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** CHANAKYA 54th YEAR ** AERO INDIA 2023 PREVIEW SPECIAL COLLECTORS' ISSUE: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS; MEDIA PARTNER: IDEX 2023 SPECIAL SHOW PREVIEW; MEDIA PARTNER: NAVDEX 2023 SHOW PREVIEW: FEBRUARY 2023 SPECIAL COLLECTORS' ISSUE **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 54th Year in Defence Publishing: 49th Year of Monthly Publication       

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INDIAN NAVY CHIEF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said “Considering the indigenous expertise available with respect to design and construction of IAC-1, a repeat order of IAC-1 with suitable modifications to incorporate lessons learnt from IAC-1 and future capabilities envisaged is being explored.”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF: “AoN has been Accorded for Acquisition of 49 Ships & Six Submarines”
On the larger IAC-II, he said “The AoN for the project would be progressed in due course of time.”
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DEFEXPO INDIA 2023 GANDHINAGAR

DefExpo India 2022, the 12th in the Series of Biennial Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition, was held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18th to 22nd October, 2022, and was claimed to be the largest-ever (100,000+ Sqm) with above 1,340 Exhibitors participating, mostly from India, with fewer International Displays and more Domestic Companies displays, with the MoD exhibiting several Indigenously Manufactured Defence Platforms, Systems & Equipment in an effort to promote Indian Defence Exports.

12th DEFEXPO INDIA 2022 SHOW REPORT
12th DefExpo 2022 was the first-ever edition exclusively for Indian Companies, with MoD claiming it
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EURONAVAL NAVY SHOW IN PARIS

EURONAVAL 2022, the International Naval Defence & Maritime Safety & Security Exhibition was  held from 18th to 21st October 2022 at Le Bourget in Paris. With its 27th Edition completing 55 Years, Euronaval maintained its position as a World-Class Show in Naval Defence & Maritime Safety & Security and a promoter of Innovation and new Naval & Maritime Technologies covering Surface Warfare, Undersea Technologies and Naval Air Systems as well.

EURONAVAL 2022 SHOW REPORT
At EURONAVAL 2022, Naval Group and the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) presented the PANG M
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INDIAN NAVY DAY

The past years witnessed some Naval Capability accretion with the commissioning of Indigenously-built State-of-the-Art Combat Platforms into the Indian Navy, including India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi & INS Visakhapatnam, besides INS Vela & INS Karanj Submarines. The year saw the Indian Navy accepting the First Batch of 3 MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters (MRH) in India, after the 3 in USA for crew training. Further, of the 45 Ships & Submarines under construction, 43 are being built at Indian Shipyards.

72 YEARS: INDIAN NAVY SPECIAL REPORT
With the IAC-1 INS Vikrant commissioning, the focus is now on the Carrier-Borne Fighters, ASW/ASuW
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Navantia, Reliable Partner for India

Spain’s Navantia has a long success story in the international market, as the result of the National Programmes for the Spanish Navy. Regarding the LPD programme, Navantia is Partnering with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) with a solution based on the Spanish Navy Juan Carlos I Class LPD, a superior design when it comes to perform an Expeditionary Force Deployment in a delicate scenario. It is an outstanding design trusted by the Spanish Navy, the Turkish Navy, and the Royal Australian Navy, where the ships play a major role in the international activity.

Navantia Is Currently Participating in Several International Cooperation Programmes
Navantia is also participating in the Submarine competition P-75(I) for the Indian Navy, with the S
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KONGSBERG NAVAL STRIKE MISSILE - NSM

KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace, a subsidiary of KONGSBERG, is Norway's premier supplier of Defence & Aerospace-related Systems & Solutions, including products & systems for Command & Control, Information, Data Handling, Surveillance, Communications Solutions, Space Technology, Missiles and Remotely Controlled Systems. In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, elaborated on the NSM & JSM success story.

INTERVIEW: JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace AS
In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, K
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GARDEN REACH SHIPBUILDERS

Indian Navy Day is also proud moment for GRSE as the organisation has been associated with the Indian Navy for long and over the last six decades, we have primarily been building Warships and other Vessels for the country's Navy and Coast Guard. From Frigates, Corvettes, Fleet Tankers, Landing Ship Tank, Landing Craft Utility to Survey Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Fast Attack Craft - the repertoire is rich and varied, says Cmde P. R. Hari, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited, in this Special Guest Contribution.

GRSE: Creating New Horizons in Maritime Security by Cmde P. R. Hari, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited
Over last 61 years, GRSE has built 788 Platforms including 107 Warships for Indian Navy, Indian Coa
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C295MW AIRLIFTERS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of C295 Transport Aircraft Manufacturing Facility - the country’s first in the Private Sector in Vadodara, Gujarat on October 30th, 2022. The facility will manufacture C295 Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) through collaboration between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and Airbus Defence and Space S.A., Spain.

