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

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DSEI 2021 SHOW REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Upgrade of Existing Fleet of UAVs to Possess Combat Capability is Being Progressed”: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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Navantia S-81 Submarine Launch Ceremony

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

His Majesty King Felipe VI Presided the Navantia Launching Ceremony of the first S-80 Submarine for the Spanish Navy - the S-81 'Isaac Peral'
The S-81, which will be named 'Isaac Peral', is the first Submarine designed and built in Spain by
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INTERVIEW: William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

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

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

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

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

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

Digitalization to Realize a thriving Aerospace, Defence and Space Ecosystem
As the leader in the sector for over three decades, Dassault Systèmes works with companies of every
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Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX)

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

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

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

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

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

“We have been Actively Pursuing the Hypersonic BRAHMOS-II(K)”
BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: R. MADHAVAN, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Designs, Develops, Manufactures and Supplies a wide range of H
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Indian Navy’s Vagir 5th Scorpene Submarine Launched at MDL

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

Launching of Vagir, the Fifth Indian Kalvari-Class Submarine with Scorpene Design, Entirely Made in India
Making its underwater defence stronger, Indian Navy launched the fifth Kalvari-Class Scorpene Subma
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

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

“Towards Force Level Augmentation, 43 Ships & Submarines are Under Construction”
For Navy Day 2020, Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering
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Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines Project

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

Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines
Navantia is participating in P-75(I) using the basis of the S80 Plus Submarine - the only 3,000 ton
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Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety

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

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

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

The Year of Heron TP
Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), using various Payloads, with a high level of reliabi
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FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

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

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

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

MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force
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Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to spend US$ 100-150 Billion on Defence Modernisation programmes by 2022. This presents a huge opportunity for Multinational Companies (MNCs) and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to leverage India's fast-growing Aerospace and Defence Sectors.

Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to
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GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives

General Atomics (GA) and its affiliated companies now constitute one of the world's leading resources for High-Technology Systems ranging from Nuclear fuel cycle to Electromagnetic Systems, Remotely Operated Surveillance Aircraft, Airborne Sensors and Advanced Electronics, Wireless & Laser Technologies.

GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives
GA and its affiliated entities manufacture, operate and service state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Ve
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MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force

MBDA is exhibiting a full range of Missiles and Missile Systems on Stand AB.2.23 designed to provide Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities, including Air Dominance, Strike and Maritime Engagement, for the Indian Air Force.

MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force
Aero India 2019 is the first Air Show where L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd, MBDA’s Joint Venture with
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HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence

HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, HENSOLDT is one of the market leaders in the field of Civil and Military Sensor Solutions and develops new products based on innovative approaches for Data Management, Robotics and Cyber Security to combat a wide range of threats.

HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics
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BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, which should see larger numbers of Missiles ordered in the future.

BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon
BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export require
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Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai

Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came calling at Mumbai from 2nd to 6th June 2018. As part of the select group of journalists that were invited to see the LHD and its multitude of capabilities, one can conclude that the capability that this Vessel would bring to the Indian Navy’s Air Power & Amphibious Operations would be manifold

Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai
Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came cal
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Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI

IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The Air-Launched BrahMos Missile is a 2.5 ton Supersonic Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile with ranges of more than 400 kms.

Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI
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IAF’s Rafale Fighters Inductions Boost India’s Air Superiority

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 Capabilities, Enhanced Multi-Sensor Data Fusion & Most Potent Armaments Package. With the IAF inducting the Rafale Fighters into its 2nd Squadron - the No. 101 Squadron at AFS Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on 28th July 2021, both the Western & Eastern Fronts have the Rafales patrolling the skies. 3 more Twin-Engine Rafales landed at Jamnagar Air Base in India, after Mid-Air Refueling by tankers on 13th October 2021, adding to the 26 Rafales already with the IAF, with the total now being 29.


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. The IAF’s Rafale Long-Range Air Superiority & Precision Strike Fighters have the best Survivability Capabilities, Enhanced Multi-Sensor Data Fusion & Most Potent Armaments Package. With the IAF inducting the Rafale Fighters into its 2nd Squadron - the No. 101 Squadron at AFS Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on 28th July 2021, both the Western & Eastern Fronts have the Rafales patrolling the skies. 3 more Twin-Engine Rafales landed at Jamnagar Air Base in India, after Mid-Air Refueling by tankers on 13th October 2021, adding to the 26 Rafales already with the IAF, with the total now being 29.

36th Rafale Fighter to Get All 13 India-Specific Enhancements
France is delivering three Rafale Fighters a month to India with the last of the 36 contracted Omni-Role Fighters reportedly carrying all 13 India-Specific Enhancements might be delivered in January 2022. While 26 of the 4.5 Generation Fighter Jets are already operational from Ambala in the Western Sector and Hashimara in the Eastern Sector, three more Dassault-manufactured Rafale Fighters landed at Jamnagar Air Base after Refuelling Mid-Air over UAE on October 13th. Three more are expected to be delivered this year.


