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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The C-390 Millennium from Embraer Defense & Security, by Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security
In addition to the Brazilian Air Force, the C-390 aircraft has been acquired by NATO Nations includ
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Eurosatory 2022, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was  held from 13th to 17th June 2022 at Paris Villepinte. Eurosatory presented the strategic trends, technological developments and innovations in Future Defence, in the areas of UAVs, Helicopters, C4I and Joint Services Programmes, Futuristic MBTs, Combat Vehicles, Artillery Systems, Missile Systems, Ordnance, Infantry Solutions, etc.

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

The Farnborough International Air Show 2022 will be held from 18th to 22nd July 2022 at the Farnbor
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Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), a Government of India Company under Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced that it signed agreements for the leasing of six Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from The Milestone Aviation Group Limited. In addition to the six helicopters, of which five have already been delivered, Milestone and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company are also providing Pawan Hans with comprehensive value and sustainment packages to support the phasing-in of this new helicopter type into its fleet.

Pawan Hans Leases Six Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from Milestone Aviation
The legendary S-76 Helicopter operates successfully in more than 40 countries on six continents, fu
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The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) was held from 21st to 23rd March 2022 in Qatar. World-leading Defence, Naval and Maritime Companies like Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, CAE, Dassault Aviation, Dearsan, Elettronica, Fincantieri, General Atomics, GICAN, Havelsan, KNDS, L3Harris Technologies, Lacroix, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Navantia, Nexter, Northrop Grumman, Rafale International, Raytheon Technologies, Renk, Roketsan, Saab, Safran, Thales, etc. participated at DIMDEX 2022.

The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) wa
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The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organised the 8th Edition of Indian Aviation Show Series - Wings India 2022 from 24th to 27th March 2022 at Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport. Wings India 2022, had about 25 aircraft on static display, had the participation of about 100 companies, including companies like AAI, Adani Group, Airbus Group, ATR, Boeing, CFM, CSIR, Diamond Aircraft, Embraer, Honda Jet, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), L&T, Maini, National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Pawan Hans, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, etc.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organised the 8th Edition
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The 17th Defence Services Asia 2022 was held from 28th to 31st March 2022 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, along with NATSEC Asia 2022, focussed on Internal Security. The DSA Series has gone from strength to strength and is the largest Tri-Services Defence & National Security Show in Asia, which this time attracted about 1,100 exhibitors from 54 countries, including 20 International Group Pavilions.

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

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

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

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

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

“Indian Navy has Continued to Focus on Self-Reliance & Indigenous Solutions”
ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW t
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The Singapore Air Show 2022 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 15th to 18th February 2022, with attendance from few high-level Military Delegations including Senior Government Officials and leading industry players, featured about 600 exhibiting companies from about 40 countries. The Singapore Air Show had fewer participants in the Civil and Military Flying and Static Aircraft Displays that included the IAF’s LCA Tejas Mk.1 Fighter Jet, Airbus A400M, Dassault Aviation Falcon Business Jets, Embraer Profit-Hunter Commuter Jet, Lockheed Martin’s F-35, F-16D & F-22, with Sikorsky’s S-70B, Boeing’s F-15SG & P-8A Poseidon, Bell Boeing MV-22s, Elbit Systems’ Hermes 450 UAS, IAI Heron TP UAS, with Bell Helicopters on display.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal
Paolo Izzo, Chief Sales Officer of Elettronica, Coordinator Company of the CARMENTA Consortium, sai
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Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry, the sole Russian Rotorcraft Designer and Manufacturer and one of the few companies worldwide with the capability to Design, Manufacture, Service and test modern Civilian and Military Helicopters. Russian Helicopters is part of State Corporation Rostec. We take a look at the Russian Helicopters' Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter.

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF, along with an Offset Contract. Out of 56, 40 MTAs will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium. Chanakya Interviews VENKAT KATKURI, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia, covering the C295MW Variants and the New-Generation A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transporter on offer for IAF’s FRA Project.

“C295 Opens Doors for First ‘Make in India’ Aerospace Programme”
MoD signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport A
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With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. The MBDA Group designs and produces Missiles and Missile Systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea and Air. Chanakya features this Interview with BORIS SOLOMIAC, General Delegate, MBDA India, who articulates on MBDA’s Range of Missiles for the IAF’s Rafale Fighter;  MICA IR & RF Missiles for the Upgraded Mirage 2000s of the IAF; MANPADS Missile System offered for VSHORAD & Mistral ATAM for the ALH Rudra WSI & LCHs; ASRAAM for the Jaguar Fighter Upgrade; Brimstone Dual-Seeker Missile; Naval Missiles and on L&T MBDA Missile Systems Joint Venture in India.

“MBDA is a Committed Partner to the Indian Armed Forces”
With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile S
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One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Navigation and related Equipment. In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, R. MADHAVAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Updates us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking like LCA Tejas, Mirage 2000 Upgrade, Jaguar Darin-III Upgrade, HTT-40 BTA, IJT, LCH, LUH, ALH Dhruv Variants, UAS/RPAs, etc.

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

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

“Indigenous Warship Building is a Success Story”
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL) has now become one of the premier Warshipbuilding Yards in Ind
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The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of highly technological state-of-the-art Warships for the Spanish Navy, which makes it a strategic company, and for the international market. Its activities include the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command & Control Systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. NAVANTIA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which is made up by a total of 15 state-owned companies. In this INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jorge García Monedero, International Commercial Director, Navantia, elaborates on Navantia’s interests in Indian Naval Defence.

“Navantia Wants to be the Best Partner at Sea”
The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of hi
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As India progresses towards its goal of becoming AtmaNirbhar, constructive measures are being taken across sectors including Defence. These measures along with efforts of the Industry will pave the way for long-term success of India's Indigenous Defence Sector. Ashish Saraf, Vice President & Country Director - India, Thales contributes this guest column on Thales India.

Thales, Partnering India's Defence Modernisation Journey: By Ashish Saraf, Vice President and Country Director - India, Thales
Thales has been playing a role in India's growth story by sharing its technologies & expertise in D
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MoD Signs Contract With Airbus Defence & 56 C295MW Transporters for IAF

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

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

The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 89th Anniversary on 8th October 2021 with the IAF Day Par
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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 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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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 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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The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) was held from 21st to 23rd March 2022 in Qatar. World-leading Defence, Naval and Maritime Companies like Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, CAE, Dassault Aviation, Dearsan, Elettronica, Fincantieri, General Atomics, GICAN, Havelsan, KNDS, L3Harris Technologies, Lacroix, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Navantia, Nexter, Northrop Grumman, Rafale International, Raytheon Technologies, Renk, Roketsan, Saab, Safran, Thales, etc. participated at DIMDEX 2022.


The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) was held from 21st to 23rd March 2022 in Qatar. World-leading Defence, Naval and Maritime Companies participated at DIMDEX 2022.

The Seventh Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) was held from 21st to 23rd March 2022 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, and proudly hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces. The event had more than 200 exhibitors from all parts of the world showcasing the latest in Military Equipment, besides introducing new concepts and breakthrough ideas that will shape the future of the Global Defence and Security Industry.

As many as 30 contacts, Memoranda of Understanding and Letter of Intent (LoI) were signed during the three-day biennial event that had as many as 90 VIP Delegations. The biennial event, hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces, will return to Doha for its Eighth Edition from 4th to 6th March 2024.

