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INDIA 2017



The recycling machinery is doing a great job at Aero India 2017, even as the Narendra Modi government had nothing new to announce this air show that began in Bengaluru's Yelahanka air base on Tuesday


ll that is the talk of the mini-town teaming with several thousands of business visitors on day one is about the combat planes race that has returned to the sub-continent following India’s decision in 2015 to curtain the 126 MMRCA programme. At this year's flying display too, the tough fight is among the F-16 from the Lockheed Martin stable and the Rafale, 36 of which was bought by India in 2016 from France's Dassault. The competitor to F-16 in the single-engine fighter race in India is from Swedish Saab's Gripen E. The opening ceremony had Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar taking the stage along with India's Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Unfortunately, this time around, Parrikar had nothing to announce in terms of policy reforms or programmes to boost defence manufacturing in India. Last year, at the DefExpo in Goa, Parrikar had released

the new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) that government India's defence acquisition. But a critical chapter in the DPP-2016 is still missing on the much-awaited Strategic Partners policy. There was not even talk of when this policy could be released at the show, as yet. The strategic partners policy is critical for a couple of major defence projects to take off, including the new single-engine fighter jets programme of the Indian Air Force and the Naval Utility Helicopters programme that could be worth $2 billion. This year around, as in the last edition, the US Pavilion turned out to be the largest, with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics and many others taking up half of one of the hangers that double up as halls for scale-model displays. There are in all 549 companies, of which 274 are foreign, said Defence Production Secretary Ashok Kumar Gupta. Karnataka, which is hosting the air show in col-

laboration with the Ministry of Defence, sent its minister R V Deshpande instead of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who got busy with the legislative business in the State Assembly. The air show this time has foreign presence in the form of United Kingdom's Minister of Defence Procurement Harriett Balwin, who was at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's stall during the day to unveil the advanced Hawki jet trainers from the BAE Systems stable. HAL is producing the aircraft in India, as part of its production line that builds the trainer jets for the Air Force and the Navy. So was the Swedish State Secretary of Defence Jan Salestrand, who had meetings with both India's Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on day one and will have another meeting with the Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa on day two. A meeting with Parrikar for both the dignitaries is unlikely this time, according to information available at the

time of going to the press. But the buzz at the air show was created by Parrikar himself. At his customary press conference at the show, he announced that India will need both single engine and twin engine fighters and the number India is looking at now is about 400 aircraft. This announcement, an open admission of the criticality of the 'Make in India' combat planes project, set the mood on fire at the air show. But these are only semantics. The actual cheer for both the Indian and foreign combat planes manufacturers will come when India finally decides on which companies will be the foreign collaborator with an Indian Strategic Partner in the project, which now gets viable if there are at least 200 single-engine aircraft out of the 400 needed by the IAF. The other talking point at the show on the first day was the Indian Navy Request for Information for 57 carrierborne aircraft that was out in January 2017. The Light Com-

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bat Aircraft's naval version, Parrikar said, would still be supported financially by the Indian Navy to get it to operational state. But there will be no series production of the plane, unlike the air force's version of the Tejas aircraft. This naval combat plane race could see Boeing, Dassault Aviation and Saab pitching their F/A-18, Rafale M and the Gripen Maritime aircraft and all these companies were up beat over the programme. But it is still too early, as several RFIs of Indian armed forces have never matured really into tenders. And this is the second time that the navy has issued the RFI for carrierborne aircraft in the last five years. So, the first day of Aero India 2017 is actually a repeat of the 2009 air show at the same venue when the 126 MMRCA race was in progress. But this time, the mood is sombre, considering that the 2007 tender for the MMRCA had crashed after eight years of selection process, burned and turned into ash.

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Partnering India to Make in India

The Advanced Hawk, built in partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will debut at Aero India. It features an upgraded cockpit with large area display technology, a new wing giving fighter-like performance and comes equipped with the latest airborne simulation technology to provide flexible and cost-effective training for tomorrow’s combat pilots.

There has never been a better time to Make in India. Visit us at Aero India at Stand C1.13, Hall C and experience the Advanced Hawk at HAL Stand E1.3.


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Thales, Bharat Dynamics to explore STARStreak tech transfer


hales and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a Government of India enterprise, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Aero India 2017 to assess the opportunity for the transfer of technology of the STARStreak missile capability to India with the support of the Government of the United Kingdom (UK). The MoU was signed in the pres-

Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director for India, Thales, exchanging MoU with K Divakar, Director - Technical, Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) in the presence of Pascale Sourisse, Senior Exec VP, International Development, Thales, Elizabeth Baker, Export BD Director - UK, Thales, V Udaya Bhaskar, Chairman & Managing Director, BDL and Sophie Lane, Regional Director, DSO, Department for International Trade, UK Government, along with other Thales and BDL representatives

Technodinamika's India order book exceeds $30 mn


echnodinamika Holding, part of the Rostec State Corporation, summed up the preliminary results in the Indian market for 2016; and according to its estimates, the order book in the segment of product delivery and aircraft aftermarket service at the end of 2016 exceeded $30 million. This announcement was made by Technodinamika CEO Igor Nasenkov at the 11th Aero India Aerospace Exhibition. "As of the end of 2016, the holding's order book in the Indian market was $30 million and we hope to significantly ramp up it by increasing deliveries of Russian equipment to India under aftermarket service programs and expanding the range of our products and services," Nasenkov said.

ence of UK Government representatives on the UK Government stand. Through this partnership, Thales and BDL seek to jointly offer a Make in India solution to help service growing international demand for this product. The STARStreak missile is in service in the UK army and has been procured by the defence forces of a number of countries worldwide. The fastest missile in its category, STARStreak is unique due to its three laser-guided darts, which cannot be jammed by any known counter measure. It has the capability to defeat any air target – even armoured helicopters – as the last line of defence. Thales is investing in the transfer of technology to India for the STARStreak missile. In the spirit of cooperation between the two countries, including under the Indo-UK Defence Equipment Cooperation MoU, this initiative has the full support of UK government. The association will play a strategic role not only in supporting the Make in India vision of the Indian government but also in giving a boost to the excellent bilateral relations between India and the UK. Alex Cresswell, Executive Vice President for Land and Air Systems activities, Thales, said: “We are proud to join hands with Bharat Dynamics Ltd for the strate-

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gic transfer of technology of our flagship STARStreak missile from the UK. Also, we are thankful to the government of the UK for their strong support to this initiative. Sharing technology has been one

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8 Sergei Goreslavsky Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar with Pascale Sourisse and Emmanuel De Roquefeuil at the Thales Booth

of the key ingredients of Thales’ strategy for India. We would continue to work in this direction and realise our objective to make in India and export from India through such endeavours.” V Udaya Bhaskar, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Dynamics Limited, said: “BDL is very much pleased to partner with Thales for obtaining transfer of technology for STARStreak Missiles. BDL is strongly looking forward to business opportunities outside India to supply the latest defence equipment”.

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Brahmand World Defence Update launched


efence Minister Manohar Parrikar released the sixth edition of global military yearbook “Brahmand World Defence Update 2017” at the BrahMos Aerospace pavilion on the inaugural day of Aero India 2017. Also present on the occasion were Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre who has penned the foreword for the yearbook, Chief Minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar and Dr. Sudhir K Mishra, CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace. An initiative of BrahMos Aerospace, Brahmand World Defence Update 2017 provides incisive, comprehensive and up-to-date facts, figures and data on the armed forces of 113 countries worldwide with the objective to give a comprehensive assessment of the present-day global military order. The yearbook has covered each country’s overall military capability by listing its existing weapons' inventory, ongoing/future arms procurement plans and annual defence spending besides detailing important political and defence personnel along with the country’s conflict areas. It has also provided

detailed strategic information on 33 leading countries selected from each continent/region with key focus on their geopolitical importance, strategic relations, threat perception, defence capabilities and defence budget trends. In its latest issue, the yearbook also includes a new chapter on “Naval Warfare Systems “of five major powers – China, France, India, Russia and the USA.

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21 Manohar Parrikar releasing the sixth edition of Brahmand World Defence Update 2017. Also present on the occasion were Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar and Dr. Sudhir K Mishra, CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace

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Army Chief Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat at Aero India 2017

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Army Chief being presented a memento at the BrahMos stall

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BAE Systems ‘Make in India’ “Make in India is the cornerstone of our strategy and Aero India is an excellent platform for us to engage all our customers and wider industry to explore new ideas for partnerships, whilst strengthening existing ones, such as our association with HAL and Mahindra”

ALISTAIR CASTLE, Country Director - India, BAE Systems

ROLLS-ROYCE to Co-create, Co-develop and Co-manufacture


olls-Royce is presenting its ‘Co-creating the future with India’ vision at the Aero India 2017, showcasing its innovative products and services. The Rolls-Royce displays the Adour Mk951, their Advanced Military Fan Concept model and an interactive display system that highlights their broad range of defence technologies and capabilities. “Aero India highlights the complete spectrum of the country's aerospace and defence interests. For us this is a significant platform to showcase our continued commitment to support India’s future indigenisation and self-reliance ambitions”, said Kishore Jayaraman, President, RollsRoyce India and South Asia. Dr. Glenn Kelly, Vice President, Customer Business – Defence, Rolls-Royce, added: “We are delighted to be a part of Aero India 2017 - the most prestigious event for the defence and aerospace industries in India. Rolls-Royce has been working closely with Indian Armed Forces since 1933. As India embarks on its ambitious plan for the modernisation and indigenisation of its defence

capabilities, we remain committed to support the country in its future growth aspirations through co-creating, codeveloping and co-manufacturing in India with the right strategic aerospace partners”. Key exhibits at the Rolls-Royce stand are: The Adour - a collaborative engine between Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca with the thrust range from 5,240 lbf dry to 8,430 lbf with reheat. The Jaguar has flown with RollsRoyce Adour Mk811 since 1981 and the Adour Mk871 is powering the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, used to train the next-generation of Indian pilots. At Aero India, they are showcasing the Adour Mk951 which powers the latest variant of the Hawk aircraft. Advanced Military Fan Concept - a full scale model of military fan for a 5th generation fighter aircraft engine. Using our latest technologies, this concept is designed to improve core efficiency while minimising installation effects. It’s an example of how we can produce rapid prototypes at the early stage of an advanced

engine programme to de-risk technical and industrial decisions before launching a full development programme. Rolls-Royce is the second largest provider of defence aero-engine products and services globally, with 16,000 engines in the service of 160 customers in 103 countries. Our engines power aircraft in transport, combat, patrol, trainers, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), maritime reconnaissance, and are well positioned to deliver on new programmes. In India, the Indian military has over 750 Rolls-Royce engines, consisting of 10 different engine types – which represent over 20 per cent of the Indian military fleet. RollsRoyce has been a partner of the Indian defence sector for over eight decades and is committed to contributing towards India’s defence modernisation programmes. Looking to the future, Rolls-Royce will continue to support the country with a powerful portfolio of products and services as well as the right combination of experience and advanced technologies.



support, their products are exa, the supplier of surpromptly supplied with the face coating products to right certification. the aerospace industry, In 2015, are exhibiting VISIT AT AB-1.14 Pexa invested with their supin developing ply partner Soa leading posicomore. Pexa tion in the rapsupplies a wide idly expanding range of aeroIndian market space approved and teamed paints, solid up with two film lubricants, of their partsurface treatners in the Aerochemicals ments, sealants, adhesives Alliance: Socomore, a manuand associated application facturer of surface treatment equipment and consumables. products, and Sherwin Inc, a Socomore manufactures critimanufacturer of NDT prodcal surface treatment products. ucts, NDT material, adhesive Pexa is engaged in supshims and surface coatings porting companies developunder the Aeroglaze® brand. ing new manufacturing sites Pexa work in close partnerunder the ‘Make in India’ ship with materials manufacbanner and is hoping to deturers, such as Socomore, to velop its own production faensure that a comprehensive cilities in India to support support package for the selecappropriate local product tion and use of the products is manufacturing. offered. Alongside technical




IBAT – the International Defense Cooperation Directorate within Israel's Ministry of Defense – is the organizer of the Israel National Pavilion at Aero India 2017, where a wide variety of advanced, locallydeveloped defense technologies is presented. Eleven companies are exhibiting their cuttingedge solutions in the fields of cyber, avionics, EW, unmanned systems, missiles, and more. According to SIBAT’s Director, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Mishel Ben Baruch, “In recent years, we have witnessed the strengthening of the cooperation between India and Israel in many fields, the most prominent of which being defense technology. Israeli companies are increasingly utilizing the unique manufacturing and development capabilities that exist in India, establishing local entities, and collaborating with local companies, in order to comply with

‘Make in India’ requirements. “Interest in Cyber defense, in particular, is on the rise in India and the region as a whole. Israeli companies have developed innovative solutions in this field and are already exporting them to countries in the region. We at SIBAT are working to connect the needs of the countries in the region, cyber or otherwise, with Israeli technologies, for mutual benefit.” At the Israel Pavilion at Aero India, an exceptional array of technologies are displayed, from space technologies to on-the-ground tools, and from the largest platforms to miniature unmanned systems. Also present are intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems which, coupled with advanced avionics, sophisticated missiles, air defense systems, and survivability solutions provide a sharpened, more complete picture of the field.


emonstrating its commitment to ‘Make in India’, BAE Systems debuts the Advanced Hawk, the latest development of the world’s most successful jet trainer, in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), at Aero India 2017. This fulfils the commitment made jointly by BAE Systems and HAL at the 2015 Aero India through signature of a Memorandum of Understand to explore future possibilities for the Hawk aircraft for India and export markets. Clad in Indo-UK colours, the Advanced Hawk is on display at HAL’s stand, together with a simulator showcasing the aircraft’s new capabilities. BAE Systems will also exhibit at the show with a number of displays spanning the breadth of its capabilities, technologies and platforms. Building on the success of the Hawk Mk132, which recently completed 100,000 flying hours with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, the new features of the Advanced Hawk enable training activities currently performed on frontline fighter aircraft to be undertaken on the updated air platform. The Advanced Hawk will reduce training demands on more expensive frontline

aircraft, creating additional capacity for operational tasks, whilst delivering fast jet training in a more costeffective, structured and safer environment. High commonality with the existing Hawk production and support infrastructure in India enables the Advanced Hawk to be manufactured and supported with maximum reuse of facilities, equipment and skills. Leading the Company’s participation at the show are Alan Garwood, Group Business Development Director and Stephen Timms, Managing Director, Defence Information, Training & Services. BAE Systems India is represented by Alistair Castle, Country Director and Nik Khanna, who has recently been named Managing Director. Stephen Timms, Managing Director - Defence Information, Training & Services said “The Advanced Hawk is a testimonial of our commitment to sharing technology, capability and knowledge to build advanced systems in India, for India, and from India. Together with HAL, we are looking forward to show this industry-funded demonstrator to the Indian and other Air Forces and seeking their feedback on the combi-

nation of features that will better prepare student combat pilots for the demands of frontline aircraft”. Alistair Castle, Country Director - India, BAE Systems said “Make in India is the cornerstone of our strategy and Aero India is an excellent platform for us to engage all our customers and wider industry to explore new ideas for partnerships, whilst strengthening existing ones, such as our association with HAL and Mahindra”. Amongst BAE Systems’ displays is the Eurofighter Typhoon, the world's most advanced new generation multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft available on the market, as well as the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™). The full-colour Striker® II helmetmounted display (HMD) and the BR90 Modular Bridging System are making their debut appearances at the Show along with a broad range of munitions. Striker II is a platform-agnostic, completely digital and now full-colour HMD that provides today’s combat pilots with remarkable situational awareness, night vision, target tracking and advanced audio technology – all in one visor-projected system.

