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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

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

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

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

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

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

CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal
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ROSOBORONEXPORT, RUSSIA

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

Russian Helicopters Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter
Rosoboronexport/ROSTEC - Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry,
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BEML Contribution on Defence Services: By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED

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

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

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

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

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

“MBDA is a Committed Partner to the Indian Armed Forces”
With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile S
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, AVSM, NM, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raytheon Technologies Corporation: Creates Future of Aerospace & Defence
The merger of Raytheon and United Technologies combined two companies with distinctive legacies in
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RAFAEL

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

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

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

Launching of Vagir, the Fifth Indian Kalvari-Class Submarine with Scorpene Design, Entirely Made in India
Making its underwater defence stronger, Indian Navy launched the fifth Kalvari-Class Scorpene Subma
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Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines Project

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

Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines
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The Year of Heron TP

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

The Year of Heron TP
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FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

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

FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
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MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force

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

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EUROSATORY 2022 SHOW REPORT

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 from 13th to 17th June 2022 at Paris Villepinte. Most major companies participated at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems. Eurosatory 2022 also had Technology Clusters like CBRN; Homeland Security; Electronics; Individual Soldier Equipment; Training & Simulation; Night Vision; UAS-UGV; etc.


Eurosatory 2022, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was  held from 13th to 17th June 2022 at Paris Villepinte. Most major companies participated at this exhibition displaying their Equipment and Systems and also conducted live indoor and outdoor demonstrations. 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 also had Technology Clusters like CBRN; Homeland Security; Electronics; Individual Soldier Equipment; Training & Simulation; Night Vision; UAS-UGV; etc. Major exhibiting companies included Airbus Group, MBDA, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo, RTX Collins Aerospace, L3Harris, TeledyneFlir, Safran Group, Nexter KNDS, Thales, General Dynamics, Rheinmetall, KMW, Rafael, IAI, Elbit Systems, IMI, BAE Systems, Diehl Defence, Photonis, ECA, Eurenco, etc. 1,743 exhibitors from 62 countries participated, with 39 National Pavilions from France, Germany, USA, UK, Italy, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, Finland, Austria, India, Brazil, Korea, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, etc.

Eurosatory 2022 Exhibition & Conference was held at Parc des Expositions near Villepinte in Paris, France from 13th to 17th June 2022. This biennial event, one of the largest Land and Air-Land Defence and Security Exhibition & Conference covered all aspects therein. A Defence & Security technological continuum, originally devoted to Defence, Eurosatory has fully expanded into the Security market. While the contexts of use differ greatly between Defence & Security, the products displayed are definitely on the same technological continuum. Eurosatory has taken these developments onboard and has got new categories of Defence and Security product buyers. ALAT, the French Army Light Aviation, also displayed at Eurosatory, thus boosting the Air-Land aspect of the Show.


Eurosatory, the world's leading Land and Air-Land Defence and Security Exhibition, was held in a particular geopolitical context marking the evolution of Asymmetrical Combat towards high-intensity inter-state conflicts. A real technological showcase, Eurosatory offered solutions & equipment covering the entire spectrum of capacities, ranging from proven equipment to the latest technological innovations.


The unquestionable quality of this No.1 International Defence Exhibition was based on four pillars:- International: Eurosatory brought together worldwide exhibitors, visitors and journalists; Business: Eurosatory offered to exhibitors and visitors, various services in order to help them to develop their commercial opportunities in Defence & Security spheres; Technological Showcase: Eurosatory presented in life-size numerous Equipment and Systems; A forum for  Ideas: Eurosatory supported exchanges of views about the evolution of Defence and Security products between all the players of the domains. Many Conferences were organised concurrently with the exhibition.


Significant Air-Land Presence
Eurosatory 2022 offered an essential business platform for all the sector's players and focused on the Air-Land Sector with more than 250 exhibitors from this Domain. For the Aeronautics Sector, Eurosatory 2022 was an event not to be missed! More than 250 Official Delegations from 96 countries participated. All the latest developments in the field of Land and Air-Land Defence and Security were presented at the exhibition, including more than 500 new products and a large number of innovations.


Given the current geopolitical situation, the Air-Land Sector is more relevant than ever. Air Defence, the use of Helicopters and Drones, etc. are major concerns for European Governments, but also for other regions. This is reflected by the fact that more than 20% of the registered exhibitors were active in the Air-Land Sector. Among them Airbus, MBDA, Thales, Rafael, Diehl Defence, BAE Systems, Daher, Kongsberg, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Rheinmetall, Roketsan, Hanwha, Elbit, Eurosam, Norinco, etc. Throughout the 5 days of the exhibition, the professionals of the sector  had the opportunity to meet a large number of Aeronautical Subcontractors working in Defence, Vehicle and Missile Subcontracting, as well as in the Aeronautical and Space field.


Four helicopters were exhibited at Eurosatory 2022: The American helicopters included the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Blackhawk and the Boeing Apache Attack Helicopter, and the Airbus' H145 and Tiger Attack Helicopter.
At Eurosatory, more than a hundred companies offered Drones and Drone Systems, among these, Aeronautics (Israel), Aerovironment (USA), Bluebird (Israel), Elbit (Israel), Elistair (France), IAI (Israel), Skyborne Technologies (Australia). Almost all types of Drones were on display. Visitors were able to discover Mapping UAVs, UAVs and Tethered Balloons, Tactical UAVs, Dual-Propeller staggered-pitch UAVs, Biometric UAVs, fixed-wing UAVs, Micro-UAVs with Docking Stations, Swarm UAVs, Mini-UAVs and many others.


The exhibition also had international leaders in the Anti-Aircraft field, with a unique range of Air Defence Systems. More than 70 companies presented products and services in this field. In addition to the products and services offered, Eurosatory also conducted many Conferences Sessions on the following themes: "HELICOPTERS / AEROCOMBAT" and "DRONES / ANTI-DRONES FIGHTING" to further develop the Aeronautical Segment. The programme included: Aerocombat in the Sahel–Saharan Strip - RETEX – French Army Staff; Future Airmobile Capability – French Army Staff; French Military Helicopters, an excellence in the field of Aerocombat - GICAT; NGRC, Vertical Lift Innovations to enhance operational capabilities - NATO/NSPA.


Tactical Reconnaissance Drone System - French Army Staff;     The Fight against Drones - French Army Staff; Drones and Robots Tech Challenges: Autonomous Use, Swarms and Drones/Robots Interactions - Drones4SEC;  Drones and Robots Use cases in Defence and Public Safety - Drones4SEC; UAV Systems - GICAT; The Laser Weapon, a Game Changer against Drones - CILAS.


At the Eurosatory LAB, the exhibition's Start-Up Area, there was the GICAT master-class - "State-of-the-Art in Anti-Drone Combat" with a Keynote by Christophe Salomon (IGA), Deputy Director General, Thales Land and Air Systems.
With 1,743 registered exhibitors from 62 countries, over 62,000 professional visitors from about 150 countries and about 250 official delegations from 96 countries, Eurosatory 2022 was the must attend exhibition for all the Air-Land Defence and Security players!


The Air and Space Academy organised a forum on Europe's capacity to develop new Military Helicopter Programmes during the exhibition, which aimed to present recommendations and encourage discussion at a European level alongside the major players in the Military Sector.


INNOVATION AT THE CORE
The Eurosatory Exhibition returned at the Parc des Expositions of Paris-Nord Villepinte as a true technological showcase offering solutions and equipment covering the entire spectrum of capabilities, from proven equipment to the latest Technological Innovations. All the latest developments in the field of Land and Air-Land Defence and Security were presented. There was this exceptional opportunity to discover more than 500 new products and a large number of innovations at the stands and in the Eurosatory LAB.


Eurosatory LAB for Defence & Security Start-Ups
Eurosatory visitors had the opportunity to discover the Eurosatory LAB on a surface of more than 1,000 sqm. Nearly 80 French and International Start-Ups gathered in the Eurosatory LAB presenting their Technological Innovations to official delegations and industry professionals. Among the Start-Ups' Solutions, many Civil Innovations are applicable to Defence and Security Domains.


High-level Conferences were held in the Agora. The Director of the Defence Innovation Agency took part in the inaugural keynote, and among the guests, was the Founder of the International CyberSecurity Forum (FIC), the "DEFENSE ANGELS" Network, as well as the Director of the Battle Lab Terre. Pitching Sessions and Demonstrations were held in the LAB, as well as a variety of interactive and convivial activities such as the public vote for the "Start-Up of the Day" from  June 14th to June 17th.


For the first time, Eurosatory hosted a Start-Up Challenge in Partnership with Agorize. This competition was open to Start-Ups from all over the world. Participants proposed an innovation of a dual nature, likely to effectively transform the daily life of a Defence and Security actor in the exercise of its missions.


GENERATE - the Start-Ups Accelerator by GICAT: Launched in 2018, the GENERATE Programme enables French Start-Ups to understand and integrate the world of Defence and Security by providing them with tailor-made services and by allowing them to benefit from the GICAT Network. GENERATE is a Start-Up Accelerator dedicated to Defence and Security issues in the broad sense. This programme goes beyond a simple operational support to also bring a strategic vision through the triptych: Start-Up Accelerator for their strategy, visibility and business development;  Content and reflection creator through several regular publications; Facilitator of a network of innovation actors.


This focus on innovation carried by the Conferences, the Eurosatory LAB and GENERATE, was part of Eurosatory's commitment to offer an environment that encourages reflection on the Defence and Security of tomorrow. It is undeniable that the word "Innovation" characterises this edition of the show. Already very present in major groups, mid-market companies and SMEs, innovation is further enhanced at the exhibition by the presence of the ‘Start-Ups’ in Eurosatory LAB and in the GENERATE Incubator of GICAT.


A number of new products were unveiled for the first time at Eurosatory 2022. The field of Security is now a full component of Eurosatory, alongside the Defence Sector. The duality of technologies on many stands were mainly dedicated to this field, attesting the growing importance of Security issues. For the Live Demonstrations, real specificity of the show, the presence of Security Forces: RAID, GIGN, Prefecture of Police (with the BRI and the BSPP), Special Forces and the Ground Forces, was a real success.


