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** CHANAKYA 53rd YEAR ** DEFEXPO INDIA 2022 SPECIAL COLLECTORS' ISSUE: OCTOBER 2022: INDIAN AIR FORCE DAY SPECIAL: MEDIA PARTNER - EURONAVAL 2022 SHOW SPECIAL PREVIEW: MEDIA PARTNER - INDO-DEFENCE 2022 SHOW PREVIEW **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 53rd Year in Defence Publishing: 48th Year of Monthly Publication       

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches GRSE Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched Y-3023 Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders Limited (GRSE) in Kolkata on July 15th, 2022. P17A Frigates are follow-on class of the P17 (Shivalik-Class) Frigates with improved Stealth features, Advanced Weapons and Sensors and Platform Management Systems. Seven P17A Frigates are under various stages of construction at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and GRSE.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh Launches Y-3023 Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate at GRSE, Kolkata
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commended GRSE for its unstinted support in the field of Ship Produc
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Navantia S81 'Isaac Peral' Submarine Completes Initial Sea Trials

Navantia has just introduced Jose Porto, a Naval Architect with 19 years of experience in Military Programmes, who is taking over the Navantia India Liaison Office, which is located in New Delhi. Mr. Jose Porto has filled up different positions across the S80 Submarines Programme, and over the last four years he was working for the DDG TSP Programme for the Australian Navy as Platform Systems Engineering Manager focused on increasing Australia Defence Capabilities and transferring knowledge.

Navantia S81 'Isaac Peral' Submarine Completes Initial Sea Trials
“The S80 Submarines integrate cutting-edge technologies and innovate solutions, validating that all
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Boeing Focused On Expanding India’s Supply Chain Capabilities

It is Boeing’s honour and privilege to have been a strong partner of Indian Aerospace for more than 75 years now. On the completion of 75 Years of India’s Independence, we remain dedicated to the Nation’s inspiring progress. This Partnership has only deepened with time and continues to grow, says Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India, in this Guest contribution.

India@75: Boeing Focused On Expanding India’s Supply Chain Capabilities, by Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India
The world as we knew it is changing and India will play an important role in the new emerging world
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MBDA and India, Longstanding Partners

MBDA is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence Day. India and MBDA share a long history of Partnership in equipping the Indian Armed Forces going back to the early days of India’s Independence, says Ludovic Dumont – General Delegate, MBDA, in this Guest contribution.

MBDA and India, Longstanding Partners, by Ludovic Dumont– General Delegate, MBDA
MBDA today has two focuses providing the highest performing Missile Technologies to India, and seco
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Embraer Defense & Security C-390 Millennium

The recent weeks have been busy and exciting times for Embraer Defense & Security, the C-390 Millennium programme is going from strength to strength. The KC-390 Millennium, the Air-to-Air Configuration of the C-390 Millennium, was on display at the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in the United Kingdom in July, says Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security, in this guest contribution.

The C-390 Millennium from Embraer Defense & Security, by Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security
In addition to the Brazilian Air Force, the C-390 aircraft has been acquired by NATO Nations includ
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EUROSATORY 2022 REPORT

Eurosatory 2022, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was  held from 13th to 17th June 2022 at Paris Villepinte. Eurosatory presented the strategic trends, technological developments and innovations in Future Defence, in the areas of UAVs, Helicopters, C4I and Joint Services Programmes, Futuristic MBTs, Combat Vehicles, Artillery Systems, Missile Systems, Ordnance, Infantry Solutions, etc.

EUROSATORY 2022 SHOW REPORT
Eurosatory 2022, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was held
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FARNBOROUGH 2022 PREVIEW

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2022 is being held from 18th to 22nd July 2022 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, with participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers.

FARNBOROUGH 2022 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
The Farnborough International Air Show 2022 will be held from 18th to 22nd July 2022 at the Farnbor
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LOCKHEED MARTIN IN INDIA

Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), a Government of India Company under Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced that it signed agreements for the leasing of six Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from The Milestone Aviation Group Limited. In addition to the six helicopters, of which five have already been delivered, Milestone and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company are also providing Pawan Hans with comprehensive value and sustainment packages to support the phasing-in of this new helicopter type into its fleet.