The 7th DIMDEX 2022 also highlighted the importance of protecting vital channels of trade as part of the Maritime Domain in the region and beyond. In keeping with the overall theme ‘Connecting the World’s Maritime Defence and Security Community,’ the event, which underscored the robust health of the Global Defence and Security Industry, brought together some of the biggest names in the business as well as new companies that are making their mark with innovative technologies and products. Companies from four countries – Jordan, South Korea, Croatia and Iran – participated for the first time at the exhibition that featured 14 Country Pavilions.

The Visiting Warships Display at Hamad Port, a popular segment of the three-day event, featured fourteen International Vessels from ten countries, with visitors getting a chance to interact with crew members. Staff Brigadier (Sea) Al-Ansari presented mementos to visiting Naval Ship Commanders at the traditional gala dinner, as a token of appreciation for making the event an unqualified success.

Among the other highlights of the biennial event was the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), which took place on the second day of DIMDEX 2022. The Conference, which had ‘Resilience in the Maritime Domain – Confronting Asymmetric Threats’ as its theme, saw doyens in the field of Maritime Defence and Security discussing ways to counter asymmetric threats that pose grave danger to Maritime Security.

DIMDEX, has grown to become a leading event in the Global Maritime Defence and Security Industry calendar. This prestigious Naval event is renowned to be a dynamic gateway to industry insights, solutions and procurement opportunities, for Maritime and Defence leaders from around the world.

DIMDEX 2022 had fourteen Country Pavilions, from China, Italy, France, Germany, Turkey, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Pakistan, Iran, India, Jordan and Croatia. A record number of domestic companies showcased their cutting-edge products and capabilities at the Naval Show as well, thanks to the astounding success that local companies have achieved in previous editions, both in terms of global recognition and partnerships fostered. DIMDEX is a comprehensive global platform that showcases an extensive range of the latest solutions, which address the demands of current Maritime Security challenges. The Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference is established as the lead meeting point for the Naval, Maritime and Security Industry as it provides unrivalled networking and business opportunities.

DIMDEX 2022 attracted key decision makers, high-level delegations, thought-leaders, exhibitors and quality visitors that ensure beneficial participation for all the stakeholders from the Global Maritime and Security Industry Supply Chain. World leaders participated at DIMDEX to gain access to key decision makers from across the globe; Increase brand awareness by showcasing their products and solutions; Meeting new suppliers and buyers to establish new distribution channels; Reinforcing their relationships with existing suppliers, and to gather latest market and technological information.

DIMDEX 2022 presented a premier programme that provided the Maritime and Security community with access to cutting-edge Military Technology and the opportunity to build and strengthen relations with key stakeholders. As a leading event in the Global Maritime Defence and Security Industry calendar and a prominent large-scale Defence event for Qatar, with many Land Systems displays as well, DIMDEX 2022 introduced businesses to key procurement decision makers with key elements to support exhibitors and visitors achieve their goals. This included exploring the latest state-of-the-art technologies; and the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), which discussed pressing industry trends with Academic and Military Speakers; the VIP Delegations for exhibitors to access key stakeholders; and, the Visiting International Navy Warships at Doha Port.

The stability of international waters and their established trade routes is of great importance to every Nation around the world as Maritime Transportation represents 85 to 90% of total global trade and annual revenue of Commercial Shipping exceeds 5% of the global economy. However, there are many risks that compromise the safety and legal operations of these vital routes. International Navies and Coast Guards play an important role in providing protection from the effects of illegal maritime migration, piracy, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and exploitation of Marine Resources in addition to ensuring the smooth flow of goods.

DIMDEX acts as a cooperative chain, linking Naval and Defence Industry professionals to initiate commercial deals, showcase state-of-the-art technologies and provide consultation with the objective of sustaining stability across global waters and protecting shores, borders and assets. Seamless efforts to deliver a stellar global event, distinguish DIMDEX from other Maritime Security Shows. The meticulous organisation of this prestigious event had a number of attending official VIP Delegations, exhibitors and visitors, in addition to the large exhibition space.

Gaining an esteemed reputation as one of the must-attend shows in the Naval and Maritime Events calendar, DIMDEX offers a vital arena for key decision makers, official Government influencers and companies to gather under one roof. Continuing its premier offering, DIMDEX 2022 did bring visitors within an exceptional Naval & Maritime Security Event, even during these difficult COVID times. DIMDEX 2022 had exhibitors demonstrating new technologies, and an expansion in DIMDEX’s scope to cover some new sectors such as Maritime Aviation, Naval Base Security, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Coastal Surveillance Systems.

Naval Industry Leaders in Doha
DIMDEX is an exclusive International Defence Maritime Exhibition and Conference that featured the Surface, Undersea and Coastal Patrol Aircraft/Equipment and Systems Solutions. DIMDEX 2022 brought together the world’s leading Maritime, Territorial Security, Coastal Defence and Undersea Defence Systems Industry to meet with Qatar’s key decision-makers, Defence Officials and Government dignitaries. DIMDEX 2022 showcased the latest cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art Maritime Defence products. World leaders in Maritime Defence Technology drawn to Qatar for DIMDEX 2022 included Naval Industry giants like Airbus Group, Aselsan, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, Collins Aerospace, Dassault Aviation, ELT, Fincantieri, General Atomics, GEM Elettronica, Intermarine, Kongsberg, KNDS, L3Harris, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MAN, MBDA, Navantia, Nexter Systems, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, Roketsan, Rosoboronexport, Saab, Safran, Textron Systems, Thales, etc. and many more companies exhibited an impressive range of cutting-edge products including Electronics, Security Systems, Underwater Defence Technologies and Military Craft.

DIMDEX 2022 provided an ideal setting for Marine Defence Technology companies from around the world to benefit from the increasingly strong demand in the MENA Region for the latest in Naval Platforms, Systems and Equipment. DIMDEX 2022 not only featured commercial heavyweights at the exhibition, but also hosted the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) that brought Senior Naval Commanders, policy-makers, Government officials and analysts together to Doha to discuss key Maritime Srategic Developments.

Exhibits Profile
DIMDEX 2022 provided an opportunity for companies producing high-end Maritime Technology to promote their products and services to an international and regional audience of high-level Government procurement personnel from Navy, Coast Guard and Maritime Security Forces, besides the Air Force & Army visitors as well. The event also had a spotlight on emerging technologies that included Cyber Security Software, Anti-Piracy Systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and C5ISR Systems.

Exhibits displayed at DIMDEX 2022 included Arms and Ammunition; Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW); Autonomous Underwater Platforms and Vehicles; Ballistic Protection; Coastal Defence Systems; Composites, Polymers & Syntactic Buoyancy; Controls and Platform Automation; Corrosion, cathodic protection and coatings; Deception and Decoy Systems, and targets screening; Design and Information Maritime Management Software; Diving Systems and Equipment; Electrical Equipment and power supply; Electronics, Sub-Systems and components; Fire Control, Surveillance and Targeting; Fire Fighting tugboats; Guided Missiles; High-Precision Acoustic Positioning System (HIPAP); HVAC & refrigeration; Hydraulics & fluid power; Hydro Acoustics; Launcher Platforms; Logistics Supply & Spares; Marine Communications Systems & Equipment; Marine Electronics - Naval Command & Control; Maritime Drones, UAVs; Maritime Engineering; Maritime military rations; Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPAs) and Helicopters; Maritime Security Systems; Maritime Sensors & Integrated Naval Systems; Maritime Underwater Cameras, products and systems; Maritime hydrographic products; Materials handling equipment and systems; Mine Laying and Mine Disposal; Missiles, Guns and Torpedoes; Navigation and Satellite Communications; Naval Replenishment Systems; NBC Equipment; Noise, shock and vibration control; Patrol, Strike and Assault Craft; Process Automation & Ocean Survey; Project Management, Consultancy, R&D; Propulsion, transmission and Engine Room Systems & Equipment; Electronic Warfare Systems, modern Command and Control (C4ISTAR); Mobile field Floating Systems (hospitals, radio workshops, surgical units, kitchens, Command Posts, etc); IT, Computing & Software including Rugged Computers, Workstations & peripherals; Laser Guided Coastal, Underwater and Surface Ship Defence Systems, etc.

