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Issue No. 24 | December 16-31, 2016 SP's MAI Issue No. 24 | December 16-31, 2016

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Carter reaffirms road map for the next US Defense Secretary

By Ranjit Kumar

After contributing immensely to Indo-US defence relations in his various avatars in the Pentagon, and hence giving a solid content and meaning to the India-US strategic partnership in the 21st century described by President Barack Obama...
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Viewpoint
Visit of Israeli President – Cementing ties

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The eight-day visit to India in November by President Reuven Rivlin of Israel further cemented India-Israel bilateral relations.
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“The Indian Navy’s perspective planning is designed to deliver capabilities commensurate with our maritime interests”

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba in an exclusive interaction with SP’s M.A.I. said that “2016 witnessed the induction of a number of state-of-the-art platforms”.
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Heart of Asia – Pak proxies named

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In his inaugural address at the Sixth Ministerial ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference at Amritsar, represented by some 30 countries and international and regional organisations and co-chaired by Finance Minister of India and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan...
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Only the US-2 can meet all of the diverse performance requirements in the market: Yasuo Kawanishi

By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

SP’s M.A.I. met Yasuo Kawanishi, Director, Executive General Manager (Business Development & Amphibious Aircraft Programme) and MD ShinMaywa, India
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Viewpoint
Indian Army and PLA 'Hand-in-Hand' again

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

India-China Joint Military Training exercise, ‘Hand-in-Hand 2016’, kicked off in Pune on November 27.
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Lt General Bipin Rawat to take over as the new Indian Army chief

The government has appointed Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt General Bipin Rawat as the new Army chief on December 17, 2016. Lt General Rawat was commissioned in the 5th Battalion of the 11 Gorkha Rifles from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’.
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Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa to be the next Indian Air Force chief

The government has announced on December 17 that Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa will take over as the new Chief of the Air Staff. Air Marshal Dhanoa, presently the Vice Chief of the Air Staff, will take over after Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retires on December 31.
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Spotlight
Launch of eighth LCU–GRSE Yard 2099

The recent launch of last ship of LCU Mk IV project, an amphibious ship at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata...
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Mauritius

The Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar was in Mauritius on a two-day visit, the first ever by a Defence Minister of India. He was accompanied by senior officers of the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and the Ministry of Defence.
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Indo-Russian bilateral naval exercise

The 9th edition of exercise Indra Navy, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy, will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal from December 14 to 21, 2016.
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Indo-Maldives joint military exercise commences in Maldives

A 14-day joint training exercise of the Indian Army and Maldivian National Defence Force commenced with the opening ceremony at Kadhdhoo, Lammu Atoll in Maldives on December 15, 2016.
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INS Sumitra visits Darwin, Australia

In pursuit of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and outreach to friendly countries, the Indian Navy’s offshore patrol vessel Sumitra was in Darwin, Australia, on December 6, 2016, on a three-day visit.
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Exercise Konkan 16 being held in Goa

Konkan 16, the 2016 edition of the annual bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy, is being held from December 5-18, 2016, at Mumbai and Goa.
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Report
Boeing enters tanker race with FMS offer

By Ranjit Kumar

Boeing has entered the fray for supplying air refuelling tankers for the Indian Air Force.
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Canada selects Airbus C295W for fixed-wing search and rescue

The Government of Canada announced that it had selected the Airbus C295W for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue programme. As part of the FWSAR programme, the Royal Canadian Air Force will purchase 16 C295Ws modified for search and rescue.
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Israeli Air Force gets the first pair of Adir

The first pair of ‘Adir’ (F-35I) stealth fighters landed in their new home, Nevatim Air Force Base, recently. The landing ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, the President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin...
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German Navy NH90 Sea Lion performs maiden flight

Recently, the NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter took off on its on-schedule maiden flight at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth. Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland and Vincent Dubrule, NHI President welcomed...
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Sikorsky signs contract with Chilean Air Force for six S-70i Black Hawk helicopters

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has successfully concluded contract negotiations with the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile) for six S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters...
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Unmanned
GA-ASI flight tests of Gray Eagle Extended Range

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has commenced flight testing of its MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (ER) series with the successful first flight...
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The Norwegian Government to procure five P-8A Poseidon

The Norwegian Government decided November 25 to procure five P-8A Poseidon for delivery in 2021 to 2022. The decision taken in the government has been proposed to the Parliament...
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Germany receives first tactical standard Airbus A400M Airlifter

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the German Air Force its first A400M transport aircraft qualified for tactical operations and able to fly in areas subject to military threats.
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Unmanned
MBDA's Brimstone missile for RAF's Protector RPAs

MBDA’s Brimstone precision strike missile is being planned as the UK’s guided missile solution for the Royal Air Force’s Protector Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) programme.
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Unmanned
Safran and Vodea develop high-speed video compression solution for drones

French defence procurement agency DGA held its annual Innovation Forum on November 23 and 24 at the Ecole Polytechnique near Paris.
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Breaches
Liam Payne's Facebook breached

The One Direction star Liam Payne’s social media page is said to have been hacked, according to British media reports. His social media page has over 10 million likes.
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Breaches
Legion hacking of Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account

The official Twitter handle of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was hacked with a series of obscene tweets posted on the timeline.
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Breaches
Yahoo's 1 billion user accounts hacked

Yahoo’s 1 billion user accounts hacked Yahoo, already reeling from its September disclosure that 500 million user accounts had been hacked in 2014, disclosed recently that a different attack in 2013 compromised more than 1 billion...
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Breaches
Drugged intruder on San Francisco airport tarmac

In a major security breach at San Francisco International (SFO), a man reportedly drugged ran on to the tarmac, avoiding police and other security personnel, causing panic for some time.
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Boeing to acquire Liquid Robotics

Boeing has entered into an agreement to acquire Liquid Robotics, a market leader in autonomous maritime systems and developer of the Wave Glider ocean surface robot, to grow its seabed-to-space autonomous capabilities.
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Sikorsky opens testing facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky has inaugurated a new Systems Integration Lab (SIL) to begin testing key systems for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH)...
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Rafael appoints Pini Yungman as Executive Vice President, Head of Air Superiority Systems Division

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announced recently the appointment of Brigadire General (Res.) Pini Yungman, to the position of Executive Vice President...
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DARPA doubles down on Tern by funding second test vehicle

Tern, a joint programme between Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), seeks to greatly increase the effectiveness of forward-deployed small-deck ships such as destroyers...
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