All products and components of the Defence and Security Supply Chain were exhibited at Eurosatory. The show presented the whole Defence and Security offerings from basic parts to prime-contractors’ finished products and operational systems. As an International Defence and Security Exhibition, Eurosatory highlighted exhibitors’ visibility through life-size Presentations of Equipment, Weapons Systems and Technologies, and through Live Demonstrations. Eurosatory was undoubtedly the place where exhibitors promoted their products and where visitors got aware about the latest evolutions. High-level qualified visitors (decision-makers, contract givers and key influencers), benefited from the displays in the Exhibition Halls and Outdoors.


Eurosatory is also a forum for ideas where the future of Defence and Security is prepared with all players of the domains. Conferences & Workshops were organised with trends analysis and lessons learned. Eurosatory, the international reference for Land and Air-Land Defence and Security exhibitions, takes place every two years in order to gather the whole offer and demand of the domains. It was created in its original form in 1967 and has never stopped evolving.


Most of the Defence and Security Industries participated amongst the worldwide exhibitors, technology clusters and theme-oriented itineraries. Visitors met the manufacturers from the Defence and Security Domains in order to develop their network and to do business through the dedicated Networking Services. Prospects of new markets and business opportunities; proposing equipment to manufacturers and major groups, finding providers and sub-contractors, choosing adapted equipment and solutions according to their needs, besides identifying new equipment, trends and worldwide technology innovations. To keep informed and think about the Defence and Security evolution, there were Conferences with high-level decision makers, technical and operational experts from many countries and international bodies.


Eurosatory welcomed professional visitors with various functions: Defence & Security professionals, Institutional decision-makers, Defence and Security authorities and influential VIP experts, Experts involved in Equipment Evaluation and Procurement processes, Operational staff and Equipment Users, Members of think tanks, Test Centres and Universities.


EUROSATORY CONFERENCES   
Eurosatory offered a comprehensive programme of Conferences and Events, with 110 International Conferences held having over 300 Speakers. International and rather short (less than two hours), Conferences attracted a high-level panel of Speakers including operational staff, manufacturers, media, experts, think tanks and high ranking officials. Many Conferences and numerous events were organised, including the Land Operations Forum, CBRNE, ECCO Symposium, Conferences by Think Tanks, Air-Land Convergence, European Defence Affairs, Security Forum, Artificial Intelligence, Homeland Security, Defence Eco-System, The Security-Development Continuum.


Exhibitors’ Conferences: To optimise the impact of their participation, the Organiser COGES provided Exhibitors with an additional high-impacting tool to promote their company, their products or their technology: product or systems presentation, advance launch of a new product or system. These “Exhibitor Conferences” offered a real visibility during the exhibition held in an open Conference Room inside the exhibition halls.


Eurosatory exhibition offered a large Conference Programme, making each edition an international forum for reflection on the future of a safer world. The Conferences bring together operational staff, manufacturers, media, experts, personalities and major decision-makers who deal with key topics of the moment.


International Professional Meetings
Promoting discussions, Eurosatory has developed its Conferences programmes. In particular, the European Club for Counter-Trade & Offset (ECCO) Symposium, Land & Air-Land Operations Forum, CyberDef-CyberSec Forum, etc. The Show had all products of the Land and Air-Land Industry displaying the latest trends. The entire Land and Air-Land Defence and Security Industry and market meets during the Eurosatory, presenting the entire international offering and the whole Land Defence & Security Industry and Supply Chain, from raw materials to finished products. The exhibition covers the full spectrum of Defence & Security Equipment in all price groups, from new, complex and high-ticket most advanced technology systems, to more affordable & tried-and-tested solutions, that particular Nations prefer.


Eurosatory maintains and develops the exhibition’s Security Section further, which is actually linked to the Defence Domain through technology. Such a growing focus on Security also brings  new visitors either from Government Departments seeking to equip Emergency Response Forces, and from the Private Sector, scouting for solutions for people and Assets Security. Eurosatory was an unique opportunity to develop and maintain business networks, to analyse market trends and to discover proven solutions for meeting the Defence & Security needs of Governments, Institutions, manufacturers, private companies and public facilities. Eurosatory also had a wide range of dedicated services and outstanding features to achieve success including One-to-One Business Meetings, Strategy Consultancy, Exhibitor-Visitor Contacts Service, Indoor & Outdoor Live Demonstrations, and Conferences of geo-strategic analysis to products presentations by exhibiting companies.


Large International Participation
With 1,743 exhibitors from 62 countries, having 62% international companies, and 39 National Pavilions, and about 62,000 professional visitors attending from about 150 countries, Eurosatory is the world's benchmark Land and Air-Land Defence and Security Exhibition. Above 600 French exhibitors also took part. Thus, France accounted for about 38% of exhibitors evidencing the dynamics of the French National Land Defence & Security Industries. Eurosatory 2022 also featured 39 Country Pavilions encompassing a significant portion of companies from the exhibiting countries. Besides France, countries with the most exhibitors included the USA, Germany, UK, Israel, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Spain and The Netherlands, besides 2 India Pavilions too.


The exhibition hosted the entire Land and Air-Land Industry, from raw materials to sub-assemblies and operational systems besides featuring the latest Technology Clusters, R&D facilities and covered all facets of Homeland Security, along with high level official delegations, international think tanks and strategy consultants. The event provided excellent opportunities for focused business meetings from industries worldwide in the Defence Sector. Conferences of high relevance to today’s Global Defence market provided the perfect networking opportunity with the Industry and decision makers in the procurement process of their respective countries. There were many structured meetings with global players in the domain of Defence and Security. With meetings to facilitate contact between buyers and suppliers in the Defence Domain and buyers and solution providers in the Security Domain, besides networking with exhibiting companies, trading groups, Defence & Security Forces and Governments.


Visitors gained access to the host of Conferences held over the five-day exhibition period covering important topics in strategies and policies as well as economic topics in Defence and Security held by international think tanks. There were international workshops and panel discussions on dedicated Defence and Security topics. Visitors and participants also held meetings with the French Ministry of Defence, DGA, ALAT, and with many leading Defence companies.


Eurosatory is a platform for international exchange dedicated to all specialists of Land and Air-Land Defence and Security. The entire "Supply Chain" was at the show, besides it being an opportunity to meet the Armed Forces and Security Services (End Users), the Industrial Sector, and numerous Official Military & Government Delegations from many countries. Defence & Security remains a dynamic sector, where some countries need to increase their Defence Capabilities, while others need to expand their Internal Security Capabilities.


French MoD Display
The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) DGA reflects the reality of global threats that could also concern the French national territory. The French MoD stand showcased key equipment used by Tactical Battle Groups, besides others. The main assets of this exhibits presentation with visual immersive presentations highlighted French Defence operational capabilities and technological performance. The future major assets of the Joint Force, the GRIFFON APC and JAGUAR Medium Tank were shown, with the enhanced LECLERC MBT and VBCI IFV, both crucial when dealing with tactical objectives, to cope with the wide range of threats, along with the new Variants of Mobility Solutions.


In support, the French Army Aviation delivers firepower with the TIGER and ensures freedom of manoeuver with the unparalleled flight-endurance of the Multi-Role NH90, also displayed with a real-size Mock-Up. The Nexter CAESAR Self-Propelled Howitzer delivers all of its firepower in support of the Joint Ground Force, while Integrated Air Defence is provided by SAMP/T, CMD3D and GM200-400 Radars. Finally, Cyber and Intelligence Assets were also displayed.


The French Armaments Procurement Agency (DGA) presented Systems, Equipment and Innovations that enhance operational capability and highlighted the SMEs in the Defence Sector. One of the key operational success factors is the operational readiness cycle, which was highlighted in the display area dedicated to Defence Simulation. The implementation of New-Generation assets requires skilled and regularly trained personnel mastering Combat Procedures and Weapons’ Systems. While avoiding the constraints of training in the field, this Simulation provides realistic training on base. Each operational function is built on a complete Simulation System: SPARTACUS, SOULT, SIMFAC, SEMBA, SECDEB, SC1, etc. A Distributed Simulation with all these components was displayed and provided an insight into the realities of Connected Combat in the Digital Battlefield.


Technological Clusters Display
Exhibitors positioned on particular Technology Sectors joined  Clusters to improve their visibility and be more easily identified by visitors with a Conference Area set aside for them and they benefit from reinforced signs. The Technologic Clusters included: Cyber (new in 2022); Robotics (UGVs, UAVs & UVVs); Embedded Electronics; Training and Simulation; Engineering and Manufacturing (new in 2022); NCT CBRNe; Research, Tests & Measurements; Intelligence; Medical (new in 2022); Civil Security & Fire Fighting (new in 2022); and Infrastructure Security.


Cyber: Hacking Phishing, Ransomware… national and international communities have suffered more than 50% of Cyber attacks in 2020. The losses are estimated in billions, prevention is not enough, new predictive and intelligent tools are needed to counter this intangible threat that affects administrations, hospitals, companies and people in their daily lives.


Robotics (UGVs, UAVs & UVVs): Robotics naturally takes the front line in all types of conflicts and crises. Land, Air, Sea, Urban or confined areas, large spaces or the seabed, as soon as these spaces are not safe, human exposure is no longer necessary. Robots do not replace humans, they extend and increase their range of action in their most dangerous missions.


Embedded Electronics: The qualities of an Embedded Electronic System are based on its reliability, robustness, miniaturisation, low power consumption, ability to interface with other systems, maintainability and cost. At the heart of all systems, it is subject to the highest Technological Developments, from Research to Industrialization, through increasingly innovative manufacturing processes.


Training and Simulation: Simulation and Training Systems are nowadays integrated in all phases of the development of an operational system and at all levels of the Chains of Command. The use of Artificial Intelligence, such as expert systems, requires powerful computing resources and original software allowing to approach and increase reality more and more. Ergonomics and the results of behavioural sciences are translated into new proposals that are constantly readapted to the evolution of situations and equipment.


Training and Simulation activities and systems (constructed, virtual, instrumented or live) provide Armed and Security Forces with a learning capability (shooting, weapon systems, piloting, …) as well as a Tactical and Combat Training Capability in all situations.


Engineering and Manufacturing: It is increasingly common to sell both a product and its manufacturing tool. The adaptations of the manufacturing and engineering processes are standardised, modular and easily reconfigurable. It included the entire chain from design to manufacture, not to mention supply, maintenance and distribution.