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INDIA'S AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE CAPABILITY GAINS REGIONAL MORAL ASCENDANCY As India prepares to be equipped with the Meteor missile, setting its foot into beyond visual range combat, Geopolitics traces the current air-to-air capability of Indian Air Force


n three years from now, say in late 2019, India would have gained its moral ascendancy in the region in one of the crucial areas of aerial combat: beyond visual range combat. This supremacy over Pakistan and China will be achieved by India through its wise decision in September 2016 to procure the Meteor air-to-air BVR missile from France for its 36 Rafale fighter

ant of the US Advanced Medium Range air-to-air missile, again designed to hit targets more than 100 km away. Analysts, however, point out that the Meteor is likely to be significantly more capable because of its ramjet engine. According to reports, a conventional solid-fuel booster accelerates the Meteor after launch, like most air-to-air missiles. But while roaring

A Rafale pictured in a F3R standard weapon load, AASM Hammer for strike missions and MICA and Meteor missiles

jets from the Dassault Aviation stable. The weapons suite package for the 36 Rafales India is getting will cost Euro 710 million, including the Meteor airto-air missile. The Meteor missile was not part of the Indian Air Force requirement under the now scrapped 2007 tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA). That's a smart move and a very positive impact negotiation that India did with the France for the government-togovernment deal for 36 Rafale aircraft. Describe by many as the world's most advanced airto-air missile, IAF's Rafales will come equipped with the Meteor. With Rafale in the IAF's combat fleet, the Meteor missile could be the gamechanger that puts India ahead of China and Pakistan. Neither Pakistan nor China possesses a weapon of the same class in their arsenal and that could really make the difference during aerial battle. That is not to mean the two nations may not acquire a matching capability in the next few years. For all you know, the two nations that are traditional rivals to India could right now be working on acquiring or developing this capability. Meteor is designed to knock out enemy aircraft and cruise missiles more than 100 km away. That is a significant stand-off combat capability that any Indian aircraft could possess against its rivals. That capability is a scary scenario for Pakistani and Chinese air force planes and drones, one they may not be willing to face. The only other beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) that can match the capabilities of Meteor is the AIM-120D, the latest vari-

through the air, the missile opens a chute, allowing air to rush into the engine, which heats up the oxygen and propels the supersonic missile to Mach 4 (which is the measure for four times the speed of sound). European missile maker MBDA's engineers have reportedly claimed that the Meteor has a ‘no escape zone’ three times larger than that of the AIM 120D AMRAAM missile. Reports suggest that the no-escape zone is an aerial combat term for a coneshaped area determined by the missile's capabilities-from where a targeted aircraft cannot escape solely using its own manoeuvrability. To survive the no escape zone, a fighter jet must be able to jam the seeker of the incoming missile or deceive it by firing chaff, strips of metal foil released in the air to obstruct radar detection. Astra If Meteor is surely adding on to the IAF's BVR capability, India is also working hard on its own BVRAAM in the Astra missile of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) since May 2003. As recently as December

2016, Astra was tested by India from its Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft on which it has been successfully integrated. Astra is India's plans for a beyond-visual-range missile that matches French, Russian and Israeli air-to-air missiles. The December test wasn't a success as the 'Astra missile' exploded immediately after it was test-fired from an aircraft. The missile lost velocity within seconds and banked sharply downwards, according to DRDO officials. Indian scientists are intending to soon test-fire the indigenous BVRAAM once again and prove its success before commercial production could start and the missile get integrated on other IAF combat planes too, such as the MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and the indigenous Tejas. The project has already been delayed for more than four years due to technological challenges and delay in availability of critical components. In March 2015, in a bid to galvanise its air-to-air capabilities, India had tested the Astra missile in two successive days off the Odisha coast from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore. During that test flight, the Astra missile carrying telemetry equipment in place of the warhead was fired from a Sukhoi-30 aircraft against a Lakshya (Pilotless Target Aircraft) target. The target was successfully engaged and it was captured by Telemetry and Electro-optical tracking stations. A successful trial of Astra, a day earlier, was also launched from a Sukhoi 30 aircraft, which was aimed at confirming the missile's capability to undergo manoeuvre involving very high gravitational forces up to the order of 30'g'. These were the fourth and fifth launch campaign and were coordinated by Air Headquarters, including the flight of Lakshya target. The Hyderabad-based Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) of the Missile Complex is the primary development agency for the missile. In December 2015, scientists had successfully tried the Astra's ECCM (electronic counter-counter measure) features that counter the enemy's attempt to jam its operation. Scientists claim that the 60-

Astra missile is seen separating from Su-30 aircraft in a trial

km plus missile has high manoeuvrability and the capability to engage and destroy aerial targets at supersonic speeds. An IAF Sukhoi-30 MKI had fired the 80-km Astra, which has been under development for over a decade, during the 'Iron Fist' fire-power demonstration in the deserts of Rajasthan in March 2016. Undeterred by the December 2016 setback, DRDO scientists are also developing a more powerful BVRAAM Astra Mk2 with a range of 100 km, to match Meteor's capability. The Astra is a 149-inchlong missile, making it the most compact missile developed indigenously in India capable of supersonic speeds. When fired at 15,000-metre altitude, the BVRAAM has a 110-km target range. At lower altitudes, say at 8,000-metres, the range is reduced and can reach a target 44 kms away. Fired at the sea level, the missile's range is 21 km. The active homing ability of the Astra is limited to 25 km. Under normal use, the highly manoeuvrable Astra missile's advanced air combat capabilities allow it to engage multiple high-performance targets. The highly agile, accurate and reliable missile features high single-shot kill probability (SSKP) and can operate under all weather conditions. The missile's diameter is 178 mm, and has an overall launch weight of 160 kg. The dual-mode guidance consists of an upgraded mid-course internal and active radar terminal homing systems. It allows the Astra BVR missile to locate and track targets at different altitudes. The weapon system is equipped with a highexplosive pre-fragmented warhead that weighs 15 kg. A radio proximity fuse (RPF), developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, activates the warhead. This RPF weighs approximately 2.5 kg and has a detection range of up to 30 metre, a detonation range of 15 metre and a missile target velocity between 100 metre/second and 1,600 metre/second. The Astra BVR air-toair missile is powered by a smokeless, single stage, solid fuel propulsion system. It can intercept and destroy enemy targets with a launch speed between Mach 0.4 and Mach 2. Launch range and launch altitudes of the weapon system are 80 km and 20 km respectively. Other Missiles India has also successfully integrated the ELTA EL/M-2032 fire control radar on Tejas Mk1 with Israeli supplied beyond-visual-range (BVR) Derby air-to-air missile. Derby BVRAAM is a

medium-range active radar seeker air-to-air missile that can hit targets at about 50 km away. Derby BVR-AAM missile, developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd (RADSL), was test fired from limited series production Tejas Mk1 fighter jet in February 2016. This was part of its Final Operational Clearance weapons trails, according to officials. The Tejas LSP-7 fired the BVRAAM Derby missile on a BNG (Ballistic Non Guided) mode and it was the 169th flight of LSP-7. Derby BVRAAM missile is already a tried and tested weapon system that was integrated on the just retired Indian Navy Sea Harriers jump jets. Derby will be used till indigenously developed Astra is ready for induction and production for the Tejas aircraft. In 2011, India had signed up for buying 450 MICA airto-air missiles from MBDA for its upgrade Mirage-2000 fighter jets and India began receiving these missiles from France in 2015. The first test-firing of the MICA missiles from the upgrade Mirage-2000 aircraft took place successfully in September 2016. MICA missiles will also be fitted on Rafale jets. MICA is the only missile in the world featuring two interoperable seekers (active radar and imaging infrared) to cover the spectrum from close-in dogfight to long beyond visual range. Its ability to fly out to BVR in passive mode before the seeker locks on in the final stages of the end game has earned it the sobriquet Derby air-to-air missile

‘silent killer’ as the target has little time to react or to deploy effective countermeasures. ASRAAM is an important element of the upgrade programme for the IAF's Jaguar bomber fleet. This short range air-to-air missile's speed not only provides safe separation from the Jaguar's above-wing pylons, it also guarantees ‘first shot first kill’ to avoid getting involved in a dogfight. As the Jaguar is a lowflying aircraft, threats will most likely come from more agile fighters with altitude superiority, ASRAAM offers a major advantage here in its unmatched ‘snap-up’ capability, its ability to rapidly divert upwards once fired.





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“We are working closely with DRDO on their AESA Radar for the Indian MoD requirements. Once proven, India will be one of the few countries in the world to have working radars in this technology area” M. V. REDDY, Director (Operations), Astra Microwave Products Limited What has been your data and telemetry products contribution to the Indian LCA Tejas programme? What's size and scope of the orders you have obtained from HAL in this regard? We have supplied Video and Data Telemetry Transmitters and power amplifiers for the LCA Programme. We have also supplied Telemetry Receivers which are used for tracking the aircraft. We have supplied more than 30 Transmitters and Receivers to date. We expect more production orders for these products as IAF inducts more aircraft. Have you seen any improvement in order situation since the new government has taken over and from contracts that have been cleared for procurement? Thanks to the Government policies, there has been a lot of impetus on IDDM and ‘Make in India’ cases of procurement. We have seen many new RFI’s and RFP’s released under this category and are working with Indian and Foreign OEM’s for bidding jointly for such opportunities. Our recent JV’s augur well with the Government’s policies and are making a strong case for products

that are made in India along with the added benefit of indigenous MRO support for our armed forces. Though it will take more time to realize orders from these initiatives, we are seeing good progress and are hopeful that in the coming years, these initiatives will help us scale up much higher. You have mentioned about being in talks with many foreign companies for possible offsets partnerships in case of Indian government choosing any of their offerings. Can you tell us what are your products that interest companies? Astra Microwave would be a potential supplier for subsystems in the Radar and EW domain. However a lot of these products are strategic in nature and export restrictions apply from their respective governments. The discussions are ongoing about what we can do keeping in mind also which products can be outsourced for design/production to India. The discussions would pick up momentum once the Indian Government releases the requirements and the tenders are being responded to. We have had many qual-

ity audits from foreign OEM’s and we have received good feedback on our capability. Thus we are ready for work that can be outsourced to India, in both design and manufacturing domains. You are working on the AESA radar technology. Please share with our readers the kind of technology that we are talking about under this AESA radar? We are working closely with DRDO on their AESA Radar for the Indian MoD requirements. Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) is the most advanced technology in the radar domain. AESA radars do not have any rotating parts and provide multiple modes of tracking using electronic scanning. Around the world, only about 6 countries have developed capabilities in this area. Once proven, India will be one of the few countries in the world to have working radars in this technology area. In our last interactions during DefExpo, you had shared that you are working on seeker technology. Will you please share some details of this project and how is it going to help you in ex-

panding your business? Like the AESA radars, RF Seeker is the latest technology in the missile electronics segment. We are in an advanced stage of development and are using our expertise in RF and digital domains to develop a cutting edge product for DRDO. We hope to complete the development and supply of the first prototype unit in another 6-8 months. Once proven, we expect that most future missiles to be made in India to use Seekers, which translates into high volume production for Astra in the future. In 2014, you opened a systems R&D centre in Bangalore. In the last three years, what has been the investment in this centre and what's been the outcome? We have been investing about `20-25 Cr each year for proactive R&D works and have also delivered our first radar systems to Indian customers. We are working to move up the value chain into small radar systems and the first radars we have developed are working quite satisfactorily in the field. We have received very good feedback from our customers on the working of



longside Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the leading helicopter engine manufacturer has a comprehensive strategy to support market growth in India, integrating new engine development and placing a new focus on in-service engine support. With a fleet of over 1,000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, India’s armed forces are one of the largest operators of Safran-designed helicopter engines. And the trend is not about to decrease; India has been identified as a strategic growing market for the French manufacturer. Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Programmes, Cyrille Poetsch comments, “we forecast an important demand of 1000 rotorcraft during the coming 10 years, for both civil and military rotorcraft”. The relationship between HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines goes back to 1962 and an agreement to produce, in India, the Artouste IIIB turbine installed in Indian versions of the Alouette III (known as Chetak) and Lama (Cheetah). More than 600 of these engines were produced in India. Since then, this partnership has gone from strength to strength and Safran has been selected to power all subsequent HAL developed ro-

torcrafts. Safran also powers and equips 65% of Indian aeroplanes and helicopters, and is the chief supplier of key systems and equipment for the Rafale. Cyrille Poetsch further comments, “Our strategy in India is clearly built around this long-standing cooperation with HAL. They have a roadmap to sustain the Indian demand for helicopters, and Safran has been identified as a Cyril Poetsch key partner in reach1H1 specifically designed to ing this objective. That power single-engine rotorcraft, is something we are very proud was selected to power the Light of”. Utility Helicopter (LUH), a new A key element of the partthree-ton, single-engine, multinership is the Shakti/Ardiden purpose rotorcraft. This engine 1H1. Certified in 2009, the has a compact architecture 1,400 shp engine was cofeaturing a gas generator made developed by Safran and HAL up of two centrifugal compresand is now built in Bangalore, sor stages, coupled to a singleunder the Shakti designation, stage high-pressure turbine with both Indian and Frenchand a two-stage power turbine. made components. This enThe first technical flight gine was first selected to power of the Ardiden 1U in the LUH HAL’s Dhruv, now in service, took place in September 2016, and powers the Light Combat in Bangalore, and met all its Helicopter (LCH) in final stages performance targets. Certificaof development. Today, more tion is planned for 2018. than 250 Shakti are in service. “We currently power all Most recently the Ardiden HAL rotorcraft and are com1U, a derivative of the Ardiden

these radars so far. What has been Astra Microwave's contribution to India in the aviation and defence sector over the last two years in terms of investment, jobs creation, skill development and technology? How do you plan to contribute on these parameters in India over the next two years? Astra Microwave has been a trusted supplier for all major Radar and EW programs in the defence and aerospace domain. We have been involved in all indigenous programs in India and this has meant considerable cost reduction, indigenous technology and the ability to support our armed forces with very low turnaround times. We have been growing steadily and today we have moved from being a 200 Cr Company to a company that has already crossed the 400 Cr turnover mark with an employee base of over 1000 people. We are now investing internally in our R&D to develop small systems and we see that by 2020, we could aim to cross 1000 Cr in turnover and be amongst the major player in the Aerospace and Defence Industry in India.


and these lie at the heart of HEmitted to remainMRO: we aim to provide Indian ing their leading customers with the very best engine supplier. in support and services. Once Now, a new step again, we are very proud of the has been taken in trust that HAL has placed in us the domain of supto conduct this strategic misport and services sion”, Cyrille Poetsch. with the opening Another milestone in the of HE-MRO service Safran Helicopter Engines centre”, says Cyrille roadmap in India is set by Poetsch. the Russian Ka-226T. Russia Inaugurated in October 2016 and India reached an agreeby India’s Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Limited (HE-MRO) is a Joint Venture of Safran and HAL, dedicated to supporting of helicopter engines operated by national and international operators, and primarily the Indian Air Force and Ardiden 1U Indian Army This new facility will provide maintenance repair ment to manufacture the Kaand overhaul (MRO) services 226T in India. “The Ka-226T for Safran TM333 and HAL is powered by our Arrius 2G1, Shakti engines installed on an engine certified in 2015 HAL built helicopters and will and currently produced in become active in the coming our headquarters in France. months with a capacity of 50 We are looking at producing repaired engines a year, rampthis engine in India through ing up before long to 150. a partnership built around the “State-of-the-art engines ‘Make in India’ initiative”, said require world-class services, Poetsch.



