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CHASING THE ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ DREAM The second day of the show took off, with contractors, both Indian and overseas, getting into the business mode, after a bureaucratic first day

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he optimism displayed by India's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on day one of Aero India 2017 here seems to have caught the fancy of visitors to the biennial air show that went into the second day on Wednesday. Day two of the show took off, with contractors, both Indian and overseas, getting into the business mode, after a bureaucratic first day. Parrikar and Raju had set the tone for the discussions in the Chalets and the Stalls put up by over 550 exhibitors at the Yelahanka Air Force Station. The big focus on day two was the possible deals that India could offer and the race for combat planes - single engined and twin engined ones for the Indian Air Force and the naval combat planes for the Indian aircraft carriers. Interestingly, the new addition to the buzz is the tanker contest that the Air Force is likely to float, following the two failed previous attempts. Airbus had been selected on two previous tenders for the tankers, but unfortunately for them, the contracts never got

inked. This has again opened the opportunity for Boeing and Ilyushin from Russia to pitch their planes. Ilyushin had failed on the previous two occasions. The discussions also veered around the effect that US President Donald Trump is having on the global aerospace and defence businesses, following his 'America First' call. Nobody in the industry wants to believe that it could have an impact on the conflicting 'Make in India' theme that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pushing and the likely clash of interests. Everyone believes that Trump's business sense is much stronger than his political instinct. India too would want to believe that. If this was so about the global contractors at the show, the Indian side's showing was not that encouraging. HAL's Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju had a press conference at the air show, where he literally had to repeat what Parrikar had already stated regarding the Light Combat Aircraft, the Light Utility Helicopters and the rest.

He did tell the world about the HAL board having sanctioned its own funds to the tune of `17,500 crore to invest in the in-house projects that the defence public sector undertaking has been working on such as the basic jet trainer HTT-40, LCH, LUH and others. HAL would also invest `210 crore from its own funds in the Defence Research and Development Organisation's Rustom-2 project. DRDO Chairman Dr S Christopher announced that the next Defence Acquisi-

tion Council later this month will take up for decision the indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) that will be called AWACS-India. The DAC, headed by Parrikar, will consider to buy at least two A330 aircraft from Airbus to fit the locally designed and developed airborne radar that will in the future act as the eyes and ears of the Indian armed forces. Christopher also noted that India was in talks with Vietnam for the export of the Akash air defence missiles,

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Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar being briefed about APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapons) at BAE systems pavilion

apart from interacting with likely customers for IndoRussian BrahMos, Helina and Nag anti-tank missiles. From his stable, the BrahMos range will be increased to 450 km and the first test will be done in March this year. Nirbhay cruise missile too will soon be tested again. Aero India as an event is growing in popularity and it is now the most sought after air show in this region. India’s growing market for aerospace and defence products is one of the good reasons for the show's popularity. Even as it attracts the global companies, the facilities within the Yelahanka air base too should grow and improve to meet the international status that Aero India is gaining. There were complaints all around that the entry into the air show was much of a hassle, particularly for exhibitors who were bringing in and taking out their wares from the air show. Similar voices were heard about inadequate public facilities at the show. There were also complaints about the power cuts that were witnessed Such feedback from participants are key to the organisers to improve the existing infrastructure and facilities to make the next Aero India in 2019 a truly world class air show comparable to the globally more popular ones such as at Farnborough, Paris, Berlin, Dubai and Singapore. Another key activity during the air show that never happens at Aero India is collection of data on the business and tie-ups done at the venue. All other global air shows do collect such information from the contractors, delegations and exhibitors attending the show. Such data collection will not only make a good story to tell the world on the Aero India's importance and become a marketing tool, it also adds a lot of value to the participants. It also will boost and help companies to chase the dream of what they really came here to do: Make in India.

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Boeing upbeat about India’s commercial aviation market

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oeing continues to see strong growth for India’s commercial aviation sector, the company shared during a briefing at the 2017 Aero India Airshow. “The major factors we watch – the exchange rate, fuel price and the profitability of the airlines – are all still favourable and we remain confident in the strong growth of India’s commercial aviation sector,” said Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We see the potential for travel growth in 2017 to

continue to be high in India and we expect more than 100 million passengers to fly domestically this year.” According to Boeing’s 2016 India Current Market Outlook, 1,850 new airplanes, valued at $265 billion, will be needed in India, over the next 20 years. Single-aisle airplanes such as the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX will continue to account for the largest share of new deliveries, while widebody airplanes such as the 787 Dreamliner and the 777 family, make up the remainder of demand. “Boeing continues to provide the airlines in India with the most fuel efficient, reliable and capable airplanes in every market segment, allowing them to open new routes and stay profitable in this growing and dynamic market,” said Keskar. “We look forward to delivering several more 787 Dreamliners to Air India this year and the 737 MAX to SpiceJet

