SP's MAI - Issue No. 9 | May 1-15, 2017

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Erdogan's visit will cement relations
    By Ranjit Kumar

    India and Turkey have differences over the status of Kashmir and Northern Cyprus, but that has not stopped the two nations from strengthening relations.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Prime Minister Modi’s Israel visit — Expectations?
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel on July 5-6 this year, first by any Indian Prime Minister will be a historic event of extraordinary proportions since it also will...

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    MILITARY
    Sanjay Mitra appointed as new Defence Secretary

    The government on May 10 approved the appointment of West Bengal cadre and 1982 batch officer Sanjay Mitra as the next Defence Secretary with a fixed tenure of two years. Mitra, who was holding the charge of Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and...

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    MILITARY
    Naval Commanders' Conference
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

    Bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference was held from May 2 to 5, 2017, which was attended by all Commanders-in-Chief, senior flag officers of Indian Navy...

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    MILITARY / SPOTLIGHT
    29th India-Indonesia coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) commences

    The 29th series of India-Indonesia CORPAT commenced from May 9-25, 2017, with the opening ceremony being conducted from May 9-12, 2017 at Port Blair under the aegis...

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    MILITARY
    Two launches in a row with precise hit of BrahMos Block 3

    South Western Command’s Corps ‘Strike One’ successfully carried out the firing of the advanced BrahMos Block III land attack cruise missile system (LACM) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 3.

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    MILITARY
    Indian warships visit Alexandria

    As part of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment (OSD) to the Mediterranean Sea and the West Coast of Africa, two Indian warships, INS Mumbai and INS Aditya, were on a three-day visit to Alexandria in Egypt from May 5.

  • MILITARY
    India and Republic of Korea sign inter-governmental MOU on shipbuilding

    India and the Republic of Korea (RoK) signed an inter-governmental memorandum of understanding (MoU) for defence industry co-operation in shipbuilding in New Delhi on April 21, 2017.

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    AEROSPACE / REPORT
    Sky is not the limit for cooperation
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The ‘South Asia Satellite’ will provide a full range of applications (Very Small Aperture Terminals; Direct-to-home services; Tele-medicine; Tele-education; Broadcast; Meteorological; Disaster management support etc) and services to all of India’s neighbours

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    AEROSPACE / VIEWPOINT
    South Asia Communication Satellite
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    In the successful launch of the South Asia Communication Satellite, ISRO has once again displayed its level of competence and the capability to lead from the front

  • AEROSPACE
    Godrej Aerospace plays key role in GSLV-F09 launch

    Godrej Aerospace, a business unit of Godrej & Boyce played a key role in the launch of the GSAT-9 satellite carried out by the ISRO on May 5, 2017.

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    AEROSPACE / VIEWPOINT
    GSAT-09 — Modi’s gift to South Asia
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    GSAT-09 or SAS (South Asia Satellite) is the latest technological move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for integrating South Asia, a resolve he had shown at the swearing in of his government by inviting all SAARC leaders, including Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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    AEROSPACE / VIEWPOINT
    Kamov Helicopters — Finally through?
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In March 2017, there were reports in media that the Indo-Russian Kamov helicopter deal had hit a hurdle, pricing and technology transfer being main issues.

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    AEROSPACE
    Induction of SU-30 MKI to the Valiants

    On April 24, the Su-30 MKI aircraft was inducted into 221 Squadron, Valiants, of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Air Marshal C. Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command IAF was the chief guest.

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    AEROSPACE
    Air Chief visits Agra Air Force Station

    Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) visited Air Force Station Agra on April 28. During the visit the CAS flew in the AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) as part of forces participating in the ongoing...

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    AEROSPACE
    Meteor air-to-air missile testing on Rafale

    On April 6, teams from the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA), Dassault Aviation, MBDA and Thales successfully completed the final guided firing (integration flight test) of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile against an air target...

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    AEROSPACE
    Boeing demonstrates airborne networking system

    Boeing and the US Air Force recently demonstrated that multiple aircraft and ground stations can efficiently and securely communicate using the Boeing-developed Talon HATE airborne networking system.

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    AEROSPACE
    Rostec tests Ka-52K helicopters in marine conditions

    Ka-52K helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) completed the first phase of testing in marine conditions. The machines are currently in the premises of Kamov Design Bureau where specialists...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Landing Gear Systems of GA-ASI Predator B

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

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Lockheed Martin demonstrations of Fury Expeditionary UAS

    Lockheed Martin’s advanced tactical Group 3 unmanned aerial system (UAS), Fury, is regularly flying longrange endurance test missions as the company prepares...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Hensoldt expands Xpeller counter-UAV product family

    Hensoldt, the new sensor house, has entered into a collaboration in the area of counter-UAV with sensor provider Squarehead Technology AS, Oslo.

  • AEROSPACE
    L3 achieves on-time delivery of first USAF KC-10 CLS aircraft

    L3 Technologies recently announced that it has delivered the first KC-10 aircraft under the US Air Force’s (USAF) contractor logistics support (CLS) contract.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Actress Emmy Rossum the latest victim in string of LA burglaries

    Emmy Rossum may well be the victim of a serial burglar who is targeting celebrities’ houses in Los Angeles.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    United Airlines hits a new low

    United Airlines took the airline industry to a new low when a passenger, Dr. David Dao, was knocked out and then dragged off an overbooked flight.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    TV news crew breach airport security

    Fresh fears have been raised after a reporter walked into a highsecurity area at a British international airport without being checked.

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    CORPORATE
    Esteban García Vilasanchez appointed as new President of Navantia

    The Spanish Government has appointed Esteban García Vilasánchez as new President of Navantia. With a wide experience in the naval sector, he was previously the Director of Programs.

  • CORPORATE
    BMT gets new Chief Executive

    BMT Group has named Sarah Kenny as its new chief executive. BMT announced on May 9 the executive decision of Sarah Kenny replacing the current head of BMT, Peter French...

  • CORPORATE
    Punj Lloyd and IWI set-up India's first private sector small arms manufacturing plant

    Diversified conglomerate Punj Lloyd and its JV Partner, Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), recently inaugurated the country’s first private-sector small arms manufacturing plant at Malanpur...