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   ** CHANAKYA 52nd YEAR ** INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL ISSUE: 15 AUGUST 2021 ** MEDIA PARTNER IDEF 2021 TURKEY DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 52nd Year in Defence Publishing: 47th Year of Monthly Publication       

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Navantia S-81 Submarine Launch Ceremony

On 22nd April 2021, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias and Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofia presided over the Launching Ceremony of S-81, the first Submarine of S-80 Class, in Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain).

His Majesty King Felipe VI Presided the Navantia Launching Ceremony of the first S-80 Submarine for the Spanish Navy - the S-81 'Isaac Peral'
The S-81, which will be named 'Isaac Peral', is the first Submarine designed and built in Spain by
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IAF's Dassault Rafale Fighters

A third batch of three Rafale Fighter Jets landed in India on 27th January 2021 evening after flying non-stop from France, in a further boost to the strike capability of the Indian Air Force when India and China are engaged in a bitter border stand-off in Eastern Ladakh. With the arrival of the new batch, the number of the Rafale Fighters with the IAF in India has increased to 11.

Three More Rafale Jets Arrive in India from France
With the arrival of the new batch of 3 Rafales, the number of the Rafale Fighters with the IAF in I
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INTERVIEW: William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

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

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

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

Transforming India’s Defence and Aerospace Capabilities
Transforming India’s Defence and Aerospace Capabilities: by Rémi Maillard, President & Manag
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DASSAULT SYSTEMES AT AERO INDIA 2021

Dassault Systemes stands committed to help the industry with advanced 3D design and engineering solutions powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Digitalization to Realize a thriving Aerospace, Defence and Space Ecosystem
As the leader in the sector for over three decades, Dassault Systèmes works with companies of every
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Aero India 2021

A unique flying display of HAL’s indigenous platforms (both Fixed and Rotary-Wing) aptly titled ‘Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight’ is part of the Flying Display during the 13th Edition of Aero India 2021 from February 3rd, 2021 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka.

HAL's ‘Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight’ At Aero India 2021
HAL showcases its prowess in Defence and Aerospace centered on the theme ‘Conceive. Indigenise. Col
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IAF's Dassault Rafale Fighters

With the Indian Air Force (IAF) reportedly scheduled to have 21 of the 36 contracted Rafale Fighters by April 2021, and 11 going to be inducted into the IAF soon, while 7 are currently being used for training IAF Pilots & Crew in France, India’s Air Superiority gets a boost. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had formally inducted the first five Rafale Fighter Aircraft into the IAF’s 17 Squadron, the 'Golden Arrows' at the Ambala Air Force Station in September.

With 21 Rafale Fighters By April, IAF to have 11 Rafales Soon, Boosting India’s Air Superiority
The 1st Batch of Fighter Jets had arrived in India from France on July 29th, and a Second Batch of
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Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX)

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

Raytheon Technologies Corporation: Creates Future of Aerospace & Defence
The merger of Raytheon and United Technologies combined two companies with distinctive legacies in
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INTERVIEW: BORIS SOLOMIAC, GENERAL DELEGATE, MBDA INDIA

Chanakya features this Interview with BORIS SOLOMIAC, General Delegate, MBDA India, who articulates on MBDA’s Range of Missiles for the IAF’s Rafale Fighter; Brimstone Dual-Seeker Missile; MICA IR & RF Missiles for the Upgraded Mirage 2000s of the IAF; MANPADS Missile System offered for VSHORAD & Mistral ATAM for the ALH Rudra WSI & LCHs; ASRAAM for the Jaguar Fighter Upgrade, Naval Missiles and on L&T MBDA Missile Systems Joint Venture established in India.

“Highly Potent Set of Weapons from MBDA that are Unrivalled”
With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile S
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DR. SUDHIR MISHRA, CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, DR. SUDHIR MISHRA, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace, said that they are developing "90-Degree Steep Dive & Surround Attack Capability," a "Carrier-Killer" Weapon. He articulated on the success achieved by various BRAHMOS Variants’ proven capabilities, including the Block-III LACM. On future plans, he elaborated on the Hypersonic BRAHMOS-II(K) Weapon with speeds between Mach 5-7 and the BRAHMOS NG Variant, on the BRAHMOS-A tests of the Airborne Cruise Missile for the IAF’s Su-30MKI Fighter, and on the BrahMos ‘Make-in-India’ initiatives.

