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   ** CHANAKYA 53rd YEAR ** MEDIA PARTNER: SINGAPORE AIR SHOW SPECIAL ISSUE: FEBRUARY 2022 ** SAS'22 MEDIA PARTNER **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 53rd Year in Defence Publishing: 48th Year of Monthly Publication       

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DSEI 2021 SHOW REPORT

In its 22nd Year, Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 was held from 14th to 17th September 2021 at ExCel in London, bringing together senior international trade and military experts from across the entire Global Supply Chain, with educational content as before, despite the pandemic. Above 1,000 international exhibitors including a range of Suppliers participated at DSEI, with specialised Air, Naval, Land, Security, and Joint Zones, and dedicated Conference Seminar Theatres offering educational sessions and presentations, with many International Pavilions as well, with wide range of displays of International Defence Platforms, Systems & Equipment.

DSEI ‘21 TRI-SERVICES SHOW REPORT
DSEI 2021 had Live Waterborne & Unmanned Systems Demonstrations and Static Displays for Land, Air a
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MoD Signs Contract With Airbus Defence & 56 C295MW Transporters for IAF

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) on September 24th, 2021. The induction of Airbus C295MW Airlifters will be a significant step towards modernisation of the Transport Fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is a Transport Aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro Transport Aircraft of IAF.

MoD Signs Contract With Airbus Defence & Space, Spain for Acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for IAF
The IAF will become the 35th C295 Operator worldwide, with the programme reaching 278 aircraft, 200
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INDIAN AIR FORCE SPECIAL REPORT

The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 89th Anniversary on 8th October 2021 with the IAF Day Parade. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, addressed the IAF Day’s Annual Press Conference, covering some of IAF’s Acquisitions & Projects, emphasised on technologies for Future Warfare, and spoke on IAF’s deployments for the Eastern Ladakh Stand-Off. The Air Chief spoke about DEWs, Drones/Unmanned Systems, etc. In this Special Report on the IAF, we cover IAF’s Transformation Drive with new inductions and future Modernisation Plans with Updates on Rafale Fighters (featured separately), Fighter Squadrons, MRFA Fighters Competition, More MiG-29s & Su-30MKIs, AMCA & LCA Tejas, Spares for Mirage 2000s, AEW&C/AWACS & Flight Refuellers, Tactical Transporters, Helicopters - Apache, Chinook, LCH, LUH; Weapons - S-400, PGMs, Missiles and future procurements of Aero Engines, Air Defence Systems & Combat RPAS/UAS/CUAV, etc.

INDIAN AIR FORCE 89th ANNIVERSARY
The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 89th Anniversary on 8th October 2021 with the IAF Day Par
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IAF's RAFALE FIGHTERS

With the Indian Air Force (IAF) scheduled to have all the 36 contracted Dassault Aviation Rafale Fighters by early 2022,  India’s Air Superiority gets a boost. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had formally inducted the first five Rafale Fighter Aircraft into the IAF’s 17 Squadron, the 'Golden Arrows' at the Ambala AFS in September 2020. All 36 Rafale Omni-Role Fighters are expected to be inducted by 2022.

IAF’s Rafale Fighters Inductions Boost India’s Air Superiority
The IAF’s Rafale Long-Range Air Superiority & Precision Strike Fighters have the best Survivability
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Thales in India: Building a Trustworthy and Secure Tomorrow

Thales has been a steadfast Partner of India for close to seven decades now. Through a diverse mix of high-technology solutions, services and collaborations, the organisation has brought its global expertise in Defence, Digital Identity and Security, Aerospace, Space, and Transportation to India. Thales is proud of the Upgradation of the Mirage 2000 Fleet of the Indian Air Force. Apart from this, the company also offers a host of systems for India's Armed Forces ranging from Night Vision Devices and Carbines to Unguided Rockets for Attack Helicopters.