Research, Tests & Measurements: Whether fundamental or applied, research depends on testing and measurement facilities that are sometimes unique. The means of testing and measuring are also the assurance of quality and conformity. The Centres and Laboratories ensure these requirements.


Intelligence: Sigint, Geoint, Comint, Humint, etc., the list of topics in the world of Intelligence is as large as the associated products and services. If Communications Networks are a naturally privileged space, it is on the whole spectrum that interceptions, eavesdropping, image analysis and threat anticipation are carried out.


Medical: The Medical and Military Health Concept is linked to crises and immediate actions, which makes is a powerful and recognised humanitarian tool. The best technologies are used by the best specialists for sometimes massive volumes of populations. All the Military Health Services of all countries work together with the same objective, to help women and men, whoever they may be.


Civil Security & Fire Fighting: The Civil Protection professions, both professional and voluntary, are adapting to ever-changing and unfortunately dramatic circumstances. The equipment must adapt to their unconditional rescue actions. Innovations often come from their own experience and their own creations. As for the classic means and equipment, they are constantly being improved to respond more precisely to the need while maintaining maximum reliability.


Infrastructure Security: This is an increasingly sensitive area where the accuracy and intelligence of detection must overtake fraud and where vulnerabilities must be addressed. Actions can be passive or active but need to anticipate. The processing of security on large volumes of population is at the heart of the technologies and services concerned. AI and behavioural analysis technologies stand alongside the physical means of intrusion, bollards, barricades, etc.
Live Demonstrations


The novelty of this edition was the Live Demonstrations held closer to the halls of the exhibition. Institutional Demonstrations complete Eurosatory's Live Demonstrations programme, having participation of the French Army, Prefecture de Police Inter-Services (BRI, BSPP, CSI), French Army Special Forces (CFST), Tactical Unit of the French National Unit (RAID), Gendarmerie Nationale Intervention Group (GIGN). Other Participants of Eurosatory Live Demonstrations were Arquus, Azur Drones, Daimler, FN Herstal, Isuzu, Milrem, Protecop, SIDES, Spartan Military, Streit Group, etc.


An Ops staging area with live commentary and pictures projected on large screens ensured the success of this presentation, which remains a unique aspect of the Eurosatory Exhibition. Manufacturers highlighted their technologies and products. This format ensures great benefits for participating companies: significant visibility, increased number of visits at their display stands.


Live Outdoors Demonstrations are a key asset for Eurosatory. About 20 exhibitors got the opportunity to display their vehicles and operating systems in action. On a dedicated Demo Area, featuring operational settings, live commentary and large-screen projection of live images ensures the success and significantly contributes to the reputation and uniqueness of the Eurosatory Show. Live large-screen projection of pictures or company archive videos enhances the value and effectiveness of this aspect of Eurosatory. Security products are also dynamically displayed, with two presentations a day.


Keen to foster exhibitor and visitor business, Eurosatory consistently has new services and offers, providing particular support to SMEs and mid-size companies. Such Services included the One-to-One Business Meetings, export strategy consulting by geographic area, the "Discovery" Village devoted to very small companies exhibiting at Eurosatory, strong connections with CCIs and French Groups, Conferences, plus the Technology Clusters. Corporations and SMEs come together every other year at Eurosatory to meet all the international players there. With an outdoor area of more than 20,000 sqm, time is dedicated to each know-how in real situations. There are Technical Presentations of equipment and systems in action, with simultaneous translation.  Live Demonstrations by industrial exhibitors present their products with predefined scenario on an accidented ground.


HELPED - First Integrated Demonstrator of Global Crisis Management
HELPED (Humanitary Emergency Logistic Project and Eco Development) a Project to create a new Industrial Sector offering a Multi-Dimensional Solution in the event of complex crises that are always difficult to anticipate. With demonstration of French products & services dedicated to humanitarian and development actions; An immersive experience with a guided walk through the show’s new outdoor demonstration area; Nomenclature: Means of logistics mobility; Provisioning, transport, relief, storage; Installation of Communications; Land development; Fluid and Energy Supply and Management; Temporary and collective installations, development; Protection of Networks and transactions; Depollution of areas and Mine Clearance; Protection of supplies and transport; Means of resilience; Service and means of protection of areas and sites.


CBRNe Demonstrations
Experts, industry leaders and End-Users, discovered the world of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Defence. Learnt about CBRNe and stayed up-to-date by seeing the latest technologies countering CBRNe threats. There were Daily Live Civil-Military CBRNe Demonstrations by End-Users showcasing their capabilities of Civil and Military first responders; and some attended the CBRNe Workshops with expert presentations.
One could immerse in the world of the NCT PRO Experience: Try on CBRNe Gear, test the latest Detectors and strategies. Connect with National, European & International Civil and Military CBRNe stakeholders, industry providers and Scientists in one place.


During five days, there was the opportunity to meet with leading companies in the field and discover their latest innovations. Daily Workshops and Conference Sessions  tackled the trendiest topics in the field, creating a unique platform to exchange on best practices and lessons learned. Operators also had the chance to join in the NCT PRO Experience for Mock CBRNe Scenario Trainings led by expert instructors, while Live Demonstrations showcased European CBRNe Capabilities. Professionals joined the CBRNe experts, industry leaders and operators discovering the world of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Defence at the NCT CBRNe Pavilion at Eurosatory 2022!


MBDA AKERON - New Unique Family of 5th-Gen. Combat Weapons
At Eurosatory 2022, MBDA presented AKERON, a unique Family of Fifth-Generation Tactical Combat Missiles, a quantum leap from the third and fourth generation weapons currently available on the market. This family includes the MBDA MMP and MHT Missiles, now renamed AKERON MP and AKERON LP, respectively. With AKERON, MBDA is now offering a family of missiles that can adapt to the needs of Collaborative Tactical Combat.


Today’s Combat Units operate in a variety of complex environments. These can be Urban areas, open countryside, deserts or mountains, during the day or at night; and can also feature a combination and/or variety of forces, both allied and adversary. To respond to the wide range of threats they face, operators must be equipped with a versatile and precise capability enabling them to destroy fixed or mobile land targets – including the Latest-Generation Tanks and Light Combat Vehicles – but also neutralize Dismounted adversaries or adversaries in hardened or defensive fighting positions. All whilst minimizing the risk of collateral damage. Operators also need to be protected during engagements with simplicity of implementation, the capacity to "fire and forget" or engage a target, while remaining hidden from sight. Designed for these operational realities, the AKERON Family of Missiles incorporates the latest technologies in terms of High-Resolution Multi-Band Imagers, Multi-Effect Warheads (Anti-Tank, Anti-Infrastructure, Anti-Personnel), Data Links, and Multi-Mode Guidance Algorithms based on AI techniques. All ensuring robust and precise guidance at any distance, in all conditions. Each has their own specifications in order to be perfectly adapted to the missions of the Combat Units and Platforms using them.


Operators thus have the broadest spectrum of tactical options to deal with their targets, thanks to the many possible modes of engagement. These include ‘Fire and Forget’, Human-in-the-Loop, Locking the target before firing (LOBL), or Locking on after firing (LOAL), which facilitates firing Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS).


The missiles of the AKERON Family meet current and future operational needs for Dismounted Combat as well as from Land, Air (Helicopter, UAV) and even Naval Platforms. They are also ideal for integration into the digital environment of the battlefield, and suited for collaborative combat.


During the Eurosatory Show, MBDA also organised a press briefing dedicated to the C-UAS (Counter-Unmanned Air System) Solutions developed by MBDA, notably Sky Warden, to effectively neutralise any form of threat, from Tactical Drones to Reconnaissance Mini-Drones, as well as other traditional ‘air breathing’ threats. In addition to that briefing, MBDA was able to show the different configurations, Mounted or Dismounted, as well as the Vehicles around the Sky Warden Solution at its stand.


MBDA is the only European Defence Group capable of designing and producing  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).


Arquus Land Mobility Systems
Four years after the fusion of renowned companies Renault Trucks, Panhard and ACMAT into Arquus, reasserted it’s identity as the European specialist of Wheeled Land Mobility Solutions, with  long-running expertise in fields of Reconnaissance and Personnel Transport Armoured Vehicles, Tactical and Logistics Trucks, as well as Military Drivelines and Special Forces Vehicles. However, Arquus is not only a Designer and Producer of Armoured Vehicles, but asserts its expertise in fields such as Remote-Controlled Weapons Stations thanks to its Business Unit Hornet, energy production, management and sharing systems, worldwide logistics and support solutions, as well as Robotics, all at the greater benefits of the Soldier’s Mobility.


Since the 2018 founding of Arquus, a lot has happened. First, and most importantly, the ramp-up of the Scorpion programme, which has focused a wide part of the company’s efforts to provide the French Army with state-of-the-art new 6x6 Combat Vehicles, the Griffon and the Jaguar, developed with Partners Nexter and Thales. New Versions, such as the Hybrid Griffon, are currently under development.


In 2021, Arquus launched Hornet, its Business Unit dedicated to Remote-Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS). Also building on the experience of the Scorpion programme, Hornet is in charge of developing the RCWS of the range, both on a technical and technological point of view, and promoting it on export markets. Eurosatory 2022 was Hornet’s very first exhibition on the world’s largest Defence stage and saw the presentation of several new concepts and solutions: collaborative protection in Partnership with Lacroix and Metravib, Anti-Drone Capabilities with Cerbair, and Anti-Tank Version with the integration of an Akeron Missile from MBDA.


A total of five vehicles and corresponding solutions and services were exhibited on the Arquus stand: the Sherpa A2M, launched by Arquus and Partners Thales and NTGS, a new, breakthrough solution for Shoot-and-Scoot combining a Sherpa Light Scout, a Thales 120mm Rifled Tube and an Automatic Mortar System by NTGS; the Upgraded VAB MK3 integrating new Collaborative Combat and Protection Systems; the Scarabée, in a Recon Version with Anti-Tank Capability; the Fortress Mk2; and the Armis 8x8, Arquus’ Solution for heavy logistics, presented by Arquus and its Partners.