Pawan Hans Leases Six Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from Milestone Aviation
The legendary S-76 Helicopter operates successfully in more than 40 countries on six continents, fu
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DIMDEX 2022 SHOW REPORT

The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) was held from 21st to 23rd March 2022 in Qatar. World-leading Defence, Naval and Maritime Companies like Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, CAE, Dassault Aviation, Dearsan, Elettronica, Fincantieri, General Atomics, GICAN, Havelsan, KNDS, L3Harris Technologies, Lacroix, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Navantia, Nexter, Northrop Grumman, Rafale International, Raytheon Technologies, Renk, Roketsan, Saab, Safran, Thales, etc. participated at DIMDEX 2022.

DIMDEX 2022 NAVAL SHOW REPORT
The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) wa
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8th WINGS INDIA 2022 SHOW REPORT

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organised the 8th Edition of Indian Aviation Show Series - Wings India 2022 from 24th to 27th March 2022 at Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport. Wings India 2022, had about 25 aircraft on static display, had the participation of about 100 companies, including companies like AAI, Adani Group, Airbus Group, ATR, Boeing, CFM, CSIR, Diamond Aircraft, Embraer, Honda Jet, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), L&T, Maini, National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Pawan Hans, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, etc.

WINGS INDIA 2022 REPORT
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organised the 8th Edition
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DSA 2020 SHOW REPORT

The 17th Defence Services Asia 2022 was held from 28th to 31st March 2022 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, along with NATSEC Asia 2022, focussed on Internal Security. The DSA Series has gone from strength to strength and is the largest Tri-Services Defence & National Security Show in Asia, which this time attracted about 1,100 exhibitors from 54 countries, including 20 International Group Pavilions.

Defence Services Asia 2022: DSA SHOW REPORT
Defence Services Asia (DSA) and National Security (NATSEC) Asia 2022, which are globally recognised
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ADAS 2022

Asian Defense & Security (ADAS) 2022, the 4th Asian Defense and Security, Crisis & Disaster Management Exhibition and Conference will be held from 27th to 29th April 2022 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. ADAS 2022 is a Tri-Services Defence and Security Exhibition for the Region.

Asian Defense & Security - ADAS 2022 SHOW PREVIEW
Asian Defense & Security (ADAS) 2022, the 4th Asian Defense and Security, Crisis & Disaster Managem
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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Solutions

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of High-Tech Defence Systems for Air, Land, Sea, and Space Applications for the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli Defence Establishment, as well as for customers around the globe. Rafael offers its customers a diversified array of Innovative Solutions at the leading-edge of global technology, from Underwater Systems through Naval, Ground and Air Superiority Systems to Space Systems.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Solutions
Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide r
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said that an efficient way to retain combat-edge is the induction and use of Unmanned Solutions. In the coming years, the Indian Navy will continue to focus on Unmanned Inductions. CHANAKYA Interviewed ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, covering Indian Navy’s Modernisation & Expansion Plans, recent Inductions, Naval Acquisitions, including Aircraft Carrier, Surface Combatants & ASW Craft, LPDs, Submarine Projects, Naval Helicopters, RPAS and Unmanned  Solutions, etc.

“Indian Navy has Continued to Focus on Self-Reliance & Indigenous Solutions”
ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW t
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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2022 REPORT

The Singapore Air Show 2022 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 15th to 18th February 2022, with attendance from few high-level Military Delegations including Senior Government Officials and leading industry players, featured about 600 exhibiting companies from about 40 countries. The Singapore Air Show had fewer participants in the Civil and Military Flying and Static Aircraft Displays that included the IAF’s LCA Tejas Mk.1 Fighter Jet, Airbus A400M, Dassault Aviation Falcon Business Jets, Embraer Profit-Hunter Commuter Jet, Lockheed Martin’s F-35, F-16D & F-22, with Sikorsky’s S-70B, Boeing’s F-15SG & P-8A Poseidon, Bell Boeing MV-22s, Elbit Systems’ Hermes 450 UAS, IAI Heron TP UAS, with Bell Helicopters on display.

SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2022 REPORT
The Singapore Air Show 2022 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 15th to 18th February 2022, w
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DRDO Indigenous Defence Systems & Technologies for Indian Defence Forces

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, has been nurturing as well as encouraging Indian Defence & Aerospace Industry to take up Defence Manufacturing. Today, more than 2000 Industry Partners have joined hands with DRDO in delivery of Components, Sub-systems, Systems, Platforms and Technologies for Indian Armed Forces. Many industries have achieved the capability and the capacity to become the Lead System Integrators. The technology of all systems is transferred to the Indian Industry for Production & Supply.

DRDO Indigenous Defence Systems & Technologies for Indian Defence Forces
The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, has been nurturing as
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IAF's RAFALE FIGHTERS

With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISE) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has recently tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy Carrier Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the IAF and Indian Navy.

Dassault Aviation Completes Deliveries of All 36 Rafales to IAF
With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France,
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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. A leading Military Aircraft Engine Manufacturer, No. 1 in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries, including the M88 Rafale Fighter Engines. Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. Safran is also a Partner in FCAS (Future Combat Air System), a Franco-British programme to develop a New-Generation Combat Drone. We feature the Safran M88 powering the Rafale, its Maintenance Training, and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in-India’, including the Manufacturing of the M88 Engine in India for Future Indian Fighters. Safran Aircraft Engines is implementing its full committment to ‘Make-in-India’.

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES M88
Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, wit
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Interview: Col. H.S. Shankar, CMD, Alpha Designs Technologies (ADTL)

Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ADTL) has got an Indian Army order for Loitering Munitions. In an Interview to Chanakya, Col. H.S. Shankar, VSM (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, spoke about the products and activities of ADTL, Bangalore.

“Manufacture of Loitering Munitions is in Advanced Stages at ADTL’s JVC with ELBIT - Alpha ELSEC”
Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ADTL) has got an Indian Army order for Loitering Munitions. In
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CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal

The CARMENTA Project will be based on EU owned solutions, so that EU Design Authority remains the baseline, in order to avoid any kind on non-EU dependencies. The Consortium includes the major EU Electronic Warfare Champions as well as the major EU Platform and System Integrators. In total it brings together 18 leading Industry Members like: Elettronica (Coordinator, Italy), Leonardo (Italy), Thales (France), SAFRAN (France), MBDA France, Indra (Spain), AIRBUS Defence & Space (Spain), AIRBUS Helicopters (Spain), Hensoldt (Germany), Terma (Denmark), etc. The project has a duration of 30 months and a budget of approximately 10 Million Euros.

CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal
Paolo Izzo, Chief Sales Officer of Elettronica, Coordinator Company of the CARMENTA Consortium, sai
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ROSOBORONEXPORT, RUSSIA

Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry, the sole Russian Rotorcraft Designer and Manufacturer and one of the few companies worldwide with the capability to Design, Manufacture, Service and test modern Civilian and Military Helicopters. Russian Helicopters is part of State Corporation Rostec. We take a look at the Russian Helicopters' Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter.

Russian Helicopters Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter
Rosoboronexport/ROSTEC - Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry,
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Chairman & Managing Director - Additional Charge, BEL

Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) now produces a wide range of State-of-the-Art Equipment in fields like Defence Communications, Radars, Naval Systems, C4I Systems, Weapon Systems, Homeland Security, Telecom & Broadcast Systems, Electronic Warfare, Tank Electronics, Electro-Optics, Electronic Components. Chanakya Interviewed Mrs. Anandi Ramalingam, Chairman & Managing Director - Additional Charge, BEL, on it’s Products & Exports, its presence in India & abroad, on its diversification initiatives, as well as its exhibits at DefExpo 2022.

“BEL is Fast Expanding its Global Presence”
Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) is a Navratna Company instituted to manufacture Communication Equipme
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BEML Contribution on Defence Services: By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED

Being India's major Defence Equipment Manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence Forces abreast with State-of-the-Art Military Equipment. Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director,  BEML LIMITED, writes a guest column on BEML.

BEML Contribution on Defence Services, By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED
Being India's major Defence Equipment Manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence Fo
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INTERVIEW: Venkat Katkuri, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia

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, along with an Offset Contract. Out of 56, 40 MTAs will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium. Chanakya Interviews VENKAT KATKURI, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia, covering the C295MW Variants and the New-Generation A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transporter on offer for IAF’s FRA Project.