Thales in India: Building a Trustworthy and Secure Tomorrow, By Ashish Saraf, VP & Country Director - India, Thales
Thales will continue to help its customers master their decisive moments in an increasingly complex
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Embraer Defense & Security

As security demands grow amidst tighter budgets, Defence Forces in the Indo-Pacific Region are scrutinizing aircraft that can perform multiple roles while demonstrating reliability and low life-cycle costs, says Jackson Schneider, President & CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

Embraer’s Defense & Security Solutions: Designed for India’s Needs, by Embraer’s Defense & Security President & CEO Jackson Schneider
As security demands grow amidst tighter budgets, Defence Forces in the Indo-Pacific Region are scru
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MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS

With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. The MBDA Group designs and produces Missiles and Missile Systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea and Air. In total, the MBDA Group offers a range of 45 Missile Systems and Counter-Measures products already in operational service and over 15 others currently in Development Stage.

MBDA: Celebrating Indian Air Force Day During a Landmark Year, By Boris Solomiac, General Delegate, MBDA India
Chanakya features this guest contribution by BORIS SOLOMIAC, GENERAL DELEGATE, MBDA INDIA, who arti
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring State-of-the-Art Platforms and Systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Dominance Capabilities, with New Rafales, more Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s, more MiG-29s & Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk.1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, Avro replacement with 56 C295MW MTAs, ALH Rudra Mk.IV, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Light Utility Helicopters (LUH); Mi-17V5s; Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters & Apache Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, etc. and various types of Radar & Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW, either being inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations.

“Upgrade of Existing Fleet of UAVs to Possess Combat Capability is Being Progressed”: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“HAL is Geared Up to Take Production of 83 LCA Order”

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 manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Navigation and related Equipment and is also into Designing, Fabrication & Assembly of Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare Parts. I


One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Navigation and related Equipment and is also into Designing, Fabrication & Assembly of Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare Parts. 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.

Q. With the Maiden Flight of FOC Standard LCA Tejas taking place earlier, kindly update us on the additional enhancements of the Combat Aircraft. What is HAL's current capacity for producing the LCA Tejas per year, by when do you plan to ramp-up the production to 16+ per year?


A.   HAL has orders for delivering 16 FOC Block Fighters to IAF out of which the first FOC LCA Aircraft has joined Sqn.18 of IAF in May 2020. Flight testing has started for two more aircraft and another six aircraft are in the advanced stages of System Integration and Testing. The structural assembly manufacturing is underway for the remaining seven aircraft from the FOC batch. The company is striving to wrap the FOC Production in the next FY.


HAL is geared up to take Production of 83 LCA order. HAL is augmenting Production Capacity to 16 LCAs per year by establishing one more production line at one of our sister divisions in Bangalore and has also developed partners for supply of major Structural Assemblies, beside the dedicated production line already established at LCA Tejas Division for the delivery rate of eight to ten aircraft per year.


HAL in LCA Tejas programme follows the System Integrator model and has created a National Ecosystem with the participation of approximately 140 Design Agencies and 100 Production Agencies which encompasses all the facets of Aircraft Design and Manufacturing.


In this facility, Structural Assemblies of an Advanced Variant of Tejas namely LCA Mk-1A are going to be produced. LCA Mk-1A which is an advanced variant of its predecessors is deemed as a potential job creator, which will contribute considerably to the economic development of our country. The new facility will be fully operational from FY2021-22 onwards.


Q.  Kindly elaborate on the progress achieved in HAL's Mirage 2000 Upgrade programme for the IAF?


A.  The Upgrade of the Mirage Aircraft has been taken up to enhance the operational capabilities of the Mirage 2000 Aircraft, with the support of the French OEMs Dassault Aviation and Thales. The Upgrade Programme was taken up in two Phases, Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) Upgrade by the French OEMs and Final Operational Clearance (FOC) Upgrade by HAL. Subsequent to IOC, the FOC has been received by HAL on May 29th, 2018. HAL has a contract for Series Upgrade of 51 Mirage 2000 Aircraft, which is now progressing at HAL.