International Exhibitors
Airbus Group, Aselsan, Ares, BAE Systems, Babcock, Boeing, CAE, Chanakya Aerospace, Defence & Maritime Review, Cobham, Collins Aerospace, Rafale International, Dassault Aviation, Dearsan, Elettronica, Fincantieri, GEM Elettronica, General Atomics, General Dynamics, GICAN, Havelsan, Intermarine, IX Blue, Kallman, Kelvin Hughes, KNDS, KMW, L3Harris Technologies, Lacroix, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo, MAN Diesel & Turbo, MBDA, MKEK, MSI Defence Systems, Navantia, Nexter Systems, Northrop Grumman, Patria, RAM Systems, Raytheon Technologies (RTX), Renk, Roketsan, Saab, Safran, Sofresud, Steiner, TAIS Shipyards, Textron Systems, Thales, UKTI, Zodiac, etc.DIMDEX welcomed a wide variety of companies within the Maritime Security and Defence Industry to participate again at the World-Class Platform for Technology, Maritime & Defence Industry Capabilities.

International Pavilions
The International Pavilion organisers like Kallman for USA, assisted in facilitating participation and a host of facilities designed to promote international trade and Partnership opportunities. DIMDEX 2022 had the continued support from new and existing Partners, where many international companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Dassault Aviation, Fincantieri, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo, Raytheon Technologies, Thales, amongst others, attended  DIMDEX again.

The Turkish presence has been always significant throughout the past editions of DIMDEX with the Turkish Pavilion standing centre stage as the largest and most prominent. The Turkish Pavilion once again included significant Turkish companies such as ASELSAN, ROKETSAN, Ares Shipyard, Dearsan, TAIS and many others.

Official VIP Delegations
Building on its success over the past 6 editions, DIMDEX is one of the leading destinations for key decision makers, official VIP Delegations and Senior Government Ministers, from around the globe to meet and discuss future procurement needs. The calibre of the high profile audience is an attractive feature of the exhibition and creates many valuable engagement and networking opportunities. DIMDEX 2022, which was its 7th Edition, had official VIP Delegations attendance and provided with more time with the target audience and prospective clients, enabling participants to forge and strengthen relationships with influential decision-makers.

Above 200 global exhibitors and about 90 VIP official delegations from about 60 countries participated at DIMDEX 2022 from across the Defence, Maritime & Security Sectors, and DIMDEX continues to earn its position as one of the Region’s prestigious Maritime Defence Shows.

DIMDEX Visitors
DIMDEX has built a reputation as a pivotal platform that connects industry’s key influencers with global exhibitors. With an extensive exhibitor list, which included Warship Constructors as well as manufacturers and suppliers of Onboard Systems and Ancillary Equipment, DIMDEX is the gateway where vital introductions are made and lucrative procurement deals are initiated. DIMDEX further addressed the Offshore Critical Infrastructure Protection that is essential for the emerging asymmetric threats. The wide mix of Regional and International Delegations hosted at DIMDEX made the Exhibition and Conference an ideal meeting place for the entire Naval, Maritime and Security Industries.

DIMDEX has always displayed the latest technologies from the Maritime Security and Defence Industry offering solutions to entities responsible for securing sea routes, international borders, and regional waters. DIMDEX is now considered as one of the most prestigious international events that brings together the industry elite, international exhibitors, and VIP guests searching for the latest industry innovations, as well as new business and knowledge-sharing opportunities. The DIMDEX Naval & Maritime Show acts as a pivotal platform for exhibitors to access key decision makers represented by VIP Delegates, highlighted by the billions of dollars of deals completed to date at the Naval & Maritime event in Qatar.

The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) discussed pressing industry trends with academic and military speakers, addressing topics like drug smuggling, human trafficking, illegal maritime migration, protection of maritime assets, nautical navigation and trade, piracy, etc.

Visiting International Naval Warships
A highly popular part of the three-day Exhibition and Conference was the extensive display of Visiting Naval Warships from the region and beyond. DIMDEX invited Navies from around the world to display their latest State-of-the-Art Vessels and showcase their capability that play a vital role in protecting trading routes, borders and shorelines. The International Visiting Warships featured again at DIMDEX 2022 presenting visitors with the opportunity to explore modern Naval Warships and meet with the leaders and crew that deal with the complexities of protecting maritime interests.

As one of the four key elements of the show, the first day of DIMDEX 2022 saw the arrival of the visiting Navy Ships from Qatar, Oman, Italy, USA, the UK, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh at Hamad Port. The Visiting Ships include Landing Ship Dock, Hunt-Class Mine Countermeasures Vessel, Stealth Guided-Missile Destroyers, etc. which were berthed at Port for display.

Doha’s Hamad Port, which is one of Middle East's largest Ports, welcomed the Visiting Warships, which were displayed at its state-of-the-art facilities. The 28.5 sq km Hamad Port, operated by Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar), boasts a 4 km long, 700m wide, and 17m deep basin, enabling it to harbour some of the world's largest seafaring ships. DIMDEX hosts off-site from the QNCC, the extensive display of Visiting Warships comprising of several types of Naval Vessels including Destroyers, Frigates, and Fast-Attack Craft, to Amphibious Transport Docks from the region and beyond.

The arrival of the warships was one of the key elements of the leading three-day Maritime Defence event, as Navies from around the world got to display their latest vessels and showcase their capabilities. DIMDEX 2022 and Hamad Port welcomed International Vessels and provided exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity once again to explore the modern Naval Warships and meet with the crews.

South Asian Navies Show Presence in Qatar
The Indian Navy presented one of its largest principal Surface Warfare Platforms, the indigenously-built Kolkata-Class (Project 15A) Stealth Guided Missile Destroyer INS Kolkata. South Asian Navies turned up in force at the 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) held in Qatar, with five vessels from three countries – Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan – constituting over a third of the 14 warships that docked at Hamad Port North of the Qatari Capital of Doha.

The Bangladesh Navy had sent its Shadhinota-Class (Type C13B) Corvette BNS Prottasha (F114). Built by China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, the 90m-long Corvette is derived from the Jiangdao-Class (Type 056) Design in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

The Indian Navy displayed its largest principal Surface Warfare Destroyer, the Kolkata-Class (Project 15A) Stealth Guided Missile Destroyer INS Kolkata. India also underscored its growing engagement with Qatar with a high-level delegation led by Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command and other Senior Officials. Vice Admiral Singh also presented India’s perspectives at the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) conducted on the sidelines of DIMDEX 2022.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Navy sent three vessels: the Zulfiquar (F-22P)-Class Frigate PNS Shamsheer, the Azmat-Class Missile Patrol Craft PNS Azmat, and Kashmir-Class Patrol Vessel PMSS Kolachi. It is worth noting that all three vessels are built by, or based on, designs from Chinese Shipyards.