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echnodinamika Holding Company, part of the Rostec State Corporation, has participated for the first time at Aero India. The Holding was organized in 2009 as part of Rostec State Corporation Rostec with a total number of employees of over 30000. Technodinamika designs, engineers, produces and repairs nearly all systems of Russian origin aircrafts and helicopters. By 2020, the Holding intends to become one of the top five global suppliers of aviation systems including APU, Fuel system, Electrical system, Oxygen system,

Firefighting system, Hydraulic system, Engine starting unit, Air conditioning system, Landing system & GHE/ GSE. Key partners and customers include United Aircraft Corporation, Russian Helicopters, United Engine Corporation, etc. Under the leadership of Igor Nasenkov, the company is expanding its horizons in exports worldwide. It is also enlarging its scope of facilities jointly with Indian aerospace players for manufacture of aircraft spares and components under the Prime Minister’s Make in India initiative.

and Jet Airways in 2018.” The 737 MAX family builds on the success of the Next-Generation 737 offering the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. With its latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements, the 737 MAX will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 per cent per seat less than its nearest competitor. The 777 family of airplanes is distinguished by its fuel-efficiency, spacious cabin interior, range capability, commonality and reliability. The 777 provides the most payload and range capability and growth potential in the medium-sized airplane category — all with low operating costs. The new 777X builds off of the success of the 777 and incorporates advanced technology.

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s a part of Russian defence products on display at Aero India 2017, MiG-35 frontline fighter, is looking at stepping up its presence in India and contribute to the Make in India initiative. Speaking on the sidelines of Aero India, Ilya Tarasenko, Director General of JSC, Russian Aircraft Corporation, MiG said: “MiG35 – an interesting product for the Indian Air Force from cost-efficiency point of view. We are ready to discuss with our Indian partners the is-

sues related to deliveries of this aviation complex. The aviation complex is capable to employ the whole spectrum of existing and perspective Russian and foreign weapons including those intended for heavy fighter aircraft.” The state of the art MiG-35 made its debut test flight demonstration in the end of January, where President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin spoke about the aircraft’s export potential in more than 30 countries.

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IAI-DTL ready for cooperation on Mini UAVs

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srael Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL) announced their cooperation to jointly address the needs of the Indian UAV market. The announcement followed a significant milestone with both companies signing a cooperation agreement regarding the production, assembly and support of mini UAVs in India. The agreement encompasses the transfer of technology and production capabilities from IAI to DTL to enable the indigenous capability for mini UAV systems for the benefit of Indian endusers and in support of the Indian government's Make in India initiative. This agreement can serve as a solid foothold for much broader collaboration between the parties in the field of UAVs in India, while retaining the continuity of existing programmes and enabling the implementation of new ones. For 25 years IAI has been working hand-in-hand with the Indian government and various services to supply them

with its state-of-the-art UAV systems and technologies. IAI has been able to build a robust customer support infrastructure over the years through the support of many high-end local Indian partners. The new strategic collaboration with DTL will provide both IAI and DTL with the opportunity to offer the Indian Army capable UAV solutions with local production and support. DTL’s superior aerospace production technologies and experience with mini UAVs in India, along with IAI’s leading technologies and experience will undoubtedly ensure that theIndian customer receives the best possible solution.

Shaul Shahar, IAI EVP and General Manager of IAI's Military Aircraft Group said that “India is one of IAI's main strategic customers; hence our relationship with Indian users, customers, and companies is critical. It is, therefore, our intention to transfer a significant part of our UAV activity to India in the near future, in accordance with the Make in India policy. We are delighted to join our new partner DTL and jointly offer best-ofbreed solutions for India.” Udayant Malhoutra, CEO & MD Dynamatic Technologies Ltd pointed out that the partnership with IAI had the perfect elements essential to build a UAV enterprise in India, under the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. “Dynamatic already manufactures major complex assemblies for global OEMs and we have already built a robust supply-chain ecosystem in India. This is the foundation upon which the industrialization of world-class UASs will be developed,” he said.