“We have been Actively Pursuing the Hypersonic BRAHMOS-II(K)”
BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if
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INTERVIEW: Emmanuel De Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India

Thales offices and sites are spread across several cities in India, having hundreds of employees working with Thales and its Joint Ventures in India. Thales has been playing an essential role in India’s growth story by sharing its technologies and expertise in Defence, Transport & Aerospace markets. Thales' strategy supports 'Make-in-India' Policy and aids the development of the Defence Industrial Base in the country, evident from it’s association with HAL, BEL, BDL, Samtel and L&T Technology Services.

“SPECTRA Electronic Warfare System Boosts Survivability”
EMMANUEL DE ROQUEFEUIL, VP & COUNTRY DIRECTOR, THALES in India, in this Interview to Chanakya, cove
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: R. MADHAVAN, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAL

 In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, R. MADHAVAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Updates us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking like LCA Tejas, Mirage 2000 Upgrade Project, Jaguar Darin-III Upgrade, HTT-40 BTA, IJT, LCH, LUH, Ka-226T, ALH Dhruv, etc.

“HAL is Geared Up to Take Production of 83 LCA Order”
One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in m
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INTERVIEW: ANANDI RAMALINGAM, DIRECTOR MARKETING, BEL

Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) is the leading Defence Electronics Company in India with several Hi-Tech Capabilities including Missile Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Avionics Systems, Communication Systems, Electro-Optics Systems, Radars, C4I Systems/Solutions, Sonar, Gun Upgrades, Shelters, etc.

“Government Approved the Export of Indigenous Akash Missile System”
Chanakya Interviewed ANANDI RAMALINGAM, DIRECTOR MARKETING, BEL, on it’s Orders, New Products, Expo
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Safran Aircraft Engines

Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, Safran designs, develops, produces and sells, alone or in Partnership, Engines for Civil and Military Aircraft, Launch Vehicles and Satellites. Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries.

Safran Military Engines M88
Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. Safran als
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THALES INDIA

Backed by its strong presence in diverse verticals like Defence, Aerospace, Transportation and Digital Identity and Security, Thales has been an unwavering partner to India's ambitious plans and growth storyby sharing its niche technologies and expertise.

Thales: A Steadfast Partner to India's Growth Story
As India marches towards its goal of 'Atmanirbharta' or Self-Reliance, it opens up immense opportun
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MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS

MBDA is not new to Partnership with the Indian Armed Forces and Indian industry, indeed it has been delivering battle-winning capabilities to the Indian Air Force and collaborating with Indian industry for over 50 years.

MBDA Shows Make In India Commitments and Rafale Weaponry at Aero India 2021
MBDA, the maker of the Rafale's game-changing weaponry, is showcasing its Make in India commitments
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RAFAEL

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

RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Designs, Develops, Manufactures and Supplies a wide range of H
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AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, is being organised by the Ministry of Defence from 3rd to 5th February 2021 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru, with above 540 Aerospace, Aviation & Defence companies/organisations showcasing their products, including Platforms, Weapons, Equipment & Systems, Components, etc. A Special Preview:

AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, is being organ
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IDEX 2021 SHOW PREVIEW

Global Defence majors compete for deals worth Billions of Dollars at the Middle East’s largest Military Expo, the Tri-Services International Defence Exhibition and Conference - 15th IDEX 2021, which will be held from 21st to 25th February 2021 at Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event features above 1,300 companies including several world leaders.

IDEX 2021 TRI-SERVICES DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW
Global Defence majors compete for deals worth Billions of Dollars at the Middle East’s largest Mili
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Indian Navy’s Vagir 5th Scorpene Submarine Launched at MDL

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

Launching of Vagir, the Fifth Indian Kalvari-Class Submarine with Scorpene Design, Entirely Made in India
Making its underwater defence stronger, Indian Navy launched the fifth Kalvari-Class Scorpene Subma
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NAVANTIA S-80 PLUS SUBMARINE

Spain’s Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena has successfully carried out the Power-Up activity tests on the S-81 "Isaac Peral" Submarine. The S-81 is the first of four S-80P Class Submarines under construction for the Spanish Navy by Navantia. This is a relevant safety-related commissioning milestone for Navantia prior to the Submarine’s delivery.

Navantia Passes the First Safety Milestone of the S-81 Submarine: The Power-Up
Spain’s Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena has successfully carried out the Power-Up activity tests on
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy says that the immediate focus would be to overcome critical deficient capabilities and concurrently adopt modern 'leap-frogging' technology to create capabilities for accomplishing a range of missions. For Navy Day 2020, Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering Indian Navy’s Modernisation & Expansion Plans, recent Inductions, Naval Acquisitions, including Aircraft Carriers, Surface Combatants, Gun Systems, Missiles, LPDs, FSS, Submarines, MRCBF Carrier-Borne Fighters, Naval Helicopters, RPAS, Aircraft, etc.