India Showcased Kolkata-Class Stealth Guided Missile Destroyer INS Kolkata
On the occasion of DIMDEX 2022, the Indian Navy showcased the Kolkata-Class Stealth Destroyer INS Kolkata, which is the lead ship of the Kolkata-Class Stealth Guided Missile Destroyers of the Indian Navy. She was constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and was officially commissioned by Prime Minister Modi in a ceremony held on 16th August 2014.

The "Kolkata-Class" (Project 15A) is a class of Stealth Guided Missile Destroyers constructed for the Indian Navy. The class comprises three warships – INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, and INS Chennai.

The class has a length of 163 m (534 ft 9 in), a beam of 17.4 m (57 ft 1 in), and a draught of 6.5 m (21 ft 4 in). The ship's power and propulsion feature a Combined Gas and Gas System utilising four DT-59 reversible Gas Turbines.
This configuration allows the ship to reach speeds in excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph). Aviation facilities include a large flight deck, which was re-designed to handle larger helicopters than the Delhi Class, and an enclosed hangar for up to two Maritime Helicopters.

The ship's main Air Defence armament is composed of four eight-cell Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) allowing for up to thirty-two Barak 8 / MRSAM Air Defence Missiles.

Italian Navy Displayed Fincantieri-Built FREMM Frigate Carlo Bergamini
The Italian Navy displayed the FREMM (Carlo Bergamini-Class) Frigate Carlo Bergamini, at DIMDEX 2022. Carlo Bergamini (F 590) is a Carlo Bergamini-Class Frigate of the Italian Navy, developed by the FREMM Multi-Purpose Frigate Programme. Carlo Bergamini was delivered to the Italian Navy on 29th May 2013, at the La Spezia Headquarters.

The Carlo Margottini Frigate is powered by a Combined Diesel-Electric and Gas (CODLAG) Propulsion System that includes one 32 MW Gas Turbine General Electric/Avio LM2500+G4 Engine, two 2.5 MW Electric Motors Jeumont Electric and four diesel generators.

The ship can reach a top speed of 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph) with a maximum cruising range of 6,800 nmi (12,600 km; 7,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph). The Carlo Margottini Frigate is armed with 16-cell MBDA SYLVER A50 VLS for 16 MBDA Aster 15 and 30 Missiles, one Leonardo Otobreda 127/64 Vulcano Gun, two Leonardo Oto Melara 76/62 mm Davide/Strales CIWS Guns, two Leonardo Oto Melara/Oerlikon KBA 25/80 mm Remote Weapon Systems, eight MBDA Teseo\Otomat Mk-2/A Anti-Ship and Land-Attack Missiles, two triple Leonardo (WASS) B-515/3 Launcher for MU 90 Torpedoes, two SITEP MASS CS-424 Acoustic Guns and four MBDA MILAS Anti-Ship Missiles.

Fincantieri Al Zubarah-Class Corvettes for Qatari Navy by End of 2023
Fincantieri expects to complete the delivery of all four Al Zubarah-Class Corvettes to Qatar by the end of 2023. Last October, the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces took delivery of the first of the four Corvettes ordered by the Qatari Ministry of Defence. The global order, announced in August 2017, was worth five Billion Euros and included one Billion Euros for the missiles.

The delivery of the Corvette “Al Zubarah”, the first of the class of the same name of four vessels ordered within the National Naval Acquisition Programme, took place at the Muggiano (La Spezia) Shipyard on October 28th last year. The second Corvette “Damsah” and the third “Al Khor” are expected to be delivered by the end of this year. The technical launch of these Corvettes was held last year.

The keel laying of “Sumaysimah”, the fourth vessel also took place in February 2021. The Al Zubarah-Class Corvettes, designed consistent with the Rules for the classification of Naval Ships (RINAMIL), will be highly flexible and capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from Surveillance to Sea Rescue capacities to being Fighting Vessels.

The Qatari Navy Corvettes will be about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, and equipped with a Combined Diesel and Diesel Plant (CODAD), with a maximum speed of 28 knots. The units will be able to accommodate 112 persons on-board. Furthermore, the Corvettes will be capable of operating high-speed boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The flight deck and hangar are sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter.

Middle East Naval Commanders Conference
The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) acts as a forum for thought leaders of the Naval and Maritime Security community to come together and share insights and knowledge about geopolitical trends that affect the Maritime Domain on both operational and strategic level. Complementing the well-established MENC Plenary Session was the Conference content encompassing the latest technology that supports the stability across global waters and protecting shores, borders and assets.

During the second day of the event, on 22nd March 2022, DIMDEX 2022 hosted prominent Naval Defence Commanders, thought-leaders and experts from various parts of the world at the 7th Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC). The event brought together renowned academics and practitioners from around the world to engage in panel discussions on the Maritime Domain and Confronting Asymmetric Threats.

The MENC Conference provided the participating delegates an opportunity to discuss the importance of long-term strategic planning and potential methods of building Military and Defence capabilities across the region. Topics focus on granting Maritime Security and access to the Global Maritime Community, building capabilities in challenging environments, International Military Cooperation, and Maritime Defence Planning and building Security Capabilities.

Experts Discuss Maritime Defence and Security Challenges at MENC
A panel comprising renowned Naval Defence Commanders, global security experts, thought leaders and academics discussed threadbare the biggest challenge to the Maritime Domain – asymmetric threats - at the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC). At the conference, which had ‘Resilience in the Maritime Domain – Confronting Asymmetric Threats’ as its theme, the speakers contextualised the main challenges to the security of regional and international waters. Through a series of informative panel discussions and open dialogue spread over a day, speakers from different regions of the world provided their own unique perspectives in a concerted effort to find answers to key Naval Security threats.

The Conference was formally inaugurated by Staff Major General (Sea) Abdulla Bin Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Commander Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, and Dr Andreas Krieg, MENC Conference Director, in the presence of a sizable and knowledgeable audience that included top-level officials and key decision makers from around the world, including Ministers, Chiefs of Navies, Fleet Commanders, as well as other Senior Navy and Maritime Defence officials. Vice Admiral Charles Cooper, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, spoke about ‘Combined Maritime Forces Flexibility in the Maritime Domain – Facing Asymmetric Threats’, while Staff Brigadier (Pilot) Fahad Al-Sulaifi of the Qatar Armed Forces Strategic Studies Center discussed the role of Artificial Intelligence in combating the threat. Providing an Indian perspective at the Conference was Vice Admiral Ajendra Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Indian Navy. Dr. Rory David Miller, Professor of Government at Georgetown University in Qatar, ended the first session by sharing his thoughts on ‘Overcoming Smallness: Gulf State Approaches to the Maritime Domain.’

The second session commenced with Admiral Jacques Fayard, Joint Commander of the French Forces in the Indian Ocean, sharing his thoughts on countering asymmetry with Multilateral Symmetry. David Des Roches, Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, then held forth on ‘Modern Asymmetric Warfare at Sea and in the Gulf’, while Rear Admiral Takeshi Yoshioka, Director General, C4I Department, Maritime Staff Office, shared Japan’s Vision and spoke about the efforts of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Dr. Steven Wright, Associate Dean and Associate Professor – HBKU, provided insight on ‘The Interrelationship of Resilience in the Gulf and a Maritime Security Complex.’

Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi S. Al-Ansari, Chairman of DIMDEX, said: “Maritime Security is not an end in itself, but is vitally important to other forms of Security. The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) is one of the salient features of DIMDEX as it provides the stage for the confluence of great minds. Discussions involving the elite of the International Maritime Defence sector are priceless as they play a key role in ensuring stronger Maritime Security. The knowledge gained from high-level panel discussions at the Conference will help provide answers to major global Naval Security challenges.”

Through successive editions, the event has earned a reputation for facilitating major commercial success and providing unparalleled opportunities for knowledge sharing at the highest levels of Industry and Government.

U.S. Shows Big Presence At DIMDEX 2022
At the DIMDEX 7th Edition, the United States was one of the event's largest international exhibiting groups with 15 participating companies. The presence of a sizable contingent of U.S. companies at DIMDEX 2022 was proof that the Middle East continues to be a priority market for Defence firms in the country.

All the big U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon Technologies and GA-ASI showcased their range of capabilities at the show, eager to dispel any notions that they would start focusing on other markets in the backdrop of the United States scaling back its military presence in the Middle East to focus on its power competition with near peer adversaries China and Russia. As many as 15 U.S. exhibitors showcased a range of products and capabilities at the event, with 11 of them exhibiting as part of Kallman Worldwide’s USA Partnership Pavilion.

GA-ASI, which has seen interest in its MQ-9B SeaGuardian, the Maritime Variant of the SkyGuardian, from Qatar and a few other countries in the region, displayed the actual Remotely Piloted Aircraft Ssystem (RPAS) at DIMDEX 2022. Boeing highlighted its range of products and technologies that are either active in the region or in demand, including the F-15, KC-46, T-7 Advanced Pilot Training System, H-47 Chinook, Airborne Early Warning & Control, Unmanned Systems as well as its Air Power Teaming System.

Russian aggression against Ukraine, and the backlash that Moscow is receiving for it, gives the U.S. a prime opportunity to further consolidate its position as the preeminent arms supplier to the Middle East. Moscow has in recent years been open about its goal of increasing weapons sales to the region and has had considerable success as well. According to a Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report last year, about a third of Russia’s recent arms exports were to Middle Eastern customers.

It is easy to see why the Middle East is such an attractive market for defence contractors. Currently, the region makes up 7.5% of the world’s total defence spending. With regional tensions high and the demand for Advanced Weapons Systems and Defence Technologies on the rise in the Middle East, the number is likely to increase and touch at least 8% before the end of the decade, experts say.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Middle Eastern arms imports, which is the main driver of the global arms market, grew by 25% in 2016-2020, compared to 2011-2015. Arms imports by the UAE declined by 37% in the period, but that was partially offset by Qatar’s imports going up by a whopping 361%. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest arms importer, saw its weapons imports increase 61%, while Egypt, which is modernising its Naval Forces, witnessed a 136% increase in imports. Turkey, which is building up domestic production of weapons, saw a fall of 59% in imports. According to SIPRI, countries in the Middle East accounted for nearly half of all U.S. arms exports between 2016 and 2020. During President Biden’s first year at the helm, overall U.S. arms sales went down by 21% in the 2021 fiscal year compared to the previous year. Amidst the decline in weapons sales and the military pullback, the Biden Administration has been eager to reiterate its commitment to its allies in the region.

Months after President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. would end support and “relevant arms sales” for Saudi Arabia’s offensive operations in Yemen, the U.S. State Department approved, in November last year, a US$ 650 Million sale of Air-to-Air Missiles to Saudi Arabia. Two months earlier, the U.S. announced that it would send 350 contractor technicians and two Government Officials to handle the maintenance of the Saudi Military Helicopter Fleet, including Apache and Black Hawk Attack Helicopters, as well as the future fleet of Chinook Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopters.

GA-ASI Featured SeaGuardian RPAS At DIMDEX 2022
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) featured an actual SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft Ssystem (RPAS) as part of its display at DIMDEX 2022. “SeaGuardian provides persistent Multi-Domain Situational Awareness over Land, Sea and Undersea, which is vital to our Partners in the Middle East Region,” said GA-ASI Senior Director of Strategic Communications & Marketing Mark Brinkley. “SeaGuardian is a critical security tool and GA-ASI is proud to build on our relationship with Qatar by putting the aircraft on display at DIMDEX.”

SeaGuardian was included as part of the GA-ASI display as a result of the strong global and regional interest in the MQ-9B line. SeaGuardian is the Maritime Version of GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian. The Qatar Government is interested in procuring MQ-9B to support their National Security and Defence.

The MQ-9B line of UAS provide industry-leading endurance and interoperability with Allied Partners. What differentiates SeaGuardian is its Advanced Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Capability, which features a Multi-Mode Maritime Surface-Search Radar with Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging mode, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) Receiver, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Capabilities, and a High-Definition, Full-Motion Video Sensor equipped with Optical and Infrared Cameras.

The same SeaGuardian RPAS on display at DIMDEX 2022 was used several months ago as part of a five-week demonstrations series with the Royal Air Force. The flights showcased SeaGuardian’s array of Maritime Capabilities, including ASW tasking and manned-unmanned teaming with an RAF P-8 aircraft. The UAS flew extensively in UK-controlled Airspace, building the foundation for acceptance of Unmanned Aircraft operating routinely in unsegregated airspace.

In addition to the Maritime Patrol Radar, AIS and ASW Capabilities, the SeaGuardian includes an Electronic Support Measures (ESM) payload that is integrated into the aircraft’s winglets. The ESM payload provides Detection, Identification, and Geolocation of RF Emitters and is valuable for Long-Range ISR Missions.

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Radars, and Electro-Optic and related Mission Systems, including the Predator RPAS Series and the Lynx Multi-Mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides Long-Endurance, Mission-Capable Aircraft with Integrated Sensor and Data Link Systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of Ground Control Stations and Sensor Control/Image Analysis Software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. Both the SeaGuardian and SkyGuardian have generated strong global and regional interest.

“Thirty Years is an important milestone,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “We’re proud to have made an important contribution to Global Security and become a trusted supplier to Allied Forces throughout the world. We’re reflecting on the important work we’ve done, and focused on evolving to deliver critical and innovative capabilities for the future.”

The Predator  line has evolved to include an impressive array of aircraft, including Reaper, Gray Eagle Extended Range, SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian, and the jet-powered Avenger. In December 2021, GA-ASI announced a new class of Expeditionary UAS with Short-TakeOff and Landing Capability called Mojave.

“Every day, we embrace our company mission, which is to develop transformational technologies that deliver game-changing results,” said  David Alexander. “As proud as we are of our first 30 Years in business, we’re even more excited to see what the future holds.”

GA-ASI produces the most combat proven RPAS in the world, delivering robust Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data and formidable Strike Capabilities. GA-ASI’s Long-Endurance, Mission-capable RPAS, enable Information Dominance in every domain. Every minute of every day, nearly 70 GA-ASI Aircraft are airborne.

MBDA Highlights Multi-Domain Prowess, Product Range
Missile Systems Leader MBDA showcased a wide range of its new products and capabilities at DIMDEX 2022, including Marte ER and Exocet MM40 B3 Missiles that will be part of the soon-to-be-operational Qatari MCDS (Multi-Layer Coastal Defence System).