Prime Minister Modi Lays Foundation Stone of C295 Transport Aircraft Manufacturing Facility in Vadodara
This is the first project of its kind in which a Military Aircraft will be manufactured in India by
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DASSAULT AVIATION RAFALE-M FOR INDIAN NAVY

With the Deliveries of all 36 IAF Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed, and the Indian Navy having already tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy’s Carrier-Fighter Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the Indian Navy as well, which is soon starting its trials of the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Variant on its Aircraft Carrier, and can go for 26 Rafale-Marine Variants, in a competition with Boeing’s F/A-18, which has heated up now.

RAFALE - MARINE Force Multiplier at Sea
While 325 Rafales Fighters have been ordered (133 for export) and 239 delivered by the end of 2021,
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IAI's DEFENCE SYSTEMS

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a world-class Aerospace and Defence Company innovating and delivering state-of-the-art technologies in Space, Air, Land, Naval, Cyber & Homeland Security for Defence and Commercial markets. In India, IAI’s Weapon Systems & Unmanned Systems are in Service with the Indian Defence Forces, with IAI opening new Subsidiaries in India and signing MoUs with HAL.

IAI’s Strategic & Tactical Systems
IAI provides customers with tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face
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SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

Recently, the CEO of French Aircraft Engine Maker SAFRAN called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and briefed the RM on Safran’s Mission in India. A World-Leading Military Aircraft Engine Manufacturer, No. 1 in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines powers some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries, including the M88 Engine for Rafale Fighters. Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters are global benchmarks

French Aircraft Engine Maker SAFRAN Group CEO Meets Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Chanakya features the Safran M88 Engine powering the Rafale Fighters and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Security

In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Security, elaborates on the Embraer Defense & Security New-Generation C-390 Millennium being selected by The Netherlands to replace its C-130 Hercules Transporter, and on its Aerial Refuelling Configuration - the KC-390 Multi-Mission Airlifter. Considering the potential of Indian Industry that can be leveraged, Jackson Schneider views India as not just a customer, but also as a promising Partner in the APAC Region. He further elaborates on Embraer’s AEW&C, A-29 Super Tucano Fighter & ISR Solutions.

“We foresee India as a Promising Partner in the APAC Region”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Secu
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DASSAULT AVIATION RAFALES

With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISEs) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has already 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 under the MRFA Project, and the Indian Navy, which is soon starting its trials of the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Variant on the INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier, can go for 26 Rafale-Marine Variants, a competition which has heated up now.

36 Dassault Aviation Rafales With IAF, Will Indian Navy Go for 26 Rafales?
While the Indian Navy has already tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluat
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Navantia, Reliable Partner for India

Navantia is attending Defexpo 2022 with the commitment of strengthening ties with the Indian Industry, finding ground for collaboration and for developing further the promising future of the Naval Industry in India. The company is confident in bringing its best endeavour and commitment in order to meet both the Indian Navy needs and the Government’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat strategy in the Defence Sector.

Navantia, Reliable Partner for India
Navantia is attending Defexpo 2022 with the commitment of strengthening ties with the Indian Indust
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INTERVIEW: William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which the IAF operates a fleet. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an equally impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin announced the future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata Advanced Systems; and its’ Multi-Mission Rotorcraft, like Sikorsky’s MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The MH-60R SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for ASW/ASuW, now being delivered to the Indian Navy. Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, covering all these and other programmes of Lockheed Martin in India.

“F-21 Will Leverage Advanced Technologies from Across Fighter Portfolio”
Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Ma
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INTERVIEW: ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, L&T MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS LIMITED (LTMMSL)

MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles & Missile Systems, which designs & produces Missiles & Missile Systems for the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea & Air. Chanakya Interviews ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, LTMMSL, who articulates on MICA IR & RF Missiles for the IAF’s Upgraded Mirage 2000s; alongwith Naval Missiles like Sea Ceptor & Exocet MM40 Block 3 Anti-Ship Missile, which is on offer for the Indian Navy, and ATGM5 for Indian Army. L&T MBDA Missile Systems is a Joint Venture in India between MBDA & L&T.

“L&T MBDA is Focused on Winning New Flagship Missile Programmes”
Chanakya Interviews ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, LTMMSL, who articulates on MICA IR & RF Missiles fo
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A. D. RANE, DG BRAHMOS, DRDO and CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, for which the company has received new missiles order. There is interest in BRAHMOS Missiles in countries like Vietnam & Indonesia, after an order from Philippines. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General BRAHMOS, DRDO & Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace, said that BRAHMOS Weapon has “Steep Dive & Deep Penetration” Capability. He articulated on the success achieved by various BRAHMOS Variants’ proven capabilities, including the Block-III LACM. On future plans of BrahMos Aerospace, he elaborated on the BRAHMOS NG Variant, their top-most priority, and on the successful BRAHMOS-A tests of the Airborne Cruise Missile for IAF’s Su-30MKI Fighter, and on the BrahMos ‘Make-in-India’ initiatives.