“Towards Force Level Augmentation, 43 Ships & Submarines are Under Construction”
For Navy Day 2020, Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering
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Five Rafale Fighters Induction in IAF

The first five Indian Air Force (IAF) 4.5-Generation Rafale Combat Aircraft have arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala. The aircraft got airborne from Dassault Aviation Facility, Mérignac, France on 27th July and reached India on 29th July afternoon with a planned stopover en-route at Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE.

Five Rafale Fighters in IAF
The Rafale Fleet comprises of three Single-Seater and Two Twin-Seater Rafales. The delivery of 10 a
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Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines Project

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

Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines
Navantia is participating in P-75(I) using the basis of the S80 Plus Submarine - the only 3,000 ton
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Indian Air Force Commanders’ Conference 2020: IAF in the Next Decade

The Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) was conducted from 22nd to 24th July 2020, at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) New Delhi. The theme of the Conference was "IAF in the Next Decade". The AFCC was Chaired by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria.

IAF Commanders’ Conference 2020
The Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) was conducted from 22nd to 24th July 2020, at Air Headq
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Russia Visit

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed India-Russia Defence Cooperation with Yury Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation in Moscow on 27th June. Mr Borisov is the Co-Chair of the Inter-Governmental Commission with India on Trade & Economic & Scientific Cooperation. He also Co-Chairs with the Raksha Mantri the High Level Committee on Science & Technology. Their discussions on bilateral cooperation and regional issues were very positive and productive.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh Reviews India-Russia Defence Relations
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed India-Russia Defence Cooperation in Moscow. The discussions
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Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety

Collins Aerospace is part of Raytheon Technologies Corporation, which is a leading Aerospace & Defence Company that provides Advanced Systems and Services for Commercial, Military and Government customers worldwide. It comprises four industry-leading businesses - Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense. This feature on “Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety” is contributed by DON BORCHELT, Business Development Director, ACES II/5, Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace, highlights various aspects of Pilot Safety and new developments in Ejection Seats for New-Generation Combat Aircraft.

Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety
Collins Aerospace specialises in Aerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Mission S
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The Year of Heron TP

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

The Year of Heron TP
Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), using various Payloads, with a high level of reliabi
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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2020 REPORT

The Singapore Air Show 2020 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11th to 16th February 2020, with attendance from high-level Military Delegations including India’s Air Chief, Senior Government Officials and leading industry players, featured exhibitors from over 930 companies from above 45 countries. The Singapore Air Show had major participants in the Civil and Military Flying and Static Aircraft Displays that included: Airbus A400M, Dassault Aviation Falcon Business Jets, Embraer Profit-Hunter Commuter Jet, Gulfstream Aircraft, Textron Aviation Aircraft, RSAF Apache & Chinook, Super Puma, Lockheed Martin’s F-16D & F-22 with Sikorsky’s S-70B, Boeing’s F-15SG & P-8A Poseidon, Bell Boeing MV-22s, Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 UAS, IAI’s Heron TP UAS, Bell Helicopters, were on display.

SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2020 REPORT
The Singapore Air Show 2020 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11th to 16th February 2020, w
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First Indian Air Force Rafale Handed Over

On October 8th, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the handover ceremony of the first Indian Air Force Rafale in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale Final Assembly Facility. The event was placed under the high patronage of Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence of India and Ms. Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France.

First Indian Air Force Rafale Handed Over
On October 8th, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the h
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1st Rafale Handed Over by France: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says Induction Will Boost India's Air Dominance Exponentially

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the French-made Rafale Combat Jet will boost India's Air Dominance exponentially, as he was formally handed the delivery of the first of 36 Rafales in France. The induction of Rafale Fighter Jets into the Indian Air Force will give a boost to India's Air Dominance exponentially, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said at the Handing-Over Ceremony of the IAF's Rafale Fighter.

1st Rafale Handed Over by France: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says Induction Will Boost India's Air Dominance Exponentially
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the French-made Rafale Combat Jet will boost India's Air D
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Thales: A Proud Partner of the Indian Air Force by Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India

Thales is proud that the IAF has been relying on its high-end Technology Solutions for Combat Aircraft, Air Defence Systems and Sensors, among others to achieve its big ambitions. The Upgrade of Mirage 2000 Fleet is one such example and so is the selection of the Rafale Omni-Role Combat Aircraft by the Indian Air Force.