The MBDA Marte ER, which recently had its final validation, is a state-of-the art Anti-Surface Weapon that had its latest successful firing at the end of 2021. Exocet MM40 B3 is the latest version of the Exocet Family and provides advanced performances, thanks to a new Seeker and a Longer Range. Marte ER, which can also be integrated in NH90 Helicopters, can be launched from Coastal Batteries, Naval and Rotary Wing Platforms.

MBDA, which was the DIMDEX 2022 Gold Sponsor, is keen on underlining its presence in Qatar and the key role it plays in enhancing the country’s Military Capabilities. Along with its products that ensure Maritime Superiority, MBDA is also promoting those that supports the Armed Forces in all their Domains – Land, Air and Sea.

MBDA further showcased the Aster B1 NT, the New Generation Missile for Land and Naval Air Defence that will equip the new SAMP/T NG, as well as MMP, which recently had its 1000th delivery to the French Armed Forces. The Aster B1 NT, which is under development and expected to enter service in 2026/27, is an Advanced Air Defence and Anti-Ballistic Missile with specific enhancements to cope with new threats. It will equip a New Generation of Naval and Land Systems, including the SAMP/T NG, whose new developments were contracted to Eurosam (the Franco-Italian Consortium belonging to MBDA France, MBDA Italia and Thales) by the French and Italian Armed Forces last year.  

The Aster B1 NT can be paired with other MBDA Missiles pairs such as the CAMM Family of Missiles, which includes the new CAMM ER that is under development for Naval and Ground-based Air Defence, or the VL MICA Family, with its latest member the VL MICA NG. Thanks to the Weapons System Integration experience of MBDA, either can be combined with Aster to create a single optimal Air Defence System.

MBDA’s Naval Showcase at DIMDEX 2022 also included the SIMBAD RC System, based on the Latest Generation of the MISTRAL Missile. SIMBAD-RC is a Short-Range, Anti-Air and Anti-Surface Self-Defence System, particularly efficient against Small Tactical UAVs. Deploying up to four fire-and-forget MISTRAL Missiles, it is designed to provide an Autonomous Self-Defence Capability on all kind of warships, or to complement the main Air Defences of first rank warships.

The MMP, another product that the company is keen on promoting in the Middle East and other regions,  is a 5th Generation Multi-Purpose Combat System designed not only for Dismounted Infantry and Combat Vehicles, but also onboard Naval Platforms for Navy Commandos and Special Forces. MMP is in service and has been operationally tested and proven in extremes climatic conditions, including desert and subarctic.

During the show, MBDA also displayed one of its top products,  the METEOR Next-Generation  Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) System designed to revolutionise Air-to-Air Combat in the 21st Century. The Weapon brings together six Nations with a common need to defeat the threats of today as well as the future emerging ones. The Meteor Missile has recently been delivered to Qatar.

MBDA’s MMP 5th Gen. ATGM
MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée / Medium Range Missile) is the newest 5th Generation Multi-Purpose Combat Missile System designed for Dismounted Infantry as well as for integration on Combat Vehicles. Its effectiveness has also been proven on small Naval Craft as well. Featuring both fire-and-forget or fire-and-control operation, the Network-enabled MMP also receives third party target designation for indirect firing scenarios. The Guided Weapon is fitted with a Multi-Purpose Warhead offering Anti-Armour, Anti-Infrastructure and Anti-Personnel Capabilities.

The MMP System is being equipped with capabilities including location, orientation and digital communication. It is able to engage Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) targets equally as well as those in Direct Line of Sight, and, if required, under the permanent control of its operator or commander. The MMP’s growth potential is illustrated by the development of a specific Naval Mode and with hundreds of firings under its belt, MMP has demonstrated its high level of reliability and its ability of dealing with all battlefield threats, in all types of environments. The Combat-proven Weapon System has been operationally tested in extreme climatic conditions, including desert and subarctic regions.
MBDA recently completed the delivery of a batch of MMPs to the French Armed Forces which included the 1000th MMP.

According to the French “Loi de Programmation Militaire”, the delivery of 1,950 missiles is planned by 2025. In use with the French Armed Forces since 2017, it has also been ordered by several Nations and is the Latest Generation Anti-Tank Missile in service to have been successfully engaged in combat on several occasions.

Qatari Emiri Navy Unveiled its MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 Missile
During DIMDEX 2022, the Qatari Emiri Navy (QEN) unveiled its MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 Missile. The QEN also called the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF). The MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 Weapon System is the Latest Generation Shipborne Version of the Exocet Family and is in operational service with several Navies.

MBDA’s Exocet MM40 Block 3 Missile provides enhanced operational performance and technology upgrades, while minimising the impact on procurement and logistic support costs. The Exocet MM40 Block 3’s Mission Planning Software module automatically computes engagement plans to support firing decisions. The flexibility of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 Weapon is further enhanced by the accuracy of the new Navigation Package, allowing optimized 3D approach trajectories and terminal attacks from different azimuths, at very low Sea-Skimming altitude with simultaneous time on target. The Terminal Guidance relies on a sophisticated J-band Active Seeker to discriminate and select targets at sea and on the GPS accuracy for Land targets. Exocet MM40 Block 3 is compatible with most of the logistic support assets already in service. Its Launching System is interoperable with all MM40 Versions, thus enabling a smooth transition to Block 3.

Emir of Qatar Unveiled Full-Scale Replica of AERALIS’ Innovative Modular Jet
AERALIS, the transformational British Military Jet developer, hosted a ceremony attended by The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, unveiling two full-scale replicas of the company’s Innovative Modular Jet at DIMDEX 2022. The aircraft models are life-sized replicas of two variants of the AERALIS Modular Jet, with a length of 11.3m and a Wingspan of 10m. One model is fully assembled in the Advanced Jet Trainer Configuration and decorated with livery inspired by the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF). The second model is a modular version presented in a semi-disassembled state to demonstrate how the common-core fuselage can form the basis of a number of other Aircraft Variants.

The event follows a successful 2021 for the British jet developer. Last year the company signed a three-year contract with the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), as well as Collaboration Agreements with Thales in the UK, Atkins and Siemens. AERALIS also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rolls-Royce to explore initial and future options to meet the company’s propulsion requirements. In 2021, AERALIS also signed an investment agreement with Barzan Holdings of Qatar, who have provided initial investment to support AERALIS in the Preliminary Design Phase.

AERALIS’s founder & CEO Tristan Crawford remarked: “It was an enormous privilege to have His Highness attend the unveiling of our stand at DIMDEX. His presence here signifies our commitment to this region, as well as to Industry and Government in Qatar, and we are enormously pleased to be able to present a tangible visualisation of our cutting-edge Modular Jet.”

AERALIS, is a UK-based aircraft developer creating a new class of transformative high performance training and operational aircraft. The new aircraft will be based on a Modular System, enabling the company to deliver a range of configurations for different missions by using common fuselage and avionics, while switching engines, wings and mission systems.

Leonardo to Enhance Naval Surveillance of Qatar with Naval Operation Centre
Leonardo will provide the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) with a Naval Operation Centre (NOC) to ensure monitoring and control of territorial water, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and adjacent waters and, at the same time, to enhance cooperation with other National Agencies in charge of Maritime Security. The Centre leverages on Innovative Systems and Technologies as well as the full integration of Air and Maritime components. Under the agreement, the NOC will provide Command, Control and Coordination of operations at sea allowing the Armed Force to carry out integrated monitoring by exploiting the high level of cooperation between all the sensors on the field. QENF will thus have a full integrated situational awareness to support all operational and tactical stakeholders’ decision making process and rapid interventions along the entire chain of command.