Q. Kindly Update us on the Jaguar DARIN III Upgrade programme at IOC Stage?


A.  Jaguar Darin III Upgrade is one of the major ongoing upgrade programmes of HAL and the contract is for an Upgrade of 61 Jaguar Aircraft to DARIN-III Configuration. The Upgrade Programme includes design changes starting from the capture of system requirement, specification preparation, software, hardware, Electrical, Mechanical Design and Development, which is being carried out indigenously by HAL. The DARIN III Upgrade significantly enhances the operational capabilities of the proven Jaguar Aircraft, with adequate growth potential, redundancy of Sensors and Displays and increased reliability and maintainability.


All activities pertaining to Design, Development, and Flight Evaluation of IOC & FOC Configuration of Jaguar DARIN-III Upgrade is completed and Production Clearance has been obtained. Presently, Series Upgrade of Jaguar Aircraft to DARIN-III Standard is progressing at HAL.


Q. With HAL's HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) having its successful flight tests, how is the programme progressing and by when will IAF Pilots begin training on the BTA?


A.   All required testing to demonstrate PSQR compliance have been completed, including confirmatory Spin Trials without Anti Spin Protection System. The spin characteristics are being refined to make it ideal for a rookie pilot.
RFQ is awaited from IAF, to commence production. Certification will be completed against the finalised SQRs issued with the RFP by IAF.


Q.  When will we see similar success in the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) programme? Tell us about the Modified IJT Spin Flight Testing progress?


A.  HAL is progressing on spin completion of HJT-36 with internal funds. The modifications proposed for achieving the spin capability was completed on two prototype aircraft and the aircraft assessed for its handling in the new configuration. The Anti-Spin Gantry was installed on these aircraft in December 2019 and the handling characteristics were assessed by January 2020. The receipt of the Anti-Spin Parachute System (ASPS) was slightly delayed due to the pandemic associated lockdown and suspension of all cargo movement, etc. and so the commencement of spin testing could not commence in mid-2020 as planned.


However, post receipt of the Anti-Spin Parachute System all necessary ground and flight streaming of the parachute, which are necessary to commence stall trial, stall testing and post stall aggravated input testing were completed in October 2020. Intentional spin testing commenced in November 2020 and is progressing in coordination with Certification Agencies. The Spin Testing being a very safety critical test, is being progressed turn by turn. As on date two turn spins to Left & Right and safe recovery from those have been demonstrated. Further testing is in progress.


Q.  Elaborate on the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) programme achievements, with the LCH Prototypes also being deployed at Leh near LAC? When would the first LCH batch be delivered? Further, tell us about the Air Chief flying the LCH?


A.  Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) of LCH-LSP for Air Force & Army Versions was accorded on 24th August, 2017 and 15th February, 2019, respectively. HAL has proactively taken up production of LCH anticipating orders.


We are yet to get order in our hand, but we have pursued with Air Force and Army to give us a Letter of Intent (LoI) so that few Helicopters can be offered to them for early exploitation pending contract finalisation. We have received LoI from both Air Force and Army for five Helicopters each and this financial year we have planned to deliver three LCH.


Chief of the Air Staff made his maiden flight in LCH on November 20, 2020 and expressed his satisfaction with the helicopter performance and progress made on the project. His positive feedback encourages HAL to move forward with passion in Design and Development of indigenous Rotary Wing Platforms.


Q.  With the successful flight testing of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), how is this project progressing, and tell us about the LUH Hot & High Altitude Trials in Himalayas? By when do you foresee the first HAL Prototype of the Ka-226T Helicopter Flying and by when would the 'Make-in-India' part of the contract be finalised with Russian Helicopters?


