SP's MAI - Issue No. 3 | February 1-15, 2016

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    DPP 2016 – Big changes, big expectations
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The most important takeaway of the new Defence Procurement Policy is the increase in the offset baseline from Rs. 300 crore to Rs. 2,000 crore, besides the focus on reducing delays in procurements.

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Historic visit of French President François Hollande
    By R. Chandrakanth

    President François Hollande’s visit is the fifth such by a French leader to have been honoured as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day, highlighting the expanding areas of cooperation and convergence between the two countries.

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    MILITARY / PREVIEW
    IFR 2016 rehearsal

    A Naval Fleet Review is a long-standing tradition of navies world over. The review was conceived as a show of naval might and combat readiness.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    S-400 Triumf for India's air defence
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has cleared the acquisition of five S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems...

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Chinks in border fencing: But what about facilitators
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The bottom line is that while India should go for the latest technology, it should also eliminate the mafia within its border areas, besides establishing credible deterrence to Pakistan’s proxy war.

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    MILITARY
    Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy

    On October 26, 2015, the Indian Navy released its latest maritime strategy, titled “Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy.” This edition is a revised and updated version of the previous outlined strategy “Freedom to Use the Seas: India’s Maritime Military Strategy,” published in 2007.

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Hypersonic weapons to missile on rails – China readies for global war
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China is among three nations that are developing hypersonic weapons, along with Russia and the US.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Hype vs reality
    By Air marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Will the Tejas be able to make an impact in the discerning global market where the platform will be subjected to intense scrutiny by aerospace professionals from across the world?

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    MILITARY / SPOTLIGHT
    Naseem Al Bahr 2016 – Visit of Royal Navy of Oman ships

    The Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) recently conducted a bilateral maritime exercise Naseem-al-Bahr in the Arabian Sea from January 22-27, 2016, off Goa.

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    MILITARY
    Coast Guard Day 2016

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is celebrated its 39th Anniversary on February 1, 2016. With a modest beginning of just seven ships in 1978 the service has grown into a formidable force with 119 ships, 62 aircraft and 42 stations.

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    MILITARY
    Sri Lankan President visits INS Vikramaditya at Colombo

    Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka, visited INS Vikramaditya recently. He was received onboard by Rear Admiral Ranveet Singh, NM, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet and Captain Krishna Swaminathan, Commanding Officer of the ship.

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    MILITARY
    Beta Version of Integrated Quartermaster Package (IQMP) for the Indian Army released

    The Beta Version of Integrated Quartermaster Package (IQMP) was released by the VCOAS, Lt General M.M.S. Rai, on January 28, 2016, as a precursor to the final release...

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    MILITARY
    Vice Admiral Girish Luthra assumes command of Southern Naval Command

    Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM, took over charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command from Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM...

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    MILITARY
    Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over Western Naval Command

    Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba took over the reins of Western Naval Command (WNC) as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) on January 31, 2016, from Vice Admiral S.P.S. Cheema at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra.

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    MILITARY
    Assam Regiment adjudged best marching contingent on Republic Day parade 2016

    The Assam Regiment has been adjudged as the Best Marching Contingent amongst the three Services in the Republic Day parade held on January 26, 2016.

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    AEROSPACE
    Russian Helicopters delivers 151 helicopters to India

    Russian Helicopters, part of state corporation Rostec, recently delivered the final batch of helicopters to India under a previously signed agreement. India received 151 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters produced by JSC Kazan Helicopters...

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    AEROSPACE
    Egypt gets three more Rafale fighter jets

    Egyptian Air Force (EAF) received three Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets from France recently. This is the second batch of the jets to be dispatched as part of a $5-billion deal signed last year.

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    AEROSPACE
    Northrop to produce first Japanese E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

    Northrop Grumman Corporation recently received a US Navy contract modification for non-recurring engineering and recurring support to configure the first Japanese E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.

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    AEROSPACE
    P-8I aircraft deployed in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    India has started to deploy long-range naval patrol aircraft Poseidon-8I and spy drones at the forward military base in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as part of its strategy to counter China’s move to regularly send its nuclear and conventional submarines to the IOR.

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    AEROSPACE
    HAL rolls out HTT-40 prototype

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rolled out the first prototype of HTT-40 with the aircraft sporting all the aircraft lights and powered on cockpit. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL said that the HTT-40 prototype efforts symbolises the renewed...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Heron-1 UAS reaches 70,000 operational flight hours in Afghanistan

    Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron-1 unmanned aerial system (UAS) recently marked its 70,000th flight hour in Afghanistan, after less than seven years of operation...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    US soldiers bid farewell to this Army's oldest unmanned aircraft

    The US Army’s oldest unmanned aircraft system had its final flight here as part of a ceremony that marked transitions for both the aircraft and its operators, December 16.

  • AEROSPACE
    Boeing gets $2.5-billion contract for 20 more P-8A Poseidon aircraft

    Boeing will further equip the US Navy and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with maritime patrol capabilities, building 20 more P-8A Poseidon aircraft following a $2.5-billion US Navy order announced recently.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    AirMule completes its first autonomous flight

    On December 30, AirMule successfully completed its first autonomous, untethered flight at the Megiddo airfield in northern Israel.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Northrop to develop MALE UAV for small ships

    Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $9,30,76,636 Other Transaction Agreement for prototype project—Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node programme, Phase III.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    People's Choice Awards interrupted

    The People’s Choice Awards was rocked by an apparent security breach when a man ambushed the stage during The Talk panel’s thank you speech.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Call centre breach

    Three employees of a call centre run by Wipro for UK telecom firm TalkTalk have been arrested over security breach allegations, according to British media.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Woman crashes car through Phoenix Airport gate

    A woman who crashed her car through a Arizona’s Phoenix Airport’s security gate and drove onto a runway with her infant son in the vehicle has been sentenced to five years of probation.

  • CORPORATE
    Mahindra, Airbus joint venture for military helicopters

    Taking forward the memorandum of understanding signed in July, Mahindra Defence and Airbus Helicopters on January 24 inked a pact to form a joint venture to produce military helicopters in India.

  • CORPORATE
    Airbus Defence and Space and OneWeb join hands

    Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, and OneWeb, which is building a new global satellite communications system, announced the creation of OneWeb Satellites.

  • CORPORATE
    Rheinmetall Europe's leading producer of military vehicles

    Rheinmetall AG has decided to consolidate its defence unit’s extensive military vehicle activities in a new division called ‘Vehicle Systems’.

  • CORPORATE
    Thales and ASV strengthen partnership in the UK

    After successful trials on Halcyon unmanned surface vehicle, Thales and ASV strengthen their partnership. Both companies have signed an agreement to develop autonomous USV technology...

  • CORPORATE
    HAL bestowed with Raksha Mantri's awards

    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for HAL’s new Helicopter Manufacturing Facility at Biderehalla Kaval, Gubbi Taluk, Tumakuru, about 100 km from Bengaluru recently.