Leonardo is playing a key role in the protection of Qatar. Its presence in the country dates back since almost 25 years. Maritime Domain is a strong focus for the company, which is equipping, also as Combat System Integrator, the Navy’s new ships with its Naval Capabilities, ranging from turnkey Combat Management Systems for all classes of Military Vessels, to Naval Defence Systems.

This important success, which further strengthens the cooperation between the Armed Forces and the Industry of the two countries, has been achieved thanks to the company’s consolidated experience in the design and development of systems capable of guaranteeing cooperation between all platforms – Air, Land, Naval, Surface and Submarine, Manned and Unmanned - under the supervision of Operational Centres, in order to enable effective Mission Planning.

Leonardo, a high-tech global company, is one of the top companies in the world in the sector of Aerospace, Defence and Security and the leading Italian industrial company. Organised in five Commercial Divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA where it also operates with subsidiaries such as Leonardo DRS (Defence Electronics) and some Joint Ventures and investment stakes: ATR with Airbus, MBDA (Defence Systems), Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio (Aerospace). Leonardo competes in the most important international markets in its areas of technological and product leadership including Helicopters; Aircraft; Airframes; Electronics; Cyber Security and Space.

Leonardo’s LIONFISH Systems Will Equip Royal Netherlands Navy’s New Naval Units
Already aboard a number of Naval Platforms worldwide, Leonardo's LIONFISH Family of Defence Systems has now also been selected by the Royal Netherlands Navy. The Navy has chosen the “LIONFISH Top” Variant to equip its Holland-Class Patrol Vessels, LPD (Landing Platform Dock) and JSS (Joint Support Ship) Units, Johan de Witt and Karel Doorman Classes, and Den Helder-Class Combat Support Ship. The LIONFISH Top is one of three 12.7mm Variants in the new family of Remotely-Controlled Naval Turrets. “Ultralight” and “Inner Reloading” models are also available in the same calibre. The company also offers a 20mm “LIONFISH 20” model.

The LIONFISH 12.7 Top weighs less than 300 kg and is particularly effective against close threats and in asymmetric scenarios (Asymmetric Warfare - ASyW). Effectiveness and accuracy, even at long range, are guaranteed by the use of a Cooled Infrared Sensor that integrates Leonardo's Mini Colibrì Optics. This is common across the whole Turret Family, which can also integrate an uncooled sensor. Depending on the technology used, the detection range can be up to 12 km. With customers’ needs in mind, Leonardo has created state-of-the-art technologies which can effectively and accurately handle various type of threats, including uncrewed systems.

The LIONFISH Family stands out for its modularity, lightweight and common architecture, which allow the turrets to be installed and operated onboard secondary platforms, both as a primary and secondary Defence Systems, with no deck penetration. All systems in the family can self-calculate firing solutions and engage fast-moving threats, even when installed on high-speed platforms.

Drawing on its experience developing Advanced Technologies such as the OTO 76/62 Super Rapido and the OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano, Leonardo has developed its new Defence Systems to meet market requirements, that are increasingly looking towards compact and stealth technologies, including to equip uncrewed platforms. At the same time the company continues to advance its product reliability, optimise maintenance times and drive competitiveness.

The choice of LIONFISH highlights the strategic relationship between Leonardo and the Royal Netherlands Navy, which also recently chose Leonardo’s OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano Naval Gun Systems for its four De Zeven Provinciën-Class Multi-Role Units.

Leonardo Multi-Domain Partnerships
European Defence Conglomerate Leonardo has a longstanding presence in Qatar, which stretches back to a quarter of a century. The company plays a key role in the Nation’s Security. Leonardo presented its AW149 Helicopter and AWHero Rotary-Winged Unmanned System along with advanced ISTAR Capabilities, such as the Falco Unmanned System, and a range of technologies for platform protection including the Miysis DIRCM, the BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy and the Acoustic Processor, Ulisses, specifically conceived for identifying threats below sea level.

Leonardo is currently pursuing new opportunities for its Lionfish and Marlin 40 Small-Calibre Naval Guns. The company is already equipping the Qatari Navy’s new ships with turn-key Combat Management Systems for all classes of Military Vessels, to Defence Systems. Leonardo is also promoting the Centauro II 8×8 Armoured Combat Vehicle with Hitfact Mk II Turret and other state-of-the-art equipment, including C-UAV Solutions, which provides protection to airports, critical infrastructure and large events.

Leonardo is the prime contractor for Qatar’s order with NHIndustries for 28 NH90 Military Helicopters – 16 NH90s in Tactical Transport (TTH) Configuration for Land Operations and 12 NH90s in Naval (NFH) Configuration for Maritime Operations. The orders for the helicopters worth more than Euro 3 Billion were placed at DIMDEX 2018. The first helicopter has already been delivered and deliveries are slated to conclude in 2025.

Qatar could acquire an additional 6 + 6 Units in a mix of TTH and NFH Variants and has elected to opt for an eight-year support and training services package for crews and maintenance technicians for the 28 helicopters on order. The final assembly and delivery of 16 NH90 TTH aircraft will be undertaken by Airbus from its facility in Marignane, France, while Leonardo will complete final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters from its Venice – Tessera facility in Northern Italy. Leonardo has also delivered over 40 helicopters including the AW139 and the AW189 in Qatar and these helicopters are performing offshore transportation, Utility, Surveillance, Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Missions.

Qatar Emiri Air Force Pilots are also flying Leonardo’s M-346 Advanced Trainers at the International Flight Training School (IFTS). The Italian Air Force’s training excellence and Leonardo’s Advanced Training Solutions are combined at IFTS. Leonardo is also supplying Qatar with Air Traffic Control Radars and Air Traffic Management Electronics & Meteorological Equipment, and with National Airspace safeguarded by its low-level Air Surveillance and Defence System.

Leonardo Unveiled AWHERO Rotary Unmanned Air System
At the 11th DIMDEX,  Leonardo showcased its cutting-edge Defence, Security and Aerospace Capabilities, including the AWHERO Rotary Unmanned Air System. Developed for Land and Naval Operations, with maximum versatility in mind, AWHERO is the perfect solution for tasks such as Maritime and Border Surveillance, Homeland Security, pipeline, and powerline monitoring, monitoring the environment and critical infrastructure as well as supporting rescue efforts, disaster relief, and damage assessment during natural disasters.

AWHERO has a maximum gross weight of 205 kg and a useful payload of 85 kg (fuel plus payload) with a maximum endurance in excess of 6 hours. The aircraft is designed to deliver high maintainability and low operating costs, multiple redundancies of all main critical systems for maximum reliability. With a multiple payload capacity, the AWHERO is able to meet a range of mission and customization requirements and is ready for Maritime Operations. The payload may include Radar, such as the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra Light, Electro-Optics, LiDAR, Advanced Communication Systems, among others.

Elettronica Showcases Electromagnetic Support Operations (EMSO) Capabilities
Elettronica is deepening its commitment to supporting Qatar’s Electromagnetic Support Operations (EMSO) Capabilities. The Italian firm has enjoyed a long association with the Qatari Military, with its systems are deployed throughout the Qatari Emiri Land Forces, Navy and Air Force. Elettronica Systems are deployed on Qatari Emiri Navy Warships and the firm has also supplied the Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems onboard the Qatari Emiri Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon Combat Aircraft and NH-90 Helicopters. ELT is considered as the EMSO point of reference for the Qatari Emiri Armed Forces and is now looking forward to expanding this relationship still further via its new subsidiary.