“We have not only supplied off-the-shelf equipment, but also participated in the establishment and development of India’s defense industry” SERGEI GORESLAVSKY, Deputy Director General, Rosoboronexport India and Russia have enjoyed strategic partnership in the field of military-technical cooperation for several decades now. The past several years have witnessed further strengthening of these relations. In particular, a number of new agreements were signed during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in October 2016. Could you please share your thoughts on the partnership between the two countries? The year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of RussianIndian diplomatic relations. The countries have shared a long-term successful history of military-technical cooperation since 1960. Moscow and Delhi have traditionally viewed each other as strategic partners. Our relations can be called time-tested. The profound nature of bilateral military-technical relations demonstrates an unprecedented level of confidence between India and Russia. From the beginning of the military-technical cooperation, we have not only supplied off-the-shelf equipment, but also participated in the establishment and development of India’s defense industry. There is no other country in the world that could transfer technologies to India to the same extent as Russia does. What matters here is the strategic level of relations and highest level of mutual confidence between the two coun-

tries. We intend to continue expanding scientific-technical and industrial cooperation within the India’s ‘Make in India’ national program aimed at the development of its national industry. The high level of signing the agreements in October 2016 is a vivid illustration of this fact. India’s HAL Corporation has recently made a request for quotation for AESA radars and an ECCM system for the Tejas light multirole fighter. How will you respond to the request and to what extent will you be involved in the Tejas project? We have, in fact, received the HAL’s request for the delivery of AESA radars for the India’s Tejas light multirole fighter. Rosoboronexport is currently preparing its proposals for the Indian partners. Hopefully, the long-term successful cooperation between our countries and our experience in interaction with the corporation and Indian Air Force will allow processing the request and concluding the contract within the shortest possible time. India’s security technology market has opened up following recent terrorist attacks against military facilities. What is your assessment of the India’s market and what could you offer in this field? We can offer to India a wide range of counter terrorist and

SUCCESSFUL COOPERATION “India is one of IAI's leading markets. This important market is characterized by long-term collaboration, joint development and production, technology transfer and technical support over many years. We are working to continue to maintain this status in the future, despite growing competition. The excellent reputation that IAI has earned among its Indian customers is vitally important to continuing this tradition of successful cooperation”

JOSEPH WEISS, President and CEO, IAI

law enforcement equipment and gear as well as comprehensive border and facility protection solutions. The technologies were successfully tested at various international summits and forums and during the counterterrorist operation in Syria. Detailed information on these systems is presented at the Rosoboronexport’s booth at Aero India 2017. Officers of our company can a give in-depth report about them for the customers. Counterterrorist equipment includes search and inspection equipment, special noiseless and flameless weapons, armored combat vehicles, radio-controlled bomb jammers, small-size anti UAV defense systems and multifunctional combat robotic systems. Law-enforcement equipment includes special police vehicles, non-lethal weapons and special anti-riot vehicles. Border protection assets include various types of motion sensors, special electrooptical and radar surveillance systems and integrated perimeter protection systems. Air patrolling, ground facility surveillance and special unit rapid redeployment can be performed using multipurpose, transport and attack helicopters including the ones equipped with the President’s Russian state-of-the-art aircraft defense system. Fixed/mobile situational centers built around modern


communications and data transfer technologies ensure sustainable and continuous control of all security assets. Rosoboronexport offers certain elements of the Russian Safe City system to be integrated into the Indian projects. We seek to cooperate with Indian companies on the above solutions including transfer and localization of Russian technologies under the ‘Make in India’ program. You signed a Ka-226T helicopter agreement with the HAL Corporation in late 2015 and a joint venture agreement in October 2016. Could you please share your plans for the short-term production of Russian helicopters in India? We intend to register the joint venture within the shortest possible time; thereafter the parties will prepare proposals for the production of the Ka226T helicopters in India. Russia has made a great contribution to the development of India’s defense production capacities. HAL’s MiG Complex in Nasik is part of these capacities. What do you think are the future prospects of the complex given India’s plans to decommission the MiG combat aircraft used by the Air Force? The MiG complex engaged with the Su-30MKI licensed production and repairs has operated in Nasik for many

years now and is unlikely to be left unemployed. How could you describe your investment, job creation, skill improvement and technology transfer activities in India in the past two years? What progress do you expect to see in these fields in the next two years? Today Russia and India have prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation on almost all types of military equipment. The countries are implementing ambitious large-scale projects in the high-tech production spheres. Our cooperation conforms fully to the ‘Make in India’ policy pursued by the Indian government to develop national defense industry. It is the equipment joint development and production that constitute the main drivers of the development of strategic relations between the two partners indicating the high level of confidence between our countries. Rosoboronexport’s portfolio of orders for India in 2016 exceeded the one recorded in 2015. We hope to see further growth of the portfolio of orders this year. To this end, we are conducting large scale activities to promote Russian military purpose products and technologies. A number of major contracts on the delivery of our armaments to India are at their final stages; hopefully, they will be signed this year.


MICA is the reference multi-mission air-to-air missile system for the Rafale and the latest versions of the Mirage 2000 combat aircraft. Developed by MBDA, MICA provides a high level of tactical flexibility. Breaking away from established doctrines, the very high technical standards set by MICA are the result of an innovative operational concept. These evolved from the global understanding of the air-to-air battlespace and the appreciation of the need for a weapon system that would ensure asymmetry to win in aerial combat. MICA stands for “Missile d’Interception, de Combat et d’Autodéfense”. A clear statement that this single missile system had to cover all facets of the air-to-air battle - BVR (Beyond Visual Range) interception, dogfight and self-defence. The MICA system comprises 2 versions: MICA (EM) RF with an active radio frequency seeker and MICA IR with a passive dual waveband imaging infrared seeker. Both missiles are fully qualified and in mass production, being currently flown by numerous air forces worldwide. A “full MICA” configuration on an aircraft such as Rafale gives a very flexible and high BVR fire power for Air Superiority during all kind of missions: combat air patrol, sweep, deep strike, recce, maritime operations. MICA missile in BVR mode introduces a new way of waging air combat by offering multi-target capability at extended ranges with the two interoperable guidance systems to hamper enemy counter measures. All carried (EM) RF or IR MICA missiles are fully BVR, being operable with or without data link target designation updating. In short range (SR) combat, a MICA configuration on an aircraft offers a full "new generation" capability thanks to the outstanding performance of the missile (extreme agility and manoeuvrability). An additional advantage lies in the possibil-

ity of launching MICA with its seeker (namely IR) either locked-on to the target or not, while still featuring all BVR qualities. The same MICA missile provides a dual use (air-launched or surface-launched). The surface-launched variant, named “VL MICA”, is launched vertically either from naval- or ground-based air defence systems. Programme status Lightweight and compact, MICA was designed as a "multi-aircraft" missile that could easily be integrated onto any modern fighter aircraft on a maximum of available store stations according to its eject or rail launch capabilities without significantly reducing aircraft performances. MICA is already in operation around the world, integrated, in the air-launched variant, on Rafale, on the latest versions of the Mirage 2000 and, in the near future, on Mirage F1, and, in the vertical-launched (VL) variant, on various naval platforms or ground-based air defence systems. Besides the French Air Force and Navy, MICA already counts six export countries as reference customers. The recent integration of MICA missile on Mirage F1 features the unique BVR capability with double IR or RF weapon terminal guidance. Such a modernization programme provides this type of aircraft with a modern air-to-air BVR capability and thereby a significant new lease of life. MICA is being delivered to the Indian Air Force as an element of its Mirage 2000 upgrade programme.

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“Cobham’s avionics systems form part of several indigenous platforms like LCA, ALH, LCH and LUH” H SHANKAR, Managing Director, Cobham India Private Limited Cobham has had success in supply of its air-to-air refueling probe to India for its indigenous Light Combat Aircraft and the integration of this probe on LCA began in 2016. Please tell our readers about this supply order and the size scope and scale of this opportunity in India? Cobham has successfully completed a qualification programme and issued a Declaration of Design and Performance to ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) for the LCA probe. The verification tests included a full vibration test, drogue impact test, fuel flow, pressure drop and burst pressure tests and a static strength test. Delivery of the programme also included a small quantity of refueling probes and Ground Support Equipment. ADA has since commenced ground trials and by the time this article is published may have also completed some of the flight trials. Following successful flight trials, Cobham is anticipating a significant production order for probes, plus spares. What is the progress that you have made in your partnership with Tata Advanced Systems that is now over two years old? Please tell us about Cobham midair refu-

eling equipments that are manufactured in India? Cobham Mission Systems (CMS) have been in partnership with TATA Advanced Systems for 2 years growing the relationship for the manufacture of Air to Air Refuelling (AAR) products. TATA are entering into the high rate manufacturing phase with two production line now commissioned for the production of the majority of Cobham 90X series of refuelling PODs. Tell our readers about this smart launcher from your stable for combat planes that has had the industry buzzing in the last one year now. Cobham Advanced Missile Launcher (AML-014) has been developed to meet the highly dynamic fighter jet maneuver environment and will be integrated onto the Indian Air Force Jaguar in combination with the MBDA ASRAAM (Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile). The AML-014 system is part of a product family which has common elements making it suitable to carry various missiles across multiple aircraft platforms. It is suitable for carriage on wing-tip or pylon stations and can safely jettison stores away from the aircraft.


You have showcased your Avionics test products including the, IFR 6000 series, the ALT8000-series Pulse Radio Altimeter flight line test set and the, GPSG1000 GPS/ Galileo portable positional set and the, GPSG1000 GPS/Galileo portable positional simulator previously in India. What has been the interest level of these products in India and what success have you achieved in offering these to India? The IFR6000 and its military variant, IFR6015, are recommended for use with DME and TACAN transponders built by Indian PSUs. Work to get ALT8000/ALT-8015 recommended for use with analogue and digital radio altimeters is ongoing. These transponders are used across multiple airframes designed/built by these PSUs. Once these platforms are deployed across the country and worldwide, users and MROs will need these instruments for operation and maintenance of these airframes. Cobham is a leading provider of avionics solutions. Can you please let our readers know about Audio & Radio Control Display Unit (ARCDU) and its benefits? Cobham’s avionics systems form part of several indigenous

platforms like LCA, ALH, LCH and LUH. We are delighted to showcase the Audio & Radio Control Display Unit (ARCDU) during Aero India. The ARCDU is a unique, intuitive device permitting quick access to navigation, communication, Air Traffic Control, and identification radios on civil, tactical and military platforms. The architecture of the ARCDU allows interfacing most radios available on the market. Whether the radio has ARINC 429, RS422 or Mil-Std-1553B Interface, the ARCDU can ensure full control of all functions. It also has a free slot to accommodate an extra interface board, should one or more radios have a specific interface like CSDB. Using ARCDU will allow control from a single controller of all radiocommunications, radio-navigation and transponder units, providing a user-friendly interface which can be NVG compatible on request. In addition to the simplicity brought by a single management solution for all audio and radios, ARCDU is 40% lighter than earlier models, over 60% cockpit space savings and 55% less power consumption. What are the future programmes


of Indian armed forces that you think will provide you business in the next few years? What are your key products/technologies which can be part of the ‘Make in India’ programme? We have close working relationships with HAL, BEL and the Indian armed forces. Our products and technologies form part of almost every aircraft in the Indian Air Force’s inventory. We are supporting the LCA programme. We are also participating in almost every programme originating from HAL. We also have a significant presence in some of the recently acquired aircrafts such as C-130, Pilatus, Apache, Chinook, etc. Cobham fully supports the Indian Government’s initiative of building India’s aerospace and defence industry. We are looking at areas where we can work together with Indian companies. The FICV, BMS and TCS are large programmes under the ‘Make in India' category and we are in dialogue with companies in identifying technologies and products that could be inserted into these programmes through local partnerships. We are convinced about Indian aerospace companies’ capabilities in manufacturing and in providing engineering services.

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Ka-226T Day/Night Light Multipurpose Helicopter “One of our strengths in becoming an attractive partner is our ability to meet technology transfer, local production and offset requirements. To that end, we are establishing local subsidiaries with local Indian partners to carry out major programmes, with the vision of transferring knowledge and technology to the subsidiaries, thereby creating jobs and allowing them to serve as the centre for local production of the systems”

GIORA KATZ, Executive VP Marketing & Business Development, Rafael

Basic specifications • Max take-off and landing weight, kg • Max internal payload, kg • Max external payload, kg • Max rate of climb at sea level, m/s • Cruising speed, km/h • Range, sea level, ISA (+15 °C), full main fuel tanks and 20 min fuel reserve, km • Hovering ceiling with flight weight of 2,800 kg, ISA (+20 °C), m • Rotor diameter, m • Fuselage length, m • Helicopter width, m • Helicopter height, m • Crew • Powerplant: Type Number × take-off power, hp

Mission and primary tasks The Ka-226T day/night light multipurpose helicopter is designed to conduct aerial reconnaissance and targeting, patrol, drop small reconnaissance and sabotage groups, transport cargo and passengers, and evacuate the wounded.

3,600 1,000 1,300 9 209 430 6,000 13 8.580 3.225 4.185 1-2 Arrius 2G1 2×500

The baseline helicopter can accommodate a variety of modules with special equipment. The helicopter can be converted into one of the following versions: patrol search & rescue, medical transport/freight, passenger corporate.