Scarabée Reconnaissance & Tank Killer Version for the Most Demanding Missions
Scarabée is a tribute to Arquus’ expertise for designing Reconnaissance, Scouting and Combat Vehicles. The Scarabée was presented equipped with new, state-of-the-art Michelin tyres, which further increase the vehicle’s Stealth and reduce its footprint. Scarabée also loads another Hornet novelty: the AKERON Missile Version, specifically thought for Anti-Tank Combat and developed with MBDA.


The recent combat experience has shown that Anti-Tank Combat Capabilities are key in a highly contested, highly intense battlefield. The large number of Armoured targets, and the rhythm of Combat Operations call for the integration of multiple Anti-Tank Weapons on Armoured Vehicles, to allow for Tank-hunting and Collaborative Combat Capabilities, or to provide with Self-Defence options in case of an unplanned encounter with enemy assets. Such a capability is now integrated in the Hornet RCWS, which now offers Anti-Tank Capabilities on top of its native qualities. MBDA’s AKERON Missile is integrated on the side of the RCWS, which preserves the compact size of the Hornet and contributes to its Stealth.


That configuration is very sensible on the Scarabée as Arquus’ New-Generation Reconnaissance Vehicle. It reminds of the VBL Milan while adding several operational capabilities. With the Hornet AKERON, the Scarabée can be used as a Stealth Tank Killer. With its high mobility, silent propulsion and compact silhouette, it is a perfect vehicle for infiltration. The Anti-Tank Scarabée is able to scout while in movement and to shoot from inside the vehicle with the Hornet AKERON or from outside the vehicle with a MBDA AKERON Firing Station. It will load up to 5 missiles depending on configuration.


Arquus’ jewel, the Scarabee is the first Military Hybrid-Drive Armoured Reconnaissance Car ever. Compact, highly mobile and stealthy, the Scarabee can tackle any environment, from desert combat to confined or urban environment. Versatile and modular, it can serve as a Reconnaissance car, a Light Cavalry Vehicle fitted with a powerful Auto-Cannon, a Missile-carrying Tank-Killer or a Mobile Command Post. It can serve in Air Assault Units or Quick Reaction Forces, accompany Infantry Units or pair up with Main Battle Tanks.


Arquus Upgraded VAB MK3 Integrating New Cooperative Systems
The VAB Mk3 is Arquus’ flagship on the 6x6 market. Already in service and combat-proven in various Armies around the world, it is a modern APC/IFV that Arquus constantly Upgrades to better answer the operational needs of the operators on the battlefield. The VAB MK3 is a very agile and well protected vehicle, which can serve as an APC or an IFV depending on the mission at hand. Its very compact architecture and low silhouette makes it a vehicle very well adapted to high-intensity conflicts against opponents equipped with multiple Reconnaissance and aggression solutions. This concept proves once again its validity as Modern Combat Vehicles tend to grow taller and bigger, which increases their visual signature on the battlefield.


At Eurosatory 2022, Arquus presented the VAB MK3 in a Systems-Ready Configuration, with a wide array of systems that are highly relevant for modern-day operations and benefit from the close examination of recent combat experience. These systems add up to the native qualities of the VAB MK3, which is a very-well Protected, Versatile, and Very Mobile Vehicle.


Hornet Stealth Protection: The VAB MK3 exhibited on the Arquus stand first demonstrated the Hornet Stealth Protection by Hornet, which ensures the Vehicle’s Self-Protection, as well as Collaborative Protection for the whole Task Force. The Hornet Stealth Protection combines a Hornet Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), an independent ring-mounted on the Hornet and fitted with a GALIX Smoke Grenade Launcher by Lacroix, a Pilar V Acoustic Gunshot Detector by Metravib and finally the Battlenet Vehicle, Systems Sensors & Effectors Software Management System, which links all Sensors & Equipment, providing with Collaborative Protection and Combat Capabilities. Upon detection of a threat, the Stealth Protection System warns the operator and automatically orients the GALIX Smoke Grenade Launcher to face the threat, as well as the Hornet RCWS if the operator elects that option. The Smoke Grenade Launch is then conducted manually or automatically, depending on the selected mode, effectively screening the vehicle from incoming targets. The system loads a total of two salvos, to be able to react to two consecutive targets incoming from identical or different directions. This solution can also integrate a Laser Detector Warning System to add further Detection and Protection Capabilities.


Situational awareness: The VAB MK3 is also equipped with 360-Degree Low-Light & Thermal Imaging Cameras by Bertin Technologies that provide the crew with a full 360-Degree Situational Awareness and the vehicle with Night Driving Capabilities. The Cameras and corresponding screens benefit from a very low response time which facilitate nighttime operations. This array also integrates a thermal mode which switches on extremely quickly, allowing for smooth transitions from one mode to another. The VAB MK3 also integrates a wire solution for Drones, provided by French company Arastelle that enables continuous Surveillance Capabilities while in operations. That solution connects the Drone to VAB MK3’s energy network, thus ensuring a constant supply of power and an Air Surveillance, which is a major advantage compared to the natural limits of Drones, which currently only rely on their own battery.


This innovative solution developed by Arastelle and integrated by Arquus allows the drone to remain in flight for as long as desired up to an altitude of 100m, reinforcing the Surveillance and Observation Capacity by day and night. This solution offers higher performance than a mast, with a much smaller footprint, while providing additional tactical options for the UAVs deployed, which are also capable of evolving wirelessly to fulfil other missions. This compact system, which can be integrated into all types of new or retrofitted vehicles, will provide ground resources with an Aerial Capability and enable a Micro-UAV to be deployed in 15 seconds with an Automated Take-Off and Landing procedure. It is particularly relevant in the context of surveillance of a forward operational base or a long-term reconnaissance mission, providing the  Arquus VAB MK3 with a Vision Capability Beyond Direct Sight.


Virtual Windows: All these systems are already qualified and available. On top of them, Arquus adds a solution currently under development by its Advanced Innovation Team, which provides with very important gains in terms of Observation and Situational Awareness. At Eurosatory 2022, Arquus presented its Virtual Windows Solution for Armoured Vehicles. This solution aims at projecting the 360° Vision from the Vehicle Cameras, or the vision from the Drone, or any video feed directly inside the vehicle thanks to small projectors with very small response time. The Virtual Windows help with the Crew’s Situational Awareness, by having them being able to see what the surroundings look like, which prevents spatial disorientation during the long operational drives in changing environments, especially right before disembarking. Such a solution also enables all crew members to actively take part in the Surveillance of the battlefield, which can be of use for Reconnaissance Units. It also enables precise on-board briefings, with a display of Tactical Situations directly on the vehicle’s hull. Information such as cover, general tactical situation, red and blue force tracking are thus much clearer. Virtual Windows also enable the complete removal of windows on the vehicle, which reinforces the general structure for more protection, while reducing the weight. The integration of the Virtual Windows by Arquus thus allows for more protection, facilitates the production, maintenance and repair of vehicles, while alleviating the mental load for the operator, who can focus on his mission from inside the vehicle thanks to Battlenet.


Arquus’ Systems and Sensor Management System, Battlenet connects all the Integrated Systems on a ‘Plug-and-Play’ basis, thus simplifying all operations inside the vehicle and automatizing some functions, such as Smoke Grenade Launches, target tracking and aiming. It also multiplies the capabilities of vehicles in Collaborative Combat: automatic information exchange, sharing of tactical situations, red and blue force tracking, collaborative protection and combat.


The VAB MK3 was presented in a configuration that is highly adapted to current conflicts. The Ukrainian crisis has reminded us of the reality of high-intensity operations, where well-protected, highly mobile vehicles are crucial, as well as their ability to identify the enemy before being detected and react as quickly as possible to the most dangerous threats. The VAB MK3 meets these needs perfectly.


Arquus & PT Pindad Sign MoU to Collaborate on Future Programmes for Indonesia
On June 14th, Arquus and PT Pindad signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish future collaboration in Land Systems Platforms for Indonesia. This MoU covers the development and production of new Armoured Vehicles, as well as corresponding systems and services. With this agreement, both companies agree to turn an exemplary relationship into an official, and larger scale Partnership. Arquus and PT Pindad have been running a long-term and successful relationship over the past 15 years. Throughout these years, Arquus has been supplying PT Pindad with major components and parts which have been integrated in Indonesian-made Armoured Vehicles. In the framework of that cooperation, Arquus has notably supplied powerpacks for ANOA 6x6 APC Vehicles and BADAK 6x6 IFV, currently serving in the Indonesian Forces.


ARQUUS is a French Defence Company, leader of Land Mobility Solutions. Historical Partner of the Armies, Arquus has more than 25,000 vehicles currently in service in the French Army. Arquus takes part in the VBMR GRIFFON and EBRC JAGUAR programmes, which are the New-Generation of the French Army’s Combat Vehicles, in the framework of a Temporary Grouping of Companies. Arquus is notably in charge of designing and delivering the drivelines and the Self-Defence Weapon Systems for these two vehicles. Arquus also takes charge of all the logistics for the spare parts and organs of the VBMR and EBRC Vehicles, thanks to its new Logistics Facility in Garchizy. Expert of Support Solutions, with more than 20,000 vehicles serviced daily, Arquus presented complete support offers.


Arquus & Saab Present Sherpa Light Scout in CBRN Configuration
The recent strategic developments in Europe are putting CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Defence Capabilities back on the map. Many Defence and Security Forces all around the world are indeed looking forward to reinforcing their fleets of CBRN-Protected Vehicles or to Upgrade their current fleets to the latest standards of protection. To illustrate possible answers to these needs, Arquus and Saab presented jointly on the Saab Stand a Sherpa Light Scout by Arquus equipped with a CBRN Solution by Saab.


Saab’s CBRN Reconnaissance Vehicle Kit (CRVK) is a cost effective, modular, reversible and dual-use solution to modify a standard vehicle to support CBRNe Reconnaissance. The kit consists of three main parts, which have been adapted to simplify installation. With CRVK, it’s possible to create an automatic reach back capability where remotely grouped specialists control the Sensors to Support the frontline CBRNe Team. Identification of substances can be performed to Presumptive & Field Confirmatory level. This creates an advanced & highly mobile CBRNe Vehicle that can support following missions: Reconnaissance, Survey, Surveillance & Monitoring.


