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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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With 21 Rafale Fighters By April, IAF to have 11 Rafales Soon, Boosting India’s Air Superiority

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 three Rafales arrived in India on November 4th, with the third batch of Rafales expected very soon. All 36 Rafale Omni-Role Fighters are expected to be inducted by 2021 end. The IAF’s Rafale Long-Range Air Superiority & Precision Strike Fighters have the best Survivability Capabilities, Enhanced Multi-Sensor Data Fusion & Most Potent Armaments Package.


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. The 1st Batch of Fighter Jets had arrived in India from France on July 29th, and a Second Batch of three Rafales arrived in India on November 4th, with the third batch of Rafales expected very soon. All 36 Rafale Omni-Role Fighters are expected to be inducted by 2021 end. The IAF’s Rafale Long-Range Air Superiority & Precision Strike Fighters have the best Survivability Capabilities, Enhanced Multi-Sensor Data Fusion & Most Potent Armaments Package.

3 More IAF Rafale Fighters to Fly  Into India Soon
The Indian Air Force is expected to receive the third batch of at least three Rafale Fighter Jets from French Company Dassault Aviation soon. The Rafales are scheduled to fly from France to Jamnagar without a stopover on the way, with Mid-Air Refuelling support provided by Indian and French or UAE Tankers.


The first batch of five Rafale Fighters had flown into India on July 29th and were officially inducted in the IAF on September 10th at the Ambala Air Base in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly. The second batch of three IAF Rafale Fighters had arrived in India on November 4th. The arrival of the third batch of three more jets will take the number of Rafale Fighters in the Indian Air Force's 17 Squadron to 11. All 36 Rafale Fighters are most likely to be inducted in the IAF by the end of 2021.


The Rafale Fighters, known for Air-Superiority and Precision Strikes, are India’s first major acquisition of Combat Aircraft in 23 years, after the Sukhoi Su-30MKIs were imported from Russia. The Multi-Role Combat Aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons. European Missile Leader MBDA’s Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, SCALP Cruise Missile and MICA Air-to-Air Missile Variants are the mainstay of the Weapons Package of the Rafales, with the Safran Hammer 250 kg AASM PGMs to be added to this package for the Air-to-Ground Role.
The emergency acquisition of Rafales was made primarily to enhance the Combat Capability of the IAF as the number of its Fighter Squadrons had come down to a worrying 31, against the authorised strength of at least 42 Squadrons. The inducted Rafale Jets have been deployed in the Western Air Bases covering the Ladakh Region in the wake of the LAC Stand-Off with China.


IAF’s Rafale Fighters are deployed in Northern India to cover the Eastern Ladakh Sector as part of the IAF’s efforts to enhance its operational capabilities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Specially tailored for the IAF, the India-Specific Enhancements in the Rafale Fighters include: Cold Engine Start Capability to operate from high-altitude bases including Leh, Radar Warning Receivers, Flight Data Recorders with storage for 10 hours of data, Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Systems, Low-Band Jammers, Israeli Helmet-Mounted Displays and Towed Decoys to ward off incoming missiles.


There have been discussions over a possible procurement of another batch of 36 Rafale Fighters by India from France. This has reportedly figured in talks between the two sides. There has been a view among some officials in the Military Establishment that the IAF should at least have four Squadrons of Rafale Jets considering its operational aspects. A Squadron comprises at least 18 aircraft. They think it will be the "cheapest option" as the costs of Research and Development for all India-Specific Enhancements and establishment of the Air Bases have already been covered in the current contract. The French side is also keen on discussing the option of a follow-on order, which will certainly take place at Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru.


Dassault Aviation has reportedly already handed over about 18 of the 36 contracted Rafale Fighter Jets to the Indian Air Force in France and India. 11 are going to be inducted into the Indian Air Force soon, while 7 are being used for training IAF Pilots in France.


Five Rafales flew to the Ambala Air Base via UAE on July 29th. Three more landed in Ambala Air Base on November 5th, three are now arriving in late January, another three in March 2021 and seven in April 2021, reportedly taking the total number of Rafale Fighters handed over then to the IAF to 21 Single-Seat Fighters and seven Twin-Seat Fighter Trainers. The Indian Air Force’s Strike Capability is set for a big boost with more Omni-Role Rafale Fighters set to be inducted into the IAF’s Golden Arrows Squadron soon.