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INDIGENOUS CAPACITY “We believe India has great indigenous capacity and capability to design, develop and manufacture a leadingedge combat aircraft engine. But that can naturally be accelerated by technology transfer and close collaboration with international partners”

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IAI Introduces the HERON TP-XP UAV IAI introduces the Long-Range Long-Endurance (MALE) Heron TP-XP at the Aero India. The Heron TP-XP is a special export version of the Heron TP, which has been in service with the Israel Air Force since 2010. The Heron TP-XP constitutes a multi-mission, multi-payload strategic aircraft, integrating the most advanced technologies of IAI. The Heron TP-XP is the latest member of the Heron family, a significant advantage to many Heron customers worldwide, based on the same operational concepts. These operational conceptsare based on over 40 years of IAI accumulated knowledge and experience in UAV systems, with 1,500,000 cumulative UAV flight hours and more than 50 operational clients. The Heron TP-XP is characterized by safety and reliability standards which are among the highest in the world, and is capable of oper-

ating in extreme weather conditions. This UAV also meets

accepted world standards and complies with STANAG 4671. Shaul Shahar, IAI EVP and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Group, said: “We are proud to introduce the latest IAI development in the UAV field in India, which is an IAI strategic customer. The Heron TP-XP introduces air supremacy at a higher level than currently exists in India, with an emphasis on double flight speed, high altitude and enhanced payload capability. This

AEROSONDE SUAS EXCITING TIME FOR ALKAN IN INDIA

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LKAN, French historical military aeronautical OEM since 1923 is specialized in carriage and ejection equipment for any store

(guided or non-guided ammunition, Fuel Tank, POD) on any type of aircraft. ALKAN is the world leader in Ejection Systems for any store and onboard any aircraft. ALKAN has brought innovation along the years to answer the users, the operators on the battle-field. ALKAN is recognised by India as a long term partner since they have signed with HAL, a joint-cooperation for the Transfer Of Technology of their carriage system for Indian armed helicopters ALH and LCH. As a long story partner of Dassault, ALKAN is onboard MMRCA adventure by providing the latest technology for ejection system:

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the pneumatic energy. “This concept provides a maintenance free system with higher ejection performances and low reaction on aircraft structure”, says Sébastien Joseph, Area Sales Manager for India. Clean & Easy Pneumatic energy is now taking over old pyrotechnic energy on all new fighter programs. This concept is now in operational use and combat proven on A/C as RAFALE and GRIPEN. ALKAN French expert in weapon carriage is the genuine partner for all aircraft manufacturers and integrators like Dassault, SAAB, BAE Systems, Embraer, Bell, Sikorsky, Hindustan Aerocautical Limited, Airbus Helicopters,etc… Mounted on more than 60 different aircraft including Mirage 2000 and world leader on light combat aircraft, ALKAN look forward to continue their cooperation with the Indian industry for the development of tomorrow’s domestic aircraft.

Textron Systems’ Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) offers superior reliability and multi-mission performance in its class. Designed for expeditionary land- and seabased operations and equipped for simultaneous day-and-night full-motion video, communications relay and intelligence in a single flight, the Aerosonde SUAS delivers reliable, multimission performance in a class by itself. Textron Systems’ Aerosonde SUAS is field-proven over more than 150,000 flight

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EL is showcasing its wide range of capabilities at Aero India 2017 spanning every domain of its business – Electronic Warfare & Avionics, C4I Systems, Communication Systems, Electro Optics, Radars, C4I solutions, Energy Shelters and Missile Systems. BEL will also display its R&D capabilities by demonstrating some of its new products/technologies. Electronic Warfare & airborne products on display will include avionics for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Light Weight ESM System for Helicopters and LRUs for

Rustom Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Communication systems on display will include the Software Defined Radio – Airborne & AFV versions (with Live Display), Radio on The Move (ROTM), Stars V Mk-III, CNR MK-II, SATCOM terminal Manpack & Hand

held and Advanced Landing Ground Communication Terminal. Also on display is the complete range of Electro Optics being demonstrated live. BEL is displaying a host of new radars – Ground Penetrating Radar, Thro Wall

experience in the UAV field in India, in full partnership with local defence industries, promoting local production and transfer of knowledge and technologies. IAI is looking forward to further strengthen and deepen the relationship. Heron TP-XP is an important element for IAI in this ongoing cooperation.