On top of its CBRN Solution, Saab also displayed on the Sherpa the following products: Lightweight 3D Radar Giraffe 1X, Multi-Spectral Camouflage Solutions from Saab Barracuda, both fixed and mobile, as well as some Vetronics and Laser Detection Technologies. The integration of these solutions is a reminder of the versatility of the Sherpa Light and its relevance for modern-day military operations, both in contested and non-contested environments.


The Sherpa is a Multi-Purpose, 4x4 Armoured Vehicle, designed by Arquus to provide with a wide array of versions and customizations for all needs and missions, built on a single, proven base for increased commonality and ease of maintenance. The Sherpa Family is currently comprised of four base models: the Sherpa Scout, an Armoured Vehicle for Liaison & Reconnaissance, seating 4 or 5 Soldiers; the Carrier, fitted with a bed for troop or systems transport; the APC, for troop protected transport; and the Sabre, designed for the needs of the Special Forces. NATO and French-Army qualified, the Sherpa Light is a vehicle of choice, already deployed on all Theaters of Operations and in all configurations, and combat-proven on several occasions. More than 1,200 Sherpa Light Vehicles have already been ordered and delivered, a milestone which crowns the quality of design, versatility, and durability of the Sherpa.


Thales Serving the Armed Forces - Now and in the Future
In a constantly changing world, subject to competition between states and asymmetric threats, Thales meets all the needs of Armed Forces through a vision based on a global understanding of the threats, the missions to be carried out and the necessary capability challenges. Based on the four main pillars of Digital Technology - Connectivity, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security - Thales supports its customers in their Digital Transformation, enabling Armies to stay one step ahead. Thanks to its global vision of Defence issues in the digital age, Thales has unique capabilities as an Integrator and Intelligence provider across the entire Land Domain. From Smart Sensors and Combat Systems to Soldier Equipment and Connectivity Solutions for the Digital Battlefield, Thales’ Systems deliver Information Superiority and enable Deployed Forces to stay in charge one step ahead. Most of those solutions are “combat proven” and are engaged on a daily basis in the Theater of Operations.


In the form of an immersive experience, the Thales Pavilion was organised into five major zones that retraced the course of a predominantly Air-Land Operational Mission: Force Readiness, Mission Preparation, Command & Control, Combat, Country and Force Protection. Thales presented technological innovations that will make Collaborative Combat accessible and a reality today, offering forces a decisive technological advantage: The Combat Digital Platform, a CyberSecure Platform designed to support collaborative engagements by Land Forces in the ‘Battlespace of the Future’ in a Unified System that allows them to understand, decide and act faster than the adversary. The VisioLoc function, embedded in Sophie Optima and Sophie Ultima Thermal Imagers, ushers in a new era of Portable Soldier Optronics for high-intensity Collaborative Combat. This new function enables Land Forces to generate precise geolocation coordinates in any environment, even when no Satellite Signal is available.


“By leveraging key technologies of Digital Transformation, we precisely address the needs of Land Forces in terms of decision support, Robotics, Collaborative Combat, Data Processing, Intelligence Fusion, and Protection and Resilience. Our solutions are designed to act faster and stay one step ahead, now and in the future,” said Marc Darmon, Executive Vice President, Secure Communications & Information.


“Eurosatory 2022 is an event that our teams have been waiting for, as they are keen to renew this human contact with our customers. We are presenting our latest thinking and achievements in the Air-Land Sector, which serve a major ambition: sovereignty, security and stability,” Christophe Salomon, Executive Vice President, Land and Air Systems, Thales, said.


Thales Launches VisioLoc Geolocalisation System for Soldiers in High-Intensity Combat
Thales VisioLoc enables Land Forces to generate precise geolocation coordinates in any environment, even when no Satellite Signal is available. The new function is used with the Sophie Optima and Sophie Ultima Hand-held Thermal Imagers to provide Tactical and Special Forces Units with a unique Combat Capability in hostile environments, while optimising the size of the equipment used and reducing the weight burden on the Soldier. Used in conjunction with the collaborative, Cyber Secure Capabilities of the Sophie Optima and Sophie Ultima Thermal Imagers, the VisioLoc function ushers in a new era of Portable Soldier Optronics for high-intensity Collaborative Combat.


The ability to accelerate the OODA Loop (Observe – Orient – Decide – Act) is a decisive factor in achieving operational superiority in high-intensity combat. Thales has launched VisioLoc to improve the effectiveness of the augmented Soldier without adding to the cognitive and physical burden on the warfighter. The new functionality for the Sophie Family of Multi-Function Thermal Imagers provides a high-performance Geolocation Capability and generates precise target coordinates even when no GNSS1 Signal is available.


Say, dawn is just starting to break, a non-permissive environment where a Soldier has been working to counter the enemy's efforts to jam the section's systems. The section leader spots an enemy tank taking up position in the distance. There is no time to lose. Using the Sophie Optima Thermal Imager and the VisioLoc function, the leader makes a positive ID on the target, and in a few simple steps determines its precise coordinates, without having access to a GNSS Signal, and calls in Fire Support. The geolocation coordinates are so precise that an Artillery Unit can process the information directly and engage the target straight away to provide critical Fire Support for the Front-line Unit.


VisioLoc is a disruptive innovation in the Soldier Optronics market. Its ability to generate high-precision geolocation coordinates dispenses with the need for fire adjustment procedures, which can currently take up to 20 minutes. Once the section leader has called in Fire Support, the VisioLoc function reduces the time it takes for an Artillery Unit to engage the target by a factor of three or even four. In a high-intensity combat situation, the time savings can be crucial to Force Protection and effective action against the enemy. VisioLoc provides leaders of Special Forces Units and Sections or Platoons deployed in forward positions with a high-precision, jam-resistant geolocation function with an equipment weighing less than 3 kg. VisioLoc can be set up simply (on a tripod or hand-held) in under four minutes and offers an unprecedented level of performance in terms of reliability, precision and readiness for action.


"With the VisioLoc function, Thales is able to provide Land Forces with a unique Combat Capability in non-permissive environments and the ability to dramatically accelerate OODA Loop. With VisioLoc, the Portable Optronics Equipment used by Tactical Commanders is fully capable of responding to the new paradigm of high-intensity combat," said Benoit Plantier, Vice President, Optronics & Missile Electronics.


Thales Takes Collaborative Combat to a New Level with the Combat Digital Platform
Developments in the threat landscape and the nature of conflict call for significant changes in the way that missions are conducted. As the number of actors in the battlespace increases, the Digital Transformation and Advanced Connectivity Solutions have become an integral part of Military Operations. Today, Thales is introducing the Combat Digital Platform, a CyberSecure Platform designed to share, analyse and exploit the vast quantities of available data to guarantee Information Superiority for the forces deployed in the Theatre of Operations. Much more than a Command System, the Combat Digital Platform uses Artificial Intelligence to take collaborative engagements by Land Forces to a new level. Deployed at every level in the force, from the Command Centre to vehicles on the front-line, the system shares information between Sensors and Weapon Systems continuously and flexibly under the supervision of human operators. Real-time cooperation between the Sensors deployed by Land Vehicles, Drones and Dismounted Infantry significantly improves Situational Awareness in the battlefield thanks to Automated Data Fusion, Processing and Analytics.


The system also offers important benefits for Joint and Allied Operations. The Combat Digital Platform is designed to support the conventional Tactical Command or Battle Management Systems operated by Joint Forces and Alliance Partners and to share data securely in compliance with key NATO Standards. Information can be assimilated and exploited quickly and securely to accelerate mission preparation and simplify engagements by multiple stakeholders.

The ability to share reliable, actionable information across every level of the Command Chain significantly enhances the interoperability of the forces in the field. Thales’s expertise in Mobile Connectivity Solutions is at the heart of this system. Based on a Combat Cloud Architecture, the Combat Digital Platform provides Advanced Connectivity Services using any combination of Software-Defined Radios, Satcoms and LTE Mobile Networks. Some 50 Thales experts worked with End Users to design, develop and evaluate the system, drawing on experience from the SCORPION Programme to optimise the user experience for real-world battlefield conditions.


“With the Combat Digital Platform, Thales enables Land Forces to exploit all Tactical Data in a Unified, CyberSecure System in order to understand, decide and act faster than the adversary. The Soldier remains at the heart of the decision-making process,” said Gérard Herby, Vice President, Protection Systems, Thales.


Partners Arquus, Thales & NTGS Present the New Sherpa A2M
On June 14th, 2022, Arquus, Thales and NTGS presented the new Sherpa A2M (Advanced Mobile Mortar), during a ceremony at the Arquus’ stand. The Sherpa A2M is an adequate answer to the tactical challenges met and created by Artillery in the high- intensity warfare: Mobility, Protection, Close Support to the troops on the ground and Mobile Counter- Battery options at the fraction of the price of a Self-Propelled Gun (SPG). The Alliance of Arquus, NTGS and Thales allows the application of a truly complete solution delivering a unique indirect fire support solution, suitable for Infantry Support, Collaborative Armed Forces troops and Special Forces, as well as Autonomous Artillery Units looking for a high level of Mobility and Protection. The Sherpa A2M combines the excellent mobility of a Sherpa Light, the proven Deployable Mortar System by NTGS and the 120mm Rifled Mortar Barrel by Thales, into one fully integrated new solution. Thanks to Thales Capability, the vehicle embeds 120 mm Rifled Ammunition and in the future the Mortar Laser Guided Ammunition. The Rifled Mortar Barrel is three times more precise than smoothbore mortar. Due to this superior efficiency and accuracy, it can achieve similar operational effects with much less shots; around 4 times less rounds needed than for a Smoothbore Mortar.


NTGS provides skills in global systems with the Fire Control System in the back of vehicle. This system conveys information about targets and points of interest, which represents a significant strategic advantage. The Mortar & Tube from NTGS and Thales are qualified both by NATO and by different Armies. The Sherpa A2M can carry 40 rounds of 120mm Mortar Ammunition in the rear and possibly additional ammunition in the cabin, depending on User requirements. It has a range up to 8.2 km with Standard Rifled Ammunition and up to 13km with a Rocket-assisted Projectile, allowing it to enhance the protection of the embarked Soldiers by engaging units without being hit (Shoot & Scoot). At Eurosatory 2022, the Sherpa A2M was presented with a Hornet Lite RCWS fitted with a 7.62mm MG for the Vehicle's Self-Protection.