Airborne equipment The Ka-226T’s airborne equipment provides safe flight control both along air routes and in off-the-airway regulated and unregulated airspace, day and night, and in adverse weather conditions. Lighting equipment of the Ka-226T’s cockpit enables the pilot to fly the helicopter at night, including using night vision goggles. The effectiveness of patrol and search missions at night can be enhanced by using TV/thermal imaging equipment. The helicopter can carry various types of special and optional equipment. Main advantages • Operability in any geographical and climatic conditions, day and night, and in adverse weather conditions • Versatility (module replacement takes two hours) • Compactness that enables landings on unprepared small-sized sites • High hovering accuracy, including during rescue operations • High hovering ceiling • Excellent maneuverability and handling • Easy operation and low maintenance • Maximum safety and single-engine flight and landing capability





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Indian Navy begins a last hour dash to get a carrier-borne fighter jet Geopolitics, analyses the global aircraft makers’ possible offer to the RFI of 57 multi-role carrier-borne fighters


ndia has kick started a new combat planes race in the last week of January 2017. As a first step, India's Ministry of Defence has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeming details of what global aircraft makers can offer to its Navy a carrier-borne combat aircraft. The RFI has projected a minimum requirement of 57 multirole carrier-borne fighters. Just like the 2007 tender for 126 combat planes for India's air force caught on with the acronym MMRCA (Medium MultiRole Combat Aircraft), this Indian naval planes procurement process could earn the acronym MRCBF (Multi-Role CarrierBorne Fighters) based on the description made by the naval RFI, issued on January 17, 2017. Of course, the RFI does not mean a sure shot RFP (which is Request for Proposals, the defence parlance for tenders). But it does clearly indicate the intent. The Indian Navy would certainly require a new carrierborne combat aircraft was made clear by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba in unambiguous terms on December 2, 2016,

57 carrier-borne aircraft would be eventually made through the Defence Procurement Procedure-2016 and will require deliveries of the aircraft to commence within three years, post conclusion of contract, and be completed within further period of three years. Responses to the RFI have been sought within four months and those vendors qualifying and shortlisted based on their responses to the RFI would be invited through a Request for Proposal, which will be through the Single Stage, Two Bid System with the commercial bids valid for at least 18 months since submitting the RFP responses. However, the RFI has made it clear that the vendors would have to be open to transfer of technology and license production in India of some of its requirement, which means this acquisition may have a ‘Make in India’ component. The RFI also has not indicated what could be the type of carrier-borne aircraft the Indian Navy is looking for. Will it be a single-engine or a twin-engine aircraft? Would it be a STOBAR

ahead of that year's Navy Day on December 4. Just a little more than a month after Lanba announced that the Indian Navy may have to delay its acquisition of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Navy, the RFI has come out. Lanba had also said that the Navy would have to look elsewhere for new fighters to fly off its Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-I that is under construction at Kochi-based Cochin Shipyard Limited and is getting ready for induction by the end of this decade. This RFI process could take about a year or two to complete, and the RFP could be issued during this period that would formally begin the commercial process for acquisition. However, it has not been indicated if the government would want to go through the commercial route or government route to buy these MRCBF, considering the urgency that has been exhibited by the Navy in acquiring these aircraft. However, the Navy has stipulated the procurement of the

(Short Take-off But Arrested Recovery) and CATOBAR (Catapult Take-off But Arrested Recovery) aircraft? These are critical matters that the RFI wants to address and has sought information from the vendors interested in participating in the procurement process. Some of the questions the RFI seems to address include "Is the Main Landing Gear capable of withstanding loads of holding on Restraining Gear System fitted on IN STOBAR aircraft carriers at maximum afterburner rating? Is the Nose Landing Gear designed and capable of undertaking Catapult Launch from contemporary Steam and Electro Magnetic Aircraft Launch (EMAL) systems? "Is the aircraft capable of being launched from 13° and 14° Ski-Jumps having a parabolic profile (would be provided on request) using afterburner? Is the aircraft capable of being launched from conventional steam catapult and EMALS? What is the certified max Launch Weight for CATOBAR? And Provide CATOBAR specifications.

"Is the aircraft capable of arrestment with Svetlana Arresting Gear fitted on Indian aircraft carriers, Mark 7 Mod 3 arresting gear and AAG? Specify landing Weight Vs WOD combinations considered feasible". The Navy requirement, as per the RFI, is for a multi-role deck based combat aircraft that is expected to undertake missions ranging from Air Defence, Air-to-Surface operations, Buddy Refueling, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare missions from Indian Navy aircraft carriers. The RFI stipulates that the Operational Clean Configuration (OCC) for the aircraft will involve carriage of four Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles and two ‘All Aspect Air-to-Air Missiles’ (A4M) with 75 per cent internal fuel and 100 per cent gun ammunition. The Navy also appears to have a need to integrate weapons and sensors of its own choice. As per the RFI, the Navy has asked vendors to provide information whether it would be possible to integrate existing and futuristic weapon and avionics systems of Indian, Russian and Western origin to the aircraft. Interestingly, the RFI also requires vendors to supply 'Flight Manuals (including performance graphs from STOBAR and CATOBAR aircraft carriers)' and asks about single-engine recovery capability in the case of twinengine fighters. The RFI also asks for information on whether the main mission computers will have plug and play feature to allow add-on Indian specified electronics and weapon systems. No specific requirement for a multi-mode Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar has been mentioned in the RFI, though it asks for information if one is fitted on the aircraft. Besides these, the RFI asks about Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST), Laser Range Finder, Helmet Mounted Display or Direct Retinal Display (HMD/DRD) and the ability to fit indigenous equipment. The IAF is acquiring 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation for $8.85 billion, so it would be safe to assume that the cost for 57 carrier-borne fighters (regardless of the type finally chosen) could cost approximately 50 percent more or $13-14 billion. In his December 2 presser, Lanba said the Indian Navy has finally concluded that the naval Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) does not meet the requirements of a carrier-borne fighter, and has cleared the decks for the acquisition of a new fighter aircraft. "As far as the LCA Navy goes, there are two aircraft which are flying as technology demonstrators. The preliminary LCA Navy does not meet the carrier capability that is required by the Indian Navy. We will continue to support the DRDO and ADA in their efforts to develop a carrier-based fighter aircraft. At the same time, we will seek

aircraft elsewhere, which can operate from the aircraft carriers," he said. This was inevitable for the Navy based on its assessment of LCA-Navy in the last couple of years now. Particularly, the fate of the LCA-Navy programme was sealed after the Indian Air Force has in October 2015 announced that it was not even looking for inducting of the LCA 'Tejas' Mk2 and has settled for the LCA Mk1A, and later obtained Defence Acquisition Council approval for buying 83 more of the LCA Mk1A to make up for a total of 123 LCAs in the fleet. Navy has pinned its hopes of getting a carrier-borne combat aircraft to meet part of the squadron requirements of its IAC-I through the LCA, which would be of the Mk2 variant. Now that IAF has backed out of the project, there were questions if the Navy alone could bear the development cost of Mk2 variants, which will come only by 2024, having a stronger undercarriage for carrierborne operations and tail hook for arrested recovery. Basically, an LCA Navy that can do Short Take Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) operations. But Lanba made it clear that the present engine of the LCA Navy wasn't giving it enough thrust to take off from the carrier's flight deck with full-on weapons suite on board and full fuel capacity. "As far as the LCA Navy and the carrier-based aircraft is concerned, we need a carrier-based aircraft in the timeline of the induction of the aircraft carrier. We have the MiG-29K which operates from Vikramaditya and will operate from the IAC Vikrant. We were also hoping to operate the LCA from these two aircraft carriers. Unfortunately the LCA has not been able to meet the carrier capability required. So that is why we need an alternate aircraft now. So that is why we’re looking at alternate aircraft to operate from these two aircraft carriers," the Navy chief said. Lanba also clarified that the search for new fighters was for operating for all of the three carriers that India would have in the future, which would mean the same aircraft should be capable of operating on the STOBAR-configured INS Vikramaditya and IAC Vikrant, as also on the futuristic 65,000-ton IAC-2, which would be a CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off But Arrested Recovery) carrier using Electro Magnetic Launch System (EMALS). Lanba refused to take a guess on the likely candidates from among the globally available carrier-borne fighters that could meet the Indian requirement. "I am not going to go into the specifics of which aircraft. We are, at the moment, in the process of identifying what is the naval requirement and what aircraft, which will meet carrier borne. If you look at the world around, there are not too many options available and we need this carri-

er-capable aircraft, sooner than later. So, I am looking at, within the next 5-6 years". The Indian Navy has been on a search for a carrier-borne aircraft since 2009 when it first issued a RFI to global manufacturers seeking a carrier-borne combat jet. From that point of view, the idea for a non-LCA combat jet to flying from the flight deck of Indian carriers is not new. What may disrupt Indian Navy plans is the fact that there is not one fighter jet globally, that is certified for both STOBAR and CATOBAR operations on board a carrier. American Boeing is the only company that has made a claim of having done simulated STOBAR operations of its CATOBAR-configured F/A-18 Super Hornet, which is the aircraft, Indian Navy sources have indicated, could be their choice. Apart from the Boeing aircraft, there are other naval carrier-borne combat aircraft available globally such as the French Dassault Aviation's Rafale M and the Swedish Saab's Sea Gripen. All these three companies have made presentations to the Indian Navy for its need of carrier-borne aircraft based on the 2009 RFI. Theoretically, Rafale M and Lockheed Martin's F35C too can do both STOBAR and CATOBAR. Saab has indicated that it will attempt this dual use capability on its Sea Gripen as part of the aircraft's future development, for the Brazilian Navy. The one aircraft type that could operate from both types of carriers would be a Vertical Landing aircraft. The only one in production today is the Lockheed Martin F-35B. But, Lanba ruled out the F-35B, saying, "We're not looking at a VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft". Anyway, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is not on offer to India from the US. Indian Naval Aviation currently operates just one type of carrier-borne combat plane: the Russian MiG-29K, which was inducted in 2010. Indian orders for the MiG-29K total 45 aircraft, of which 37 are singleseater and eight twin-seat aircraft. The first order for 16 jets was placed in 2004 for nearly $450 million, with a follow-on contract for 29 concluded in 2010. An estimated 39 MiG-29Ks have been delivered till date. The first order for 16 jets was placed in 2004, with a follow-on contract for 29 concluded in 2010. Though a potent and heavily armed platform, Indian Navy MiG-29Ks have been plagued by poor serviceability. These also have problems of take-off with full complement of weapons and fuel. However, senior Navy sources said the MiG29Ks can carry lesser fuel and later do a mid-air refueling to proceed for its other missions. However, this solution doesn't seem to be quite practical at time of hostilities when quick reaction time is a matter of life and death.

Driven by Expertise Led by Commitment

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is the third indigenous helicopter product from the stables of HAL after ALH and LCH. Flawless technical flight of the LUH was carried in Bengaluru, on September 6, 2016. The helicopter is designed to carry out various utility roles such as reconnaissance, transport, cargo load and rescue operations. The helicopter can operate from sea level to high altitudes of Himalayas.



RBS 70 NG VSHORAD: The Battlefield Edge


aab’s accurate, reliable and flexible RBS 70 NG is an air defence missile system with 24/7 all-target capability, available for any combat situation. Based on the proven RBS 70 very short range air defence (VSHORAD) missile system, the new generation (NG) has an integrated sight, enhanced gunner aids, even higher precision, unbeatable range and unjammable laser guidance that combine to produce a ground-based air defence system with world-beating capabilities. With its new concept and state-ofthe-art technology, the RBS 70 NG is an effective, long-term solution to ever-changing ground-based air defence (GBAD) requirements. The system can be operated on land or at sea, from a variety of firing posts with multiple vehicle integrations available. The

tages. These missiles can be defeated by countermeasures, like flares. They can also fail to lock-on to targets that are distorted by external heat sources such as the sun, or burning items on the battlefield. The RBS 70 NG is totally unaffected by countermeasures, heat sources and clutter. The RBS 70 NG’s laser command line of site (CLOS) guidance cannot be jammed, decoyed or distracted. It provides accurate, unerring guidance over a short, highspeed, engagement cycle. This is because the operator is always in the loop, i.e. the operator is always in control of the missile and can change aim-point, support the auto-tracker or even change target after a missile is launched. The RBS 70 NG missile is able to counter highly manoeuvrable jink-


RBS 70 NG is compatible with Saab’s surface radar family and command and control systems, and can be easily incorporated into a larger GBAD network. Saab is constantly working on further evolutions of the RBS 70 NG system, to dominate future air threats while always being affordable to acquire and operate. Unaffected by countermeasures Most missiles in the VSHORAD category use an infra-red (IR) homing system that has several disadvan-

ing targets. This is a clear advantage compared to IR-guided missiles which always follow a target and can only make one or two energetic manoeuvres before losing their performance. An IR-homing missile has to manoeuvre three to four times as much as the target in the final stage of the engagement, but a CLOS missile will never manoeuvre more than the target thanks to its guidance principle. A target can outmanoeuvre am IRhoming missile but never an RBS 70 NG missile.

IAI Introduces ADA-New System Designed for Hardening GPS Systems against Jamming


srael Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling ADA – an advanced system that protects avionic systems from GPS jamming. ADA has already been integrated into several systems and platforms operating both in Israel and abroad. The ADA system recently won a tender from Israel’s Ministry of Defense, for integration into one of the main platforms of the Israel Air Force. ADA was developed by IAI's MALAM Division, a national center of excellence for AntiJamming protection of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receivers. The ADA system is displayed at the Aero India. Under the terms of the project with the Israeli Air Force, IAI will deliver a turnkey solution based on its multi-channel Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) technology. The ADA integration will ensure the operational continuity of the aircraft fleet, allowing avionic systems which rely on satellite navigation systems to continue uninterrupted operation even under direct electronic attack, when the enemy uses GPS jammers or other methods of interference. “We are excited to receive this important contract, it is a great compliment for IAI” said Jacob Galifat, General Manager of the IAI/MALAM Division, “Facing today’s threats to GNSS, these systems are a must, for any platform using GPS, or any other Global Satellite Navigation Systems. Our operationally proven systems will ensure the availability of GPS and GNSS based systems, even in the most contested, EW saturated battle-space. Considering the operational challenges, we believe this system has considerable export potential for many air forces and armies who experience GNSS

jamming in combat zones". The ADA system was successfully evaluated recently in the USA, at the NAVFEST event, where foreign military forces contest anti-jamming systems against various electronic-warfare challenges. Modern navigation, communi-

cations, and intelligence collection and electronic warfare systems integrated in modern platforms, rely on the uninterrupted availability of satellite-based navigation and timing for their operation. Despite this dependency, most platforms do not use electronic counter countermeasures (ECCM) systems to protect those essential assets. Remaining exposed, even lowpower jammers can disrupt or even deny the operation of GNSS systems, thus degrading the platform’s capability to fulfill its mission. Based on an advanced electronic architecture and the implementation of sophisticated digital processing, the agile ADA system, developed by IAI MLM, protects a broad range of GNSS systems operating on manned and unmanned combat aircraft and helicopters. ADA variants are also used in land-based platforms such as main battle tanks and APCs, and on naval systems. Other derivatives of the system are integrated in various guided weapons.