By April 2021, the Golden Arrows Squadron at the Ambala Air Base will be complete with 18 Rafale Fighters, and the remaining three can be sent to the Hashimara Air Base in North Bengal’s Alipurduar to counter the threat posed by China on the Eastern Front. All the Rafale Fighters are equipped with MICA and Meteor Air-to-Air Missiles, along with SCALP Air-to-Ground Cruise Missiles. India has now requested Safran for the Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon AASM known as Hammer with a 250kg warhead, which is a Precision Guided Munition (PGM).


Indian & French Air Force Rafales In Joint Wargames Desert Knight ‘21
4 French Air Force Rafales visited India for a Joint Wargame Air Exercise with IAF’s Rafale Jets from 20th January. India and France carried out a five-day mega Joint Air Force Exercise near Jodhpur, that had the Rafale Jets of the two countries engaging in complex manoeuvres to enhance Operational Coordination. The Exercise Desert Knight ‘21 took place at a time when the Indian Air Force has been keeping all its Frontline Bases across the country in a high-state of operational readiness in view of the Sino-Indian LAC row in Eastern Ladakh.


As part of the first edition of the Joint Air Exercise Desert Knight ‘21, the four French Air Force Rafale Fighters landed in Jodhpur after flying directly for around four hours from the Djibouti Air Base using their A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Aircraft, which also landed there. Exercise Desert Knight ‘21 was held at Jodhpur Air Force Station from January 20th to 24th. The French participated with the 4 Rafales, Airbus A330 MRTT, A400M Tactical Transport Aircraft and approximately 175 personnel. The IAF aircraft that participated in the exercise included the Mirage 2000, Su-30MKI, Rafales, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft, AWACS and AEW&C Aircraft.


The aim of the Joint Air Exercise was to provide operational exposure and share best practices towards enhancing Combat Capability. Both the Air Forces deployed their Frontline Fighters as well as transport and tanker aircraft in the exercise.


The Four Rafale Fighters of the French Air Force landed in India to participate in the Joint Air Exercises with the Indian Air Force’s Golden Arrows Squadron that was resurrected in September 2020 with the induction of the Rafale Fighter Jets. The five-day exercises took place between 20th and 24th January 2021 in the skies over the deserts of Rajasthan. The French Air Force’s Rafales were accompanied by the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft (MRTT) for Aerial Refuelling Support.


The Joint Exercises focussed on Interoperability, low flying over the desert and manoeuvrability of the Omni-Role Fighters. The exercises involving the Rafales, which are now India’s Frontline Fighters in case of any conflict in Eastern Ladakh Region or elsewhere, were held few weeks after Chinese and Pakistani Air Force carried out Joint Exercises near India’s Western Border.


The Indian Air Force has eight Rafales in India, and is already in the process of inducting 11 (with 3 expected to arrive soon) of the 36 Rafale Jets ordered by India at a cost of Rs. 59,000 crore. Seven more fighters have been handed over to India by Dassault Aviation, but these are being used for training IAF Pilots and Maintenance Crew in France.


Rafale Fighters Featured in Republic Day Parade for First Time
The newly inducted Rafale Fighter Aircraft featured in India's Republic Day Parade on January 26th and culminated the flypast by carrying out the 'Vertical Charlie' Formation. In the 'Vertical Charlie' Formation, the aircraft flies at low altitude, pulls up vertically and conducts rolls before stabilising at higher altitude. The flypast culminated with a single Rafale Fighter carrying out a 'Vertical Charlie' Manoeuvre. One Rafale along with two Jaguar and MiG-29 Fighters each conducted the 'Eklavya' Formation in the second block of the flypast. The fifth formation was the ‘Eklavya’ comprising of one Rafale, two Jaguars and two MiG-29s, which was followed by three Su-30s in ‘Trinetra’ Formation carrying out the traditional ‘Trishul’ Manoeuvre. The flypast had culminated with a single Rafale under ‘Brahmastra’ Formation that carried out the Vertical Charlie, abeam the dais, and was the ‘Show Stopper’!


Most Potent Missiles Package
Rafale carries MBDA’s Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Meteor with a range of more than 100 km, the potent SCALP Cruise Missile, MICA Air-to-Air Missile; and the Hammer Precision-Guided Munition (PGM) from the Safran Family of AASM Weapons for Precision Air-to-Land Strikes.


Faced with the prospect of an adversary on both Western and Eastern Fronts, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly got the French manufacturer to re-calibrate the software of Rafale Fighter Jet’s SCALP Long-Range Air-Launched Cruise Missile to ensure that the Subsonic Weapon hits targets up to 4,000 metres above sea level. The Subsonic Cruise Missile with a range in excess of 300 kilometres and a 450-kilogramme warhead is part of the Weapon Suite on the Rafale Omni-Role Fighter of the IAF.