Thales: A Proud Partner of the Indian Air Force by Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India
Thales is proud that the IAF has been relying on its high-end Technology Solutions for Combat Aircr
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FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

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

FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Mil
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MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force

With a strong reputation as a reliable Partner that has supported the Indian Air Force for over 50 years, European Missile company MBDA understands the importance of operational capability and sovereignty to the IAF. MBDA has set up an extensive network of business Partners throughout India. This extensive Indian Supply Chain supports its JV initiatives ready to fulfil ‘Make-in-India’ requirements through its JV with L&T to manufacture Missiles & Components in India. In addition, MBDA continues to work with Indian Public-Sector entities for local Production, Development and Partnership.

MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force
With a strong reputation as a reliable Partner that has supported the Indian Air Force for over 50
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches Indian Navy's First New P-17A Stealth Frigate INS Nilgiri

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched INS Nilgiri, the first of the Navy's seven new P-17A Stealth Frigates at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches Indian Navy's First New P-17A Stealth Frigate INS Nilgiri
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 28th September launched INS Nilgiri, the first of the Navy's seve
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Witnesses Fire Power of Western Fleet, ‘Day at Sea’ Onboard INS Vikramaditya

During his stay on INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier, the biggest ship of the Indian Navy, Raksha Mantri witnessed a wide range of Naval Operations including Weapon Firing by the Fighter Aircraft and Night Flying Operations by helicopter from the deck of the Aircraft Carrier and Surface Shoots, Missile and Rocket Firings.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Witnesses Fire Power of Western Fleet, ‘Day at Sea’ Onboard INS Vikramaditya
During his stay on INS Vikramaditya, the biggest ship of the Indian Navy, Raksha Mantri witnessed a
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions Indigenously-Built Scorpene Submarine INS Khanderi

On 28th September 2019, INS Khanderi, the second of P75 Scorpene-Class Submarines, was commissioned by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in presence of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, CMD MDL Commodore Rakesh Anand (IN Retd.) and several other dignitaries. INS Khanderi is totally built by Indian Shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) through years of Technology Transfer and Partnership with the Naval Group,  in line with Indian Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ Policy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions Indigenously-Built Scorpene Submarine INS Khanderi
INS Khanderi, the second of P75 Scorpene-Class Submarines, was commissioned by Defence Minister Raj
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IAF & FAF Joint Ops at EXERCISE GARUDA-VI

Exercise Garuda 2019, a bilateral Indo-French Large Force Employment Warfare Exercise was hosted by the French Air Force (FAF) from 1st to 12th July 2019 at Mont-de-Marsan France, was successfully completed with the IAF Contingent landing back in India on 19th July 2019.

IAF & FAF Joint Ops at EXERCISE GARUDA-VI
Exercise Garuda 2019, a bilateral Indo-French Large Force Employment Warfare Exercise was hosted by
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20th Anniversary of Kargil Victory Day

The ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ celebrations were spread over three days from 25th to 27th July 2019 and were organised at Dras and New Delhi.

20th Anniversary of Kargil Victory Day
The ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ celebrations were spread over three days from 25th to 27th July 2019 and w
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Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter

Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi, where about 30 of Lockheed Martin's Tier 1 Suppliers had the opportunity to meet with over 70 Indian Companies of all sizes to form relationships, assess capabilities, generate Partnerships and further enhance the Government of India's ‘Make-in-India' objectives. Lockheed Martin is looking to expand its Local Suppliers Base in India for their Global Supply Chain in order to fulfill the Offsets Obligations in India, and to increase Indigenous Content of their Offers to Indian Forces, while mainly promoting the new F-21 Fighter for the IAF’s MRFA competition, Sikorsky’s S-76D for the Indian Navy’s NUH, and the MH-60R for the MRH.

Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter
Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi. Lockheed Mar
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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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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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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

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Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter

Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter


Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi, where about 30 of Lockheed Martin's Tier 1 Suppliers had the opportunity to meet with over 70 Indian Companies of all sizes to form relationships, assess capabilities, generate Partnerships and further enhance the Government of India's ‘Make-in-India' objectives. Lockheed Martin is looking to expand its Local Suppliers Base in India for their Global Supply Chain in order to fulfill the Offsets Obligations in India, and to increase Indigenous Content of their Offers to Indian Forces, while mainly promoting the new F-21 Fighter for the IAF’s MRFA competition, Sikorsky’s S-76D for the Indian Navy’s NUH, and the MH-60R for the MRH.


Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter

Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi. Lockheed Martin is looking to expand its Local Suppliers Base in India for their Global Supply Chain in order to fulfill the Offsets Obligations in India, and to increase Indigenous Content of their Offers to Indian Forces, while mainly promoting the new F-21 Fighter for the IAF’s MRFA competition, Sikorsky’s S-76D for the Indian Navy’s NUH, and the MH-60R for the MRH.


