to start in the first quarter of 2018. Phase – 1 is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2018. Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani said, “The Reliance Dassault Partnership will bring high levels of Technology Transfer.” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “It is a dream coming true for Nagpur that the most advanced Defence and passenger aircrafts will be created here,” Nitin Gadkari thanked Ambani for choosing Nagpur for the project and said, “the project will create 5,000 direct and 15,000 indirect jobs for Nagpur. I had promised to create 50,000 jobs by the end of my tenure as MP and am happy that this project will go a long way in fulfilling that promise.”


Rafale International Invites French SMEs to Set Up the Industrial Aeronautical Sector in India
Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales, which together make up Rafale International, were invited by the Centre Val de Loire Regional Council and Aerocentre to the Aeronautical Forum being held in Tours, to present its creation of an Industrial Aeronautical Sector in India, as part of the ‘Make-in-India’ Offsets Programme for the Rafale India contract. To an audience of more than fifty French SMEs attending this Business-to-Business event, the Rafale International Partners presented their contribution to the ‘Make-in-India’ Policy as part of the Rafale Offsets Programme and presented the potential opportunities for French SMEs to also invest and set up production activities in India.


By reinforcing Franco-Indian Cooperation regarding SMEs in the Defence Aeronautical Sector and by encouraging and supporting French SMEs coming to India as part of the Offsets Programme for the Rafale Contract signed in September 2016, this initiative will help set up an Industrial Eco-system that will be of benefit to both French and Indian Partners under Prime Minister Modi's ‘Make-in-India’ initiative. The contacts made and the discussions held during this event defined a roadmap for the French SMEs, to help them join the Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales’ Global Supply Chain, thus opening the door to them for new international market opportunities.


Dassault Aviation and India: Dassault Aviation Aircraft have been an integral part of Indian Defence Forces for over six decades. The first Dassault Aviation aircraft, Toofani was supplied to India in 1953, followed by the Mystere IV, the Naval Alize, the Jaguar (manufactured under license by HAL), and the Mirage 2000 Fighter. These aircraft have contributed to Indian sovereignty all along and the Mirage 2000 Fighter Aircraft continues to be the IAF's cutting-edge till date. 36 Rafale Fighter aircraft were acquired on 23rd September 2016 to equip the Indian Air Force by 2022.
Rafale International is a Joint-Venture (G.I.E Groupement d'Intérêt Economique) set up by Dassault Aviation, Safran Group and Thales to promote the Rafale Fighter aircraft to international customers. The three Partners are major international leaders in the Aerospace and Defence fields with more than 135,000 employees and a combined turnover of 28 Billion Euros.


After securing the deal to sell 36 Rafale Fighter Jets to India, and not withstanding the political storm that has erupted in its wake, Dassault Aviation is looking to attract and house an Organic Eco-system of French SMEs in India. The aim is to secure its Component Manufacturing needs locally. Some 50-odd small Industries in France were present on the occasion. The companies spoke on how they would be contributing to ‘Make-in-India’ as part of the Rafale Offsets Programme. Defining the roadmap for the French SMEs to join the Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales’ Global Supply Chain, the companies said the initiative would help bolster the Industrial Eco-system already underway in India, and would benefit both French and Indian Partners.


Further, components for the Dassault Falcon 2000s are also to be made in India from the first quarter of next year, when the Joint Venture Dassault Reliance Aerospace Manufacturing Facility opens up in Mihan, Nagpur. After the facility gains expertise in manufacturing components for the Falcon 2000 Jets, it could also expand capabilities to include Final Assembly of Rafale Fighters.