“C295 Opens Doors for First ‘Make in India’ Aerospace Programme”
MoD signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport A
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INTERVIEW: BORIS SOLOMIAC, GENERAL DELEGATE, MBDA INDIA

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. 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;  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; Brimstone Dual-Seeker Missile; Naval Missiles and on L&T MBDA Missile Systems Joint Venture in India.

“MBDA is a Committed Partner to the Indian Armed Forces”
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: R. MADHAVAN, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAL

One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Navigation and related Equipment. 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, Jaguar Darin-III Upgrade, HTT-40 BTA, IJT, LCH, LUH, ALH Dhruv Variants, UAS/RPAs, etc.

“83 LCA Mk-1A Contract Stipulates Deliveries from 2023-2024”
HAL is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare P
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, AVSM, NM, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL), the oldest Shipyard in India, has now become one of the premier Warshipbuilding Yards in India, producing Warships for the Indian Navy, which include Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes, Missile Boats, OPVs, etc. MDL has built 799 Vessels, including 26 Capital Warships and 6 Conventional Submarines. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, MDL, elaborates on MDL’s various activities.

“Indigenous Warship Building is a Success Story”
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL) has now become one of the premier Warshipbuilding Yards in Ind
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INTERVIEW: JORGE GARCÍA MONEDERO, INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, NAVANTIA

The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of highly technological state-of-the-art Warships for the Spanish Navy, which makes it a strategic company, and for the international market. Its activities include the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command & Control Systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. NAVANTIA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which is made up by a total of 15 state-owned companies. In this INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jorge García Monedero, International Commercial Director, Navantia, elaborates on Navantia’s interests in Indian Naval Defence.

“Navantia Wants to be the Best Partner at Sea”
The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of hi
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THALES

As India progresses towards its goal of becoming AtmaNirbhar, constructive measures are being taken across sectors including Defence. These measures along with efforts of the Industry will pave the way for long-term success of India's Indigenous Defence Sector. Ashish Saraf, Vice President & Country Director - India, Thales contributes this guest column on Thales India.

Thales, Partnering India's Defence Modernisation Journey: By Ashish Saraf, Vice President and Country Director - India, Thales
Thales has been playing a role in India's growth story by sharing its technologies & expertise in D
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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)”
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“Committed to Strategic & Long-Term International Defence Partnerships”

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 ASW/ASuW being acquired by the Indian Navy. Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with 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). The MH-60R Romeo SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for ASW/ASuW being acquired by the Indian Navy. Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with WILLIAM L. BLAIR, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India.

Q.     Kindly highlight the superior characteristics of the new F-21 Fighter offered for the IAF's MRFA competition, and what are the major enhancements over the last offered F-16 Block-70 for the 'Make-in-India' deal? Considering that Lockheed Martin has 5th-Generation Fighters in active service, how are you leveraging these technologies for the F-21 programme? Additionally, what kind of assistance can Lockheed Martin offer for the development of indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) in India?


A.  We are committed to strategic and long-term international defence partnerships with India and hope to strengthen and grow our relationship with the country as part of an unprecedented F-21 Fighter Aircraft Partnership with the goal of "For India, From India."


We are confident that the F-21 is the best Solution to meet or exceed the Indian Air Force's capability needs, provide ‘Make in India’ industrial opportunities, and accelerate India-U.S. Cooperation on Advanced Technologies, including but not limited to Fighter Aircraft.


The differences between F-21 and F-16 become clear when looking at the unique capabilities of the F-21, including: 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; Cockpit Upgrades including a new Large Area Display (LAD), which enhances the Pilot's Situational Awareness; Long-Range Infrared Search & Track (IRST), enabling Pilots to passively detect threats; Triple Missile Launcher Adapters (TMLAs) allowing the F-21 to carry 40 percent more Air-to-Air Weapons than previous F-16 designs; A Dorsal Fairing enabling increased growth capacity and Indigenous Systems Integration in the future; The F-21 is also the only fighter in the world capable of both Probe/Drogue and Boom Aerial Refueling Capability. This, along with Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs), delivers greater range Penetration and Loiter staying power to the Indian Air Force.