Reaffirming their commitment to strengthening India’s Aerospace Sector and India-U.S. ties, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Tata Advanced Systems hosted the third Annual Industry Supplier Conference this week in India. Lockheed Martin, Tata, Tier 1 Suppliers and prospective Indian Industry Partners gathered at the event to discuss Partnership opportunities that strengthen India-U.S. Defence Industrial ties and ‘Make-in-India’ Partnerships. In addition to India’s highly capable Public Sector Companies, many Private Indian Companies have entered the Aerospace and Defence arena, which will continue to drive innovation and broaden the array of capabilities across India’s Defence Industrial Eco-system.


“Lockheed Martin is fully committed to meeting India’s need for advanced, scalable Defence Capabilities,” said Dr. Vivek Lall, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “Our Partnership with Indian Industry on both the F-21 and S-76D proposals for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy will put India at the epicenter of world’s largest Defence Eco-system and deliver unmatched sustainment and export opportunities.”


“We are happy to co-host the Supplier Conference with our Strategic Partner Lockheed Martin, setting a common platform for the Indian players to meet and share knowledge with global suppliers and OEMs,” said Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. “Our successful Partnerships and Joint Ventures with Lockheed Martin have helped to build new capabilities and strengthen the Indian Defence Manufacturing Sector and India-U.S. ties. We hope to further grow this relationship with the F-21 Project and other world-class programmes.”


In addition to Tata, Lockheed Martin Industry Partners and Suppliers include BAE Systems, Cobham, Collins Aerospace, Curtiss-Wright, Eaton, Elbit Systems, IAI Elta, GE Aviation, Honeywell, L3, Harris, Leonardo, Martin Baker, Meggitt, Moog, Northrop Grumman, Parker Hannifin, Pratt & Whitney, Rada, Rafael, Raytheon, Safran, and other leading Global Defence and Aerospace Companies.


“Defence Industry Partnerships have long been a hallmark of strategic ties and trust,” said Phil Shaw, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin India. “We see tremendous strength and opportunity in India’s Defence Industry and we’re very excited by the incredible potential in India.”


Lockheed Martin & India - A Time Tested Relationship/Partnership
For more than 25 years, Lockheed Martin has been committed to building trust, Technology Development, and Strategic Collaboration with India. Lockheed Martin has two State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Joint Ventures in India with Tata Advanced Systems. The company recently emphasised its commitment to India by announcing the company will Partner with Tata to produce F-16 Wings in India for all future customers.


Lockheed Martin also relies on TASL in Hyderabad, as the Manufacturing Base for its global supply of Cabin Aerostructures for the S-92 Helicopter. Lockheed Martin has been a strong supporter of Government of India initiatives including ‘Make-in-India’, Start-Up India, Skills India, and Digital India. As a part of its larger commitment to enhance the growth and development of India’s innovation, Lockheed Martin has sponsored and supported the India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) since 2007.


Lockheed Martin is committed to strategic, long-term International Defence Partnerships with India and hopes to strengthen and grow its relationship with India as part of an unprecedented F-21 Fighter Aircraft Partnership for India, from India.


Lockheed Martin is a Global Security and Aerospace Company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the Research, Design, Development, Manufacture, Integration and Sustainment of Advanced Technology Systems, Products and Services.


Tata Advanced Systems Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, focused on providing Integrated Solutions for Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security. In less than a decade, Tata Advanced Systems has become a significant player in the global Aerospace market, becoming the premier Manufacturing Partner for global OEMs as well as the Government of India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation. It has capabilities throughout the entire Aerospace value chain from design to full Aircraft Assembly, and is well positioned in areas that include Missiles, Radars, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Command and Control Systems, Optronics and Homeland Security.


The F-21 would provide unmatched opportunities for Indian companies of all sizes, including Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Suppliers throughout India, to establish new business relationships with Lockheed Martin, Tata and other U.S. and global industry leaders, besides being a part of the Lockheed Martin Production and Supply Chain, which is a US$ 165 Billion Fighter Aircraft Sustainment Market, with the F-35s, F-16s & now F-21.


Lockheed Martin & TASL believe that the potential F-21 India Project, as a single source globally, will be highly strategic for India, especially to build new capabilities in the Indian Defence Manufacturing Sector. They look forward to participating in the selection process for the Multi-Role Fighter Programme of the Indian Air Force.


Lockheed Martin last year had emphasised its commitment to India by announcing the company will Partner with TASL to commence production of F-16 Wings in India. The landmark ‘Make- in-India’ announcement was a strategic initiative that positions TASL to become the provider of wings for all future customers.