“BRAHMOS Stands Out as an Ultimate Weapon System for Multiple Platforms”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Navigation & related Equipment, and also Designs, Fabricates & Assembles Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare Parts. In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, 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.

“Deliveries of 83 Mk-1A Aircraft Would Commence from February 2024”
In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindust
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General Anil Chauhan Takes Over as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

General Anil Chauhan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM assumed office as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on 30th September  2022. General Chauhan is also the Principal Military Advisor to  Raksha Mantri on all Tri-Services matters as well as the Head of Department of Military Affairs, MoD, as the Secretary. He is also the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC).

CDS Vows to Deal with Challenges Together
General Anil Chauhan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM assumed office as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)
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INTERVIEW: Venkat Katkuri, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia

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, along with an Offset Contract. The induction of Airbus C295MW Airlifters will be a significant step towards Modernisation of the IAF’s Transport Fleet. 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.

“A330 MRTT Carries Upto 111 Tonnes of Fuel, Highest Capacity of All Tanker Aircraft”
Chanakya Interviews VENKAT KATKURI, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia, covering th
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INTERVIEW: ALAIN GARCIA, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Global Services

Boeing Defense, Space & Security has supplied C-17s, Apaches & Chinooks to the IAF, and P-8Is with Harpoon Missiles to the Indian Navy. Apaches for the Indian Army are to be delivered. In an Interview to Chanakya, Alain Garcia, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Global Services, highlighted some capabilities of the F-15EX, which is participating in the Indian Air Force MRFA Fighter competition; and elaborated on Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet Block-III, which is participating in Indian Navy’s Carrier-borne Fighter competition. F/A-18 Super Hornets participated in the Operational Demonstration test flights in May & June 2022 in Goa, performed at India's Shore-Based Facility, where conditions similar to that on the indigenously-developed Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant were simulated. Soon, the INS Vikrant Carrier trials will commence. Alain also covered Boeing’s India activities.

“Super Hornet Proved its Ability to Take-Off Within INS Vikrant Ski-Jump Parameters”
In an Interview to Chanakya, Alain Garcia, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defen
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL)

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 about 800 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.

“MDL is Building 4 P-15B Missile Destroyers”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managin
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring State-of-the-Art Platforms and Systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Dominance Capabilities, with 36 New Rafales, 34 out of 51  Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III 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 been inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly covered many IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AEW&Cs, FRA, Transporters, Trainers, Air Defence, S-400, Missiles, UAS/RPAS, CUAS, UAVs, Upgrading Combat Helicopters, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya:

“Work is Underway for the Development of Armed Drone Technology by DRDO”: CAS
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches GRSE Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dassault Aviation Completes Deliveries of All 36 Rafales to IAF
With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France,
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SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

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FARNBOROUGH 2022 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

FARNBOROUGH 2022 PREVIEW


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


FARNBOROUGH 2022 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

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


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 including Airbus Group, Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Bombardier, CAE, Cobham, Collins Aerospace, Chemring, Dassault Aviation, Elbit Systems, Embraer, Eurofighter, Eurojet, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, General Dynamics Gulfstream, HAL, IAI, Kongsberg, L3Harris, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, MTU, Northrop Grumman, Pilatus, Pratt & Whitney, Rafael, Raytheon Technologies, Rolls-Royce, Ruag, Saab, Safran Group, Sikorsky, TeledyneFlir, Terma, Textron Aviation, Textron Systems, Thales, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), etc. Farnborough 2022 expects about 1,200 Exhibitors from above 40 Countries to participate, with 29 International Country Pavilions and visitors from about 100 countries.

The Farnborough International Air Show 2022, the biennial Aerospace Showcase in UK for the world of Aviation takes place from 18th to 22nd July 2022, repeating the success of Air Shows reaching new markets and territories. This was underpinned last time by an increase in international participation with 29 Country Pavilions, with a total of above 1,500 exhibitors from 52 Countries participating in 2018. This might reduce to about 1,200 Exhibitors from above 40 Countries this time. Other features for 2022 include the Civil and Commercial Delegations programmes with representative groups from key and emerging markets. The Military Delegations programme saw a high level presence from 66 countries last time.


Farnborough International Air Show 2022 will host leading innovators from the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence Industries and beyond. In this unprecedented opportunity to reconnect, businesses from across the globe will be coming together to embark on ground-breaking Collaborations and Partnerships, showcasing the pinnacle of technologies that are revolutionising Aerospace, the exhibition spaces provide businesses with an unrivalled global platform.