We are leveraging technologies across our entire Fighter portfolio - not just backwards (i.e. 5th to 4th Generation) but forward as well (4th to 5th Generation) for the F-21 offering. The Advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar has many shared technologies derived from both the F-22, as well as the F-35. Compared to previous Mechanically Scanned Array Radars, the F-21's AESA Radar has detection ranges nearly double that of legacy versions.

Furthermore, we are offering an Advanced Cockpit on the F-21 with a Large Area Display. This Avionics Suite is leveraging both hardware and software from our 5th Generation Fighters and will greatly enhance pilots' Situational Awareness. In terms of 4th to 5th Generation Technology insertion, we have our Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, which was developed and fielded on our F-16, also included in our F-21 offering. This has recently been fielded on the F-35 for which Lockheed Martin received the prestigious Collier Trophy. This game changing technology detects when the pilot(s) are disoriented or are at risk of losing control and automatically takes control of the aircraft. To date, Auto-GCAS has saved 11 pilot lives.


The F-21 delivers an Advanced Single-Engine, Multi-Role Fighter at the most optimal Life Cycle Cost for the Indian Air Force with the longest service life of any competitor - 12,000 Flight Hours. The F-21, in concert with India's Rafale and Tejas, will fill a critical operational gap for the Indian Air Force. Simply put, the F-21 goes further, faster, and stays longer than the competition. Whether you are talking about Battlefields or Budgets, the F-21 is the clear choice for India.


In terms of our support to Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), we would welcome that opportunity. Lockheed Martin has provided robust technical assistance with key allies across the globe with a demonstrated track record of success. Should the Government of India inquire via an Expression of Interest or other means, we would look forward to responding. Certainly, the specifics of the technology assistance would need to be approved with the U.S. Government.


Q.      At DefExpo 2020, Lockheed Martin had signed an MoU with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to explore industrial opportunities in the F-21 programme. Could you please elaborate on the nature of collaboration and progress achieved?


A.   We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a premier Aerospace and Defence company in India at DefExpo 2020 to explore industrial opportunities for the F-21 programme. We are very excited about our MoU with BEL. BEL is a pre-eminent entity in the Indian Aerospace Eco-system and has proven ability and expertise in delivering sophisticated Sensor Systems. Furthermore, they have the knowledge and a desire to work across the Indian Defence Ecosystem, while also having a long history of working with foreign suppliers.
Since DefExpo 2020, our team has been actively engaged with BEL. To-date, we have sent them over a dozen RFIs to further understand their Technical Solutions as it relates predominantly to Avionics Systems in support of the F-21's Advanced Cockpit. We believe that an F-21 Partnership with India integrates Indian Industry, including BEL, into the world's largest and most successful Fighter Aircraft Eco-system and demonstrates Lockheed Martin's commitment to India.


Q.     With the C-130J Super Hercules in Service with the Indian Air Force, are there any discussions for the next batch of Super Hercs for the IAF and how has Lockheed Martin's experience been with the IAF, and tell us about the Simulation Training Centre set-up for the IAF's C-130Js Flight Training requirements?


A.  In Partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin is meeting the increasing demand for C-130J Military Flight Training for the Indian Air Force at the C-130J Super Hercules Simulator Training Center at Hindon Air Station in India. This State-of-the-Art Training Centre provides qualitative and quantitative training to C-130J Pilots, Combat System Operators and Loadmasters. Through a building-block approach, students progress from knowledge-based instruction to part-task instruction focusing on familiarisation and Crew Resource Management and culminating with full Weapon System Operations and employment training in the Full Motion Simulator. Through realistic and holistic learning environments, crew members can hone critical tactical and operational skills to conduct a variety of missions including Humanitarian Aid, Natural Disaster Support, Airlift, Search and Rescue and Special Operations.


