SP's MAI - Issue No. 16 | August 16-31, 2016

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Prime Minister raises humanitarian concerns in Pak, unsettles neighbour
    By R. Chandrakanth

    On the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day celebrations, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic speech from the ramparts of Red Fort has got global attention...

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    PM Modi's speech on 70th Independence Day
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech on August 15 was in the backdrop optimism wherein he said that if India was plagued by millions of problems...

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    MILITARY / ANALYSIS
    Narrowing the seas: Security ramifications of the SCS verdict
    By Bharat Karnad

    There’s an aspect of China’s seeking to acquire dominance in the South China Sea that the verdict on July 11, 2016, by the International Court of Arbitration at the Hague...

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    MILITARY / ANALYSIS
    The South China Sea imbroglio and its repercussions
    By Rear Admiral S. Ramsay (Retd)

    The Chinese position of not recognising the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration is a cause for serious worry, because it highlights total disregard to the international order.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Pakistan's prodigal bash
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Turbulence at the recent 7th SAARC Home and Interior Ministers Conference was but expected simply because it was being hosted by Pakistan – notorious for being the crucible of terror and continuing to export terror as an institutionalised state policy.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    DPP — Private sector awaits fair share
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    If anyone were to ask whether the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP)...

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Adding military muscle — Address foot soldier too
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a boost to the Indian Navy comes the news that India has signed a $1.1-billion deal to procure four more Poseidon-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft from the US...

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    MILITARY
    INS Viraat sails on her own steam for one last time

    The aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, set sail for Kochi on July 23 for essential repairs and dry docking (ERDD) at the Cochin Shipyard. This is the last sailing under her own propulsion as INS Viraat is slated for decommissioning later this year.

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    MILITARY
    Royal Malaysian Navy Chief visits India

    Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman bin Haji Ahmad Badaruddin, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy, visited India from July 25-28, 2016. His visit was intended to consolidate the bilateral naval relations between India and Malaysia...

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    MILITARY
    Exercise Megh Prahar: Demonstration on river crossing

    A demonstration on capabilities of Mathura-based Strike 1 to seamlessly effect crossings on river obstacle was conducted on the banks of Yamuna River on July 14, 2016, along the stretch of river adjoining the cantonment.

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    MILITARY
    DRDO success in Advanced Artillery Gun System

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another technological breakthrough by successfully conducting the proof firing of armament system for 155mm x 52-calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System...

  • MILITARY
    Russia and India to develop new SPG

    Moscow and New Delhi have concluded an agreement to develop a new self-propelled gun (SPG) intended for the Indian domestic market.

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    AEROSPACE / VIEWPOINT
    Missing An-32 medium-lift aircraft
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Tragedy struck on July 22 when an Indian Air Force (IAF) An-32 on routine sortie from IAF Station Tambaram to Port Blair went missing.

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    AEROSPACE / SPOTLIGHT
    Tata and Bell Helicopter to collaborate

    Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Bell Helicopter have signed an agreement to work together in support of India’s aviation and defence modernisation initiatives...

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    AEROSPACE
    Mirage 2000 upgraded to FOC

    Continuing its success on various recent projects, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has now flown the first FOC (final operational configuration) upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft on July 28, 2016 adhering to the scheduled date.

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    AEROSPACE
    Mahindra to make parts for Airbus Helicopters

    Airbus Helicopters has awarded a contract to Mahindra Aerostructures to make airframe parts for the AS565 MBe Panther. These parts will be produced at the Mahindra facility in Bengaluru.

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    AEROSPACE
    Lockheed Martin looks at adaptable weapons kit for Black Hawk

    Lockheed Martin is exploring options to bring its weapons integration expertise to bear on the European-built S-70 Black Hawk helicopters made by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company.

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    AEROSPACE
    Embraer's KC-390 heads towards certification in 2017

    The first prototype of the KC-390, nextgeneration multi-mission aircraft by Embraer, returned to Brazil after successfully completing its first international mission, lasting 23 days and flying more than 48 hours.

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    AEROSPACE
    QinetiQ and Thales select Scorpion Jet for ASDOT bid

    QinetiQ, Thales and Textron AirLand have announced a collaboration that will bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s upcoming Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme.

  • AEROSPACE
    Second squadron of Tejas by 2019

    The first light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas squadron has been formed on July 1, 2016, with two LCA initial operation configuration (IOC) series production aircraft.

  • AEROSPACE
    Test flight of indigenously developed scramjet engine

    The testing of sub-scale demonstrator scramjet engine is envisaged as a part of technology demonstration, by mounting it on a two-stage solid rocket.

  • AEROSPACE
    Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce team UK F-35Bs

    Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce will join forces to provide comprehensive technical support at the Royal Air Force Marham to support F135 engines and the LiftSystems on the UK’s F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Christina Grimmie, singer, shot dead by fan

    Florida authorities answered one of the major questions in the shooting death of Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer who made her name on NBC’s “The Voice.”

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Pakistan-based hacker defaces Canara Bank site, tries to block e-payments

    A Pakistani hacker has reportedly defaced the website of Canara Bank, one of India’s largest lenders. On August 2, the hacker, who calls himself Faisal, defaced the bank’s site by inserting a malicious page...

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    US swimmers robbed at gunpoint in Rio, Brazil

    Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint by thieves posing as police officers who stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) said.

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    CORPORATE
    Boeing, Mahindra open C-17 training centre for Indian Air Force

    Boeing and Mahindra Defence Systems formally opened a centre in Gurgaon to provide C-17 training services to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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    CORPORATE
    HAL and Safran to form JV to support Indian helicopter operators

    The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Safran Helicopter Engines have agreed to establish a support centre in India...

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    CORPORATE
    Embraer and Boeing to collaborate on KC-390 medium airlift

    Embraer and Boeing have signed a teaming agreement to jointly market and support the KC-390, a multi-mission mobility and aerial refuelling aircraft.

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    CORPORATE / APPOINTMENT
    Boeing names Hyslop Chief Technology Officer

    Boeing has recently named Greg Hyslop its Chief Technology Officer (CTO), replacing John Tracy, a 35-year company veteran who served as CTO since 2006 and announced his retirement earlier this year.

  • CORPORATE
    Thales and Elettronica strengthen their cooperation in the electronic warfare domain

    Thales and Elettronica have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen their industrial and commercial operations and relations in the aerospace and defence business.