KNDS - European MBT Powerhouse
KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) is well recognised as the world-leader in Main Battle Tanks (MBT), with systems in service in more than 20 countries. With high-level technical know-how and a strong capacity to innovate, KNDS has always been able to adapt to the operational needs of its customers and still demonstrates it today through the ongoing Modernisation Programmes for Leclerc and Leopard 2 MBTs in service in the French and German Armies, as in foreign Armies. Thanks to KNDS's recognised expertise, these state-of-the-art systems will benefit from Enhanced Protection (APS, Add-on Armour against IED and RPG-type threats), improved mobility and integration into the Collaborative Combat environment in order to remain champions in their class for the next decades. In a context marked by the return of high-intensity combat, KNDS also offered new capabilities while modifying the approach to Armoured Combat and thus ensuring Tactical Superiority. KNDS is fully aware of the ongoing exponentially accelerated new technology developments and their potential impact on operational capabilities. Therefore, KNDS is continuously analyzing how to match concepts of operations (CONOPS) and opportunities offered by new technologies in order to increase operational effectiveness and efficiency permanently. KNDS presented various Innovative Concepts like Manned/Unmanned Turrets approaching the design of future MBTs and MGCS Tracked Modular Mission Systems:


The EMBT presented at Eurosatory represents a new experimental platform, featuring a 4 men crew concept (2 men turret, 2 men chassis) with an evolutionary 120mm Turret coupled to a New-Generation Ammunition (Shard) and a completely new and reconfigurable MMI. This allows dynamic task allocation and testing of “innovative crew concepts” with variable number of Crew Stations including the presence of a System Operator: as a response to the cognitive workload of the Tank Commander, it enables to leverage the full potential of an extensive Sensors and Effectors Suite, while progress is being made on AI Technologies. The platform includes a modern power pack with Digital Control allowing ‘Drive-by-Wire’, which is a prerequisite for Remoted Automated Driving Operations and Manned/Unmanned Teaming. The 30mm RCWS located on the turret introduces Counter-UAV Capability.


As a major player in the MGCS program, KNDS is also preparing the future of the main armament by presenting the new ASCALON Gun and Ammunition Concept. This Innovative Concept, while proposing significant growth potential, delivers performance levels that current technologies do not offer. Taking advantage of its long experience with the 120mm Smoothbore Gun, its mastery of Compact Ammunition as well as of the maturity achieved during firing campaigns with a 140mm Caliber, KNDS designed ASCALON with an open architecture to serve as a basis for cooperative development within the framework of the Franco-German MGCS programme, laying the foundations for the future standard of European Tank Gun and Ammunition.


The BOXER tracked exploiting the application of the Wheeled Boxer (Mission) Modularity is developed for the same purpose. The BOXER Tracked was equipped for Eurosatory 2022 with a Remote-Controlled Turret 120. Due to its new design, the major benefit is that the Weapon System itself is not diving into the chassis area. This has a new approach of Weapon Recoil Mechanism. By this, the Chassis can be optimized for crew operation and protection without the crew being disturbed and affected by the effect of the operation of the Main Gun.


Nexter Presented its Latest R&D
Nexter presented its entire range of products on its stand, all of which were characterised by the Innovative Solutions they incorporated. Innovation was a key development issue at Nexter, so their stand had a dedicated room where its latest developments were presented. Nexter’s objective was to provide customers with competitive, Innovative & Digitalized Solutions to enable them to maintain their Battlefield Superiority. Nexter understands their needs precisely, to be able to specify tomorrow's Combat Concepts as a Systems Integrator, and to design differentiating technological building blocks, conducting studies on all the functions of its products and on their entire life-cycle, from their Design to their Operational Maintenance.


Nexter's Research and Technology (R&T) is organised around seven areas, all of which include some Digitalization and Simulation. Nexter is working on: System Architecture, with for example, the HEIMDALL Computer System Protection Gateway; Survivability, including the SPINELLE Transparent Ceramic Armour; Mobility, with work on the Hybridisation of vehicles, Jointly with Arquus and Thales; Weapons and Ammunition, including new ammunition such as the SHARD APFSDS and the KATANA 155mm Guided Ammunition; Energy, including the New-Generation Soundproofed Auxiliary Power Unit GAPI developed with AKIRA Technologies; Robotics, presented by the extensive and renowned Nexter Robotics range; Maintainability, including HUMS Predictive Maintenance System, which relies on a set of sensors integrated into the product to prevent obsolescence.


SCORPION Programme: the GRIFFON SAN is Qualified by the DGA
In accordance with the framework set by the SCORPION Programme, the Sanitary Version of the GRIFFON has recently been qualified by the French procurement agency (DGA). Designed within the GME EBMR (Nexter, Arquus and Thales), the GRIFFON is a modern 24-ton Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (VBMR) integrated into the SCORPION Information System. The 1872 GRIFFONs planned by the SCORPION Programme are being delivered to the Army since 2019. The purpose of the SAN Version is to ensure the recovery and evacuation of injured personnel on the battlefield. It provides evacuated personnel and the onboard medical team with greatly improved protection, mobility and conditions for performing medical procedures compared to existing resources. The first GRIFFON SAN are expected in 2023, to  fulfil the multiple missions of the GRIFFON MRV, provided by its numerous versions: Troop Transport, Command Post, Communication Relay, Artillery Observation or 120mm Mortar Version (MEPAC), the production order for which was notified by the DGA. Deployed since 2021 in the Sahel by the French Army, the GRIFFON is appreciated for its operational qualities, its mobility and its ease of maintenance.


Nexter Exhibits its 155mm Artillery Offers
Artillery occupied a prominent place on the Nexter/KNDS stand, which covered all of an Army's Artillery requirements, from Mortar Ammunition to the CAESAR associated with the wide range of 155mm Shells offered by Nexter Arrowtech. The CAESAR is a 155mm Artillery System mounted on a truck chassis. Being the lightest in its class, it demonstrates unmatched tactical, operational and strategic mobility. It is air transportable in an A400M or even a C130 for the 6x6 MkI Version, is suitable for light infrastructure and consumes very little fuel. The CAESAR is an excellent solution for high-intensity combat: it can be loaded and unloaded in less than 45 seconds, fires 6 rounds per minute and replenishes very quickly (18 rounds/minute) in order to maintain its mobility, which is the only effective protection against modern guided munitions. Its 155mm/52 Calibre Gun is the only one in the world to be 'long range proven' in conditions close to high intensity combat. It demonstrated this within Task Force Wagram in Iraq from 2016 to 2019 with 18,000 rounds fired in outdoor temperatures close to 50°C. Particularly modular, the CAESAR is available in different versions ordered by 9 countries: the first 6x6 Version weighing only 18 tonnes, the CAESAR 8x8 with a higher ammunition payload and reinforced protection, and the 6x6 MkII Version with reinforced protection and motorisation recently ordered by France and Belgium.


The CAESAR fires the full range of 155mm 52-Calibre Ammunition (explosives, flares, smoke) developed and produced by Nexter Arrowtech, as well as Modular Charges, percussion caps and fuses. The LU 211 Shell, used in external theatres of operation, can engage targets in depth up to 40 km. At Eurosatory 2022, Nexter revealed the design of the LU 220 Explosive Shell, which in the future will provide even greater range and terminal effect with a new architecture and greater explosive capacity, while maintaining a high level of precision and safety. Nexter Arrowtech also presented its new "FB 375 Mk2" Multi-Mode Artillery Fuze, an inductive fuze that can be programmed according to the mission, which will complete its range.


Nexter Arrowtech, the leader in Artillery Ammunition, also offers the BONUS Shell, which deals with armoured threats, both static and moving, with a very high level of effectiveness. Initially adopted by the French and Swedish forces, this intelligent shell has also been selected in recent years by several other foreign forces, notably European and American. Nexter also showed its KATANA Shell, a priority development of the group, which will offer its customers the means to treat high value targets with a level of precision of less than 10 metres, including in complex environments.


CaMo 2: Nexter to Supply 9 CAESAR 6X6 Mark II to the Belgian Armed Forces
The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered 9 CAESAR 6X6 Mark II from Nexter to equip the Belgian Armed Forces' Land Component from 2027. This notification is part of the Inter-Governmental Agreement on the second motorised capability (CaMo 2), signed by Belgian Defence Minister Ludivine Dedonder and French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly. The Belgian Armed Forces are acquiring a new Artillery Capability with the purchase of a battery of 9 CAESAR 6X6 MkII designed by Nexter and Arquus. The Belgian Armed Forces’ Land Component will thus be able to strengthen their interoperability with the French Army, in accordance with the objectives of the CaMo Programme, which aims to pool the doctrines and equipment of these two Armies. The CAESAR will join the JAGUAR & GRIFFON Vehicles within the Units of the Belgian Armed Forces' Land Component. This order from a strategic partner of France confirms the success of the CAESAR and the confidence placed in this system even before the 6X6 MkII Version entered service in the French Army.


The CAESAR 6x6 MkII retains the Artillery System of the version already in service, which has proven itself in operations and has been successful in export. The main improvements concern crew protection and mobility. Nexter is adding a level 2 STANAG Mine and Ballistic Armoured Cabin, resistant to improvised explosive devices and small-calibre ammunition. In addition, the vehicle's mobility has been entirely redesigned by Arquus. The CAESAR 6X6 Mark II is equipped with a new engine (460 HP compared to 215 HP previously), a new automatic gearbox and a new generation chassis. Finally, the CAESAR 6X6 Mk II carries the latest version of Fire Control Software, and the cab is prepared to accommodate the new CONTACT Radio. The Thales BARAGE Jammer can also be installed on the CAESAR 6x6 MkII.


In-Service Support Contract for Maintenance of CAESAR Fleet for the Indonesian Army
At Eurosatory 2022, PT Len and Nexter announced the signature of a multi-annual In-Service Support (ISS) contract for the CAESAR Fleet in service within the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD). This ISS features a comprehensive package of services, including on-site technical assistance, delivery of Spare Parts and Training to ensure the highest readiness of the CAESAR Fleet for the benefit of the Indonesian Army.


Jean-Michel GIRARD, Vice President of Customer Services business unit declared: “We are very proud to initiate a fruitful collaboration with PT Len for the maintenance of the CAESAR Fleet. This is a first step in Nexter’s ambition to develop local support and provide best possible services to the Indonesian Army. Nexter strongly believes in building a strong and long-term Industrial Partnership with National Defence Industries for the highest satisfaction of the Indonesian End Users.”