Farnborough International Shows Confidence in Future Global Trade
The 2018 Farnborough International Air Show had seen US$ 192 Billion in deals, up by US$ 67.5 Billion on the 2016 Air Show. More than 1,400 Commercial Aircraft were ordered at that show valued at US$ 154 Billion. More than 1,432 Aero-Engines were ordered worth US$ 21.96 Billion. Let’s see how successful the Farnborough 2022 will be? Going into the last show, the industry backlog was at a record high, in excess of 14,000 Aircraft on the books then. The major deals announced had demonstrated how confident the Aerospace Industry was then.  


The show brings the Global Aerospace World together for an intense but important week. Manufacturers, Airlines, financiers, Military and Government representatives are all seen at Farnborough. The Farnborough International Air Show still continues to be at the epicentre of the Aerospace community. The last show had attracted its most global attendance ever with around 100 countries visitors in attendance and record Chinese presence. There was also a rise in trade visitors of nearly ten percent compared to previous years, more than 80,000 visitors passed through the gates in 2018. The Delegations Programme saw major growth up by 20 percent with a total of 156 Civil and Military Delegations; Military Delegations saw a rise of 30 percent to 133. The Airline customers asserted themselves with a 163 percent increase in attendance then.


The Farnborough International Air Show connects an industry worth US$ 350 Billion. From the orders announced through to presence of Global Industry Leaders and Government representatives from around the world, it is the preeminent showcase for businesses of all size. The biggest event of this size hosted in the UK, still expects good international attendance despite the pandemic.


The most globally-attended event also had an unprecedented number of Military and Civil Commercial Delegations. As the home of pioneering spirit, the Farnborough International Air Show has always sought to bring innovation to the forefront. Show features include:


FINN Sessions: a Conference Programme with world-class Speakers covering numerous Aerospace & Aviation related topics; an exhibition focussed on the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Meet the Buyer: a strategic opportunity to gain entry into Supply Chains, which last time saw 831 meetings with 201 companies participating.


Farnborough International is part of ADS, the trade organisation advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Industries. This pioneering team of industry experts delivers world-class, innovative events in a competitive global market.


International Participation
The Farnborough International Air Show is widely recognised for its role in connecting the worldwide Aerospace market. It serves as a backdrop for the announcement of multi-billion dollar deals, and for the launch of major innovations. 29 International Pavilions are expected to participate. Countries including Mexico, Turkey and the U.S. vying for business, alongside a significant European presence from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The last show had the largest presence yet  from China, with 70 percent growth in participatio. Meanwhile, Japan had increased its presence with a second Pavilion, joining Malaysia, Korea and Indonesia, and underpinning the Air Show’s role as a key gateway into the lucrative Asian Aerospace market. The number of international exhibitors compared with domestic exceeded  the past ratio of 71 to 29 percent, ranking the Farnborough Air Show as the most international of all major European Air Shows.


With a decent  International Participation, with about 29 Nations hosting Pavilions at the show from Europe, the US, Canada, South America, Asia and the Far East. Chinese participation is expected to be the largest with a dedicated Chinese Pavilion. Strong international attendance with the Delegations Programmes. The Civil and Commercial programme will also have representative groups from the UK, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. The Military Delegations programme is expected to progress well with the key and emerging markets around the globe attending. High level Military Delegation presence will be from above 60 countries. In addition, there is coordination with all FIA 2022 Exhibitors regarding engagements with the RAF and the UK MoD at all levels.


Foreign participation at the Farnborough International Air Show was claimed to be stronger last time with new National Pavilions, a strong US participation and returning National Pavilions from all four corners of the globe - Europe, the US, Canada, South America, Asia and the Far East. With Korean and Japanese Pavilions, the Show also welcomes again a Chinese Pavilion providing companies such as AVIC, COMAC, Aviage Systems and other Chinese Supply Chain companies the opportunity to promote China’s growing Aerospace Industry.


The show will be attended by all the top U.S. Defence contractors, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, GA-ASI, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies (RTX), now incorporating Pratt & whitney & Collins Aerospace, and General Dynamics, with about 300 U.S. companies generally exhibiting at Farnborough, more than 250 of them were in the new USA Partnership Pavilion last time, which covered a total of 4,000 sqm in Halls 2, 3 & 4. Pavilion exhibitors represented 30 States, including 20 State Pavilions.


Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the event to watch the legendary Flying Display and get up close to a huge variety of aircraft, from Fast Jets to Jumbos. Innovation is a major theme for the feature-packed show, offering even more business opportunities for exhibitors and visitors. Alongside its existing features such as the Space Zone, Innovation Zone and Meet-the-Buyer Programme, Farnborough has an area dedicated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Entitled Aerospace 4.0.