TIME-TESTED PARTNERS “The year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Russian-Indian diplomatic relations. The countries have shared a long-term successful history of military-technical cooperation since 1960. Moscow and Delhi have traditionally viewed each other as strategic partners. Our relations can be called timetested. The profound nature of bilateral military-technical relations demonstrates an unprecedented level of confidence between India and Russia”

SERGEI GORESLAVSKY, Deputy Director General, Rosoboronexport

DROR HARARI, Director Marketing & Sales, CONTROP CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd, Israel (CONTROP) and Defsys Solutions Pvt Ltd, India had realized the importance of making in India even before this initiative was formally announced by the Government of India. We had the vision of enabling our partners with the required technological knowledge infused incrementally for providing word class products which are manufactured, maintained and repaired in India in the truest sense and spirit of ‘Make in India’. This is now evident in certain products currently being manufactured by Defsys and supplied to Indian customers. We have been one of the early entrants in the ‘Make in India’ initiative

of the Government of India wherein CONTROP has supported Defsys in creation of the infrastructure by way of a world class manufacturing facility in Gurgaon, equipping it with the best machinery and testing equipment, training the young engineers and technicians in Israel and assisting Defsys in creation of an indigenous supply chain. Nearly 60 per cent of the material by cost and about 85 per cent by quantity has been achieved so far and we are working together to gradually increase this with an ultimate aim of achieving a level of at least 70 per cent of by the end of the year. Many path breaking initiatives have been taken by the Government of India which shall, in due course of time yield

tremendous dividends. In so far as the induction of integrated Electro-Optical (EO) solutions are concerned, we have noticed that stakeholders interact mainly with the system integrators who have limited knowledge of nuances of EO equipment intended to be integrated. Like in the case of payloads for UAVs or helicopters, it is the OEM with his limited knowledge which has interacted with the end user and not with the manufacturer of the EO payload and this has caused a breakdown in communication. Another important issue is that the Government of India must encourage a conducive environment, away from the temptation of always going with the legacy suppliers of EO products on a level procuring platform.


“The newest and most sophisticated aircraft is the MiG-35, officially rolled out on January, 26 this year”

YURY SLYUSAR, President, United Aircraft Corporation, Russia Indian Air Force is in the process of bolstering its fleet and a renewed tendering process for more MMRCA could commence soon. Will you participate in the process and which aircraft will you pitch to compete in the tendering process? The Russian fleet of MMRCA class is represented by products designed and manufactured by the MiG Corporation. The newest and most sophisticated aircraft is the MiG-35, officially rolled out on January, 26 this year. (Exactly on India’s Republic Day). MiG-35 is only an inch from a medium fifth generation combat aircraft’s characteristics and is drastically required by Russian military. Certainly we would be happy to present it to Indian Air Force as well. How hopeful you are to win the tender this time and why? Will you be willing to offer Transfer-of-Technology (ToT) with full ‘Make-in-India’? The tender is expected to be announced sometime this year, as they say. As we understand one of the key requirements to MMRCA is that it should be a single engine aircraft. We don’t have a single engine aircraft in our inventory, so at this very moment it is not possible for us to participate unless the requirements are changed. As for the ‘Make in India’ policy we do have some long-term and valuable experience of industrial partnership and ToT process with Indian aircraft industry. Take for example MiG-21, MiG-27, and Su-30MKI. ‘Make in India’ initiative gives us even broader opportunities to cooperate with Indian business, including private companies, in all spheres: be it production, localization, after sale support, upgrade and even utilization of platforms. Moreover, the recent military export license that was granted to UAC makes partnering with foreign companies even easier. There were issues with the serviceability and availability of spare parts for other aircraft of Russian origin in the IAF fleet. How are you addressing this issue? Regardless of our long term partnership in military-technical cooperation, there is always room for improvement, including in the questions of the IAF fleet serviceability. We see “serviceability” as a very complex issue, where

reliability, manufacturing skills, maintenance and many other factors meet together. Reference Su-30MKI fleet, the IAF HQ has established a so called “Tripartite meeting” where Russians (designers and manufacturers) hand-in-hand with HAL meet on a regular basis and resolve aircraft technical issues for the benefit of the fleet serviceability bolstering. And this gives good results – the figures of service readyaircraft have risen considerably. Effective after sales support is very important in this respect. This year is very critical for UAC. Together with our industrial partner HAL, we strive to improve radically Su-30MKI system of after sales support with the rest of Russian design platforms to follow. We believe long term supply agreements could form the backbone of such a system oriented on performance based logistics. We are working on signing such an agreement with HAL. UAC’s association with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has matured over the years. Do you think this partnership can now yield desired results in joint manufacturing of aircraft in India? Just give you one example. We have offered to our industrial partner – HAL a project to jointly set up production facility for manufacturing of multi-role turboprop aircraft Il-114. This plane may become a workhorse to fill the cracks in Tier II-III connectivity schedule flights and could be on demand with Government and non-Government agencies country wise. India’s civil aviation market of fixed wing aircraft is rapidly growing and there are positive indicators for the rotary wing aircraft also. Do you see prospects for UAC in civil aviation sector in India? There are two products in our civil aircraft lineup. The regional SSJ 100 with the capacity of up to 100 passengers and the narrow body MC-21 to carry up to 211 seats. The SSJ 100 is in full serial production already and is being marketed worldwide. The MC-21 will enter service after 2018. Both aircraft are versatile and adaptive for Indian market of domestic and international flights.

BRAHMOS – A Game Changer “BrahMos is surely going to be a game-changer in the future network-centric warfare missions. Being a primary weapon system in all three wings of the Indian Armed Forces, the tactical missile holds the potential to entirely turn the course of events in a conflict scenario. Moreover, the futuristic variants of BrahMos would be designed to make it more lethal, more powerful and versatile enough to enable our Armed Forces maintain that crucial tactical advantage over the adversary and win tomorrow’s complex battlegrounds.”

SK MISHRA, CEO and MD BrahMos Aerospace






Mobility Game Changer for Indian Air Force


he KC-46 is the perfect choice for India’s requirements that could bringing about a new era of efficient combat aerial refuelling. The most reliable and economical tanker to operate, the KC46 will provide India with the combat capability it needs for operations. Taking advantage of latest

innovations in technology and combat capability, modern day tankers perform a variety of roles in addition to just aerial refuelling. Boeing’s KC-46A, the platform of choice for the U.S. Air Force, is a highly reliable and efficient wide-body, multi-role tanker that can refuel military aircraft any time, on any mission. It can also carry passengers, cargo and patients whenever and wherever needed. With unmatched operational flexibility, the KC-46A is a mobility “game changer”. With improved refuelling capabilities, superior situational awareness and flexible multirole capability, the KC-46 is the perfect fit for customers looking to add a more capable and versatile tanker platform to their fleets. The KC-46 is the ideal tanker for today’s modern defense forces based on the following factors: The KC-46 is built as a combat tanker from day one – the KC-46 is delivered with a robust suite of defensive systems and self-protective measures. It is electromagnetic pulse-hardened for missions in a nuclear environment for the high-end fight as well as incorporates flight-deck armor for protection against small arms. Additionally the KC-46 is equipped with chemical-biological protective systems. All of these systems are incorpo-

46 can refuel both hose-anddrogue as well as boom receptacle receiver aircraft on any sortie. It utilizes 21st century centerline and wing-mounted hose and drogue systems as well as an advanced sixthgeneration fly-by-wire boom. Simultaneous air refueling of

The KC-46 is based on a proven platform – based on a commercial 767 with more than 1,000 767s built to date, it is a proven commercial airliner, freighter and tanker. The 767 platform bears a 99.7 per cent dispatch reliability rate, absolutely essential for protecting sovereign airspace. Additionally, the KC-46 has the lowest life-cycle costs of any of its current competitors in the market, making it the most efficient and effective tanker available today. The KC-46 has superior situational awareness – large Boeing 787 15-inch displays allow KC-46 pilots to quickly optimize flight parameters for critical decision making and mission success; and it also incorporates a Tactical Situational Awareness System, which provides dynamic, battle-space awareness to the aircrew. The KC-46 offers a flexible multi-role capability – the KC46 can be rapidly reconfigured in two man-hours for any mission – carrying passengers, cargo, aeromedical or any combination of the three, while still performing its main air refueling role. With its unique main cargo deck door, the KC46 has 7,800+ square feet of cargo space to accommodate

two fighter aircraft is supported through wing air refueling pods (WARPS). All of these systems are built to international refueling standards. That means the KC-46 can refuel the IAF fleet now, on day one. From refueling India’s front line fighter force to direct support of its C-17 fleet, the KC-46 enables allied and coalition refueling of all fixed-wing receiver aircraft anytime, on every mission, including simultaneous multipoint refueling.

up to 18 full-size 463L pallets, which is more than any other tanker aircraft. The KC-46 also has a fully integrated capability that enables crews to perform aeromedical evacuation on any flight. The U.S. Air Force is very excited about the KC-46 and the benefits it will bring to the fleet -- it will be an outstanding aircraft for decades to come. Highly reliable and efficient, the wide-body, multi-role tanker can refuel all U.S., allied and

rated into the aircraft as it is being produced, not as a retrofitted modification. The KC-46 also has the ability to launch from a ‘ready state’ within 10 minutes and coupled with its threat awareness and avoidance system, allows the Pegasus to truly fuel the fight. The KC-46 has improved refueling capability – the KC-

coalition military aircraft any time, on any mission. It can also carry passengers, cargo and patients whenever and wherever needed. With unmatched operational flexibility, the KC-46A is a mobility “game changer.” U.S Air Force Chief of Staff, General David Goldfein, recently commented that the KC-46 is “ready to take the next step” and commended the Boeing men and women who “work every day to deliver gamechanging capability to the warfighter.” On January 27, 2017 the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a $2.1 billion contract for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft. The order was the third low-rate initial production lot for Boeing. The first two came in August 2016 and included seven and 12 planes respectively. Currently, Boeing has five aircraft conducting test flights. Those aircraft have completed more than 1,400 flight hours to date and successfully refueled with F-16, F/A-18, AV8B, KC-10, C-17 and A-10 aircraft. The KC-46A also has demonstrated the ability to receive fuel in-flight from another tanker, which adds increased flexibility to Air Forces who will be operating it. With the U.S. Air Force on the verge of receiving its first tanker aircraft and Japan announced as the program’s first international customer, other countries are taking a closer look at the KC-46’s unique capabilities and the benefits of adding a more capable and versatile The KC-46will deliver tremendous savings over its lifetime through lower maintenance, depot and repair costs. It benefits from the advanced avionics, aerodynamics, materials and propulsion incorporated on the Boeing 767 passenger and freighter aircraft (more than 1,000 are currently flying today). The proven combination of light, durable aluminum alloy and composite structure help make it lighter and more fuel efficient. Similar to the Indian Navy’s P-8I aircraft, Boeing is building the KC-46 “in-line” which is more efficient and helps expand the life of the aircraft. – Jim Eisenhart, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

“We are interested on all the current major avionic and naval opportunities” LUIGI RASCHELLÀ, Vice President - Chief Representative India - Regional BD Asia, Elettronica SpA What is your contribution to the Mirage 2000 aircraft and what sort of upgrades can you do on this aircraft? We could participate on the Countermeasure System. How successful have your products such as Virgilius, ELT/800, ELT/568 and ALQ-703 been in the global market and in particular India and this region? The systems you are mentioning represent the evolution of the technologies in the EW domain. They have been in-

stalled successfully in the last decades on board of all kind of platforms around the world. Speaking about the last generation, the Virgilius family, thanks to the digital technology and to strong proprietary algorithms, we have been able to compact in one only unit the functions of RWR, ESM, ELINT and ECM. It has a modular architecture in a way to satisfy any requirement, from a simple RWR to demanding ELINT

or fully integrated Systems. The Vergilius System has been installed on various platforms avionics and naval, including submarines. What are your existing military programmes in India through your EW business? What are the future programmes in India in this sector that are of interest to you? We are on board of a family of aircrafts and we are interested on all the current major avi-

onic and naval opportunities. What has been your contribution in India in terms of investment, jobs creation, skill development and tech sharing over the last two years? What are your plans for the next two years in this regard? Elettronica has a JV in India and is cooperating with an Indian Production Agency on a current programme. Elettronica is foreseeing to enlarge its contribution in relation to the identified opportunities.

COL. H.S. SHANKAR CMD, Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd


ey technologies on which major products are based at ADTL are related to Optronics (Examples - Cooled TI based Tank Sights, Hand Held Sights, Uncooled Hand Held and Rifle Sights), Electronic Warfare (Missile Launch Detection Systems, RCIED Jammers, SelfProtection Jammers, Microwave Components), Simulators (for MiG-29, Mi-17V5, BMP) Tactical Communications (FH Radios, Software Defined Radios, Tactical Switches, Radio Relay), RF Seekers for Missiles, Airframe parts for SU30, LCA, UAV, etc. Since Alpha has established a strong R&D with more than 460 young engineers and has undertaken indigenous development of products needed in next 1 to 5 years. Alpha also put into effect ultramodern manufacturing/ assembly/test/qua lif ication facilities along with skilled manpower. Alpha has taken new initiatives to convert ‘Make in India’ concept into reality. Alpha has become one of the most successful MSME and is steadily growing in association with its own MSME subcontractors who form a well-oiled supply chain. Alpha feels that MoD has taken lot of initiatives and it is now it is the turn of Private Sector Industries – both Big and MSMEs – to put them into action and reap benefits. MoD, in addition, to the prioritisation given to MSMEs should quickly clear pending Orders/ Contracts on MSMEs, encourage MSMEs by quickly releasing R&D funds, provide low interest credits and accept Corporate Guarantees instead of insisting on Bank Guarantees (as for the later Banks insist on Collaterals, which MSMEs cannot provide).