Nexter Arrowtech New-Generation SHARD APFSDS with Unrivalled Performance
Nexter Arrowtech has developed the 120mm SHARD Armour-Piercing Discarding-Sabot Fin-Stabilized (APFSDS) in order to give Main Battle Tanks the means to face the latest generation of Armoured threats. This ammunition, presented on the Nexter stand at Eurosatory 2022, can be fired by all Armoured Vehicles equipped with NATO-Standard 120mm Smoothbore Guns, of all calibres and generations.


SHARD, an acronym for "Solution for Hardenered ARmour Defeat", is the most powerful tungsten alloy APFSDS currently available. Its penetration capabilities are almost 20% higher than those of commercially available ammunitions. It combines an unmatched level of penetration against metal armour and complex targets with a very good level of dispersion. Its innovative architecture, combining an extended penetrator, an optimised sabot and a low-erosive propellant powder, enables it to generate superior energy while significantly reducing the pressure level, thus lessening significantly the tube wear. SHARD, developed in an agile mode, has been designed to allow incremental upgrades in order to adapt to future threats, including the incorporation of new Penetrator Technology and higher energy powders. Thus, in a short time, the Terminal Ballistic performance of the ammunition can be increased by more than 20%.


The development of SHARD was finalised at the end of 2021 and its qualification will be completed by the end of 2022. Several firing campaigns have been successfully conducted since the beginning of the year, on 52-Calibre Weapons (on Leclerc Tanks) and 44-Calibre Weapons (on Leopard 2 and M1 Abrams). These dynamic tests have confirmed the performance levels achieved during the development tests. SHARD is both the latest addition to Nexter Arrowtech's range of Arrow Ammunition, which extends from Medium (25x137mm, 30x165mm, 30x173mm) to Large Calibre (90mm, 105mm, 120mm), and a milestone in the development of very high-performance ammunition for Future Land Combat Systems, including the MGCS. With the expertise acquired in this field, Nexter is preparing the introduction of the ASCALON Weapon System and associated Compact Ammunition to revolutionise Land Armament.


Nexter’s Ambition in Low Altitude Air Defence and Anti-Drone Warfare
Faced with the increasing emergence of new air threats in today's theatres of operation, Nexter exhibited solutions that meet the needs of Anti-Drone and Ground-Air Defence. Nexter is able to integrate various solutions available on the market on its vehicles, from 4x4 vehicles to Combat Tanks. In Partnership with Thales, Nexter offers the RAPIDFire Weapon System for low altitude Ground-Air Defence. In the future, Nexter will position itself as a System Integrator for new Anti-Drone Systems. At Eurosatory 2022, Nexter presented Weapon Systems such as the ARX 30 and RAPIDFire, equipped with Medium-Calibre Guns, offering Surface-to-Surface and Surface-to-Air Capabilities to counter new threats such as Drones, Missiles or Loitering Munitions at short and medium range. These Weapon Systems have the advantage of being able to deal with a large number of simultaneous threats such as a Swarm of Drones, to adapt the munition rapidly to the target in the face of combined threats, to benefit from excellent reactivity at short range and to have very low cost in the face of often inexpensive targets.


For protection up to 1500m, Nexter is developing the ARX 30 C-UAV (available by 2025). This Remotely Operated Weapon System uses the 30M781 Cannon, which equips the Tiger Helicopter. This Electromechanically Operated Gun, which uses NATO-Standard 30x113 Ammunition, is effective on small and medium-sized ground and air targets. Its compactness and low recoil force make it suitable for integration on all types of vehicles and chassis, as a primary or secondary weapon. It is presented in a C-UAV Version, coupled with a MATIA Radar.


To protect larger units up to 4,000m, Nexter presented the RAPIDFire in its Land Version with a 1/10th scale model identical to the Naval Version that will equip the new French Navy's Supply Ships (BRF) from the end of the year. This Remotely Operated Multi-Role Artillery System, armed with the JAGUAR's 40CTA Gun, is equipped with its own Tracking and Pointing Systems designed by Thales. Accurate and ergonomic, RAPIDFire offers a Close-In Self-Defence Capability against Surface and Air threats, from the smallest civilian drone to rockets, missiles, helicopters and aircraft.


Nexter presented these Weapon Systems, integrated on different Platforms, allowing the destruction of Air targets: The ARX 30 integrated on the SERVAL (1/10th scale model); The ARX 30 integrated on the EMBT Technology Demonstrator; A SERVAL equipped with an MBDA ATLAS RC Turret firing Mistral Missiles; A TITUS augmented mission equipped with an Anti-Drone kit (the ARX 30 Turret associated with the MATIA Radar and integrating the NEROD Microwave Jammer Gun from MC2 Technologies); A CERBAIR Hydra 300 UAV Detection Antenna installed on the VBCI MkII's T40 Turret, recently successfully tested in this configuration; The RAPIDFire Turret integrated on the CAESAR MkII Chassis (1/10th scale model).


NSPA and Safran Set Up a Maintenance Facility for Portable Optronic Binocular JIM-Compact
NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency), in cooperation with Safran Electronics & Defense, has received the approval from NVO (Night Vision and OptoElectronics) Support Partnership Nations to start the transfer of knowledge, tools and equipment to set up a Maintenance Facility for JIM COMPACT Multi-Functional Binocular at the NSPA Headquarters in Capellen, Luxembourg. This set-up will equip the NSPA Electro-Optics Laboratory with a dedicated Test Bench to perform assembly / disassembly, adjustment operations and software updates on the JIM Compact Equipment supplied by Safran Electronics & Defense. Once the bench is delivered in 2023, NSPA will achieve Level 3 Maintenance tasks on the JIM Compact. This set-up will provide fast turn-around maintenance to Nations as well as long-term life-cycle savings by sharing investments in equipment, stocks and dedicated resources.


The NVO Support Partnership currently comprises Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Denmark, Greece, The Netherlands and Norway. The scope of support includes a wide variety of products: stand-alone, Integrated or Networked Thermal Imaging, Image Intensifying, Optical and Laser Systems used for Observation, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Aim, Location or Target Designation including aiming platform or control system, as well as related accessories and support equipment. NSPA brings together, in a single organisation, Acquisition, Logistics, Medical and Infrastructure Capabilities including the related procurement function to answer a vast variety of customer requirements in all Domain: Air, Ground, Maritime, Cyber and Space. These range from the multinational acquisition of Complex Platforms, such as Aircraft, Helicopters and Unmanned Systems, to the provision of supplies such as fuel, spare parts and ammunition, or services such as Maintenance of Radars for Air Defence, or deployable infrastructure, transportation, medical and catering services.


Safran’s SkyNaute Navigation System to Equip H160M Guépard Helicopters for French Forces
Airbus Helicopters has selected Safran Electronics & Defense to supply SkyNaute Navigation Systems to equip future H160M Helicopters, developed as part of the HIL Joint Light Helicopter Programme. This contract follows the order from the French Ministry of the Armed Forces for 169 Guépard Helicopters in December 2021. SkyNaute is an Ultra-Compact Hybrid Inertial Navigation System based on a disruptive Safran-patented technology: the HRG Crystal. This Hemispherical Resonator Gyroscope offers a virtually unlimited service life, robust design for the most severe environments and ultra-high reliability. Thanks to this new architecture, SkyNaute exhibits significantly reduced size and weight characteristics.


With its combination of high integrity and precision, the SkyNaute Navigation System guarantees a high level of performance, even when GNSS Signals are absent or jammed. It will enable H160M crews to perform their missions in the most challenging theaters of operations.


Safran Electronics & Defense is a long-standing leader in Inertial Navigation, with over 70 years of expertise in all underlying technologies. HRG Technology has proven its capabilities for demanding Civil and Military Applications in all environments: Land, Air, Sea and Space.


IAI’s Cutting-Edge Technologies
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a world-class Aerospace and Defence Company, unveiled a number of new technologies and capabilities in the Land Domain, while utilising the global platform to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new cooperation. IAI exhibited a variety of its holistic Land Systems of Systems, focused around up-to-date increased Situational Awareness, Survivability, and Lethality. Combining advanced technologies, platforms and AI, the systems identify threats, employ active and passive defence measures, and conduct operations in real time by both Manned & Autonomous methods. IAI’s stand displayed a variety of systems, including the Barak MX Air and Missile Defence System, REX MK 2 Unmanned Land System, Tactical Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), ROTEM and MINI HAROP Loitering Munitions, ELI-2139 Tactical Multi-Mission Multi Sensor System, among others.


Boaz Levy, IAI President and CEO: “IAI looks forward to participating in the iconic Eurosatory Exhibition and unveiling new technological capabilities that will be a game-changer on the Future Battlefield. Showcasing our cutting-edge technologies at the exhibition provides an opportunity to expand our partnerships with the European market. In recent years, IAI has supplied its industry-leading Ground-Based Air Defence Systems, Robotic Systems, UAV's, Border Protection Systems, Intelligence Systems and more to a number of European countries. We are proud of the trust our partners and customers have shown towards our products, developed based on IAI’s extensive experience and heritage. We look forward to continuing developing advanced technologies and sharing our new capabilities and solutions.”


IAI GREEN LOTUS Multi-Sensor System
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled its latest Tactical Multi-Mission, Multi-Sensor System: the GREEN LOTUS (ELI-2139). Designed to provide high performance Counter-Rocket, Artillery & Mortar (C-RAM) and Air & Ground Surveillance Capabilities to maneuvering as well as stationary forces, the GREEN LOTUS features a unique array of Active and Passive Sensors that maximize situational awareness and countermeasures efficiency.


Yoav Tourgeman, IAI EVP and CEO of ELTA, said:“We are proud to introduce our latest system, which continues IAI’s long legacy of Technological Innovation. The GREEN LOTUS integrates IAI’s range of proven sensors into a unique, Advanced Multi-Mission System that offers important performance advantages. Our customers will realize maximal value as the system’s architecture enables it to evolve when new threats are introduced. The unveiling of the GREEN LOTUS at Eurosatory highlights IAI’s strong commitment to providing our customers with exceptional Land Defence Solutions”.