Other major features of the show are the FINN Sessions and the Live Product Demo Area. Located in two Theatres right at the heart of the show, the FINN Sessions feature Keynote Addresses and Panel Discussions covering some of the major issues affecting the Global Aerospace Industry today. An 'Air Force Command Centre' was created last time for the Live Product Demo Area. Farnborough International teamed up with Crisis Cast to create a 'real-life' scenario played by actors. The feature provides real value for participating exhibitors allowing them to demonstrate their Defence and Security products to potential Industry customers and Military Delegations in an exciting and relevant way.


Air Cargo Brought to Life With IATA
Organisers of Farnborough International Air Show bring the Cargo Industry to life with a dedicated Cargo Village and a Conference Programme, which was officially supported by IATA last time. The Cargo Village is an important part of the Air Show representing major growth in demand, matched by increased requirement for Innovation in Cargo Aircraft. The Conference features a range of Speakers, Panelists and Industry thought-leaders; with a programme curated by IATA, who, as the leading Association for the Global Air Cargo Industry, can ensure the right focus on trends, innovations and challenges facing the Industry. The Cargo Village provides a rare opportunity for delegates to view and explore these Specialist Aircraft. A number of aircraft form part of the Static Display, and there are live demonstrations as well.


Farnborough Reflects Strength of Global Aerospace Industry
Across the five trade show days, Farnborough International expects about 80,000 trade visits during the show and an increase in attendance of people directly responsible for procurement. The show expects to have about 50% of visitors coming from overseas with many attending the show with pre-arranged meetings with exhibitors. The show will also witness a significant increase in Airline presence with many making large order announcements as well.


Delegations visits also may increase. The time-tabled and escorted meetings organised by Farnborough International Ltd.  are one of the show’s key USPs and a reason the show is so popular with exhibitors. At a Supply Chain level, the Meet-the-Buyer programme has also proved popular with many meetings taking place between buyers and suppliers over the event designed to allow companies of all sizes to form new business relationships with international companies and suppliers.


About 110 aircraft participated in the flying and static displays during the trade week last time, including Boeing 737 Max, Bombardier C Series, Embraer E190-E2, Embraer KC-390, Embraer Legacy 500, Antonov An-178, Honda Jet, Dornier Dart-450 and the Gulfstream G500. The Farnborough Air Show generally records good orders and options, defying industry expectations. Farnborough International’s internal order tracker records the total of Aircraft and Aero-Engines and a variety of other business deals. As the trade days draw to a close, the Farnborough International Air Show also welcomes young people to the show for its outreach programme.


The Global Aerospace trade event opens with senior Aerospace executives, Military officials and International Government representatives at the official opening ceremony with a fly past of aircraft. Visitor numbers on trade days average at around 20,000 per day and there will be high levels of networking and engagement with a host of briefings, Seminars and Company Presentations taking place at the venue. Networking and engagement will also feature at the show with an increased number of briefings and workshops taking place. Alongwith a host of ADS-led events, there is an MRO Workshop and  a Commercial Manufacturing briefing. Alongside the popular ‘Meet-the-Buyer’ event and Welcome Reception the show provides excellent business networking across all five days of the show.


Daily Flying Displays
The Daily Flying Display are a fundamental part of the Air Show. The display showcases the most advanced aircraft in both Commercial and Military Design. Consistent with Farnborough International Air Show’s business role, the flying display takes place during the afternoon, leaving the morning and lunch period free for business activity. The well-structured flying display provides a valuable presentation in which one can demonstrate the capabilities of products, enhanced by an illustrative commentary broadcast across the site.


Static Aircraft Displays
The natural amphitheatre at the Farnborough Aerodrome allows aircraft to be exhibited to maximum effect in the extensive Static Aircraft Park. Running in parallel to the exhibition, the Static Display gives visitors the opportunity to view the aircraft up close. Aircraft participating in the flying display will be shown to visitors prior to flying or based on the north side of the Farnborough Aerodrome.


Other aircraft either flying or on static display last time included the Antonov An-178, Airbus A350, Bombardier C-Series, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter, Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, Apache and Chinook Helicopters and other Boeing aircraft like P-8 Poseidon Maritime Recce Aircraft. Both Leonardo and Textron will showcase aircraft, helicopters and UAVs on display.


Business Aircraft Park
The Farnborough International Air Show Business Aircraft Park (BAP) is an area devoted to Business Aircraft manufacturers, their products and services. The Business Aircraft Park is now an integral part of the overall show and contributes significantly to the billions of dollars of business that is done across the trade show. Located within the main aircraft display area, the BAP is easily accessible from the centre of the main exhibition and also accommodates requests for demonstration flights to potential and existing customers.


Rotary-Wing
There is no doubt, the Rotary-Wing market is a growing one for Civil and Military Helicopters. FIA already represents a growing number of the helicopter market and again delivers a real opportunity to meet, connect and network across a truly international audience. The exhibiting options at FIA offer real flexibility with the size of exhibits within temporary exhibition halls, accommodating large displays within indoor exhibit area – giving a real wow-factor and making sure the participation stands out from the crowd.