It is the 36th Rafale Fighter that will reportedly be equipped with all India-Specific Enhancements to make the platform more lethal. India-Specific Enhancements have been included in Hammer Air-to-Ground PGMs, SCALP Land-Attack Cruise Missiles and Meteor Air-to-Air Missiles used by the Rafale Fighters with more range, and accuracy, but it is only after the 36th Rafale Fighter has landed after testing all India-Specific Enhancements with some technologies having Israeli-origins, that the previous 35 fighters will be fitted with all the enhancements.


While the India-Specific Enhancements remain classified, they are understood to be related to a more powerful Radio Altimeter, Radar Warning Receiver, Low-band Jammer, Flight Data Recorder, High-Altitude Engine Start-Up, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Ground Moving Target Indicator and Tracking, Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST), Helmet-Mounted Displays, Missile Approach Warning Systems and Very High-Frequency Range Decoys.


France, one of India’s closest strategic allies, has already sent the enhanced Missiles and Ammunition for Rafale to IAF. While the Meteor Missile is best in its category in the Indian subcontinent, the Hammer and SCALP have pinpoint accuracy with last-minute target adjustment capability and Radar Avoidance Capabilities. These Weapon Systems have multiple guidance facilities so that the enemy has no chance of Jamming the missile either in the Air-to-Air or Land-Attack Mode; they can be used in Stand-off Mode for Land targets over 70 kms away.


While the Indian Navy is also believed to be examining the option of a Rafale-Marine Fighter for its Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant, to be inducted by next August. IAF has reportedly been asked to rationalise its Fighter Squadron strength due to the enhanced capabilities of the Rafales.


In a report, experts say that one Squadron of Rafale is equivalent to 2.5 Squadrons of Russian Su-30MKIs in terms of turnaround and maintenance. IAF’s capability will further be multiplied with the addition of the S-400 Air & Missile Defence System to the Indian Warfighting Capability.


Induction of Rafale Fighters Into No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara
The Indian Air Force inducted the Rafale Fighter into the No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on 28th July 2021. Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) presided over the Induction Ceremony. The event also included a fly-past heralding the arrival of Rafale Fighters to Hasimara AFS, followed by a traditional water cannon salute.


Addressing the IAF personnel during the Rafale Induction Ceremony, the CAS said that the induction of Rafale had been carefully planned at AFS Hasimara; keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF's capability in the Eastern Sector. Recalling the glorious history of 101 Squadron, which bestowed upon them the title of 'Falcons of Chamb and Akhnoor', CAS urged the personnel to combine their zeal and commitment with the unmatched potential of the newly inducted platform. He said that he had no doubt that the Squadron would dominate whenever and wherever required and ensure that the adversary would always be intimidated by their presence.


101 Squadron is the Second IAF Squadron to be equipped with the Dassault Aviation Rafale Fighters. The Squadron was formed on 1st May 1949 at Palam and has operated the Harvard, Spitfire, Vampire, Su-7 and MiG-21M aircraft in the past. The glorious history of this Squadron includes active participation in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak Wars.


IAF Inducts 2nd Squadron of Rafale Fighters at Hasimara Air Base for the North-East
The Indian Air Force (IAF) got a major boost along the China Border in the North-East as the Force made its Second Rafale Fighter Aircraft Squadron operational. The Rafale Aircraft which had earlier arrived in AFS Ambala, started ferrying to the Hasimara Air Base and the Squadron reportedly got operational by July 26th.


The 101 Squadron is mainly responsible for looking after the Eastern Frontier with China based in AFS Hasimara, while the 17 Squadron in Ambala Air Force Base is looking after the Northern Borders with China in Eastern Ladakh and other areas along with Pakistan.


The Dassault Aviation manufactured Rafales have been operationalised in the Service and they have been deployed for Air Patrols along the Eastern Front with China and the new Squadron would be functioning with the Fleet of Su-30MKI Squadrons already deployed in the Eastern Sector in significant numbers.


After the aircraft were formally inducted in September 2020, the second set of Rafale Fighter Jets reached India in November 2020. The Twin-Engine Rafale Jets are capable of carrying out a variety of missions of Ground and Sea Attack, Air Defence and Air Superiority, Reconnaissance, and Nuclear Strike Deterrence.