Lockheed Martin’s broader proposed F-21 Partnership with India, to produce F-21s exclusively in India for the Indian Air Force and export customers stands firm. Lockheed Martin and TASL announced that the two companies will jointly produce the Advanced F-21 in India if the aircraft is selected by the Indian Air Force.


The F-21 will feature Advanced Avionics, a proven Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, a modernised Cockpit, Advanced Weapons, Conformal Fuel Tanks, an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, an Advanced Engine and an Industry-leading extended Structural Service Life of 12,000 hours.


Above 4,604 F-16s have been procured by 28 customers around the world. About 3,000 operational F-16s are flying today with 25 leading Air Forces, including the U.S. Air Force.


Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet for India, from India
F-21 – Different Inside and Out: Specifically configured for the Indian Air Force, the F-21 provides unmatched ‘Make-in-India’ opportunities and strengthens India’s path to an Advanced Airpower Future. The F-21 addresses the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements and integrates India into the world’s largest Fighter Aircraft Eco-system with the world’s pre-eminent Defence Company. Lockheed Martin and Tata would produce the F-21 in India, for India, if it wins the 114 MRFA competition of the IAF.


Unmatched ‘Make-in-India’ Opportunities: The F-21 is an unprecedented ‘Make in India’ opportunity - combining the strength of Lockheed Martin, the world's largest Defence Contractor, and Tata, India's premier industrial house, to deliver a historic win-win for the U.S. and India. Lockheed Martin hopes to strengthen and grow its relationship with India as a part of an unprecedented F-21 Fighter Aircraft Partnership for India, from India.


The F-21 provides numerous opportunities for Indian Companies of all sizes, including Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Suppliers throughout India, to establish new business relationships with Lockheed Martin and other Industry Leaders in the U.S. and around the globe. In addition to creating thousands of new jobs for Indian Industry, F-21 Production in India will support thousands of U.S. Supplier jobs, including hundreds of US-based Lockheed Martin Engineering, Programme Management, Sustainment and Customer Support positions.


Committed to Partnering With India: Lockheed Martin is committed to strategic, long-term International Defence Partnerships with India. India has a pressing need for advanced, scalable Defence Capabilities. It is proposing game-changing Defence Partnerships that benefit multiple stakeholders in India, the U.S. and beyond. Lockheed Martin’s proposed Partnerships with India for new Fighter Aircraft, Helicopters and other Platforms are ideally suited to not just meet, but exceed India’s capability and Defence-Industrial needs in the near-term and well into the future.


The F-21 Multi-Role Fighter Jet will give India a significant edge with greater Stand-Off Capability, U.S. Defence giant Lockheed Martin has said and claimed that producing it locally will also strengthen the country’s integration into the worldwide network of Advanced Fighter Aircraft Technology. At the Aero India Show in Bengaluru in February, Lockheed Martin had unveiled the F-21 Multi-Role Fighter for India, to be produced locally. The company, which had earlier offered its F-16 Fighters to India, said the F-21 addresses the IAF’s unique requirements and would integrate India into the world’s largest Fighter Aircraft Eco-system.


Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems have offered to produce the F-21 in India. Lockheed Martin Executives had said that while it was inappropriate for them to compare specific capabilities, the F-21 will give India a significant edge with greater Stand-Off Capability, greater staying power with less fuel burn, and Network Data-Linking Capabilities across all Platforms. The tactics India employs with the F-21 will also be different – uniquely developed by the Indian Air Force. The F-21 will meet all of India’s performance, capability and advanced technology requirements – the same requirements all other 4th Generation competitors offer.


Lockheed Martin is pursuing cutting-edge technologies for the F-21, some capabilities may be evaluated as discrete, integrated functions. On reports that the F-21 Fighter is just rebranding of the F-16, they had said that while Aircraft Structures may look familiar, the differences become clear when looking at the Unique Capabilities of the new F-21 Fighter. These include an Advanced APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, which has detection ranges nearly double that of previous Mechanically Scanned Array Radars and the ability to track and attack more targets with higher precision. The F-21 Fighter is designed to operate across over 60 Air Force Stations in India, and its key aspects include Superior Engine Matrix, Advanced Electronic Warfare System and Enhanced Weapons Carrying Capacity.


Further, Lockheed Martin said that it will not sell its new F-21 Fighter to any other country if India places an order for 114 aircraft, in an offer aimed at pitching itself ahead of its U.S., European and Russian competitors for the mega deal. If F-21 wins the contract, then India will be integrated into the company's Global Fighter Eco-system, which is a US$ 165 Billion market.