hours, including desert heat and Arctic cold. Equipped for day/ night full-motion video, communications relay, signals intelligence and a customer-selected payload in a single flight, the ery trailer for constrained land aircraft offers up to 200 watts and shipboard operations of payload power for true multi- • Mobile hub configuration fits mission flexibility. in a small cargo van for onthe-move situational awareFlexible Configurations ness • Expeditionary Ground Con- • Covert operation, with neglitrol Station with on-the-move gible visual and auditory sigcommand-and-control capanature bility • Roll-on, roll-off capability with • Easy-to-use launch and recova small footprint

he United Engine Corporation (UEC) at Aero India 2017 makes the international premiere of the BARK-88 – engine digital control system developed especially for enhancing the potential of the RD-33 family turbofan engines powering the MiG-29 fighter. Visitors will be able to see the full-scale system at the UEC stand. BARK-88 enables the better regulation of the engine's work, ensures the longer exploitation reliability, improves the engine's adaptation to the

BEL showcases wide-ranging capabilities at Aero India 2017

system is the latest derivative of the Heron TP, considered to be one of the world's leading UAVs. The possibility of offering the Heron TP-XP opens up additional opportunities by allowing us to expand the range of solutions we can offer to our customers”. IAI has many years of

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environmental conditions. A number of foreign MiG-29's exploitants are already expressing their interest in BARK-88. The UEC is ready to propose India to modernise the RD33 engines of IAF's MiGs by installing the BARK-88 system. The engines of the MiG-29 aircrafts belonging to the famous Swifts aerobatic performance demonstrator team of the Russian Air Force were upgraded with the installing the BARK-88 system.

VISIT AT E-2.4 Radar, Schilka Weapon System, Weapon Locating Radar and Mine Field Recording System. A C4I Systems capability demonstration will be showcased in a live Customer Experience Centre during the Exhibition. Naval Systems capability will be showcased through Advanced Composite Communication System. The highlight of BEL’s outdoor display is the Army version of the Akash Missile System, including the Troop Level Radar, Troop Control Centre, Troop Power Supply Vehicle. Mast and Energy Shelter are also on show.

GTN Engineering (India) Limited VISIT AT C-3.14 GTN Engineering is an AS 9100C certified company with state of art Manufacturing, Surface Coating, Heat Treatment, Assembly and Testing facilities for mechanical sub systems for Defence & Aerospace application. GTN has vast experience in manufacturing and testing of mechanical sub systems and currently, GTN is supplying various components/ mechanical sub systems to DRDO, ISRO, BrahMos and HAL.


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“CONTROP shall also be assisting in creating capabilities in Defsys for providing integrated localised life cycle support for all its products in service in India” DROR HARARI, Director Marketing & Sales, CONTROP In 2016, CONTROP had announced a large deal with an Indian customer for your long range observation systems. Please share how this system would help your customer? CONTROP specialises in advanced electro-optics (EO) and infrared (IR) defence and homeland security solutions. In early 2016, CONTROP announced the supply of hundreds of Optronic Sensor Systems for the Indian Army, as well as the supply of thermal imaging cameras to an Indian integrator. One of these were the supply of hundreds FTA Optronic Sensor Systems for the Air Defence Systems program for the Indian Army. Following extensive product assessment, the FTA was chosen by the Indian Army to be part of an Air Defence Systems programme with the modernization and upgrade of the L-70 Air Defence Gun, providing day/night anti-aircraft protection by means of the advanced automatic air tracking system. The FTA cameras have been manufactured in Defsys and successfully supplied throughout 2016 – 2017 and is still continuing. The unique FTA designed by CONTROP is a ruggedized day/night optronic sensor system, which includes the FOX-250, a high performance thermal imaging camera and a high performance colour CCD day camera, each with a continuous optical zoom lens. CONTROP's VP Marketing, added that “the Indian army chose our FTA System following very successful field trials and is enthusiastic due to the outstanding performance of these optronic systems in harsh environmental conditions”. In addition, CONTROP has supplied dozens of FOX thermal imaging cameras to a large Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) systems' integrator in In-

