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Issue No. 4 | February 16-28, 2017 SP's MAI Issue No. 4 | February 16-28, 2017

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SP Guide Publications Wins Prestigious Business Aviation Award

At the BizAvIndia Awards 2017 organised by BAOA in Bengaluru on February 13, 2017, SP Guide Publications was felicitated for its efforts and relentless coverage of business aviation in its range of publications and its contribution to business aviation.
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Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on C295 joint venture

“The C295 joint venture between the Tata group and Airbus has the potential to create an ecosystem for the Indian aviation sector similar to what the Maruti car JV did for the automobile sector in India.”
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Northrop Grumman and partners celebrate first flight of UH-60V Black Hawk

Northrop Grumman Corporation in partnership with the US Army Prototype Integration Facility and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems...
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Forest firefighting operation by IAF helicopter in Mukkunimala

On February 21, 2017, Mi-17V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) doused fire in an operation at Mukkunimala Hill which is located 10 km east of airfield at Thiruvananthapuram.
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Russia ready to export advanced MiG-35 fighter to India

Russia is ready to supply India with sophisticated Mikoyan MiG-35 multi-role fighters, should India be interested in the type, Vladimir Drozhzhov, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), has told TASS.
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T-50 powered by second-stage engine to conduct maiden flight in Q4 2017

Russia’s T-50 (also designated Perspective Frontline Aviation Complex, Russian acronym PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft powered by the second-stage engine will conduct its maiden flight in the fourth quarter of 2017...
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CAE awarded contract by Airbus for comprehensive C295W training solution

CAE announced that Airbus Defence and Space has awarded CAE a contract for a comprehensive C295W aircrew and maintenance training solution to support...
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Defence Minister unveils full scale mockup of HAL's Indian multi-role helicopter

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Asia’s largest aerospace and defence major, emerged as a show stopper during the opening day of the 11th edition of Aero India...
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UK Minister for Defence Procurement shows support to Indo-UK Advanced Hawk

During her visit to Aero India 2017, Harriett Baldwin MP, UK Minister for Defence Procurement, met BAE Systems and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)...
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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye arrives in Japan

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, February 2. The Tigertails of VAW-125 are relieving the Liberty Bells of VAW-115 as the early-warning squadron of the US Navy’s Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5...
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Embraer KC-390 begins in-flight refuelling trials

The first in-flight refuelling mission of the future Brazilian Air Force (FAB) freighter, the KC-390, was successfully completed recently. From February 1 to February 22, FAB’s military personnel and Embraer professionals worked together on yet another flight...
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Unmanned
MQ-9 participates in Red Flag 17-1, integrates with F-35

Two MQ-9 Reapers and multiple aircrews from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing participated in Red Flag 17-1 from January 23 to February 10, 2017...
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Unmanned
Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS wins contract with Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy awarded to Schiebel a contract for the supply of its Camcopter S-100 System and three years of follow-on contractor logistics support.
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Unmanned
NAWCWD's ongoing Spike efforts pay off in successful fire

From its first guided shot just over a decade ago to a 2015 folding fin demonstration, the home-grown Spike missile programme at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons...
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Successful demonstration of an ASMP-A missile launch

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defense, expressed his great satisfaction after the successful test launch of a nuclearcapable missile without a nuclear charge.
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Dassault Aviation looking at naval contract

After bagging the €8.78-billion deal for 36 Rafale fighters to strengthen the Indian Air Force fleet, French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation is now eyeing the naval contract of 57 aircraft that is up for grabs.
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Leonardo: AW609 programme moves forward preparing for icing trials

The AW609 tiltrotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in support of FAA certification, which remains on track for 2018.
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Unmanned
SideArm prototype catches full-size unmanned aerial system flying at full speed

Few scenes capture the US Navy’s prowess as effectively as the rapidfire take-off and recovery of combat jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
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Israel Aerospace Industries and Kalyani Group to incorporate a JV to manufacture specific air defence systems

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI) and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd...
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Rafael, Reliance JV to manufacture air defence systems