Creation of Tier-II and Tier-III suppliers in India by private sector “Run your business as if it’s in trouble. Because if you don’t, it will be some day” –Jack Miles


ll manufacturing industries flourish basis a well-developed value chain, and aerospace is no exception. In fact, aerospace industry can only thrive when there is a well-structured tiered value chain. Globally, most aircraft OEMs have a wellestablished Tier-1s, with each Tier-1 supported by their Tier2s and so on and so forth. Indian aerospace industry has been existent for the past six decades and it’s only in the recent past that we have witnessed a structured development in the value chain. The transition of Indian aerospace industry from offset driven industry to a self-reliant industry can only come about through a well organised tiered aerospace industry. Policy reforms and intent of private industry to take on larger roles in the defence policies are being formulated to lead the industry in that direction. The Past Historically, the Indian aerospace ecosystem flourished under the Defence Public Sector Units (DPSUs) with private players’ presence at the Tier-II/III level. It is the machining and tooling industry that has thrived within the private sector under the support and guidance of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the lead-

ing aerospace public sector unit of our country. With the introduction of the defence offset policy under DPP 2005, the foreign OEMs were asked to outsource a min 30per cent of total cost of procurement (on a case-to-case basis) to the Indian players resulting in larger opportunities for the private sector. Although a substantial percentage of offset work has been discharged in the engineering services sector but has also provided a great thrust within the manufacturing sector. Private sector while working with the foreign OEMs, have been exposed to the global quality standards and have thus enhanced their competency over the years. This has also opened doors for the private sector to enter the OEMs’ global supply chains but only if they meet their quality, price and delivery standards (which are very stringent). The recent past has shown that many private players are supplying to the global OEMs at Tier I/II level. With private players moving up the value chain there has been an automatic development of the lower tier level players. This trend gave birth to the first notable tiered structuring by the private sector. The Present The need for defence self-reliance has been felt for a very long time and the DPP continues to improvise on the rules and policies to offer greater sup-

port to the defence industry. Recent aerospace programs have been structured in a way to enhance the role of the private sector. There are cases where the program has not only been directed toward the private sector but has also been asked to lead the foreign OEM to execute the project. In other cases private player has been asked to work closely with foreign OEM and bear the roles and responsibilities of a Tier 1 thereby encouraging the player to expand its Tier II and III levels. The AVRO replacement is a recent example where the Airbus–Tata consortium is most likely to be awarded (pending contract negotiations) the contract to build 56 units of the C-295 transport aircraft with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) playing the role of the Indian Production Agency (IPA). In order to fulfil the provisions, the IPA will have to create its own Tier-II and Tier-III per the requirement of the OEMs and meeting global standards. This tiered supply chain will ensure a more structured flow of work within the industry in India, at the same time giving equal opportunities to the smaller players to raise the bar. Given the limit of deep technical knowhow and relevant experience, it is quite possible that the initial phase will see the same few players vying for different segments within the industry, at different levels. However what this will enable is a set of Tier

II and III set of suppliers going forward. Another key policy shift seen in the previous two DPP versions (DPP 2013 & DPP 2016) is the emphasis on Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Just as any formidable structure requires a strong foundation, a thriving aerospace industry requires a well-developed mature Tier III/IV level. This level is where most of the MSMEs exist. From the beginning HAL has been providing MSMEs with some valuable portion of aerospace work and that will only increase with time through the recent initiatives of the MoD. Due to offsets, MSMEs have also evolved and matured in the defence domain. MSMEs are currently striving for (1) higher product complexity, and (2) acquiring more accretive businesses with relevant experience. More than 330 defence Industrial Licences have been issued since 2004 with nearly 100 being issued in the last two years alone. The objective is to cut through the slack and get the wheels rolling in the sector. The Future The buzzword today in the defence industry is the Strategic Partnership Model (SPM) which was suggested as a possible road map for the long cherished goal of defence self-reliance. A chapter on SPM (part of DPP 2016 but not released with the original version) is expected to be

approved soon. This model caters to creating long term capacity in the private sector among various defence segments of strategic significance. Based on factors including financial and technical capability, private firms will compete to be selected as strategic partners in the manufacture of defence equipment in India. This model will deem them as OEMs of their respective platforms/technologies. This is the final piece of the puzzle that needs to be solved (to be created in this case). How soon will the SPM formalize is a very pertinent question as it will generate the momentum to make tangible shifts. There are a few potential orders, for instance the NMRH helicopter program, which have been pending since quite some time. These programs may potentially get started once the SPM is formalized. In Conclusion ‘The best is yet to come’ - Anonymous India still has a long way to go from here in order to be a country with global clout in the defence sector. However, given the number of initiatives being undertaken and the increasing involvement of the domestic industry, the intent is definitely there. — Ankur Gupta, VP Amit Dugar - Sr. Consultant Ankit Tyagi - Consultant Ernst & Young





ustomized Products of RayServices provided to Aerospace & Military For Fighter, Transport, Helicopter & Trainer Aircrafts – We were involved in the design and implementation of the electrical wiring system of the L-159 light multipurpose Combat Aircraft and other Aerospace systems. In the area of Civil Aviation we supply Cable assemblies for Tier-I/Tier-II vendors to the Airbus A380. Further we are involved worldwide in various development and upgrade programme for Military such as for T-72M4 tank — BRDM Armoured wheeled vehicle — Pbv-501 Armoured track vehicle — MPP-40 connection node on BVP, LandRover wheel frame — Snezka reconnaissance and observation set — LOS integrated mobile recon device — Vera passive monitoring system —

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RF-13, R-150, BCC-600 communication system — L-159 combat trainer — RM-70 rocket launcher — Pandur II 8x8 Armoured wheeled vehicle — Cobra radio transceiver headsets — Alligator 4x4 Armoured wheeled vehicle — Terrex 8x8 Armoured.

Hartzell Props Designated for IAF Basic Trainer


artzell Propeller's fourblade lightweight aluminum propeller has been selected by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) for its HTT-40 two-place turbine basic trainer aircraft. The new indigenous HTT40 is designed and built by HAL under the country's Make

In India initiative. The HTT-40 will replace the piston-powered HPT-32 Deepak trainer for the Indian Air Force. Hindustan Aeronautics is manufacturing three prototypes and two static test specimens with production activities to begin this year. Certification of the HTT-40 (Hindustan Turboprop Trainer-40) is expected

in 2018. Flight testing will include 350 flights. "Hartzell Propeller is honored to add this new clean sheet aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics to our growing list of aircraft from the world's leading manufacturers for both civilian and military applications," said Hartzell Propeller Executive Vice President JJ Frigge. The new HTT-40 is powered by the Honeywell TPE331-12B turboprop engine. Designed to meet pilot training requirements of the Indian Air Force, the new military aircraft also will have provisions for weaponization. The initial order from the Indian Air Force is for 68 aircraft. Total requirements could eventually rise to 120 of the basic turbine trainers for the Indian Air Force. A HTT-40 outfitted with Hartzell's four-blade lightweight aluminum prop is exhibited at the HAL display.

LONG-TERM INDUSTRIAL PARTNERSHIP “For the ‘Make in India’ policy we do have some long-term and valuable experience of industrial partnership and ToT process with Indian aircraft industry. Take for example MiG-21, MiG-27, and Su-30MKI. ‘Make in India’ initiative gives us even broader opportunities to cooperate with Indian business, including private companies, in all spheres: be it production, localization, after sale support, upgrade and even utilization of platforms.” YURY SLYUSAR, President, UAC, Russia



recent United Nations Report suggests that India is projected to grow by 7.7 per cent in fiscal 2017, thereby remaining the fastest growing large developing economy, benefiting from strong private consumption and gradual introduction of significant domestic reforms. Capitalizing on the significant growth opportunities in the country, the Maini Group has made a significant contribution as India’s first manufacturer of environment-friendly electric vehicles for both commuter and material transport. The Company has made it’s mark as one of the premier design and manufacturing entities for precision engineering components, global warehousing systems and logistics-solutions, also innovating in aerospace. An organization designed to understand the true significance of working for the future. What started as manufacturing components, gradually moving over to sub-systems and assemblies for global companies in automotive, industrial and hydraulics, The Maini Group has continued to strengthen its capabilities and infrastructure since over four decades in non-aerospace segments.

fective solutions that can address various gaps across the automotive sector. Today, the Company can boast of trusted customers on whose products the Maini Group component gets fitted like OEMs/Tier-1 suppliers for the aerospace leaders Airbus, Boeing, GE and others. Other lead customers internationally are Marshall Aerospace, Magellan, Eaton, Parker, to name some. Naresh Palta: Not only restricted to manufacturing of build-to-print products, the Maini group has also developed pioneering eco-friendly products for the airfield operations. The group company Maini Material Movements Pvt. Ltd. (MMM) is a leader in the material handling and warehousing segment and has developed specific products for use in civil and military aviation, both for the terminals and airside in the airports. These are indigenous Make-in-India products designed and developed by the Company and positioned as a replacement for imported Battery-operated platforms. With this range of product solutions, capabilities and indigenous product base, Maini group is buoyant that with ‘Make-in-India’ programs in Aerospace on the anvil, the Company is positioned to be a significant partner.

economical and less cumbersome to order such products on Asian neighborhood countries, which is a considerable loss of opportunity for the Indian Industry. Naresh Palta: Physical shipment should be waived for such equipment/products under offsets. This class of products should also be exempted from customs duty for imported inputs, excise duty, sales tax, VAT, GST and other statutory levies, to support Indian enterprises to remain competitive. This would allow bigger opportunities to Indian Offset Partners, incentivize them for technological upgrade of products to international standards, creating potential for global markets beyond offsets. 2) Threshold limits for MSMEs in A & D Sector need enhancement for leveraging offset multiplication factor of 1.5: a) A multiplication factor of 1.5 for offset supplies by MSMEs has been provided in DPP. This is a good incentive to foreign vendors for allotting more offset work to MSMEs. However, the classification limits, under the MSMED Act 2006 are very low, keeping most of the medium companies out of consideration. b) Gautam Maini: For setting up an aerospace factory for products at a submodule level by a medium size enterprise to global norms requires an investment of at least `20-30 Cr in infrastructure. Hence the current limits debar the medium size companies from the multiplier incentive.

Maini Group and their Commitment to ‘Make in India’ for the World Gautam Maini: With the ‘Make in India’ initiative by the Government of India designed to facilitate investment and foster innovation, the Maini Group fits as an apt example of Make in India for the World, having made a small beginning in 1973 when the flagship Gautam Maini: NARESH PALTA, GAUTAM MAINI, company Maini For Offsets purpose Precision Products alone change the CEO (A&D) Managing Director Ltd. (MPP) was crethreshold limits in MAINI Group MAINI Precision ated. As the Indian Aerospace and DeProducts automotive market fence up to `100 attained maturity Cr, till an amendin product development, the Recommendations to the Govment is considered by the Company also moved in as ernment MSME Ministry. a sub-tier supplier to several One of the key actions by Indian automotive majors as the current Government was 3) Simplification of Offset well. radical upgrade of the Defence Banking: In 2005, the Company Procurement Policy in the According to DPP only created an Aerospace diviform of DPP-2016. While subforeign OEMs can opt for sion, exclusively focussed on stantial improvements were banking for offsets, only for aerospace manufacture, with made in this Policy, there cona specific project. As a result, build-to-print manufacture tinues to be room for making hardly any Banking work is for Snecma (now SAFRAN the processes and the implebrought into India. The subAircraft Engines), France for mentation of offsets practical tiers and the foreign vendors their highly successful comand speedy. The Company have multiple partnerships mercial engine program. suggests some urgent steps and multiple bid participathat the Government can contions. This restriction is counNaresh Palta: The Group sider, such as: ter to the objective of banking has not looked back ever since for bringing more work and and actively contributes not 1) Exemption from physical technology into India in anonly to this legendry proshipment out of India for offset ticipation of winning procuregram, but also towards the supply of Made-In-India equipment orders. new engine programs, providment to be used or integrated ing them Made-in-India comin India: Naresh Palta: A foreign ponents for the global market. Currently, for offsets comOEM or the Tier 1s should Some of these fly back into pliance, physical export is be allowed to open an offset India on these engines, which mandatory and is also applibanking account without linkare fitted on many airliners cable on orders for support ing to a specific project,which procured by the Indian comequipment/test equipment/ can be used for any procuremercial airlines. directly useable end units ment projects in India. that are to be supplied by the Gautam Maini: With fruforeign vendors along with Naresh Palta: The radical gal innovation becoming the the main platform/equipchanges in DPP-2016 need to need of the hour, manufacturment. This entails avoidable be supplemented by removal ers across industries are focost and time in shipment to of these impediments to make cussing on global market acthe vendor and back to India. them more practical. The forecess. There is an ever-growing The foreign vendors many going recommendations are need for innovation, cost eftimes have expressed that it is crucial to speedy leverage.




ussian Helicopters JSC, part of State Corporation Rostec, is taking an active part in the 11th international show Aero India 2017. The stand of one of the global helicopter manufacturing leaders is featuring three helicopter models, which would be especially interesting for the Indian operators. The key exhibit is the light multirole Ka-226T helicopter. Apart from it, the holding company is showing the multirole Mi-38 in its passenger modification, and the light multirole Ansat. Ka-226T sports the Russian Helicopters’ stand in Bangalore for a good reason. In October 2016, Russian Helicopters, Rosoboronexport JSC and Indian HAL Corporation created a joint venture for the local production of light multirole Ka-226Ts. Apart from assembling, the agreement also includes maintenance, operation, repairs of helicopters and provision of technical support. “India has traditionally been considered a special strategic partner of ours. More than 400 helicopters produced in Russia are registered and operated here. This year we are exhibiting promising models that we can offer to our foreign partners. We hope that participation in this air show will allow us to strengthen


operators. Besides, Indian-assembled Ka-226T can expect to succeed not only in the Indian market but also beyond. Third countries demonstrated great inter-

our position in the region and reinforce the strong demand for our products in the short and medium term,” says RusMi-38

sian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky who became the head of the holding company at the end of the last year. Taking into account the Indian demand in light helicopters, one may expect the future use of the locally made Ka-226T not only by the Indian Air Forces, but also by civil

est in buying these helicopters. Another exhibit, Mi-38, is one of the most highly automated civil helicopters in the world: its navigation system makes it possible to perform automatic en-route flight, landing, hovering, and aircraft leveling in any flight mode. The IKBO-38 integrated airborne avionics set installed on the Mi-38 helicopters gives the crew the information in quality and quantity they need to ensure high level of flight safety.

Presents Three Key Models for the Indian Market at Aero India - 2017

The Mi-38 helicopter exceeds all other helicopters of its class in terms of cargo capacity, speed and main flight characteristics. It can be operated in a wide range of climatic conditions, including sea, tropical and cold climates. Currently, the specialists of Russian Helicopters conduct works to increase the maximum takeoff weight of Mi-38-2 and maximum flying height. Besides, the helicopter will pass the tests with a cargo jib and external sling, and will undergo Ka-226T performance tests on helipads covered by dust, sand and snow. Light twin-engine multirole Ansat is designed for 7-9 seats and has the most spacious cabin in its class. It can reach the maximum speed of 275 km/h and has the range of over 500 km. It can be used for passenger and cargo transportation, medical evacuations, rescue tasks, as well as for training and patrolling. China became the first foreign buyer of Ansat in 2016. Apart from its new products, Russian Helicopters is presenting the new after-sales service concept for foreign customers. Russian Helicopters is actively developing a “single-

window” format, which is aimed at building strategic relationships with helicopter operators and implies non-tender based, long-term agreements, centralization of all processes related to after-sales services and transition to a service format extending to the complete helicopter life cycle. The pilot project is currently being implemented in India. “For us, it is important to provide timely and high-quality services for the Russian helicopters operated in India”, commented Igor Chechikov, Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO for Aftersales Service. The single-window format in the after-sales support will increase its quality to surpass foreign competitors. In addition, the operators will get rid of the necessity to conduct negotiations with hundreds of spare parts manufacturers, as they will have “the single window” to reach the entire range of after-sales services for the Russian helicopters. Russian Helicopters has been participating in Aero India since 2009. The event participants have an extensive business program: the company representatives are holding a number of meetings and talks with foreign partners aimed at boosting cooperation with South and Southeast Asian countries.