Space Zone
The Space Zone too is the perfect opportunity for the International Space Community to discuss and meet and to encourage business in a forum that is now becoming recognised as one of the world’s leading Space show pieces.

The Space Industry in the UK is growing by around 7.5% per annum and is predicted to be worth around 40 Billion Pounds by 2030. As the Space Sector continues to grow globally the Farnborough International Air Show gives the perfect opportunity for manufacturers, suppliers and providers of Space hardware, Navigation and Communication Equipment and Satellite Services to showcase their expertise. This feature facilitates exceptional networking opportunities, business engagement and open forums across the global sector.


Visitors to the Air Show will have the opportunity to see flying demonstrations and explore the latest Drone Tech and latest gadgets. The CAA along with NATS (National Air Traffic Services) and ARPAS (Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) participated with Unmanned Aircraft displays.


Continuing a long tradition of Aviation firsts for the event, this is another opportunity for many of the organisations involved in the development of the F-35 aircraft to showcase their achievements in the making of the aircraft to a major international trade audience, and projecting the UK’s Next-Generation Tempest Combat Fighter Jet.


The Farnborough International Air Show remains an opportunity for manufacturers to announce major aircraft and engine orders and showcase their latest hardware. However it’s as much about the networking and engagement the event creates for the Supply Chain Industry witnessed by the exhibitors at Farnborough to do business.


A major attraction used to be the Farnborough International Air Show Public Weekend, with a packed programme, which excited enthusiasts and families alike with about 80,000 attendees daily. However, due to the pandemic this show is of 5-Days only. The stars of the Flying Displays include Aerobatics Flying Display programmes, with the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows, with the BAE Systems’ Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs). Audiences will be enthralled by the daring aerobatics, Twisters and the gravity defying Breitling Wingwalkers. Vintage planes including the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Catalina Flying Boat and P51 Mustang. Action on the ground centres on the Air Show Live, the performance stage in the heart of the arena. The Air Show Live will Broadcast around the site on large screens. Air Show Live is an entertaining mix of interviews, competitions and film reports. In the afternoon, Air Show Live broadcasts the flying displays. The Farnborough International Air Show showground will be full of attractions including the chance to get up close and personal with historical and modern aircraft. Vintage Aviation fans are able to enjoy exhibits from Museums, which showcase some of Farnborough’s unique pioneering Aviation Heritage as well.


Exhibiting Aircraft
Some of the Aircraft generally at the Static Display and Flying are BAE Jetstream 31, Beechcraft King Air 350i, Beechcraft T-6C Texan II, Boeing 727-2S2F, Cessna Citation CJ4, Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Dornier 328 D-CSNC, Dornier 328 VH-PPJ, EC135 (Nova Systems), Embraer KC-390, Embraer Legacy 500, Embraer E190-E2 Profit Hunter, Embraer Phenom 300E, Scottish Aviation Bulldog, etc.


The Farnborough Air Show provides a platform to organisations to display their products to potential customers with everything from multi-million-pound Airliners through to Ground Equipment on show. The top exhibitors this year at Farnborough will again be the major Airframers. Airbus will display their latest aircraft, the A350XWB and Boeing showcases its Max range of the best-selling 737. Brazillian Airframer Embraer will also display its KC-390 Airlifter and the E190-E2 Airliner, along with the Legacy 500 & Phenom Business Jets as it attempts to woo European customers. All the major Aero-Engine Manufacturers also exhibit at the show with Rolls-Royce, Safran, GE Aviation, Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney competing to win Airline contracts.


Recognising the growing impact of this niche industry, the Farnborough International Air Show provides a valuable opportunity for the Business Jets to cast-off its shyness albeit to a much wider audience.  Since 2008, there has been a dedicated Business Aviation Park at the Air Show and this July the sector is represented by Airbus, Bombardier, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Gulfstream, Piaggio, Pilatus and Textron. As well enabling the wider Aviation community to get a rare, up-close glimpse of these elegant aircraft, the Air Show hosts a Delegations Programme, which introduces the manufacturers to potential customers for whom the convenience of Business Aviation is as valuable as privacy. With innovation setting the theme for  Farnborough, these aircraft feature aspects of design and ingenuity that may make their way onto their bigger cousins.


Embraer will again highlight its products and services for Commercial and Executive Aviation, as well as Defence & Security Capabilities at the Farnborough Air Show. The world’s quietest and most efficient Commercial Jet in its class, the E190-E2 is again expected to make an appearance at the show. The aircraft also features a dramatic shark design on the nose symbolizing that both have highly-efficient, evolved, streamlined designs, and sophisticated Sensory & Navigation Systems.