Three More Rafale Multi-Role Fighters Arrive in India from France
Three more French-origin Twin-Engine Rafale Fighters touched down at the Jamnagar Air Base in India, after Mid-Air Refueling by Tankers of France and UAE on 13th October 2021. The 3 Rafales add to the 26 Rafales already with the IAF, with total now being 29 Rafales. Three Rafale Jets were provided mid-Air Refueling over the Middle East by the UAE Air Force. The Rafales have a combat range of 780km to 1,650 km without any Mid-Air Refuelling. The next three Rafale Jets are set to reach India by the first half of December and they would be joining the Operational Squadrons by January 26th. The 36th and final Rafale would, according to the plan, include special enhancements that would make it more lethal and capable.


Earlier the seventh Batch of three Rafale Fighter Jets arrived in India after flying non-stop for a distance of almost 8,000 km from France, in a further boost to the Strike Capability of the IAF. The new batch of the aircraft was part of the IAF's Second Squadron of the Rafale Fighters. Even those aircraft were provided Mid-Air Refuelling by the Air Force of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


“Three Rafale Aircraft arrived in India a short while ago, after a direct ferry from Istres Air Base, France. IAF deeply appreciates the support by UAE Air Force for In-Flight Refuelling during the non-stop ferry,” the IAF had said in a tweet.
The new Second Squadron of Rafale Jets is based in Hasimara Air Base in West Bengal to serve the Eastern Sector. The first Rafale Squadron is based in the Ambala Air Force Station to serve the North-Western Sector. A Squadron comprises around 18 aircraft.


India has Received 29 Out of 36 Dassault Aviation Rafale Combat Aircraft
India has so far received 29 Rafale Fighters out of the 36 it had ordered from Dassault Aviation. The Multi-Role Rafale Fighters, built by French Aerospace major Dassault Aviation, are known for Air Superiority and Precision Strikes. The first batch of five Rafale Jets arrived in India on July 29th, 2020, nearly four years after India signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement with France in September 2016 to procure 36 aircraft at a cost of Rs. 59,000 crore. The sixth batch of Rafale Fighter Jets comprising three aircraft landed in India on 28th May 2001. After that the Indian Air Force  was set to kick-off the flying operations of the Second Squadron of these aircraft in Hasimara situated in West Bengal.


The arrival of the sixth batch of Rafale Jets meant that the country had then received about two-third of the total number of planes that it had ordered. Earlier, the fifth consignment of four jets had traversed a total distance of 8,000 km from the Merignac Air Base to reach India on 22nd April 2021.


The addition of Rafale Fighters is a major capability booster for the IAF. The Twin-Engine Omni-Role Rafale Jets are capable of carrying out a variety of Missions: Ground and Sea Attack, Air Defence and Air Superiority, Reconnaissance, and Nuclear Strike Deterrence. The Rafales carrying the Long-Range Meteor Air-to-Air Missiles are considered to have an edge over Fighter Aircraft with Pakistan and China. The Fighters equipped with the Hammer Missiles have enhanced India's capability to carry out Air-to-Ground Strikes like the one in Balakot.


Rafale Batches Ferried from France Got Mid-Air Refuelling by UAE Air Force A330 MRTT
The Indian Air Force had earlier received the fourth batch of three Rafale Combat Aircraft from France on March 31st, 2021. United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force’s Airbus A330 Multi-Role Transport Tankers (MRTT) had then also provided Air-to-Air Refuelling to the jets over the Gulf of Oman. These three aircraft joined the Golden Arrows Squadron stationed at Ambala Air Force Station. Dassault Aviation’s three Rafale Aircraft took-off from Merignac Air Base in France’s Bordeaux at 7am on March 31st and reached Gujarat at around 7pm. The formal Induction Ceremony of the IAF’s Rafale Fleet had taken place at Ambala AFS on September 10th, 2020. A second batch of three Rafale Jets arrived in India on November 3rd, while a third batch of three more jets joined the IAF on January 27th, 2021.


IAF has plans to issue RFP for 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA), along with the indigenously developed Stealth Fighters - Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) whose seven Squadrons would join the IAF in the 15 to 20 years.


Entire Fleet in India by April 2022: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
India should have the entire fleet of 36 Rafale Fighter Aircraft bought by the country by April 2022. “I also inform that all Rafale will reach India by April 2022,” the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier said, while replying to a question in the Parliament’s Rajya Sabha.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said all new aircraft types in IAF are traditionally inducted through a befitting ceremony. The first five Rafale aircraft of IAF were formally inducted into IAF on September 10th, 2020. On 29th July 2020, India received its first batch of five Rafale Jets from France. The second batch of three Rafale Combat Aircraft arrived in India on 4th November 2020. On 27th January 2021, another three Rafale Combat Aircraft arrived in India after flying non-stop from France.


The first five Rafale Aircraft of IAF were formally inducted into IAF on September 10th, 2020. The Rafale Induction Ceremony was attended by French Defence Minister Florence Parly and the top echelon of the French Aerospace Major Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of the Combat Aircraft.