For all Nations operating C-130Js, the Lockheed Martin C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (MATS) programme provides a comprehensive range of Training Devices and Training Support Services teaching Aircrew and Maintenance Personnel without having to step foot in an Aircraft. Launched in 2000, the programme provides Training Devices, Training Aids, Device Modernisation, and Courseware Development for C-130J Pilots, Loadmasters, Maintainers, Combat System Operators and Crewmasters. The C-130J MATS Programme has delivered 36 Flight Simulators, 64 other Simulators and 26 courses with more than 3,300 lessons across eight configurations to date with 26 additional new device deliveries planned through early 2024. In addition, the C-130J MATS Training Systems Support Center (TSSC) provides Configuration Management, Engineering tasks and Cyber-Security for the Air Mobility Command, Air National Guard and Naval Aviation Systems Command End Users. The TSSC provides Operational Support across a wide range of infrastructure elements, keeping the Training System current, configured, relevant and modern. Lockheed Martin also offers the Hercules Training Center, a combined Academic and Simulator Facility in Marietta, Georgia, purpose-built for training efficiency.


Q.     In connection with the Indian Navy's MRMR programme, is the Lockheed Martin C-130J Sea Hercules Variant on offer for the MRMR competition, as the Super Hercules is already operational in India? Is there any interest for the Coast Guard Variant in the Indian Coast Guard?


A.  The C-130J programme represents a strong legacy of partnership between the U.S. and India. India's C-130Js have been used to support a variety of missions over the past few years, to include: Humanitarian Aid, Natural Disaster Support (floods - an IAF C-130J was the first C-130 to land to help the Nepal earthquake), Airlift, Search and Rescue, and Special Operations.


Most recently, IAF has been extensively using the Indian Hercs for humanitarian efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (for delivering critical medical equipment, medicines, PPEs, sanitizers and other essentials to remote places, Airlifting Teams of Indian Military Doctors to countries like Nepal, the Maldives and Kuwait), and for movement of man and material to the forward areas.


The IAF have even landed a C-130J at the world's highest landing strip in the Himalayan Mountains (Daulat Beg Oldi) in 2013, making headlines around the world for achieving such a daunting feat. The Indian Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules have a highly integrated and sophisticated configuration primarily designed to support India's Special Operations requirement. Equipped with an Infrared Detection Set (IDS), the Aircraft can perform Precision low-level flying,Airdrops and landing in blackout conditions. Self-Protection Systems and other features are included to ensure Aircraft Survivability in hostile Air Defence environments. The aircraft also are equipped with Air-to-Air Receiver Refueling Capability for Extended Range Operations.


The C-130J provides the Indian Air Force with a proven Airlift Solution that can truly deliver results for many different Mission requirements. The C-130J's capabilities can be expanded to support other critical future needs, to include Tanking, Search and Rescue, and Border Patrol/Security Surveillance. The LM-100J Commercial Freighter also offers capabilities to support Airlift requirements from India's growing commercial market.


While 12 C-130Js support IAF crews in a Multitude of Missions, India's connection to the C-130 isn't just through its Super Hercules Operations. Since 2011, all new-production C-130Js have been built with components that are made in India - another great example of the 'Make-in-India' concept in practice.


Lockheed Martin is ready to support India's Airlift needs and is proud of the Partnership that has developed as a result of the IAF's C-130J Acquisition.


Q.     By when do you expect the first batch of Indian Navy's 24 MRHs to arrive in India, with the recent unveiling of the Indian Navy's MH-60R? Further, tell us about the Systems, Sensors & Weapons on the Sikorsky MH-60R SeaHawks of the Indian Navy, and briefly elaborate on their Multi-Mission Capabilities for the ASW & ASuW Roles?


A.   The MH-60R is the latest thread in the stories of Lockheed Martin and U.S.-India Partnerships. In fact, it is the largest contract Lockheed Martin has ever signed with India.


India's selection of the MH-60R "Romeo" Multi-Mission Helicopter provides the Indian Navy with the most Advanced Anti-Surface/Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopter in operation today. The MH-60R offers the lowest risk and best value option because the aircraft is already in full production and globally supportable. The MH-60R provides a vital capability in the Indo-Pacific Region and equips the Indian Navy with a tremendous capability that is ready for operations immediately upon delivery.