Embraer’s static display also includes the Multi-Mission Military Transporter jet KC-390 and the Business Jets Phenom 300E and Legacy 500, showcasing the latest in innovation and technology. In addition to the exhibition on the ground, the E190-E2, KC-390 and Legacy 500 are expected to participate in the Air Display as well.


AEROSPACE GLOBAL FORUM TO DRIVE CHANGE
Aerospace Global Forum (AGF) 2022 at Farnborough, curated by Farnborough International and ADS Group, is the ultimate change-maker, for the first time, providing a unique global platform to drive immediate action, accelerating transition to the new, Net Zero.


Where Purpose Takes Off: To connect with other global leaders, to drive climate action and transform the industry. Providing a truly global platform and Aerospace Ecosystem to discuss and catalyse initiatives that focus on actions that accelerate the road to Net Zero to drive green growth in this critical decade of action.


Bringing Global Leaders Together: Connecting broader ecosystem, enabling accelerated change, facilitating global conversations and driving action, AGF will bring together Finance, Governments, climate experts, Start-Ups, OEMs and their Supply Chains, to share, debate and energise collaboration.


MEET THE PIONEERS OF CHANGE: The Aerospace Global Forum has unveiled its five-day headline main stage programme and Pioneers of Change, with Net Zero placed at the epicentre of the agenda, taking off during the show in tandem with the Farnborough International Air Show.


AGF provides an exclusive opportunity for trailblazers and c-suite professionals, all with the unified purpose to drive actionable change and accelerate transition to net zero, to convene and take the step as a global ecosystem.
Hear from a world-class line-up of global industry leaders, Chief Executives, Government professionals, Academia and Climate change experts coming together to drive conversation and catalyse actionable change at the revolutionary, first-ever Aerospace Global Forum.


World-class Speakers include: Guillaume Faury, CEO, Airbus;     Charles Woodburn, CEO, BAE Systems; Warren East, CEO, Rolls Royce; Brian Moran, Vice President of Global Sustainability Public Policy and Partnerships, Boeing; Dr Josef Aschbacher, Director General, ESA; Elena Avesani, Global Sustainability Director - Head of Sustainability Strategy EMEA, Oracle; Keric Morris, Executive Partner, Global Sustainability Strategy and UK Sustainability Team Lead, IBM; Professor Rob Miller, Chair in Aerothermal Technology and Director, Whittle Lab; Laia Barbara, Community Lead, Sustainable Aviation, WEF; Willie Walsh, CEO, IATA; Jim Hileman, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Environment and Energy, FAA;     Robin Riedel, Partner - Center for Future Mobility, McKinsey & Co.


Airline Leaders Summit
Farnborough International Air Show will also host the Airline Leaders Summit at the show, following the success of the inaugural Airline Chiefs Round-table launched at FIA2018. The Summit will see an elite gathering of Airline leaders, CEOs and senior figures take part in a Panel Session facilitated and hosted by moderator, Mark Pilling.


This is a prestigious, invite-only event where global Airline Leaders will participate in the session with an invited audience of 150 senior aviation personnel including OEMs, senior airline personnel, regulators and invited media. The successful launch at the 2018 Airshow hosted CEOs from the following airlines and lessors:  AerCap, Air Arabia, Air Canada, Air Lease Corporation, Flybe, Gulf Air, Saudia and SpiceJet.


The Airline Leaders Summit at the Farnborough International Air Show 2022 is sponsored by Pratt & Whitney. Time: Monday 18th July, 11am - 12pm; Location: Pioneer Room 1, Hall 1, Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.


Eurofighter Is Natural Bridge to European Future Combat Air System (FCAS)
An enhanced Eurofighter Typhoon would form a core part of any European Future Combat Air System (FCAS), working hand-in- hand with any future European Fighter Programme - Manned or Unmanned. Eurofighter Typhoon is the benchmark for European collaboration - now and in the future.  Eurofighter will be a central pillar of any European FCAS, and has a key role to play in this future system, operating alongside any existing or new European assets that may come into play in the Future Battlespace - across all mission scenarios.


There is a need for greater connectivity, Sensor and Data Fusion in the Future Battlespace would see a refresh of technology in the Cockpit, including a High Resolution large area display, and up to 15% more power to the aircraft's EJ-200 Engines, as part of the aircraft's long term evolution plans. Eurofighter, with the EJ-200 Engine, already has one of the best engines in its class in the world. It is being improved to deliver a 15% increase in thrust, to ensure that Eurofighter Typhoon can maintain its combat-edge in the future.


Eurofighter is the biggest and most successful Defence Collaboration Project ever undertaken in Europe. It is the backbone of NATO's European Air Defence and will continue to be developed to defend against all future threats for decades to come.


Eurofighter Typhoon is one of the most Advanced Swing-Role Combat Aircraft available and can be deployed in the full spectrum of Air Operations including Air Policing, Peace Support and high intensity conflict. Eurofighter Typhoon is the largest Military Procurement Programme in Europe.


