SP's MAI - Defexpo 2018 Special

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    20 Years of Indo-French partnership
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During President Macron’s visit, India and France inked 14 key agreements in strategic areas of security, nuclear energy, and protection of classified information, while companies from both countries signed contracts worth $16 billion

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Can India afford to ‘chill-out’ about China?
    By Arpita Kala

    With a trade corridor that flouts India’s sovereignty in full swing and wounds of Doklam still fresh, former Army Chief General V.P. Malik and former Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major interpret the Sino advances on Indo turf

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    MILITARY / SPOTLIGHT
    Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of the Naval Staff visits USA

    Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of the Naval Staff visited USA on a bilateral visit from March 19 to 23, 2018. The visit aimed to consolidate cooperation between the Armed Forces of both India and USA and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    The Chinese challenge
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post being anointed President for life, Xi Jinping told 3,000 legislators of the Chinese Parliament on March 20, 2018, “The Chinese people have been indomitable and persistent.

  • MILITARY / REPORT
    Defence Minister urges defence PSUs & ordnance factories to be more dynamic
    By Special Correspondent

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, has underlined the need for revitalising defence PSUs and ordnance factories for meeting the ammunition needs of India’s defence forces.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    After the confrontation in Doklam
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Despite the humiliating defeat in 1962 of the Indian Army at the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, the focus thereafter of not only the Indian Army but also of the Indian Air Force (IAF), remained concentrated on the Indo-Pakistan border.

  • MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Coming - Chinese robot tanks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In October 2017, media reports confirmed the government seven-point strategy as prelude to India’s strategic plan for using AI (artificial intelligence), covering issues like developing methods for human machine interactions...

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    MILITARY / UPDATES
    Defence Minister initiates development of Tamil Nadu defence corridor at defence industry meet

    Under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s larger vision of pushing ‘Make in India’, the Ministry of Defence has taken multiple measures to promote indigenisation in the defence industry.

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    MILITARY / UPDATES
    Dr Subhash Bhamre inaugurates new building Of NIDEM

    Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre recently inaugurated the new building of National Institute of Defence Estates Management (NIDEM) in Delhi.

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    MILITARY / UPDATES
    Just a crore of FDI in defence
    By Rohit Srivastava

    At a time when India is making efforts to reduce its defence import bill and develop defence manufacturing through ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) figures shared by the government shows little interest of the world in Indian defence sector.

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    MILITARY / UPDATES
    Rear Admiral Puneet Chadha, VSM assumes office as the Deputy Commandant, Indian Naval Academy

    Rear Admiral Puneet Chadha, VSM took over charge as the Deputy Commandant of Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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    MILITARY / UPDATES
    Successful test firing of Brahmos with indigenous seeker

    BrahMos, the formidable supersonic cruise missile with indigenous seeker was successfully flight tested at 0842 hrs on March 22 at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.

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    AEROSPACE / REPORT
    IAF’s quest for flight refuelling aircraft
    By Group Captain A.K. Sachdev (Retd)

    While the process for selection of a new FRA is underway, there is trepidation amongst IAF circles about the budgetary deprivation the defence services are afflicted with

  • AEROSPACE / VIEWPOINT
    The fiasco of GSAT-6A
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On March 29, 2018, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched GSLV Mk-II (GSLV-F08); carrying the 2,140 kg communication GSAT-6A, it took off from Sriharikota and some 17 minutes later the three-stage rocket injected the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

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    AEROSPACE / DEVELOPMENTS
    Award of President’s standard to 51 squadron and President’s colours to 230 signal unit at Air Force station Halwara

    The President of India and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President’s Standard to 51 Squadron and President’s Colours to 230 Signal Unit of the Indian Air Force in a ceremonial parade at Air Force Station Halwara...

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    AEROSPACE / DEVELOPMENTS
    Air Marshal R.K.S. Shera takes over as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance at Air HQ

    Air Marshal R.K.S. Shera AVSM VSM took over as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance of Indian Air Force on March 1, 2018. He was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering Electronics Branch of Indian Air Force on January 5, 1981.

  • AEROSPACE / DEVELOPMENTS
    India orders final Boeing C-17 for $262 million

    India has finalised its acquisition of the last available Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlifter.

  • CORPORATE / NEWS
    Saudi Arabian Military Industries and Boeing form JV partnership targeting 55 per cent localisation

    In line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and following the announcement of Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crowne Prince, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers...

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    CORPORATE / NEWS
    Rear Admiral Anil Kumar Saxena new Director Mazagaon Dock

    Rear Admiral Anil Kumar Saxena, NM (Retd) has taken over as Director (Shipbuilding) of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai with effect from March 21, 2018. Prior to this he was Director General (Naval Design), Naval HQ, New Delhi.

  • CORPORATE / NEWS
    HAL achieves all time high turnover of over 18,000 crore

    The Government owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited recorded a turnover of over 18,000 crore (provisional and unaudited) for the year ending March 31, 2018, (corresponding figure for the previous year was 17,605 crore).

  • CORPORATE / NEWS
    BEL crosses 10,000 crore landmark turnover

    Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has achieved the landmark turnover of more than 10,000 crore (Provisional & Unaudited) during FY 2017-18...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Frances and Oscar happily united

    Best actress winner Frances McDormand has been reunited with her Oscar after it was stolen from her table inside the Governors Ball, the official Oscars after-party.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Thieves steal $5 million from Lufthansa plane at airport in Brazil

    A group of thieves stole $5 million in cash, which had been due to travel from Brazil to Switzerland aboard a Lufthansa jet, at a large freight airport near Sao Paulo, police said.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Two arrested for flying drone camera near Taj Mahal

    Uttar Pradesh Police detained two tourists, including a foreign national for allegedly flying a drone camera near the Taj Mahal on March 5, 2018.