This means that the IAF’s Rafales will now be able to demolish targets located in mountains and high plateaus at 4,000 metres instead of the previous calibration of 2,000 metres. The tweaking of the software has been reportedly done by the Missile Manufacturer MBDA in consultation with the top brass of the IAF.


While the next batch of three Rafale Fighters are expected to arrive after 2021 Republic Day, there are plans that the aircraft will be refuelled Mid-Air by India’s close ally UAE Air Force using the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Transport Tankers as they fly towards Ambala Air Base. As of now, seven Rafales are being used for training IAF pilots in France. The complete fleet of 36 aircraft is scheduled to reach India by the end of 2021. One Squadron of this potent fighter will be based at Ambala, the other at Hasimara Air Base, which is perched on the Siliguri corridor in West Bengal, very close to India’s ‘Chicken Neck’.


The MBDA Storm Shadow/SCALP Missile can operate in extreme conditions and offers IAF a highly flexible, Deep-Strike Capability based around a sophisticated Mission Planning System.


Although both China and Pakistan have developed Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCMs), the SCALP is a unique weapon that has a ‘fire-and-forget’ mechanism. Once launched from the Rafale Fighter, the Cruise Missile drops to a terrain-hugging role between 100 to 130 feet from the ground to avoid detection by the enemy Radars and Jamming Systems. Before approaching the target, the missile again goes up to a maximum height of 6,000 metres and then drops perpendicularly on the high-value target. The primary charge first penetrates the target, the secondary charge then blows it to smithereens.


With IAF having to defend on both the fronts and mountainous terrain on either side, Air Power will have a very significant role to play in the worst-case scenario. The Infantry, apart from the Airborne Special Forces, will be used to defend both the Line of Control (LoC) and the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The SCALP’s range will be crucial to degrade enemy’s fight power.


IAF’s Rafale Adds Hammer Stand-Off Weapon to its Lethal Arsenal
France had agreed to equip Indian Rafale Fighters with the Air-to-Surface Hammer All-Weather Smart Weapon, apart from Air-to-Air MICA, Meteor Missiles and Air-to-Ground SCALP Stand-Off Weapon. The Safran Hammer is a ‘fire and forget’ weapon that can be launched from a very short range to a long range of 70 kilometres without availability of GPS and has high resistance to jamming and target location errors.


The Hammer PGM contract was signed between the two Governments in September 2020 and the weapons in large numbers were reportedly delivered to the Golden Arrows Squadron of Indian Air Force Station in Ambala by the end of November 2020.


The Defence Cooperation between India and France is such that normally the Hammer Weapon would have been delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a year, but the French Air Force had reportedly decided to part with limited weapons from their inventory to cater to New Delhi’s urgent requirement. The Rafale Fighter is on the frontline of the IAF, which is currently on a high state of alert due to People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aggression at four points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).


The Hammer Weapon can be used for Multi-Target Attack and has zero maintenance due to reduced life-cycle cost. With Data Link Capability, the weapon is aware of the hostile environment and has full flexibility to strike at the target. In addition to the use of dedicated warhead and an air burst capacity, the angle of impact can be set up till a full vertical dive for maximum destruction.


While the MICA Missile has Air-to-Air kill at a maximum range of 80 km, the Meteor Missile has a Beyond Visual Range touching nearly 140 km. The SCALP is an Air-to-Ground Stand-Off Weapon with a beyond 300 km range and a 450 kilogramme warhead. It flies just below the speed of sound and has Imaging Infra-Red Terminal Guidance. With the arrival of the Hammer Weapon, the Indian Rafale Fighter has now a full armament complement with the capacity to dominate and destroy the adversary, whether it be a JF-17 Fighter of Pakistan Air Force or J-20 Fighter with the PLA Air Force or any type of ground targets.


The Rafale is a Twin-Jet Fighter Aircraft able to operate from both an Aircraft Carrier and a Shore Base. The fully versatile Rafale is able to carry out all Combat Aviation Missions: Air Superiority and Air Defence, Close-Air Support, In-Depth Strikes, Reconnaissance, Anti-Ship Strikes and Nuclear Deterrence. The Rafale entered service with the French Navy in 2004 and with the French Air Force in 2006. With more than 30,000 flight hours in operations, it has proven its worth in combat in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Iraq and Syria. The Rafale was ordered by Egypt, Qatar and India.


The Rafale Omni-Role Fighter participates in permanent Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) / Air Defence/Air Sovereignty Missions, Power Projection and Deployments for External Missions, Deep Strike Missions, Air Support for Ground Forces, Reconnaissance Missions, Pilot Training and Nuclear Deterrence duties.


