SP's MAI - Issue No. 3 | February 1-15, 2017

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    MILITARY / EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
    Resurgent Indian defence industry

    In a rare media interaction with SP’s M.A.I., Ashok Kumar Gupta, Secretary, Defence Production, outlined his vision for defence manufacturing in India and addressed a wide range of subjects including ‘Make in India’, DPP 2016, defence offsets...

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Make in India: Quo Vadis?
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Only with a major overhaul of the bureaucratic establishment and the government machinery as a whole, will the highly mechanised lion representing the spirit...

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    India's Defence Budget 2017-18
    By Laxman Kumar Behera

    The Finance Minister’s overall stated figure of Rs. 2,74,114 crore is, however, not what the Ministry of Defence (MoD) considers as India’s official defence budget.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Defence budget 2017-18
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence has been allocated Rs. 2,74,114 crore ($42.17 billion) for fiscal year 2017-18. This does not include the pensions bill which itself is close to Rs. 85,000 crore per annum.

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    MILITARY / SPOTLIGHT
    Admiral Sunil Lanba visits Andaman & Nicobar Command

    Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) accompanied by Mrs. Reena Lanba...

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    MILITARY
    CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba reviews Tropex 2017

    Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba embarked ships of the Indian Fleet (both Western and Eastern) to review the ongoing Annual Theatre level Readiness and Operational Exercise (Tropex) 2017 which is presently underway since January 24, 2017.

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    MILITARY
    Visit of Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy

    Vice Admiral R.C. Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, was on official visit to India from January 29 to February 2, 2017. The visit was aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Sri Lanka and to explore new avenues...

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    AEROSPACE
    Visit of Chief of the Air Staff to Jammu and Kashmir

    Jammu and Kashmir The CAS, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, was on a two-day visit to airbases in Jammu and Kashmir. On his arrival at Air Force Station Awantipur, he addressed all personnel and inspected the operational readiness of the base.

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    AEROSPACE
    BAE Systems signs contract with Turkey for TF-X programme

    In the presence of the Prime Ministers of Turkey and the United Kingdom, BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) signed a Heads of Agreement to collaborate on the first development phase of an indigenous fifth-generation fighter jet...

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    AEROSPACE
    World premiere of the state-of-the-art MiG-35 aviation complex

    The world premiere of the MiG-35 state-of-the-art multi-role aviation complex was held in Lukhovitsy, Moscow region, January 27, 2017, in the production venue of the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (a UAC subsidiary).

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    AEROSPACE
    Russia and India to develop BrahMos light cruise missile for PAK FA 5th-generation jet

    The BrahMos light cruise missile will be mounted both in submarines’ torpedo launchers and on Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA...

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    AEROSPACE
    Boeing awarded $2.1 billion for third KC-46A tanker production lot

    The US Air Force has awarded Boeing $2.1 billion for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spare engines and wing air refuelling pod kits. This order is the third lowrate initial production lot for Boeing.

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    AEROSPACE
    HAL's first indigenously upgraded Hawk-i at Aero India 2017

    The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rolled out the first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132, named as Hawk-i, on the eve of Republic Day celebrations. “This is the 100th Hawk aircraft produced at HAL and we are proud that it has ‘Make in India’ mark.

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    GA-ASI names newest Predator B variant

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of RPA systems, tactical radars, and electro-optic and related mission system solutions...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Germany to extend Heron contract

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron surveillance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have recently reached 30,000 operational flight hours in the Mazar-e-Sharif area...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Nicki Minaj beefs up security after $2,00,000 worth of property stolen

    According to TMZ, Nicki Minaj, Super Bass singer, is spending a bundle on a new security system for her mansion in Los Angeles following a significant burglary recently.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    InterContinental confirms breach at 12 hotels

    The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the parent company for thousands of hotels worldwide including Holiday Inn, acknowledged recently that a credit card breach...

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Man creates ruckus on Jet Airways Delhi-Mumbai flight

    A mentally unstable man was detained after he created a ruckus inside a Delhi-Mumbai Jet Airways flight recently. The flight, 9W332, left Delhi in the morning but an hour later, the man, visibly in his 30s, started shouting and creating a scene.

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    CORPORATE
    CCI clears JV between Reliance ADAG and Dassault

    The Competition Commission of India has approved the proposed joint venture between Anil Ambani-led group firm Reliance Aerostructure and Rafale-maker Dassault Aviation.

  • CORPORATE
    Northrop Grumman partners with Lufthansa Technik on Australian KC-30A

    Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik AG for the provision...

  • CORPORATE
    MEADS updated offer for Polish Wisła programme

    MEADS International (MI) presented an updated offer for Poland’s medium-range air defence (Wisła) programme recently to the Ministry of National Defense.