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Issue No. 5 | March 1-15, 2017 SP's MAI Issue No. 5 | March 1-15, 2017

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Profile
Arun Jaitley: An articulate personality of multi-role versatility

By R. Chandrakanth

The portfolio of defence is key and highly critical one. So is the finance portfolio.
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Viewpoint
Parrikar's exit and its impact on languishing defence projects

By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

Manohar Parrikar who held the office of the Defence Minister of India for two years and four months has now returned to Goa to take over as the new Chief Minister...
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Viewpoint
Need for a full-time Minister of Defence

By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

While the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as the Goa Chief Minister has been dictated by political expediency, this move has implications for the Indian armed forces
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Viewpoint
Change of Defence Minister

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar having moved to Panaji due to political expediency of the state of Goa, Arun Jaitley has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
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Report
INS Viraat decommissioned

By Our Special Correspondent

glorious era of INS Viraat being the flagship of the Indian Navy came to an end...
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Viewpoint
India-China strategic dialogue – Hollowness persists

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On February 22, India and China held their ‘upgraded’ strategic dialogue at Beijing.
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Spotlight
Admiral Vladimir Korolev, Commander-in-Chief, Russian Federation Navy, visits India

Admiral Vladimir Korolev, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation Navy along with a four-member Russian Navy delegation is on an official visit to India...
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DRDO hands over its products to Indian Army

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over three of its products for induction into the Indian Army in a formal function here recently. The products — Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) Swathi; NBC Recce Vehicle and NBC Drugs.
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Eleventh Indo-Nepal Joint Exercise

Indo-Nepal Joint Military Exercise Surya Kiran-XI commenced on March 7 at Pithoragarh. In this 14-day exercise, Nepal Army is being represented by the officers and troops of the elite Durga Baksh Battalion...
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Successful test-firing of AAD endo-atmospheric interceptor missile

DRDO conducted the successful launch of the interceptor missile Advanced Area Defence (AAD) recently from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. The endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 km...
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INS Tillanchang commissioned at Karwar

INS Tillanchang, a water jet fast attack craft (WJFAC), was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, at Karwar recently.
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Indo-Oman Joint Army Exercise Al Nagah-II

The second edition of the joint exercise between the Indian and Oman Armies commenced with the opening ceremony at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. The training contingents comprised of platoon strength from both the armies...
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Maiden anti-ship missile launch by Kalvari

The Indian Navy recently successfully conducted the maiden firing of an anti-ship missile from the first of the indigenously built Kalvari class submarines, during a test-firing in the Arabian Sea.
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Viewpoint
FGFA redesigned?

By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Happenings at the Aero India 2017 signified the next chapter in the Indo-Russian fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) saga. Whether it will now move faster than the snail’s pace is yet to be seen.
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President's Standard and Colours presented to MTI and 125 (H) SQN at Air Force Station Tambaram

The President of India and Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Pranab Mukherjee, awarded the prestigious President’s Standard and Colours...
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Rockwell Collins' technology for the KC-46A one step closer to entering service

Just over a year after Rockwell Collins’ Remote Vision System (RVS) aided in the Boeing KC-46A tanker’s successful first refuelling test flight, the US Air Force has awarded...
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Lockheed Martin upgrades flying intelligence test bed

Lockheed Martin’s manned airborne test bed, the Airborne Multi-INT Lab (AML), has been enhanced to expedite its ability to deliver decision-quality intelligence. The AML is utilised to experiment with combinations of sensors, systems and technologies...
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Boeing launches MH-139 in US Air Force helicopter competition

Boeing recently unveiled its MH-139 helicopter in the competition to replace the US Air Force’s (USAF) UH-1N ‘Huey’ fleet, which currently protects intercontinental ballistic missiles and transports US Government and security forces.
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Bell Helicopter continues to shape the future of vertical lift

Bell Helicopter recently unveiled its vision for the future of rotorcraft — the FCX-001. This is Bell Helicopter’s first concept aircraft and presents a 3D road map for delivering safer, smarter and more efficient rotorcraft solutions.
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MD Helicopters debuts MD 6XX concept helicopter

After announcing the planned development of an all-new, high-performance single-engine helicopter at HAI Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky, MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) announced the debut of the MD 6XX concept helicopter...
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Unmanned
Ten years of Shoval

The Shoval (Heron 1) UAV joined the Israeli Air Force 10 years ago, taking the UAV division a step forward. Since then, it has taken a central role and active part...
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Unmanned
Australian Navy's Avalon eyes in the sky

Not all aircraft at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon actually have pilots — just ask the team at the Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit.
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Yokota welcomes first C-130J Super Hercules

Team Yokota welcomed the first of 14 C-130J Super Hercules being assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing and Pacific Air Forces on March 6, 2017. The new aircraft will eventually replace the unit’s existing C-130H fleet...
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US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphins reach 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters Inc saluted the US Coast Guard for its recent milestone achievement of reaching 1.5 million flight hours with the service’s fleet of MH-65 Dolphin patrol and search-and-rescue helicopters.
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Unmanned
Kelvin Hughes launches new drone detection radar

Kelvin Hughes said it would be launching its new drone detection system at the Home Office Security & Policing exhibition. The SMS-D is the first integrated, medium-range, radar-based surveillance system designed...
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Breaches
One more White House trespasser

Federal attorneys have identified the person who allegedly jumped a White House fence recently and got so deep into the compound that he was seen hiding behind...
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Breaches
UK Prime Minister's aircraft on radar

The Mail recently reported that the official aircraft of the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, can be tracked by a mobile phone app.
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Breaches
Eleven people walk through security at JFK airport

The US Department of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) left a security lane unattended at JFK’s JetBlue Terminal recently which saw 11 people walking through without security frisk.
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Breaches
Kim Jong-nam's death raises security issues

Could a lapse in security between Kim Jong-nam’s security detail and Malaysian police have given two North Korean spies the opportunity to get close to him and poison him?
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GKN Aerospace's Fokker business and Dutch MoD sign total support agreement

On March 3 GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have signed a multimillion Euro total support agreement...
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Magellan Aerospace announces construction of new manufacturing and assembly plant in India

Magellan Aerospace announced plans to construct a new manufacturing and assembly facility in India. The new 1,40,000 sq ft building will be constructed on three hectres...
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Leonardo is growing in the US with the acquisition of Daylight Solutions

Leonardo, through the US subsidiary Leonardo DRS, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Daylight Solutions Inc, a leading developer and supplier of quantum cascade laser products...
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