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Issue No. 19 | October 1-15, 2015 SP's MAI Issue No. 19 | October 1-15, 2015

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Chief of the Air Staff (IAF) Interview
Scaling new heights!

On the occasion of the 83rd Anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff and Chairman, Chiefs of the Staff Committee, spoke to Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief, SP’s M.A.I.
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Report
Giving economic muscle to strategic partnership - Modi in the US

By Ranjeet Kumar

India and US have already achieved a bilateral trade of US $ 100 billion and aim to raise this to the level of US$ one trillion by 2030.
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Report
First defence deal of Modi regime with the United States

By Ranjeet Kumar

Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi ushered into the meeting room of President Barack Obama in the Headquarters of the United Nations...
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Viewpoint
Defexpo – Killing the concept

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The excuse that the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) cannot make Pragati Maidan available for Defexpo 2016 is truly laughable unless ITPO has been handed over to Pakistan
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Viewpoint
Fighting Falcon Made in India

By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

The F-16 has a long and impressive track record of operations around the world and is regarded as one of the most successful combat platforms in the history of military aviation
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Report
INS Kochi named after traditional home of Destroyers

By Rear Admiral S. Ramsay (Retd)

The ship design incorporates the most advanced design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and manoeuvrability.
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Spotlight
Indian Air Forces's new Aerobatic Team

The Indian Air Force celebrates its 83 anniversary on October 8, 2015. The new Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) comprising of four Hawk aircraft...
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Parrikar asks DRDO to focus on core defence technology areas

The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar asked the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists to concentrate on core activities factoring the defence technology requirements of the armed forces.
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Spanish Minister of State for Defence visits India

Spanish Minister of State for Defence Pedro Arguelles Salaverria was on a two-day visit to India from September 27, 2015. He called on the Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh.
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Visit of First Training Squadron to Seychelles during overseas deployment

Indian naval ships Tir and Sujata, alongwith Indian Coast Guard ship Varuna, comprising the First Training Squadron, entered Port Victoria, Seychelles, on October 1, 2015, as part of their Overseas Deployment during Autumn Term 2015.
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Asia increasingly important for light military rotorcraft manufacturers

In its latest study on the light military rotorcraft market, Forecast International projects that 1,304 light military rotorcraft will be produced from 2015 through 2024. The value of this production is estimated at $19.9 billion in constant 2015 US dollars.
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Spirit AeroSystems completes first fuselage for Bell V-280 Valor

Spirit AeroSystems Inc announced it has completed the first fuselage to Bell Helicopter for the joint multi-role technology demonstrator programme. The unit was designed and assembled in Spirit’s rapid prototyping facility in Wichita, Kansas, in just 22 months.
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Boeing, US Air Force KC-46A tanker completes successful first flight

The Boeing and US Air Force team successfully completed the first flight of a KC-46A tanker aircraft today, taking off from Paine Field recently at Boeing Field in Seattle. This was the first flight of a KC-46A tanker-configured aircraft...
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Lockheed Martin and Norway celebrate rollout of first F-35A

Ceremonies were held at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility celebrating the rollout of the first F-35A Lightning II for the Norwegian armed forces. The event marked an important production milestone for the future of Norway’s national defence.
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Airbus Helicopters delivers 15th NH90 NFH to France

Airbus Helicopters, the French Defence procurement agency (DGA – Direction générale de l’armement) and the French Navy marked the handover of the 15th NH90 NFH multi-mission naval helicopter...
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Czech pilots reach 20,000 Gripen flight hours

Defence and security company Saab participated in the 2015 NATO Days and Czech Air Force Days at Ostrava, Czech Republic, earlier in September. At this event, Czech Gripen pilots were honoured for reaching the milestone of 20,000 Gripen flight hours.
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Unmanned
Thales launches Watchkeeper X

Thales’s new modular Watchkeeper X system reflects a growing need for high-end military-standard Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance...
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Unmanned
USS Gonzalez tests Puma at sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) conducted testing of an unmanned aircraft system during a Composite Unit Training Exercise.
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Egypt buys 50 Russian Alligator helicopters

Russia and Egypt have signed an agreement on supplies of 50 helicopters of the Ka-52 Alligator family and Moscow does not rule out delivery of the deckbased version of these helicopters that were designed...
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Unmanned
Sagem and AOI – Aircraft Factory agreement on drones

Sagem (Safran) and Egyptian manufacturer AOI-Aircraft Factory have signed an exclusive commercial and industrial collaboration agreement concerning the Patroller surveillance drone system...
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Breaches
Angelina Jolie criticises UN Security Council

UN Security Council A ctor Angelina Jolie recently criticised the UN Security Council by its division over Syria’s four-year conflict which now had led to millions of Syrian refugees going homeless.
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Breaches
Ukraine bans French actor Gerard Depardieu

French actor Gerard Depardieu has been banned from Ukraine because he is considered “a threat to national security,” according to reports in the media.
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Breaches
Nawaz Sharif's security breached

The security of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was breached recently when he, along with his family, was returning to the federal capital from Murree.
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Breaches
Harvard University computers hacked

In June this year, Harvard University uncovered ‘an intrusion’ on its computer networks. The discovery, which was made June 19, affected two IT systems that impacted eight colleges and administrations, the school said.
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Finmeccanica approves merger and spin-off operations

The Board of Directors of Finmeccanica has approved the merger operations in Finmeccanica SpA of the companies Oto Melara SpA and Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei SpA, as well as the partial spin-off to Finmeccanica SpA...
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Reliance Defence and Abu Dhabi Ship Building sign MoU for naval and commercial services

Reliance Defence Limited (RDL), a fully-owned subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure Limited, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB)...
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Antonov and WB Electronics to work on unmanned aircraft complex

On September 22, 2015, at Arms and Security fair, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Antonov Company, part of the state concern Ukroboronprom, and WB Electronics of Poland.
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Indonesian arms maker Pindad signs deal with UAE

Officials from Indonesia’s state arms manufacturer Pindad and the United Arab Emirates have signed a defence agreement that could open up a world of opportunity in terms of weapons deals...
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GA-ASI confirms plans to open RPA Training Academy

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions...
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