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

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    MILITARY / 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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    MILITARY / 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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    MILITARY / 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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    MILITARY / 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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    MILITARY / 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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    MILITARY / 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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    MILITARY / 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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    MILITARY
    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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    MILITARY
    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.

  • MILITARY
    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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    AEROSPACE
    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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    AEROSPACE
    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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    AEROSPACE
    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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    AEROSPACE
    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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    AEROSPACE
    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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    AEROSPACE
    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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    AEROSPACE / 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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    AEROSPACE / 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.

  • AEROSPACE
    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...

  • AEROSPACE / 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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    INTERNAL SECURITY / 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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    INTERNAL SECURITY / 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.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / 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.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / 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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    CORPORATE
    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...

  • CORPORATE
    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)...

  • CORPORATE
    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.

  • CORPORATE
    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...

  • CORPORATE
    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...