Elettronica is looking forward to establishing a new subsidiary in Qatar to directly support the country’s Armed Forces. While equipment forms a key part of EMSO provision, the importance of Operational Support cannot be underestimated. The new subsidiary will be established by the end of 2023 and it will play a vital role in providing EMSO Training, Simulation and Analysis, and will also look at how to further improve the employment of Elettronica’s EMSO Systems already used by the Qatari Military.

L3Harris Technologies Viper Shield for F-16s
L3Harris Technologies is offering ‘Viper Shield’, its new Advanced Electronic Warfare System to protect the International F-16 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft against emerging Radar and Electronic threats. “The L3Harris Viper Shield EW System enables the F-16 to continue to be one of the most effective Combat Aircraft in the world,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris.

The Viper Shield All-Digital Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite is custom designed to be baseline on advanced F-16 Block 70/72 Aircraft and maximise their survivability and mission success. “More than a dozen countries in the Middle East, Asia and Europe plan to fly the F-16 Block 70/72 Variant. Seamless integration with the F-16’s Weapon Systems, including the Aircraft’s Radar, enables Viper Shield to have broad application to these fighter aircraft,” he said.
Last March, L3Harris Technologies was awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin for the development of the new Advanced Electronic Warfare System. “Our 30-year legacy on the F-16, coupled with the advanced technologies being developed for Viper Shield, provide our warfighters and International Partners with unprecedented Self-Protection that helps to ensure mission success,” Ed Zoiss added.

Barzan Holdings Generates Plenty of Buzz
Barzan Holdings, which forms the backbone of Qatar’s efforts to develop its Domestic Defence and Security Industry, generated a lot of attention at DIMDEX 2022. The state-owned company is not only responsible for empowering the Military Capabilities of the Qatar Armed Forces, but also acts as the commercial gateway of the Qatari indigenous Defence Industry. Since its launch, Barzan Holdings has embarked on an ambitious multi-pronged plan to develop the Domestic Defence Industry. Apart from setting-up Joint Ventures with international companies to facilitate Technology Transfer, the company has also formed subsidiaries within and outside Qatar. Among the subsidiaries are the US-based Barzan Aeronautical, which is based in Charleston County, South Carolina, and Barzan Maintenance Shield, which is based in Qatar. While the former works with U.S. and NATO Governments as well as major Defence and Aviation Companies to support the deployment of Aerial ISR Systems for Defence, Security and environmental use, the latter focuses on MRO Services for all Services within the country’s Security and Defence Sector.

During the previous edition, Rheinmetall Barzan Advanced Technologies (RBAT), Barzan Holdings’ JV with German Defence firm Rheinmetall AG. Another major development was the company and Italian firm Beretta Holding signing a contract for Beretta to supply rifles to different Military Services in Qatar. The two companies also formed a Bindig, a JV that will manufacture Pistols and Rifles under the Bindig name in Qatar at the Barzan Industrial Zone. Barzan Holdings is also playing a major role in facilitating the growth of defence ties between Qatar and Turkey with agreements signed between Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Nurol Makina  and the Qatari company. Barzan also signed a Technology Transfer deal involving Aselsan. One of the two Memoranda of Understanding signed by Barzan Holdings and French firm Nexter involves setting up of a JV that will deliver and maintain  vehicles for Qatar’s Al Rayyan programme. The other is related to the partnership between the two companies for the procurement of VBCI 2 8×8 Armoured Vehicles for the Qatari Armed Forces.

BAE Systems Highlights Close Partnership with Qatar Armed Forces
BAE Systems showcased its close partnership with the Qatar Armed Forces at DIMDEX 2022, and highlighted efforts to build local capabilities with the Nation’s Industry. “This event is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the Qatar Armed Forces and to further develop strong partnerships. DIMDEX is a good opportunity to showcase our capabilities and pave the way for further collaboration,” said Steve Kelly, BAE Systems Regional Managing Director for the Middle East North Africa (MENA). BAE Systems showcased its specialist Maritime Capabilities in Shipbuilding, Warship Support (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul), and Naval Base Management Services that ensure warship availability and performance that can increase Qatar’s Naval Capabilities to protect its sovereign interests.

BAE Systems has been contracted to provide the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with advanced Typhoon Fighter Jets and Hawk Jet Trainers, in addition to bespoke Support and Training Solutions. The Government of Qatar, contracted BAE Systems for the delivery of 24 Typhoon aircraft and nine Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, along with a six-year availability Support Service. BAE Systems will deliver live and synthetic training flying as well as availability support through its Qatari Joint Venture Company, BSL. The QEAF is to take delivery of its first Typhoon aircraft later this year and MS001, the first production aircraft to come out of BAE’s Typhoon Final Assembly Facility for the QEAF, made its maiden flight in November last year.

BAE Systems also showcased its wide range of solutions for use across Land, Sea, and Air such as its world-leading Striker II Digital Helmet, which provides a dramatic increase in combat capability to aircraft like Typhoon and F-15QA through its large daylight readable colour display and seamless 24/7 capability via its Integrated Night Vision. The company also showcased its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), which offers rugged durability and superior mobility for transporting troops and cargo from ship to shore.

BAE Systems Supports Qatar Emiri Naval Force’s Naval Base and Warships
BAE Systems has signed an agreement with Barzan Maintenance Shield and the Qatar Emiri Naval Force (QENF) to develop Warship Support and Naval Base Management Services for the QENF.

According to the agreement, signed at DIMDEX 2022, the companies will work together to deliver world-class support for Qatar’s Barzan Class Fast Attack Craft, as well as Naval Base Management Services for the new Umm Al Houl Naval Base. This new relationship will leverage BAE Systems’ experience of managing the home of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Flotilla at home and abroad for more than 20 years.

“For us, the choice to work with BAE Systems was an obvious one,” said Abdullah Hassan Al Khater, Vice President and Chief Strategic Procurement Officer, Barzan Holdings. “BAE Systems has a global reputation for excellence in Warship Support. In developing the Umm Al Houl Naval Base, the QENF will benefit enormously from BAE Systems’ expertise, global reach, and the commitment to its customers that it demonstrates on a daily basis.”

“We’re honoured to have been asked to support the QENF in its ambitious plans to expand its Naval Capabilities,” said David Mitchard, Managing Director, BAE Systems Maritime Services. “Following significant in-country engagement with Barzan Maintenance Shield and the Qatar Emiri Naval Force, we believe that a long-term partnership using our collective experience can best deliver the QENF’s objectives of increasing warship availability while developing world-class sovereign Naval Capabilities.”

Qatari Emiri Air Force Inks Deal with CAE
The Qatari Armed Forces inked a series of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at DIMDEX 2022. The Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) entered into an agreement with CAE at the show with the Adviser to the Chief of Staff for Supply and Finance Brigadier-General (Pilot) Dr Youssef Ahmed al-Qayed and President of CAE Marc-Olivier Sabourin, signing the cooperation agreements. The agreement pertains to the creation of Joint Training Systems for the QEAF. CAE is already an existing Training Systems provider to the QEAF. CAE was awarded a subcontract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with a comprehensive NH90 Helicopter Training Solution in 2018. The contract was valued at over C$150 Million. The QEAF is inducting a fleet of both NH90 TTH & NH90 NFH. CAE was selected by the QEAF to provide the NH90 Training Solutions.      - Sunil Nigam