Israeli company Rafael with cutting-edge technologies in air defence systems has tied up with Reliance to manufacture air defence systems, which the company is showcasing at Aero India 2017.
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Raytheon, TASL to co-produce Stinger missile components

Raytheon Company signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to engage in co-production of Stinger air defence missile components.
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New European defence company Hensoldt launched

Following the closing of the transaction between Airbus Group SE and KKR, a leading global investment firm, a new European defence company headquartered in Germany, Hensoldt, has been launched.
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Godrej Aerospace partners ISRO in launching a record 104 satellites

In a massive show of strength and prowess, the Indian Space and Research Organisation’s PSLV C37 rocket has successfully launched 104 satellites, the most in a single mission anywhere in the world.
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Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited forays into defence sector

Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited (JSHL), country’s largest integrated stainless steel producer has announced its entry into the defence sector by signing the license agreement with the DRDO...
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Breaches
Alanis victim of multimillion-dollar theft

US Police said burglars broke into the Canadian singer’s Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewellery.
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Breaches
Security lapse at JFK airport

A security lapse at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport allowed 11 passengers to walk through a security checkpoint without being screened...
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Breaches
Ministry of Home Affairs website hacked

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) website was hacked recently prompting authorities to temporarily block it, an official said. The MHA website was immediately blocked by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) after hacking was noticed.
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Breaches
House committee launches investigation into breaches at Mar-a-Lago

The US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has demanded proof of security protocols and how they are kept in place by February 28.
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Aero India 2017
Aero India makes a mark

By R. Chandrakanth

With over 1,000 civil aircraft on order, about 400 fighter aircraft and 800 helicopters requirement, besides 5,000 helicopter engines in the next five to 10 years...
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Viewpoint
Indo-US defence ties – Retain the high

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The US must review its assistance to Pakistan as the hatchery of Islamic terrorism, which is backed by China. Taming the ‘deep state’ of Pakistan cannot be ignored if the Indo-US defence partnership is really to grow.
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Aero India 2017
Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa flies the LCA Tejas at Aero India

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa took to the skies in Yelahanka over Bengaluru city in the indigenously designed and developed aircraft LCA Mk I Tejas at 1645 hours on February 14, 2017.
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Aero India 2017
The VCAS Air Marshal S.B. Deo flew the indigenously developed LCA and LCH at Aero India

Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal S.B. Deo flew the LCA Tejas and light combat helicopter (LCH) at Air Force Station Yelahanka during his visit to Aero India 2017.
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Viewpoint
Tri-Service Commands – Must get them right

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

This talk of creating Tri-Service Commands and a single-point military advisor...
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Viewpoint
Critical shortages – Where is the money?

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Army is required to hold War Wastage Reserves (WWR) sufficient for 30 days...
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Spotlight
INSV Tarini inducted

The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini was inducted in presence of a host of dignitaries at a glittering ceremony at INS Mandovi Boat Pool on February 18.
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Chief of the Army Staff witnesses Aero India, appreciates synergy

General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), witnessed the eleventh biennial edition of Aerospace and Defence Exhibition — Aero India 2017 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru on February 14, 2017.
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DG Army Aviation flies the LCH

On February 15, 2017, Lt General Kanwal Kumar, Director General Army Aviation Corps, flew the light combat helicopter at Aero India 2017. The LCH is indigenously developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and will soon be inducted into the Indian Army.
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PLA delegation visits India

15-member delegation from Western Theatre Command of People’s Liberation Army, China is on a five-day visit to India from February 21 to 26, 2017. The delegation is being led by Major General Zhao Jin Song, Vice Chief of Staff of Headquarter Western...
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INS Betwa to be fully operational by April 2018

INS Betwa, the P-16A class frigate, has been made upright by the unstinted efforts put in by the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, and the salvage firm Resolve Marine, specially contracted for the operation.
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Defence Minister presents Best Marching Contingent Trophies

The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently presented the Best Marching Contingent Trophies to the Madras Sappers and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) who participated in the Republic Day parade 2017 at the historic Rajpath, New Delhi.
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IAI completes Port Security and Defence Project in India

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed and delivered comprehensive security and protection systems, known as the Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS).
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