SP's MAI - Issue No. 4 | February 16-29, 2016

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Technology Vision 2035 — What about defence?
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Technology Vision 2035 vision talks about future technologies ranging from flying cars, real-time translation software, personalised medicine, wearable devices...

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    International Fleet Review: An instrument of power projection
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

    The second edition of the International Fleet Review was held at Visakhapatnam...

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Spectrum woes — Ignoring military requirements
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The government would do well to review its decision of taking away 150 MHz spectrum from defence by weighing how much money it would make by auctioning the 150 MHz...

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    C4I2SR — Is this getting adequate attention?
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    While Services are progressing individually towards NCW capabilities, an integrated C4I2SR structure to link the strategic, operational and tactical domains needs...

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Passenger drone — New platform for terror?
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Ehang 184, a Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle, showcased at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during January 2016, does not require the passenger to have any pilot training.

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    MILITARY / SPOTLIGHT
    BAE Systems selects Mahindra for ultra-lightweight howitzer

    Demonstrating its commitment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to ‘Make in India’, BAE Systems has down-selected Mahindra as its business partner...

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    MILITARY
    COAS presents President's Colours to the Corps of Signals

    General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), presented the President’s Colours to the Corps of Signals of Indian Army at Jabalpur on February 15. Lt General Balwant Singh Negi, Army Commander, Central Command, was also present.

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    MILITARY
    Visit of Indian warships to Male

    Indian naval ships Vikramaditya, Mysore and Deepak are visiting Male from February 15-18, 2016, after participating in the International Fleet Review. The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai.

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    MILITARY
    Mhadei sailing with an all-women crew enters Chennai

    The Navy’s famous sailing vessel Mhadei, skippered and crewed by an all-women crew of naval officers for the very first time, entered Chennai port recently, after participating in the International Fleet Review 2016.

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    MILITARY
    President confers Honorary Rank of General of the Indian Army on General Rajendra Chhetri, COAS, Nepalese Army

    The President of India Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Honorary Rank of General of the Indian Army on Prakhyata Trisahkati-Patta General Rajendra Chhetri...

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    MILITARY
    Exercise Surya Kiran IX commences

    The 14-day Indo-Nepal combined military exercise Surya Kiran IX at general area, Pithoragarh commenced on February 8, 2016, and will culminate on February 21, 2016. A combined ceremonial parade was held by both the participating contingents.

  • MILITARY
    Indo-Seychelles joint military exercise begins on February 15

    The Seventh Joint Military Training Exercise between the Indian Army and the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) – Lamitye 2016, is on at Seychelles Defence Academy (SDA), Victoria, Seychelles, from February 15-28, 2016.

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    AEROSPACE
    Tejas fires Derby missile in Jamnagar

    Continuing with its successful stride of flight trails in 2016, India’s light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas achieved a major milestone on February 5. One of the limited series production (LSP) platforms fired a Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM)...

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    AEROSPACE
    Embraer Phenom 100 for UK training programme

    The Embraer Phenom 100 business jet was selected to provide multi-engine pilot training to armed forces aircrew in the United Kingdom. The contract with Affinity Flight Training Services will provide five aircraft to the UKMFTS programme.

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    AEROSPACE
    Beechcraft signs T-6C contract for UK training

    Beechcraft Defense Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., announced it has signed a contract with Affinity Flying Training Services to provide 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II military training aircraft to the UKMFTS programme.

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    AEROSPACE
    Air Vice Marshal R.D. Mathur promoted to the rank of Air Marshal

    Air Vice Marshal Rajiv Dayal Mathur who had been Assistant Chief of Air Staff in charge of the Indian Air Force’s Air Warfare Strategy Cell besides its Space, Cyber, Air Traffic Services and Media & Public Relations Directorates, has been promoted...

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    AEROSPACE
    F-35A Lightning II completes first Trans-Atlantic crossing

    An Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) F-35A Lightning II aircraft completed very first transatlantic ocean crossing, arriving at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, from Cameri Air Base, Italy, on February 5.

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    AEROSPACE
    Russia, India joint project on helicopters

    Russian Helicopters holding company and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are working on the exterior appearance of the Ka-226T light multi-role helicopter that will be manufactured both in Russia and India.

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Camcopter S-100 – Successful flights with 'Detect and Avoid' system

    Schiebel and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), the Netherlands Coastguard and the Royal Netherlands Air Force conducted a series of successful flights...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Elbit Systems introduces Skylark3

    Elbit Systems has developed the Skylark3, a new autonomous miniunmanned aircraft system (UAS), best suited for brigades and divisions in ‘beyond the next hill’...

  • AEROSPACE
    France orders four C-130J aircraft

    The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on January 29, 2016, ordered four new-build C-130J Hercules from the United States Air Force (USAF). Two of the four aircraft will be able to refuel helicopters in flight.

  • AEROSPACE
    New MD 530G Scout attack helicopters to Malaysia

    MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) announced that it succeeded in its bid to supply six MD 530G Scout attack helicopters to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Anka carries out first missionary flight

    Anka, an unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), carried out its debut missionary flight in the eastern province of Elazig on February 5.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    Terrorism is a crime against humanity: Rajnath Singh

    Appropriate legal and structural frameworks to fight against the menace of terrorism is being created in the country, says Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing the International Conference on Counter-Terrorism at Jaipur on February 3, 2016.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Taylor Swift suffers security breach

    Grammy winner Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are one of the most followed and adored couples today. But their popularity is now becoming a threat.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY
    Directorate of Coordination, Police Wireless to celebrate 70th Raising Day

    The Directorate of Coordination, Police Wireless (DCPW) will celebrate its 70th Raising Day on February 19, 2016. The Directorate came into existence this day in 1946 initially as “Inspectorate of Wireless”...

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Woman hurls flower pot at Prime Minister's convoy, detained

    In a security breach, a woman was detained recently for allegedly hurling a flower pot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy in Delhi.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Andheri court orders FIR against airport officials

    The Andheri court on February 9 ordered to register a first information report (FIR) against the few officers from organisations of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Airports Authority of India and Airport Operator GVK-MIAL.

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    CORPORATE
    Saab and Kalyani Group joint venture

    Swedish defence and security company Saab, together with Indian company Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL), the defence arm of Kalyani Group, announced preparations for a joint venture company in India...

  • CORPORATE
    CSIR-NAL and Tata Advanced Systems announce MoU for indigenous Mission Computer

    The Integrated Global bus Avionics Processing System (IGAPS) popularly called Mission Computer, is a CoreAircraft Computing Platform with features like ARINC 664 global bus...

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    TECHNOLOGY
    FLA programme takes flight

    DARPA’s FLA programme aims to develop and test algorithms that could reduce the amount of processing power, communications, and human intervention needed for unmanned aerial vehicles to accomplish low-level tasks...