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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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“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.