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“Today, Honeywell has grown from 1,000 people in 2002 to 15,000 people in multiple locations throughout India” FAIZI MOHSINI, Country Head-Defence & Space, Honeywell Aerospace, India Honeywell has contributed immensely to India's HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft developed by Hindustan Aeronautics. What is your assessment of the requirement for engines for this latest product from the HAL stable that had its maiden flight in June 2016? The Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is powered by a Honeywell Garrett TPE331-12B singleshaft turboprop engine, which was selected in June 2015. This engine fulfils one of the most important requirements for the HTT-40; it is ten to fifteen percent more fuel efficient than similar engines. With the Honeywell engine at its core, HAL’s new, locally developed HTT-40 will offer pilots rapid acceleration, low fuel consumption, improved reliability and the ability to train for a wide range of missions. Pilots flying TPE331-powered HHT-40 aircraft will also enjoy exceptional horsepower response and best-in-class fuel economy. Additionally, the engine enables the HTT-40 pilot to receive quick throttle response for shorter take-offs, good power-to-weight ratio and long maintenance intervals. Could you please share details about the TPE331 engines being manufactured in India? What is the contribution made through this engine manufacturing to the 'Make in India' initiative? The TPE331 engine manufactured by Honeywell is delivered for both military and civil application around the world, with the engine family completing more than 122 million flight

hours to date. From light general aircraft to the world’s most advanced unmanned aerial vehicles, the TPE331 enables short take-off and rapid climb and cruise, while at the same time offering very low fuel consumption. In 2015, Honeywell won the engine contract for the HTT-40 being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited which has been one of Honeywell Aerospace’s key partners in India for 40 years. This collaboration has helped us produce the first fully manufactured engine in India, the TPE331 turboprop engine, enabling us to support the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. To date more than 300 TPE331-5 engines have been manufactured by HAL in India. The government has stated that the key priority is to locally produce defence equipment and fund private sector as engineering and technology development. For Honeywell, these initiatives have become a focal point when strategizing our role in the region. Honeywell has had a long presence in India. Please tell our readers about your company's contribution to the Indian economy on parameters such as investment, job creation, skill development and technology transfer? Honeywell has been committed to delivering solutions to India’s aerospace and defence industry for almost 80 years. India is one of our main hubs for manufacturing and for maintaining components and subcomponents that are overhauled either directly by us or by the local organizations we work with.


The company’s investments and partnerships in India have only grown stronger with our presence in the country. To grow our presence and offerings in India, we have more than 15,000 employees in multiple locations who are spread across seven manufacturing sites and five design centres. We have around 6,000 Indian engineers who help us deliver advanced technology solutions and tackle some of the toughest challenges faced by India and the rest of the world. Some of the key areas in which our expertise and offerings are utilized are in engine technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, navigation and helicopter safety supports. Additionally, Honeywell has been at the forefront of inertial navigation system (INS) technologies for more than three decades. INS technologies provide highly accurate and reliable land navigation and pointing capabilities to help users achieve mission success. Our strong associations with Tata Power SED and HAL are a result of our initiative to contribute to the Indian economy. Honeywell has signed an agreement with Tata Power SED to install Honeywell’s TALIN inertial land navigation on systems like the Pinaka Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL), Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), and the AKASH surface-to-air missiles, which are produced by the Tata Group. This agreement allows India to develop residential expertise with its first locally produced navigation system, demonstrating our commit-

ment to the government’s Make in India initiative. How much of your R&D activity happens in India and what's been the contribution of Indian engineers and the five engineering centres in innovation and product development of Honeywell's aerospace and defence vertical? The Indian market is growing at an unprecedented rate and is ranked as the 10th largest investor in defence globally. This, along with India’s quest for strengthening their aviation base in defence, is helping us leverage our presence in the market. Today, Honeywell has grown from 1,000 people in 2002 to 15,000 people in multiple locations throughout India. Honeywell’s advanced technology engineering arm–Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS) is present in India. It develops and supports safety critical aerospace systems for use all around the world, including flight management systems, flight panel displays, environment control systems and engine control systems for commercial and regional transportation, business and general aviation, and aerospace and defence. We are currently exploring opportunities with surface systems both on artillery and armoured vehicles as well as space with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The research & development and engineering centres that are spread across multiple locations in India continue to deliver pioneering solutions in the aerospace and defence sector. From producing the next generation of Honeywell avi-


onics to developing advanced defence and military solutions, navigation and safety systems, and mechanical products for Indian and global initiatives, Honeywell is deeply dedicated to the success of India’s defence and aerospace sector. Honeywell has partnered and worked with HAL for over 40 years now. Can you share the secrets of the success of this partnership? What do you think you have gained from HAL and vice versa? Honeywell and HAL began their partnership to manufacture high technology products in India. This partnership led HAL to secure a license for the production of Honeywell’s TPE331-5 engine for domestic and international use, and the engine remains in service today with the Indian military. Since the relationship began in 1983, HAL has built more than 300 TPE331 engines for the Indian military including the Indian Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force. Our oldest strategic relationship continues to grow stronger as we take on new projects, such as winning the engine contract for the Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) being developed by HAL. With such strategic partnerships, Honeywell has established a strong presence in the country and by manufacturing locally were main part of the ‘Make in India’ movement. The company continues to deliver globally recognized, advanced solutions that are adopted for India and beneficial to our customers and to the wider industry in the region.

VISIT AT A-2.3.4,A-3.1-2 The Igla-S system comprises:  Combat equipment, including the 9M342 missile and the 9P522 launching mechanism  Maintenance equipment, including the 9V866-2 mobile test station and the 9F719-2 test set  Training facilities  Night firing devices

“The Advanced Hawk is a testimonial of our commitment to sharing technology, capability and knowledge to build advanced systems in India, for India, and from India. Together with HAL, we are looking forward to show this industry-funded demonstrator to the Indian and other Air Forces and seeking their feedback on the combination of features that will better prepare student combat pilots for the demands of frontline aircraft” STEPHEN TIMMS, Managing Director - Defence Information, Training & Services, BAE

Basic specifications


he Igla-S man-portable air defence missile system (MANPADS) is designed to engage all types of visually observable aircraft and helicopters as well as pinpoint air targets like cruise missiles and unmanned air vehicles, both head-on and receding, at any time of day, against background clutter and decoy flares (jamming). The Igla-S is a new generation advanced version of the Igla MANPADS. By its combat effectiveness, it exceeds the Igla from 2 to 5 times, especially when firing at cruise missiles and pinpoint targets.

 Engagement altitude, m 10 to 3,500  Max engagement range, m 6,000  Target speed, m/s: Head-on up to 400 Receding up to 320  Weight of combat assets, kg not more than 19  Time to bring Igla-S from travelling to combat position, s not more than 13  Reaction time, s not more than 5  Operating temperature range, oC – 44 to +50  Missile caliber, mm 72  Missile length, mm 1,635  Missile weight, kg 11.7  Seeker type IR, tracking, passive  Warhead type HE  Fuze type delayed impact, proximity  Self-destruction time, s 13-14.3  Combat crew 1



Rafael’s Airborne EW solutions


arfare in the 21st century has moved from conventional warfare to the global war on terror typified by asymmetric combat. Combat scenarios have shifted from large-scale opera-

ment, there is neither time for a well-defined setup of electronic attack components nor time to specify the required sector for the attackers to fly in. The thorough protection of these time-sensi-

tions to localized operations and from planned scheduled operations to real-time network centric warfare (NCW). Hostile targets are mobile, exposed to retaliatory countermeasures for only a very short time period and are often defended by advanced surface-to-air missiles. During engage-

tive critical targets (TCT/ TST) dictates the need for full operational flexibility. Lite Shield

Electronic Attack Pod for Close Protection and Escort jamming Lite Shield’s Solution

Rafael’s Lite Shield implements “close protec-

tion” to ensure an immediate, flexible, and constantly available electronic attack capability and response. Lite Shield is a relatively small pod, based on Rafael’s successful targeting pod Litening, equipped with the most advanced EW components. Lite Shield’s leading edge technology shields the strike formation from being detected and engaged prior to completing the mission so that the crews can apply their undivided attention and be provided with the necessary amount of time to find and engage the target. Lite Shield can be integrated to existing pods installed on Indian Air force platforms for enhanced capability. It is the ultimate solution for the sensor-to-shooter mobile target scenario. Cost-Effective Solution for EANeeds

Based on full digital technology, LiteShield is equipped with the most advanced EW components. Because it is mounted on an aircraft’s targeting pod station, the

VISIT AT A-2.1A jamming aircraft can carry out the primary mission and the electronic attack simultaneously, conserving coordination and resources. Lite Shield enhances air force attack capability without impinging on space for the weapons payload. Implementing the close protection concept, it eliminates the need for a designated escort jamming A/C.

Sky Shield EW Support Jamming System

RAFAEL, as a leading provider of support jammers to the Israeli Air force, presents a third generation of this type of EW system - the Sky Shield jamming system. This high power, 360º

coverage, wide frequency range, compact configuration single pod or integrally mounted system is designed and manufactured utilizing the latest technology. The digital receiver contains wide, instantaneous controllable, bandwidth with high sensitivity, tracking resources for modern and complex emitter signals and high direction finding accuracy. The Multi

Beam Array Transmitters (MBAT) are based on solid state amplifiers. Altogether, the Sky Shield system is an excellent solution for a modern air force, providing both effective SEAD (Suppress Enemy Air Defence) capability and comprehensive ECM coverage.



ELBIT SYSTEMS AT PARTNER COMPANY BOOTHS Hermes™900 (showcased in 1:1 size at the AdaniElbit Advanced Systems) is a multi-mission

medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAS, with a flight altitude of 30,000 ft. and a large payload capacity (up to 350 kg). A unique 2.5 meter long internal payload bay is available as part of the UAS’ open architecture, capable of accommodating up to 250 kg and allowing quick modular payload installation and replacement. The Hermes 900 provides navies with a

long endurance airborne maritime radar, visual intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), automatic identification system (AIS) and optional electronic intelligence/ communications intelligence (ELINT/COMMINT) capabilities. The Hermes 900 also features an advanced satellite communication data link and is operated from Elbit Systems' universal command & control ground station (UGCS), enabling advanced mission management, highly autonomous

mission effective operation and automatic take-off and landing capability common to all the UAS in the Hermes family. XACT Family of Products (presented at the Alpha booth) offers

micro compact image intensifier night vision monocular or dual monocular systems as well as shutter less thermal weapon sights with a built-in recorder allowing it to capture both images and videos. XACT’s revolutionarily light weight allows extended usage time. Its exceptional image quality is due to high end auto gated image intensified tubes and glass optics. Multiple mounting options maximize operator adaptability. Serpent – a Portable Lightweight Designator/ Rangefinder for Laser-Guided Munitions (presented at the Alpha booth): Serpent

provides Forward Observers and Close Air Support with market leading diode-pumped technology, enabling accurate designation with low lifecycle cost and reduced battery consumption. The system is extremely light weight, optimal for dismounted soldiers. Coral CR (Presented at the Alpha booth) is a hand-held

lightweight thermal imaging target acquisition system, including a laser range-finder, compass and GPS.



ussian United Engine Corporation (UEC) is an integrated structure specializing in development, serial production, support & maintenance of gas turbine engines for military and commercial aviation and other applications.


India for decades remains one of the most important UEC's foreign partners and one of the major markets for its production. Today the corporation with its skills of development and serial manufacturing of modern engines of different applications is eager to foster the present cooperation and to open the new promising directions of engagement. UEC strives not only to enhance the volume of engine deliveries to India, but also to raise the speed and the quality of the after sales service, to build an integrated system of the support of the Indian customer (which among other features enhances the service life of engines). We are also ready to participate in the realization of the future projects of creating the engines for

the new Indian or jointly developed airframes – UEC can develop such engines independently or jointly with the Indian partners. The large-scale cooperation between UEC and India continues mostly in the area of engines for military aviation. The biggest project is the ongoing delivery of the AL-31FP engine (powers Su30MKI fighter) kits for its licensed production in India. The Russian and the Indian sides are also implementing the projects of organizing the overhaul of aircraft and helicopter engines. UEC works in India in line with ‘Make in India’ program. The close cooperation with a number of Indian state-run and private companies and organizations is set up. It would be no exaggeration to say, that for the moment among the Russian companies working in India. UEC is one of the most integrated into the ‘Make in India’ policy. We are building the direct relationships with our Indian customers – primarily, with the Ministry of Defense and HAL. For example, in 2015 UEC was registered as an authorized supplier of the Indian Air Force and Navy, as well as of HAL. FGFA and AMCA projects Russian United Engine Corporation (UEC) is ready to develop in cooperation with India and

M28® STOL Turbo-Prop Aircraft now with Indian Type Certificate

Long View CR (Presented at the Alpha booth) is a highly ad-

vanced system with a unique ability to acquire long-range targets or to observe small targets, such as enemy fighters, in high spatial resolution under severe visual conditions day or night.

COAPS (Presented at the Alpha booth) is an advanced,

modular dual-axis stabilized sight for MBTs and Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs). Based on open architecture, it is easily adaptable to sensor additions/changes. Coaps facilitates long-range target acquisition day and night, in both stationary and mobile situations.

E-LynX™ Family of Mobile Tactical Communications Solutions (presented at the Alpha booth) provides highly ad-

vanced mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) capabilities to a variety of platforms over any terrain type and are already operational with numerous customers worldwide.