The company also said that it will not sell this platform and the configuration to anyone in the world. It is a significant commitment by Lockheed Martin and it shows importance of India and importance of unique requirement India has.
The Indian Air Force issued an RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender to acquire 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) at a cost of about US$ 18 Billion, which is one of the world's biggest Military Acquisition Contracts in recent years. The top contenders for the deal include Lockheed Martin's F-21, Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III, Dassault Aviation's Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian UAC MiG-35 & Saab Gripen E Fighter. The IAF is pushing for finalising the mega deal soon in the wake of the evolving security scenario in the region.


“F-21 Jets Will Not be Sold to Any Other Country, if it Wins IAF Deal”: Dr. Vivek Lall
While the F-21 Fighter Jet is designed to operate across over 60 Air Force Stations in India, and its key aspects include Superior Engine Matrix, Electronic Warfare Systems and Weapons Carrying Capacity, said Dr. Vivek Lall, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.


U.S. Aerospace Giant Lockheed Martin says it will not sell its newly rolled out F-21 Fighter Jet to any other country if India places an order for 114 MRFAs, in an offer aimed at pitching itself ahead of its U.S., European and Russian competitors for the mega deal. Dr. Vivek Lall, said if F-21 wins the contract, then India will be integrated into the company's Global Fighter Eco-system, which is a US$ 165 Billion Dollar market. "We will not sell this platform and the configuration to anyone in the world. It is a significant commitment by Lockheed Martin and it shows importance of India and importance of unique requirement India has," he reportedly said. Dr. Lall said if Lockheed Martin wins the contract, it will not only set up a State-of-the-Art F-21 Manufacturing Facility along with the Tata Group, but will also help India create an eco-system for overall growth of the India's Defence Manufacturing.


On observation that the F-21 is similar to Lockheed's F-16 Block 70 combat jet, he said such a view is unfair as there have been significant differences between the two Platforms. The F-21 is different in terms of various aspects including its Air Frame, Weapons Capability, Engine Matrix and availability of Engine Options. "As for example, you are now looking at 12,000 hours of service life air frame in F-21 versus 8,000 hours previously (F-16 Block 70). The additional 40 percent Weapons Carrying Capability is new in F-21, which was not there in F-16 Block 70. The Electronic Warfare System is uniquely developed for India," he said. "Looking from a distance may make it look similar to the F- 16 Block 70, but it is different," he added.


Besides having a traditional ‘boom-delivered’ Refueling Facility, the F-21 also has an Extendable Hose-and-Drogue Refuelling Probe. "This is the only fighter in the world which has both the capabilities," said Dr. Vivek Lall, adding the Cockpit has a new Large Area Display. "It is a Modern Cockpit and has a significant piece of ability to synthesise information. These are Unique Capabilities that we are not offering to other countries in the world," said the Lockheed Martin Vice President.


Further, the F-21 has a Long-Range Infrared Search and Track (IRST) System, enabling Pilots to detect threats with precision and Triple Missile Launcher Adapters (TMLAs) allowing it to carry 40 percent more Air-to-Air Weapons.

Without giving any approximate price of each bare-bone aircraft, he pitched it as the most cost effective compared to the competitors in terms of life-cycle and operational costs. "If you look at the U.S. Government Data, the advantage is 30-40 percent in terms of cost effectiveness. This is lower compared to the competitors. If you aggregate with years and years of operations in the life-cycle, it is a huge amount of saving for India if it goes ahead with F-21," said Dr. Vivek Lall.


"As we continue to expand our footprint, we are talking to more than 190 companies in India. The idea is to Partner with India across a wide variety of interests," said Dr. Lall. "This is the world's largest Fighter Eco-system. India will be integrated into the 165 Billion Dollar market, which is unparalleled," said Dr. Lall.


Lockheed Martin Identifies About 200 Potential Indian Partners
Lockheed Martin’s Suppliers Conference was held in New Delhi, to identify Partner Indian Companies that could Manufacture Components, Sub-Systems and Systems. U.S. Defence Manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation has identified about 200 potential Partners with which it could team-up under the ‘Make-in-India’ programme to manufacture Defence Equipment or Components locally, said Dr. Vivek Lall, Vice President.


More Indian firms are expected to join the pool, Dr. Lall said. India is a “Major Defence Partner” of the U.S. and the two countries are in talks on the “Industrial Security Annex” that will guide the sharing of technology with private entities. India has also been changing its Defence Procurement Policy to assist Defence Manufacturing in India, and sharing of critical technology with India is becoming simpler, he said, adding, “These are huge stepping stones” for greater cooperation and sharing of technology”. Dr. Lall said,“I have seen a lot of positive change.”


Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures, a JV between Lockheed Martin and Tata Group’s TASL has already delivered 108 Empennages for the C-130J Super Hercules Military Transport Aircraft. Tata Advanced Systems Limited has also manufactured 150 Cabins for the Sikorsky S-92 Helicopters.


“If you look at cost, quality and delivery schedule, it is as good or better than anyone else in the world,” said Dr. Vivek Lall, calling it a “strong testament” to the growing capabilities of Indian Industry. All 5,000 Precision Components in the S-92 Helicopter Cabin are indigenously produced, he said. Wings of the F-16 Fighter will be made in India by the JV between Lockheed Martin and Tata Group.


“A primary objective will be to promote and enhance India's Innovation Eco-system through Partnerships and relationships facilitated through this function," he said. During the event, Dr. Lall spoke about Lockheed Martin's experience in establishing an International Defence and Aerospace Industrial Eco-system.


“The F21 is an unprecedented India-Unique Fighter with an unparalleled ‘Make-in-India’ proposition as well as opportunity to plug into the world's largest Fighter Sustainment Market of US$ 165 Billion,” he said. He underlined the strong collaboration between Lockheed Martin and Tata Aerospace and Defence. "Through multiple Joint Venture business arrangements with Tata Aerospace and Defence, Lockheed Martin and Tata have successfully performed and delivered Mobility, Fighter and Helicopter Platforms to India. The C-130 programme represents a strong legacy of Partnership between the U.S. and India," Dr. Lall said "All C-130Js delivered to Customers around the world have major Aerostructure Components from India included in their Build through Partnership with TASL in Hyderabad," he said. Dr. Vivek Lall emphasised that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, also relies on TASL in Hyderabad as the Manufacturing Base for its Global Supply of Cabin Aerostructures for the Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter.


“Building on these and other successful Partnerships, we recently indicated our intent to commence F-16 Wing Production in India for all future F-16 customers. The F-16 Wing Production in India integrates India into the Global Supply Chain of the world's largest and most successful Fighter Aircraft Programme,” he said adding that F-16 Wing (Prototype) Manufacturing has already commenced. If the F-21 Fighter is selected by the IAF in the ongoing tender for 114 Multi-Role Fighters, Lockheed Martin will be required to meet a stiff 40 to 50 percent indigenisation requirement.


24 MH-60Rs for Indian Navy’s Multi-Role Helicopters (MRHs)
A critical operational necessity for the Indian Navy, the Multi-Role Helicopters (MRHs) are being bought as a replacement for the Sea King 42/42A Fleet, which went out of service nearly two decades ago. In what is most likely to be the new Government’s first big Defence Contract, India is reportedly finalising negotiations of a Rs. 17,500 crore deal with the United States Government for ASW-ASuW Naval Helicopters before the year-end.


India is buying 24 Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60R Helicopters to strengthen the Indian Navy’s Anti-Submarine/Anti-Surface Warfare and Surveillance Capabilities. The Multi-Role Helicopters (MRHs) purchase is being made under the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, which involves a direct Government-to-Government sale. The contract with the U.S. is expected to be finalised by October-November 2019. The deliveries are expected to begin 18 months after the contract is signed and all the MH-60Rs should be in by 2022. The helicopters will plug a key capability gap of the Indian Navy.


Armed with the Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles, besides the MK 54 Torpedoes and advanced precision kill Weapons System Rockets, the Twin-Engine Helicopters can operate from Frigates, Destroyers and Aircraft Carriers. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency earlier notified the U.S. Congress of the possible MH-60R sale to India. The 24 MRHs have now been overdue for many years and their fast-track induction would hugely benefit the Indian Navy. The MH-60R SEAHAWK is the world’s most advanced Multi-Mission Maritime Helicopter, with over 300 in operation worldwide.


MH-60 Romeo (MH-60R) is the most expeditious path for getting the Indian Navy the capability it needs now. The MH-60R provides a vital capability for the Indian Navy in the Indo-Pacific Region. The U.S. Navy and its’ MH-60R International Partners are committed to operating the MH-60R for the next 30 years. An MH-60R acquisition allows the Indian Navy to benefit from an active Production Line getting them this capability quickly, and the ongoing support Lockheed Martin & Sikorsky are providing for over 300 MH-60Rs flown by the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Danish Navy, and the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. MH-60R acquisition ensures Partner Navies are part of the technology insertion roadmap, ensuring the Romeo stays relevant and ahead of the evolving threats.