A.   In case of LUH, all certification activities involving Ground testing, Ground Test Vehicle Endurance runs, System Testing, hot weather trials, cold weather trials, sea level trials and hot weather-high altitude trials have been completed. We have received IOC for Air Force Version on 7th February 2020, IOC from Army is expected soon. LUH production activities have been taken up concurrently with Design & Development. HAL is also setting up a new Helicopter Factory in 615 acres of land at Tumakuru, which will take up LUH Production. New Helicopter Factory will have initial capacity of 30 Helicopters per annum, which can be expanded to 60 per annum based on the customer requirements.


For the initial batch of 12 Limited Series Production (LSP) LUH, HAL has planned to deliver first four Helicopters within one year from date of signing of contract followed by eight more in the subsequent year. We hope that we will roll out 1st LUH-LSP from the new Helicopter Factory by 15th August 2022.


With respect to Kamov, the JV has submitted the proposal to MoD for supply of 200 Kamov 226T Helicopters and Allied Equipment. Opening of commercial bid is awaited.


Q.  With the 300th ALH (Dhruv) Rolled-out from HAL hangar, update us about the latest Variants of the Dhruv ALHs and Rudra WSI? Have they been any enhancements made in the Naval Dhruv ALH Variant for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard?


A.   The newly built ALH Mk-III Wheeled Variant for Indian Coast Guard is integrated with nineteen additional Equipment/ Sensors/Systems for Coastal Security Roles. All the trials needed towards certification of the new systems were completed during November 2020 at Goa. As required by the contract, Final Certification of the helicopters with 19 new Systems by RCMA/ CEMILAC is in the final stages. After completing the certification by RCMA/CEMILAC and SOC by RDAQA, the helicopters will be cleared for deployment on board Coast Guard OPV's. By design, the helicopters are cleared for Ship-borne Operations.


HAL has two orders for ALH Mk-III Wheeled Variant, which includes 16 Helicopters for Indian Coast Guard and 16 for the Indian Navy. The Navy & CG Variants of ALH Mk-III are built with capability for manual folding of Rotor Blades, meeting the contract requirement of dimensions and time.


Q.  Finally, which are the main HAL exhibits/models that are going to be displayed at Aero India 2021 and what are your expectations from the Air Show?


A.   The primary focus is to showcase HAL's prowess in the Aerospace and Defence arena to the world by display of Indigenously Designed and Developed Fixed & Rotary-Wing Platforms, Technologies covering Power Plants, Avionics, etc.


India Pavilion - With the central theme of India Pavilion being Rotary-Wing Capability in India, HAL's Rotary Platform Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) will be the center piece of the display with scaled models of IMRH, ALH, LUH, LCH and the Indian Helicopter manufacturing ecosystem/supply chain partners around it.


Indoor Display - The HAL Stall in Hall 'E' will display our capability and contribution in line with HAL's central theme "Conceive-Indigenise-Collaborate". Future Generation Combat Capable Airborne Solutions will be displayed here.
Outdoor Display - The Outdoor display adjacent to HAL stall will feature Rotary-Wing Products namely LCH, ALH Mk-IV Rudra and ALH Civil Variant.


Static & Flying Display -  Display of the range of Indigenous HAL Platforms by participating in Static and Flying Display including as part of "Aatmanirbhar Formation" Flight. Both Fixed-Wing and Rotary-Wing Aircraft, namely Su-30, Do-228, Hawk-i, HTT-40, ALH, LCH, LUH will be showcased in Flying Display. Static Display will have HTT-40 Aircraft, LUH, ALH Mk- III and Do-228. Customer demo flights will be offered to select customers, on need basis.


Signing of MoUs/Agreements with global Aerospace majors/associates who are looking for capacity and capability to address the requirements of Indian Defence and global markets. HAL has planned to sign various MoUs/Agreements with both Foreign and Indian companies. Product Launch/Handing over/Major announcements on reaching key milestones are also planned, like handing over of first hardware of Semi-Cryo Development Project of ISRO.