The Rafale Combat Aircraft is manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation. It is a 4.5 Generation Aircraft and has the latest Weapons, Superior Sensors and fully integrated architecture. It is an Omni-Role Fighter, which means it can carry out at least four missions in one sortie. The Fighter Jet is getting HAMMER Missiles and is armed with Beyond Visual Range Missiles like Meteor, SCALP and MICA, increasing its ability to take on incoming targets from a distance.


The Rafale Jets are India's first major acquisition of Fighter Aircraft in 23 years after the Sukhoi Jets were imported from Russia. The IAF Rafale Fleet has been carrying out sorties in Eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in the LAC Military Stand-Off. The first Squadron of the Rafale Jets is stationed at the Ambala Air Base, while the second Squadron  is now based at the Hasimara Air Base in West Bengal. Indian Air Force Pilots were being trained in batches at the Saint-Dizier Air Base in France.


Most Potent Missiles Package
The IAF’s Rafale Fighters are capable of carrying a range of potent weapons. Rafale Multi-Role Fighters, equipped with the Thales AESA Radar, are capable of carrying a range of potent weapons. European Missile leader MBDA's Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), SCALP Long-Range Cruise Missile and MICA Air-to-Air Missiles are the mainstay of the Weapons Package of the Rafales.


Rafale carries MBDA’s Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Meteor with a range of 120-150 km, the potent SCALP Cruise Missile, MICA Air-to-Air Missile Variants, and the Hammer Precision-Guided Munition (PGM) from the Safran Family of AASM Weapons for Precision Air-to-Land Strikes.


Meteor is the Next-Generation of BVR Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) is designed to revolutionise Air-to-Air Combat. The weapon has been developed by MBDA to combat common threats facing the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.


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


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


The MBDA Storm Shadow/SCALP Missile can operate in extreme conditions and offers IAF a highly flexible, Deep-Strike Capability based around a sophisticated Mission Planning System.  The Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) SCALP is a unique weapon that has a ‘fire-and-forget’ mechanism. Once launched from the Rafale Fighter, the Cruise Missile drops to a terrain-hugging role between 100 to 130 feet from the ground to avoid detection by the enemy Radars and Jamming Systems. Before approaching the target, the Missile again goes up to a maximum height of 6,000 metres and then drops perpendicularly on the high-value target. The primary charge first penetrates the target, the secondary charge then blows it to smithereens. The SCALP’s range will be crucial to degrade enemy’s fight power.


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


IAF’s Rafale Adds Hammer Stand-Off Weapon to its Lethal Arsenal
The IAF is also procuring a New-Generation Medium-Range Modular Air-to-Ground Weapon System, the Safran Electronics & Defense Hammer AASM PGM, to integrate with the Rafale Fighters. Hammer (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range) is a Precision-Guided Missile developed by French Defence major Safran. The missile was originally designed and manufactured for the French Air Force and Navy. France had agreed to equip Indian Rafale Fighters with the Air-to-Surface Hammer All-Weather Smart Weapon, apart from Air-to-Air MICA, Meteor Missiles and Air-to-Ground SCALP Stand-Off Weapon. The Safran Hammer is a ‘fire and forget’ weapon that can be launched from a very short range of 20 km to a long range of 70 km without availability of GPS and has high resistance to jamming and target location errors.


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


The Defence Cooperation between India and France is such that normally the Hammer Weapon would have been delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a year, but the French Air Force had reportedly decided to part with limited weapons from their inventory to cater to New Delhi’s urgent requirement. The Rafale Fighter is on the frontline of the IAF.


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


The Rafale is a Twin-Jet Fighter Aircraft able to operate from both an Aircraft Carrier and a Shore Base. The fully versatile Rafale is able to carry out all Combat Aviation Missions: Air Superiority and Air Defence, Close-Air Support, In-Depth Strikes, Reconnaissance, Anti-Ship Strikes and Nuclear Deterrence. The Rafale was ordered by Egypt, Qatar and India, and now by Greece as well.


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


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


Greece Approves Purchase of 18 Rafale Fighters From France
Greek lawmakers reportedly recently approved the purchase of 18 Dassault-made Rafale Jets from France for 2.5 Billion Euros (US$ 3.04 Billion), in a deal due to be signed by the Greek and French Defence Ministers soon. The agreement for six new and 12 used Rafale Jets is expected to be signed by France and Greece in Athens later and the first deliveries are expected during the first half of the year.


Greece has announced its intention to acquire 18 Rafales to equip its Air Force. This announcement illustrates the strength of the Partnership that has linked the Greek Air Force and Dassault Aviation for more than 45 years, and demonstrates the enduring strategic relationship between Greece and France.


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


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