The Air Force Single-Seat Rafale C, the Air Force Two-Seat Rafale B, and the Navy Single-Seat Rafale M feature maximum airframe and Equipment Commonality, and very similar Mission Capabilities. Its Versatility, that is the capability, with the same system, to perform different missions. Interoperability, or the ability to fight in Coalition with the Allies, using Common Procedures and Standard agreements, and collaborating and communicating in real-time with other systems; Flexibility, which can be illustrated by the ability to conduct several different missions in the course of the same Sortie (Omni-Role Capability). With this capability, it is possible to switch instantly on the demand of a decision maker, from a Coercion Mission (Strike Force) to a Preventive Mission (a dissuasive low-altitude, high-speed “show of force”), or even to cancel a mission until the last second (reversibility); Survivability, that is the capability to survive in a dense threat environment thanks to Stealthiness and/or to Advanced Electronic Warfare Systems.


Multi-Sensor Data Fusion
With its superior beam agility and its enormous computing power, the Thales RBE2 offers outstanding performance that cannot be replicated by mechanical scanning radars. Developed by Thales, the Front Sector Optronics (FSO) System is fully integrated into the aircraft. Operating in the Optronic wavelengths, it is immune to Radar Jamming and it provides covert long-range detection and identification, high resolution angular tracking and laser range-finding for Air, Sea and Ground targets.


The FSO’s powerful TV Sensor (cued by the Rafale’s Active and Passive Sensors) is truly valuable to positively identify targets in situations where a visual contact is required by the rules of engagement.


Jointly developed by Thales and MBDA, the SPECTRA internal Electronic Warfare (EW) System is the cornerstone of the Rafale’s outstanding Survivability against the latest Airborne and Ground threats. It is fully integrated with other systems in the aircraft, and it provides a Multi-Spectral Threat Warning Capability against hostile Radars, Missiles and Lasers.


The Net-Centric Capability of the Rafale hinges on its Open Architecture, its Data Fusion Software and its compatibility with a variety of Data-Links, which “plug” the Rafale into the Integrated Battlespace.


The new Talios Targeting and Laser Designator Pod designed by Thales, brings full day and night Surveillance and Laser Designation Capability to the Rafale, with metric precision. It permits Laser-Guided Weapons to be delivered at Stand-Off Range and altitude. The IR Sensor of the Talios Pod operates in the mid-wave infrared band and is coupled to a high-resolution New Generation TV Sensor.


What makes the essential difference is the Rafale’s Multi-Sensor Data Fusion process running on data provided by all the Sensors of the aircraft. In essence, the Multi-Sensor Data Fusion concept implemented into the Rafale allows the pilot to act as a true “tactical decision maker”, rather than being only a Sensor Operator.


The core of these enhanced capabilities of the Rafale lies in a Modular Data Processing Unit (MDPU) incorporating Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) elements. It is composed of up to 19 Flight Line-Replaceable Units (LRUs), with 18 of them individually providing 50 times the Processing Power of a typical Mission Computer employed in previous generation fighters.


Greece Approves Purchase of 18 Rafale Fighters From France
Greek lawmakers reportedly recently approved the purchase of 18 Dassault-made Rafale Jets from France for 2.5 Billion Euros (US$ 3.04 Billion), in a deal due to be signed by the Greek and French Defence Ministers soon.


The agreement for six new and 12 used Rafale Jets is expected to be signed by France and Greece in Athens later and the first deliveries are expected during the first half of the year. Greece has announced its intention to acquire 18 Rafales to equip its Air Force. This announcement illustrates the strength of the Partnership that has linked the Greek Air Force and Dassault Aviation for more than 45 years, and demonstrates the enduring strategic relationship between Greece and France.


Greece ordered 40 Mirage F1 from Dassault Aviation in 1974, then 40 Mirage 2000 in 1985, and finally 15 Mirage 2000-5 in the year 2000; this latest contract also includes the modernization of 10 Mirage 2000 to the 2000-5 Standard with a large contribution from the Greek Industry.


“I am delighted with this announcement, which reinforces the exceptional relationship we have had with Greece for nearly half a century, and I thank the Greek Authorities for their confidence in us once again. Dassault Aviation is fully mobilised to meet the operational needs expressed by the Greek Air Force, and thus contribute to ensuring Greece’s sovereignty and the safety of the Greek people,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.


With over 10,000 Military and Civil Aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognised worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale Fighter, to the high-end Falcon Family of Business Jets & Special Mission Aircraft, Military Drones and Space Systems.