UK’s Future Development of Eurofighter
The UK Government has restated its commitment to the future development of Eurofighter following the earlier unveiling of a National Combat Air Strategy. It had described how Eurofighter’s continued enhancement will act as a technology bridge to the development of a Future Combat Aircraft Programme and ensures Eurofighter will operate alongside future platforms in the decades to come.


Several emerging technologies have been already demonstrated as part of a Future Concept Aircraft. Industry leaders have described how Eurofighter will continue to operate as Europe’s dominant fighter aircraft and will develop and deploy the future technologies that will form a central pillar of a Future Combat Air System platform for Europe.


The Eurofighter programme within the UK Ministry of Defence,  plans to develop the Next-Generation Combat Air System, and spirally develop, the world-class systems that are already on Eurofighter Typhoon. The Project CENTURION Upgrades, saw the Eurofighter become one of the world’s foremost Multi-Role Fighters with the MBDA Storm Shadow, Brimstone and Meteor Weapons entering UK’s Royal Air Force Service. It continues to develop the aircraft in an ever-more agile and responsive fashion; drawing on Advanced Sensors, including an Electronically-Scanned Radar and advanced reprogramming techniques.


BAE Systems Air Division has for a number of years, been working with its Partners, developing Future Combat Air System technologies as part of their commitment to the UK’s continuing role as a leading international partner in Air Defence. These technologies have been brought together in a concept that considers shared views on the future threat environment and likely international requirements. They develop and deploy on Eurofighter before ultimately being incorporated onto a Future Combat Air System. This means that Eurofighter will remain at the forefront of technology. It also means that it will be the natural partner to work alongside a future fighter in the decades to follow its entry into service.


Eurofighter will remain the dominant fighter aircraft in Europe for the next 30 to 35 years. The technologies being developed for Eurofighter go hand-in-hand with those technologies expected to be seen on a Future European Fighter Programme – Manned or Unmanned.


UK’s Team Tempest Future Combat Air System Led by BAE, Leonardo, MBDA & RR
At the last Farnborough, a Next-Generation Fighter Concept Model was revealed showcasing key technologies that will be important in the future.  The concept gives an indication of the types of technologies that BAE Systems and its Partners are developing and investing in so that they can deliver world leading capabilities for the future.
The future operating environment will be contested, congested and complex. A Future Fighter System will need to be capable, flexible, upgradeable, connected and affordable to ensure the delivery of a system to meet the demands of the operating environment, both known and unknown. Team Tempest includes BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA & Rolls-Royce.


Capable: A Future Combat Air System must be able to survive the most challenging combat environments meaning that payload-range, speed and manoeuvrability will be key. We expect that the system will be equipped with a range of sensors including Radio Frequency, Active and Passive Electro-Optical Sensors and Advanced Electronic Support Measures to detect and intercept threats.


The system is likely to operate with Kinetic and Non-Kinetic Weapons. The integration of Laser Directed Energy Weapons for Self-Defence and use within Visual Range Combat is also highly likely. The ability to deploy and manage Air-Launched ‘Swarming’ Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) through a flexible payload bay allows the system to address dangerous Anti-Access Area Denial environments.


Flexible: Air Forces of the future will require a Fighter System that is highly flexible and can be applied to a wide variety of Military Operations. Operators will have the ability to rapidly adapt the system to perform new functions or to change its performance. Depending on the mission, ‘role fit’ additions such as low observable conformal Fuel Tanks, Weapons Dispensers, Air Launched UAV Dispensers, Large Modular Sensors, Long Range Oblique Photography Systems for Reconnaissance and Laser Directed Energy Weapons would be available, with much superior power thrust engines.


Adaptability will be built into the System Design, with Systems Architectures which support a ‘Plug and Play’ approach, easily integrating new algorithms and hardware. The system will also support ‘scalable autonomy’ to provide a number of modes of Unmanned Operation and a range of pilot decisions aids when manned flight is being conducted. These features are dynamically reconfigurable and serve to enhance Survivability, Availability, Cyber Resilience, and Tactical options.


Connected: To deliver significant information advantage and mission effectiveness, the Future Combat Air System will act as a ‘Force Multiplier’, interoperating with a wide range of other Civil and Military Platforms and services across Air, Land, Sea, Space and Cyber Domains – as well as Unmanned Systems.


Command and Control of other systems, such as UAVs, will be enabled from a fully customisable Virtual Cockpit, with advanced Human Machine Interfaces including eye tracking and gesture based controls, offering intuitive and sophisticated mission management. Using a similar virtual approach, both Mission Planning on the ground, and the Remote Command of Unmanned Aircraft can be enhanced, ensuring a rapid and effective understanding of the battlespace.
 - Anita Mal Kaul