The Indian Helicopters will have all the hallmark qualities of MH-60 and be able to talk with India's Spacecraft, as well as other aircraft in their fleet. As the world's most Advanced Maritime Security Helicopter, the MH-60R has unmatched Multi-Mission Capabilities: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)/Anti-Surface (ASuW); Special Operations/Search & Rescue (SAR); Utility/Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP); and Command and Control (C2). The Aircraft's Fully Integrated Mission System also builds complete Situational Awareness and actionable knowledge, enabling target engagement both Close-in and Over-the-Horizon. The Helicopter also has unrivaled Anti-Submarine Warfare benefits that include nearly 1.5 times longer Mission Endurance time, larger Search areas and greater threat detection capabilities. Along with higher availability rates, ease of maintenance activities and extremely less expensive operating costs, the MH-60R brings advanced and immediate advantages to the Indian Navy.  


The delivery of the first batch of MH-60R Helicopters to the Indian Navy is likely to commence by mid-year 2021. We stand committed to supporting the Indian Navy to realise its Modernisation Vision.


Q.     Do update us on any progress been made with the Sniper Targeting Pods for the IAF's Fighters? What Electronics Warfare (EW) Capabilities does Lockheed Martin offer to the Indian Defence Forces?


A.  Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) is a proven Electro-Optical Targeting System housed in a single, lightweight structure. It completes the most challenging Precision Targeting and non-traditional Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Missions in Air-to-Ground, Maritime and Air-to-Air environments. It is the most widely deployed Targeting Pod in combat today, chosen by the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and more than 25 International Air Forces for its superior targeting capability. Sniper ATP has been integrated across multiple platforms, including U.S. Air Force and multinational F-2, F-15, F-18, A-10, B-1, B-52, Harrier and Typhoon Aircraft. We have an ongoing product improvement programme, which functions as a roadmap to enhance Sniper ATP's capabilities. Under this programme, we are pursuing a variety of enhancements, including a Digital Interface and extended-range Combat Identification, among other efforts.


In the Air, on Land, and at Sea, Lockheed Martin pioneers advanced technologies to control the Electromagnetic Spectrum, and develops disruptive technologies to outpace adversary threats. For over half a century, Lockheed Martin has provided more than 7,800 Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems to the U.S. Army, Navy & Air Force.


Q.     With the IAF's Apache Attack Helicopters inducted into the IAF and the Indian Army set to get their batch, elaborate on the Lockheed Martin Cockpit/Avionics Systems, Sensors, Launchers and Missiles on the Apaches?


A.  Lockheed Martin's Suite of State-of-the-Art Pilotage and Targeting Sensors and Radar Technology works with the Apache's "System of Sensors" approach, allowing pilots to easily Scan, Identify, Classify and then cue up a Weapon System to eliminate targets at long ranges, over arduous terrain and in adverse weather conditions.


Q.     Tell us about the Tata-Sikorsky JV at Hyderabad making S-92 Cabins for export, and when do you see the S-92 helicopter being built in India? Further, elaborate on the Lockheed Martin offer with Tata for the Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) competition under the 'Make-in-India' programme?


A.  Our Joint Venture in Hyderabad between Tata and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation manufactures components for the S-92 Commercial Helicopter. The Facility is also fully integrated into the Global Supply Chain and bears testimony to our contribution to the development of Indo-U.S. Defence Industrial Partnership. Lockheed Martin Sikorsky's Partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has positively impacted India's Defence economy, and the contributions of Hyderabad have helped the S-92 Aircraft surpass more than 1.6 million flight hours, to date. Programmes like these create opportunities for knowledge-sharing and strategic Technology Transfer and strengthen the industries of all involved.


Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has responded to the request for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the India Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) programme. We look forward to the prospect of providing this capability to the Government of India and remain committed to fostering technology development, manufacturing and strategic collaboration in India - all while maintaining high-value, high-skill technical jobs in the U.S., abroad and across our supply base. We strongly feel globally structured programmes like this one create unique opportunities for knowledge-sharing and Technology Transfer that strengthen the industries of all involved.


Q.     Kindly give us an update on the Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd. JV at Hyderabad, which already manufactures C-130 Empennage Products and also C-130 Centre Wing Box Spares? Are there any new products on the anvil to support your 'Make-in-India' requirements?