The simultaneous ability to perform C-RAM together with air and ground surveillance makes GREEN LOTUS an exceptionally valuable force protection tool. Moreover, the system’s modular architecture enables it to be tailored to each customer’s specific requirements. All the sensors are co-located on a uniquely designed structure and share power, communication buses, and cooling. The structure allows for full 360° coverage when populated with a full sensors array.


The GREEN LOTUS integrates a proven range of IAI-ELTA’s Sensors into a highly automated system that detects, tracks, classifies, and identifies aerial targets, from very low Radar Cross Section (RCS) Mortar, Rocket and Artillery Fire and Small Drones, to Manned and Unmanned Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft. It also performs Ground Surveillance, Detecting and Tracking Vehicles and slow-moving personnel. The Multi-Sensor Data is collected and processed within the system’s Unified Command and Control (C2) Console, which employs AI to enhance Detection, Classification, and Identification capabilities. The combined data provides users with a clear and comprehensive Situational Awareness Picture (SAP) and seamlessly integrates with Countermeasures Systems, facilitating highly effective target acquisition and discretion.


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) delivers state-of-the-art technologies in Space, Air, Land, Naval, Cyber & Homeland Security. IAI provides customers with tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face including Satellites, UAVs, Missiles, Intelligence Solutions, Weapon Systems, Air Defence Systems, Robotic Systems, Radars, Business Jets, Aerostructures, etc.


Rafael Unveils Spike NLOS 6th Generation Precision Strike Missile
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems highlighted the Spike NLOS 6th Generation Precision Strike Missile at Eurosatory 2022. Rafael’s Spike Missile Family of Multi-Purpose, Electrooptical Guided Missiles provides pinpoint precision at extended ranges with the NLOS Variant successfully engaging Non-Line of Sight targets. Spike NLOS, launched from Air, Land, or Naval Platforms, provides critical real-time tactical intelligence and damage assessments allowing it to adjust targets and abort missions midflight, and operate in both offensive and defensive scenarios. The Spike NLOS 6th Generation, building on the operational success of the entire Spike Missile Family, includes several new, enhanced capabilities to account for modern battlefield needs and trends. The advanced technologies more quickly close the Sensor-to-Shooter Loop and more efficiently neutralize swarm attacks from Stand-Off Ranges, improving overall Battlefield Survivability as a result.


Navantia At Eurosatory 2022
Spanish state-owned company leader and reference in the development of new technologies applied to the Defence and Security Sector. Navantia is an international company offering global solutions to clients and partners around the world, from design to lifecycle support. Its wide range of services and  Complex Systems Integration experience enables collaboration with its customers to find the best solution to meet their needs. Applying 4.0 Technologies to its Production Plants and smart products is key to being a leading Defence Company and collaborating with other companies.


At its booth, Navantia presented "Surveillance Exploration Reconnaissance Targeting System" (SERT) in a SHELTER equipped with the Mast and Sensor Suite destined for the new Spanish Army 8x8 Dragon programme, and were delighted to carry out demonstrations and explain its functionalities and applicability to any Tracked or Wheeled Vehicle. The SERT is a versatile system that can perform Exploration, Surveillance and Ground Reconnaissance functions, allowing the Detection, Identification and Acquisition of targets in both daytime and nighttime conditions, or with reduced visibility. In addition to the SERT System, Navantia presented other Army and Security products, including the Battlefield Management System, Air Defence System, Coastal Surveillance System, Port Security System, and Unmanned Vehicles with their associated Command and Control Systems.


HENSOLDT & Iveco Defence Vehicles First Operational Sensor Composite Vehicle for Civil & Military
Sensor Solutions provider HENSOLDT and Italian vehicle manufacturer Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV) presented the Military Utility Vehicle (MUV) Concept Demonstrator, the result of their cooperation to date. For the first time, the MUV presented a Modular Sensor Fusion Platform that can be used in the Civilian and Military Sectors for Surveillance and Reconnaissance as well as for Self-Protection and Convoy Protection. The basis of the MUV Concept Demonstrator is an All-Terrain 7-ton-Chassis from IDV with a maximum payload of 4 tons. A Sensor Suite from HENSOLDT is installed on it, with the SETAS, MUSS, Radio Direction Finder and S3 MIMO-Radar Systems. All systems are connected by the Central Information Processing Unit (CIPU), which forms the backbone of the Sensor Suite.


The System Architecture provides Automatic Information Processing that supports the user in decision-making and ensures operational readiness under all conditions. Through the Sensor Data Network, HENSOLDT creates complete Situational Awareness with its Sensor Suite. Potential customers can configure their personal suite according to their wishes through the modular structure of the individual systems.


The advantage of the MUV Concept Demonstrator lies in the combination of the Networked HENSOLDT Sensor Suite with the highly mobile, reliable and versatile vehicular platform from IDV. With the vehicle, there is now for the first time a turnkey solution that combines adaptive detection and classification capability with the features of a vehicle specifically designed for a wide range of tasks.


"The cooperation with IDV in the field of MUV Concept Demonstrator is directly related to our portfolio expansion. Russia's war against Ukraine shows how important networked high-performance Sensor Technology and Optical Systems are for equipping our Armed Forces in line with the times," said Andreas Hülle Head of the Optronics & Land Solutions Division and Managing Director of HENSOLDT Optronics.


At Eurosatory 2022, HENSOLDT and IDV presented the Joint MUV Solution, which offers modularity, precision and speed to ensure the best possible Situational Awareness.


BAE Systems’ Defence Vehicles
Combat Vehicles, Artillery Systems, and technologies for precision strike and situational awareness were among the capabilities that BAE Systems exhibited. The full size vehicles on display were the CV90MkIV Infantry Fighting Vehicle, which was recently selected by the Slovak Army, the Archer 155mm Mobile Howitzer, and the BvS10 All-Terrain Vehicle, along with Advanced Guided Weapon Systems and situational awareness technologies.


The CV90 is combat proven and trusted and exists in more than a dozen variants for different mission sets. It is in use with seven countries and is interoperable with NATO Forces. The CV90MkIV is the latest version of the Tracked IFV with advanced digitized solutions for situational awareness and targeting, integrated Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, and Active Protection System for increased survivability.


BvS10 is an Armoured All-Terrain Vehicle ideal for operations in Arctic and cold-weather environments. It can traverse ice, steep mountains, and rocks, and its Amphibious Capability allows it to swim while operating in some of the most remote areas the planet has to offer. Its modular design allows it to be reconfigured for varying missions. The Swedish Army recently ordered 127 BvS10s and it is also under consideration for the European Joint Acquisition Programme for the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) Programme.


BAE Systems also showcased the 360 MVP Sensor, which improves Ground Vehicles’ Situational Awareness, reduces crew cognitive load, and integrates easily with other Vehicle Protection System features, and the Check6 Rear-Vision System, a Camera System for Ground Vehicles that provides high-quality situational awareness to Land Forces. Also showcased was the APKWS Laser-Guidance Kit.


Leonardo’s New Capabilities to Protect Armed Forces in the Field
From C4I (Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence) Solutions for Battlefield Digitisation, to the Cyber Security Dimension, and Land and Air Defence Systems for protecting Land Forces. In fact, one of the key highlights of the show was a new Anti-Drone Technology that can also be used as a Short-Range Air Defence Radar. In terms of System Integrators with Multi-Function and Multi-Domain Capabilities, Leonardo presented a comprehensive offering, ranging from Sensors to acquire information and scenario awareness, to Operations Management using a series of highly effective and accurate effectors. The Sensors range includes the new AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) TMMR Radar, which, when combined with the NERIO Electro-Optical Camera is an effective solution for Anti-Drone scenarios requiring mobility and deployment. Furthermore, the solution can also be used for Short-Range Air Defence and the Surveillance & Protection of Platforms, Vehicles, Borders & critical infrastructure.


Leonardo also presented the Fixed and Mobile Versions of the Kronos Radar, the benchmark for Air Surveillance and Defence, with approximately 50 Units currently in service worldwide.


A number of Military Communications Systems from the SWave SDR (Software Defined Radio) Family were also on show. These included Handheld Radios - tens of thousands of which have been sold worldwide - and Portable and Vehicle-Mounted Radios. These technologies allow for Interoperability of Terrestrial Forces, especially in combined multinational operations, thanks to the ability to use the same platform - reprogrammable via software - for a multitude of Communication needs, even in very different scenarios.


Leonardo is also at the forefront when it comes to meeting the latest requirements for Medium-Armoured Vehicles. Leonardo presented its latest technologies on board the 8x8 Centauro II Wheeled Vehicle, together with an integrated range for upgrading tanks already in service, such as the M60. An example of this is the HITFACT MKII Large-Calibre Turret installed on the Centauro II Combat Vehicle.


Leonardo also featured the Military Vehicle Stabilisation and Navigation Systems by GEM, a company in which Leonardo recently acquired a 30% share; the Vulcano Family of Guided Munitions, one of the most innovative technologies in the world; and the Type 163 Laser Designator, a High-Energy System that has been field-tested with over 800 units and already supplied to 27 countries, including many NATO Members. Finally, Leonardo presented an Immersive Reality Solution that simulates highly realistic operational environments, which can also be used for Force Training activities.


New TMMR Tactical Multi-Mission Radar
Leonardo has expanded its spectrum of Surveillance Technologies with Tactical Multi-Mission Radar (TMMR), the new Multi-Domain Radar presented at Eurosatory 2022. The new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, designed and developed to detect, classify and track small and fast-moving aerial threats, supports Armed Forces in an integrated way, guaranteeing complete situational awareness for scenarios, where there is a profusion of both Land and Air Platforms, such as Mini and Micro Unmanned Tactical Systems. Fully digitalised and in C-band, TMMR is a Dual-Use Technology that can be used not only as a Counter-Drone (C-UAS) and Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) System, but also for Short-Range Air Defence, Surveillance and Protection. The coverage range, which can be extended up to 360°, and the detection range which varies from 7 to 25 km depending on different targets, allow complete and immediate surveillance during asymmetric operations.


The TMMR is easily transportable and deployable within rapidly changing contexts, thanks to its weight of less than 50 kg, its small size and state-of-the-art technology that requires low energy consumption. These features and the all-in-one design deliver the perfect combination of high performance and ease of use for operators.
 - Anita Mal Kaul