DCoMPASSTM (Presented at the BEL booth) the first elec-

tro-optical payload system featuring full digital open architecture, DCoMPASS is a highly-stabilized, four-gimbaled, multi-sensor system delivering superb day and night intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and tactical reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities in the harshest weather conditions.


he M28® short takeoff and landing turboprop airplane is known for safe and reliable flight in extreme environmental conditions. As a strong candidate to connect Tier II and III cities across India, the aircraft also demonstrates best-inclass performance, high maneuverability and multimission flexibility. Certificates The M28 Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) has two type-certificates recognized in the Aviation Industry — from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The aircraft also is certified by Indonesia, Nepal, Taiwan and Brazil. In September 2016, India’s Civil Aviation Authority DGCA (the Director General of Civil Aviation) approved the PZL M28 aircraft for commercial operations. Connectivity for regional cities “The twin turboprop

gins resulting in superior STOL capabilities. Engine power can launch the M28 aircraft, complete with 19 passengers (or more than 2 tons of cargo) into the air in just 548 meters of runway length. During One Engine Inoperative emergencies, the aircraft can continue safely in flight even in extremely hot or icing conditions with an OEI rate of climb of 450 fpm (138 m/min) on a Standard day. Best in class payload and range The M28 aircraft offers the best-in-class comparison with the payload and range. With over 1000 kg payload on board, the M28 offers a range of 1592 km (860 nm) distance + safety reserve for 45 minutes of flight. The aircraft can haul 2,300 kg (5,000 lb) over 225 nm (450 km) at maximum weight; 192 kt (356 km/hr) and stall speed at 53 kt with engines idling and flaps extended. The engine has a range of operation from -50 to

VISIT AT A-2.3.4 in the framework of Make in India initiative engines for the future Russian-Indian FGFA and indigenous AMCA combat aircrafts. The corporation possesses all the necessary scientific and manufacturing potential to create the engines


matching all the requirements of the customer. UEC is showcasing there newest Russian aero engines, including AL-41F-1S, the 4++ generation turbofan engine which powers the Russian Su35 multi-role fighter jets (the latest development of Su-27/ Su-30 family). By presenting AL-41F-1S in Bengaluru, UEC demonstrates the most modern technologies, which could be used while creating the engines for the projects like FGFA and AMCA, as well as demonstrates the skills in development and serial manufacturing of such engines. Also AL-41F-1S is exhibited at Aero India as an integral part of Su-35 fighter, the acquisition of which can be viewed as a logical step for countries, whose air forces already have Su-30 aircrafts.

aircraft offers a host of excellent characteristics best suited to connect regional cities, particularly in the north-east,” says Arvind Walia, Sikorsky regional executive for India and South Asia. “The aircraft’s capability to land safely and easily on grass and gravel airstrips is inherent to the design. Also ideal is its easy conversion from passenger seating to carrying cargo, and of course as a VIP transport vehicle.” He said the two M28 aircraft operated by Nepal were effectively used for disaster relief following the 2015 earthquake. The 485 cu ft. (148 m3) cabin has a full-width aft door to para drop cargo. The cabin can be outfitted with a removable roller floor, optional cargo hoist, and heavy cargo restraints to speed loading and unloading. Superior power The 16,500 lb (7,500 kg) M28 aircraft excels in power, payload and range. Two 1,100 shp (820 kW) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-65B turboprop engines deliver healthy power mar-

+50 degrees C. Heavy-duty landing gear The heavy duty non-retractable titanium tricycle landing gear is key to safe landing on unprepared runways. The main landing gear includes hydraulic brakes that are fitted with an ABS anti-skid system. The nose landing gear is steerable for easy taxi and takeoff. Avionics The M28 aircraft also is equipped with a suite of avionics including the Bendix King Gold Series (made by Honeywell), digital map display, standard VHF/UHF radios (2 each), VOR/ILS/ GPS, MKR, DME, autopilot, ELT and the latest safety features such as TCAS II, EGPWS Mk VI, FA2100 Voice Recorder Assembly, and the SSFDR Flight Data Recorder. With its large, easily reconfigurable cabin, the M28 airplane is a true multi-purpose, short takeoff and landing airplane that is at home operating from paved and unpaved austere runways, high elevation airfields, and in a variety of weather conditions.




nited Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is a Russian open joint stock company established in February 2006 by the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree. With a majority stake belonging to the Russian Government, it consolidates Russian private and state-owned aircraft design bureaus and plants engaged in design, production and sales of combat, civilian, transport and unmanned aircraft. The Corporation combines Sukhoi, Mikoyan, Irkut, Ilyushin, Tupolev, Beriev and Yakovlev brands. UAC has become one of the national champions, i.e. large companies that not only seek profit but also advance the interests for the nation. For more than 50 years Russia has demonstrated in practice its readiness to share the best technologies with our key strategic partner – India. The result is more than 500 aircraft in operation. We come to Aero India 2017 confident in the long-term success of our joint programs, ready to create together the most innovative products for India. The FGFA programme could be a template for further defence cooperation between India and Russia within the ‘Make in India’ logic. As its economy grows, India is increasingly seeking quality armaments for its armed forces that are produced inside the country. Russia on the other hand has the knowhow and experience to produce highly capable weapons platforms. Together, we can ensure that legacy remains intact. Russia and India have enjoyed an unprecedented level of cooperation in aviation that has only one way: to grow and to develop even further. Our current joint development programs such as the FGFA, our existing cooperation on the Su-30MKI and MiG aircraft, as well as other opportunities should lead us to new projects, maybe to cooperation in new areas such as civil aircraft design and development. Russian aviation industry is feeling encouraged and enthusiastic about the ‘Make in India’ direction. But we are already “there” – for instance assembling and servicing Sukhoi aircraft in India. It is clear that India’s Ministry of Defence is ready and even willing to attract private business into the process of military-technical cooperation, including military hardware development and production. The volume of potential work is enormous – India has a considerable fleet of Russian-designed and Indian-built Su-30MKI aircraft, a big fleet of MiG aircraft and a very bright future in terms of joint development and production of new aircraft – like the FGFA. Supporting the existing fleet with both services and spares and aiming to do so in the future for the joint programs is an enormous task and a very promising business. The Russian government recently included United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) in

the list of participants of the military technical cooperation with foreign states. The related certificate was issued by the Federal Service on MilitaryTechnical Cooperation. This allows UAC to directly render services of aftersales support and repair of all previously supplied Sukhoi, MiG, Ilyushin, Yakovlev and Tupolev aircraft in any country. The certificate also allows UAC to upgrade and modernize previously supplied aircraft and render training services for foreign servicemen and technical staff in regards to all types of previously supplied aircraft. It also allows UAC to establish aftersales support and repair joint ventures abroad. The certificate will allow UAC to better coordinate work in this field, to develop a com-



pany-wide corporate aftersales and service system based on best existing experience and will enable maximum efficiency in markets where multiple UAC’s brands are present. The anti-terrorist campaign in Syria attracts international attention to the Russian combat aircraft and the Su-34 in particular. The Su-34 frontline bomber is the striking core of Russian frontline aviation. This is an adequate successor to the Su-24M all-weather frontline




bomber. Its development and production is among Sukhoi's top priorities. Sukhoi is a United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) subsidiary. Su-34 frontline bombers have been put into service with Russia's Air Force by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated March 18, 2014. The series production of



the Su-34 is organized at the Sukhoi Company’s Novosibirsk aircraft plant. The Sukhoi Company has already delivered a substantial number of these aircraft to the Russian troops. At the present time a new state contract to supply a large batch of Su-34s to the Russian Defense Ministry is being implemented. The Su-34 effectively engages ground, sea and air tar-

gets by using a complete range of airborne munitions, including high-precision types under adversary fire and information warfare in all weather conditions, day and night. In terms of operational capabilities this is a 4th+ generation aircraft. Its active protection system together with the latest computers creates extra opportunities for the pilot and navigator to carry out precision bombing

and maneuvering under adversary fire. The superior aerodynamics, large internal fuel tanks, highly efficient digitally controlled bypass turbojet engines, air-refueling system, external fuel tanks and a comfortable crew cockpit enable long distance flight of up to 10 hours. The onboard digital open architecture equipment also allows easy replacement of hardware and systems for new models. The aircraft features excellent flight performance and agility, long-range aiming system, and a modern onboard system for communication and information exchange with on-land flight control centers, ground troops, surface ships and other flying aircraft. The Su-34 employs highly efficient long-range guided air-to-surface and air-toair weapons using a multiple channel capability. It is equipped with a smart radar countermeasures and defense system. The Su-34 has a sophisticated survivability suite, including an armored cockpit. Presently the operational capability of the aircraft is being increased with new airborne weapons. According to pilots and navigators, the aircraft offers excellent ergonomics and extensive automation from takeoff to target approach, operational use and landing. The machine is easy to handle. The Su-34 bomber has also set eight world records, including that of a maximum horizontal flight altitude with a 5,000 kg load.

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“With over 850 flights carried out subsequent to the maiden flight in March 2010, the development of LCH is completed and basic configuration has been frozen in October 2015. Presently, LCH is undergoing further weapon integration and weapon trials towards achieving operation clearance. LCH has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in Forward Bases at Siachen” T. SUVARNA RAJU, HAL CMD


ockwell Collins understands make in India initiative and drive from Govt of India. We are making several attempts in this direction and some of them are our ability to bring a scalable petrol persistent and surveillance system for the Indian MoD perimeter security requirements. On the other hand with Zen we are trying to come up with a transportable Simulator that addresses the Indian MoD Simulator needs. We also have a partnership with TATAs for a critical Indian Army program. To sum up Rockwell has moved towards GOI Policy, this is just a beginning and would it will be a continuous efforts from our side. Rockwell team has identified a few SMEs/MSMEs in the Aerospace and Defence Sector, they support Rockwell Collins

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avratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) unveiled the new Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS)/Air Defence Weapon Station (ADWS) for the 12.7 mm Gun of MBT Arjun Mk II battle tank, at Aero India 2017. The RCWS is an improvised version of the manually operated air defence gun. It enables the soldier to aim and fire at aerial targets from the safe interiors of

the battle tank. Presently, the 12.7 mm guns of all tanks are manually operated. RCWS integrated on MBT Mk II had successfully completed tank integration and firing trials in September 2015. RCWS has also been developed for use in Armed Repair and Recovery Vehicle (ARRV). It can also be mounted on hovercraft / fast moving boats for the Coast Guard. The features of RCWS include remote firing option; automatic cocking; DSP based brushless drive technology; two

axis self-stabilised platform; day camera and night vision; automated FCS and ballistics corrections; and automatic target tracking. The RCWS for MBT ARJUN Mk II is intended to lay and stabilise the NSVT 12.7 mm machine gun along with the optical sensors in traverse and elevation mounted on the MBT turret. The system allows the operator to control the gun and sight from the operating console and joy stick from inside the turret. The optical sensors include a day camera, thermal imager and a laser range finder integrated on a single housing. The system allows automatic target tracking for air and ground targets and performs necessary ballistic computations to feed the ballistic offsets to the gun/ sight. The system has a provision for the operator to do automatic loading and firing of the gun. The system can operate on power mode without stabilisation or in stabilised mode where the gun along with the optical sensors is stabilised. The system can position the turret with an angular travel of 360 deg and elevate the gun in 60 to -5 degree elevation. The sight has a freedom of +/- 17 degree in azimuth and in elevation it can move from -5 to +60 degree.

Photos in this issue of Geopolitics by: HC Tiwari and Hemant Rawat



GUSAT (Ben Gurion University SATellite) nanosatellite, a joint venture of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science, will be launched on February 15, 2017, on the PSLV-C37 launcher with 103 other Nanosatellites, from a launch base in India., as part of a scientific mission by Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The satellite, with dimensions of 10 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm, approximately the size of a milk carton, and weighing only 5 kg, is equipped with special cameras able to identify various climactic phenomena, and with a monitoring system that allows the choice of areas to be imaged and researched. A dedicated earth station, for receiving the images has been set up at Ben Gurion University, to allow students and researchers to receive and

uring her visit to Aero India 2017, Harriett Baldwin MP, UK Minister for Defence Procurement, met BAE Systems and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and was given a demonstration of the partnership’s latest collaboration, the Advanced Hawk fast jet trainer. After seeing at first hand the capabilities the Advanced Hawk offers, the Minister said: “The UK and India have so much to offer one another in defence and I’m delighted to be at Aero India to build this close relationship.” She went on to point out

that the “joint development of the Advanced Hawk by BAE Systems and Hindustan Aero-

nautics Limited is an outstanding example of what our defence industries can achieve together. Indian companies like HAL have

Prof. Dan Blumberg, Vice President for Research and Development in the Ben Gurion University of the Negev: “Nanosatellites allow activity in the fields of space engineering, and space research, at a cost which is very low in proportion to what was considered acceptable in the past. This allows academics to be much active in the field, and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship on the part of both researchers and students.”

Technodinamika-HAL tie-up under Make in India


echnodinamika Holding has applied for accreditation as a Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Corporation supplier. “We have already applied to our Indian partners, HAL Corporation, for accreditation. At the moment, the issue is under consideration,” said Technodinamika CEO Igor Nasenkov. “Once accredited, the holding is ready to participate in the joint



analyze the data. OfirAkunis, Israel's Minister of Science, Technology and Space: “This is a further step in promoting cooperation between the government, industry and academia, with the aim of propelling the Israeli space industry forward. Projects of this nature help preserve the status of the Israeli space industry on the world stage, and allow the advancement of research in the field”. Opher Doron, General Manager IAI's Space Division, said, “We are proud to be part of this innovative technological project, which opens up the world of nanosatellites to a variety of new scientific missions. This nanosatellite joins a long list of educational and academic activities undertaken by Israel Aerospace Industries, as Israel’s national space center.”

been building UK-designed aircraft for over 40 years, so we are building on a strong foundation”. Alan Garwood, Group Business Development Director, BAE Systems, added: “The Advanced Hawk is another demonstration of our commitment to Make-in-India and presents a unique opportunity to build on our track record of collaboration with HAL and Indian industry in developing technologies and capabilities. Advanced Hawk is a great example of Make in India, for India and Export from India.”

development of aircraft systems such as oxygen, fuel, including crash-resistant fuel system for helicopters, power supply and other systems using our competencies that are of interest to the Indian side.” India’s commercial aircraft fleet is estimated to increase to 800 by 2020 and Technodinamika has, for the first time, taken part in the Aero India ex-

hibition, where, among other things, the company held a series of talks on localisation and extension of the list and range of its supplies and services. In 2015, the company opened a representative office of its Aviation Service Center in India, obtained registration from the Indian Air Force and reached an agreement on longterm contracts.

Axiscades and Drone Volt join hands for drones


xiscades and Drone Volt signed a MoU at Aero India to jointly address the growing market for drones in the Indian defence and aerospace sector. As per the MoU, both companies will evaluate opportunities for drones to address the requirements for aerial surveillance, including disaster management and hazardous site security. Sudhakar Gande, ViceChairman, Axiscades said: “This partnership with Drone Volt will give us access to established and state-of-the-art Drone Hercules 5 UF required for India’s aerospace and de-

fence needs. Our company’s capability in building strong partnerships and technologies will benefit the Indian government’s effort to access and benefit from new-age technologies.” Dimitri Batsis, President of Drone Volt, said, “India is a key market for us, and we are excited to forge this strategic partnership with Axiscades, which specialises in the aerospace and defence markets. We will be working together on various business opportunities in India, and contribute to the Make in India initiative for various aerospace and defence programmes.”

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