A.  Lockheed Martin has been committed to technology development and strategic collaboration with India for more than three decades. We have been supporting ‘Make-in-India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in Defence Manufacturing for over a decade now through our two JVs with Tata Advanced Systems Limited. Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) in Hyderabad produces major Aerostructure Components for the C-130J Super Hercules Transport Aircraft. This JV is the sole supplier of these components to Lockheed Martin and is an integral part of our Global Supply Chain. To date, TLMAL has manufactured 130 C-130J Empennages.


The Facility also manufactures other Aerostructure Components like the Centre Wing Box and recently, work has also begun to create a first of its kind Autoclave Capability for Composites. TLMAL employs 500+ skilled team members and has been recognised globally for its Job Training programmes, including Womens' Apprenticeship Programme.


In April 2018, TLMAL increased the indigenisation of C-130 Manufacturing by transitioning the production of approximately 2,000 (of 2300) previously imported Empennage Parts to our other Joint Venture, Tata Sikorsky Aerospace Limited (TSAL) in India. These parts were previously manufactured by Suppliers located outside of India.


Both of these JVs have been instrumental in helping India achieve its goal of developing an Aerospace and Defence Supplier Eco-system, promote Indigenous Manufacturing and participating in the Global Supply Chain. Nearly 240 Suppliers feed into these two Joint Ventures and have benefited from the vision of Lockheed Martin and Tata working together.


Q.  With India planning to induct large number of UAS/UAVs of all types, do elaborate on the range offered by Lockheed Martin in the Unmanned Domain - Air, Land & Sea, which could be of interest to the Indian Defence Forces?


A.   Lockheed Martin's Unmanned Technologies can play a predominant role in Modern-day Warfare situations. Our portfolio of sophisticated Unmanned Systems are currently being used for a variety of lifesaving Military and Commercial Applications, and the demand for these capabilities is growing. Some of our Solutions include the following:


MK39 Expendable Mobile ASW Training Target (EMATT): We designed and build the EMATT to replicate the sounds and movement of a Diesel Submarine. In deep or shallow water, this target can move in response to SONAR echoes to effectively training your ASW Weapons without breaking the budget. To date, we have produced over 12,000 EMATTS for the U.S. and International Navies.


Condor eXtended Endurance & Payload (XEP): Developed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Condor XEP is a long endurance, Group 1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) designed specifically for Small Tactical Unit Operations.


Indago: Indago is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Small Unmanned Aircraft System with a portable design that can be rapidly deployed for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Mission. With the continued refinement and feedback from our customers, our latest offering, the Indago 3, features a low acoustic signature, ruggedised dependability, and rucksack portability. Indago has successfully deployed in support of Global Military Operations with than 300 systems in operations.


Vector Hawk: Designed for support to Small Unit Maritime Operations, the Vector Hawk is a waterproof, collapsible fixed-wing UAV that can be launched by hand or an Air-pressurised Canister. It has approximately 50 minutes of endurance using rechargeable batteries and features a communications range of approximately 5km when using an antenna near the sea surface.  The Vector Hawk is capable of high-speed dash at speeds up to 70 knots.


Vehicle Control Station-international (VCSi):  Built with our extensive experience, VCSi brings modular and extensible control to your Unmanned System. VCSi is made in Canada, is commercially available and is ITAR-free. Its Modular Architecture allows you to purchase only the components you need for your system while a developer-friendly API and plug-in architecture allows you to easily add or extend functionality for your unique UAV control needs.


Q.     What is Lockheed Martin's major focus at Aero India 2021 and what exhibits will be on display?


A.   We are excited to participate at Aero India 2021 as it offers us an opportunity to explore mutually beneficial Partnerships with leading Indian Defence Manufacturers, Start-Ups and MSMEs. Our proposed Partnerships with Indian Industry on the F-21 and other programmes for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy will put India at the epicenter of world's largest Defense Eco-system and deliver unmatched Defense-Industrial opportunities.
At the Show, we plan to exhibit products from our Aeronautics, Rotary and Mission Systems, and Missiles and Fire Control businesses. The key attractions at our stand include the F-21 Aircraft, MH-60R "Romeo" Multi-Mission Helicopter, andIAF's workhorse C-130J Super Hercules.