dia, as part of the new Naval Fire Control Systems Programs. These FOX thermal imaging cameras, which include CONTROP's proprietary continuous zoom lens, have been interfaced with a weapon station and with fire control radar. In March 2016, you had entered into a manufacturing deal with Defsys Solutions for your EO products. How has that agreement helped you in finding business in the Indian military sector? In March 2016, we announced that CONTROP (Israel) and Defsys (India) signed a cooperation agreement, whereby Defsys will market and locally produce CONTROP's advanced electro-optics solutions for the Indian market. According to Mr. Dror Sharon, CONTROP's President and CEO, “We are delighted to partner with the Indian company, Defsys, a supplier of electro-optic solutions to the Indian Ministry of Defence. The company has very advanced manufacturing facilities that will allow us to produce our sensors in India, and thus meet the ‘Make in India’ policy promoted by the Indian Government. CONTROP has been active in India for more than 10 years. There is a significant need in India for our extremely popular intruder detection systems and camera payloads, which, with their unique technology characteristics make them good value for money solutions. We see the Indian market as strategic and with a huge potential – and are in the process of transferring knowledge and production to local industry”. According to Mr. Dmitry Bernadiner, Defsys’ Executive Director, “We are proud to partner with CONTROP – a global leader in electro-optics – and to manufacture CONTROP’s unique solutions in India”.

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IL-ISIS is the country’s first indigenously designed, developed and manufactured Integrated Standby Instrument System (ISIS). DILABS has designed and developed in 2009 complying to MIL-STD-810. DILABS have so far delivered 175 number of ISIS for the ALH platform. ISIS Integrates 3ATI Display with MEMS Sensors in single box to measure and display Attitude, Altitude & AIR-SPEED, the unit also received the Heading data through an ARINC 429 Interface. DILABS has replaced the imported unit with indigenously developed unit. Over the years DILABS has developed the expertise to indigenously design and manufacture Cockpit display systems, Navigation System, Cockpit Control Systems and Rugged System design and manufacturing.

This cooperation helped CONTROP by providing the opportunity to ‘Make in India’ and provide a powerful channel into the Indian Defence market. Also to provide local engineering support with minimal turnaround time is an expression of our commitment to the Indian market and meeting the exact needs of our Indian customers. It has been a win-win solution for both the companies involved and consequently all the stakeholders. In the last AeroIndia, you had showcased your MICRO-STAMP dual sensor miniature payload for small UAVs. How do you think this product will be of use to Indian UAV programmes? We believe that there is a huge potential in the mini-micro UAVs market for the Indian Army and also other end users. We are currently involved with a large PSU with our MICROSTAMP system to be a part of their MINI-UAV system. The cutting edge MICRO-STAMP Dual Sensor Day/Night Stabilized Miniature Payload for small UAVs, has a low weight of a mere 300 grams, a very low power consumption and is very easy for integration with the aerial platform. Following meticulous research & development, the MICRO-STAMP is the world's most advanced miniature payload of its kind. It was developed as a result of an operational requirement arising from the field. The UAV users required a very small and lightweight day and night payload with superior levels of gyro-stabilization and a thermal camera with a dual field-of-view (FOV). With a height of only 4", the MICRO-STAMP provides a dual FOV un-cooled IR camera and a day camera with a continuous zoom lens. Features include low power consumption, INS

on the line of sight and an optional video tracker. What are the areas of your business that has a huge prospects in the Indian military and homeland security sectors? What is your assessment of the market in India for your Electro Optical InfraRed (EO/IR) observation, scanning, reconnaissance and surveillance systems and solutions? Similarly, what is your assessment for day and night Camera Payload Systems, Intruder Detection Systems for border, coastal and perimeter security, Night Vision/Thermal Imaging Cameras, and Stabilized Gimbals? We understand that there are huge prospects in the Indian defence and homeland security market. We can provide the small lightweight electrooptical dual sensor devices, for example the STAMP stabilized miniature payloads, which were especially designed by CONTROP for small UAVs incorporating high precision stabilization level for the unique requirements of small UAVs. For helicopters and light aircraft, we can provide the lightweight day/night camera payloads to meet mission requirements, with a low weight but high performance camera payload. For the naval and maritime market, CONTROP can provide our unique long-range camera payloads with extraordinary gyro-stabilization and performance providing superior image due to proprietary image enhancement algorithms. These payloads are cost effective due to their outstanding price-performance ratio. For border-coastal and perimeter security, the Indian Border Security Forces can incorporate CONTROP's Intruder Detection Systems, which are field proven following years of operational experience. Several

of these EO/IR day/night systems have open architectural design, which allows for customizing the systems according to the customers' exact requirements. CONTROP's long range EO/IR day/night, gyro-stabilized systems are ideal for security of airports, installations, coastlines, seaports and harbour. These systems provide 24/7 automatic intruder detection and recognition and are proven worldwide in various operational applications. The entire line of EO/IR systems is in daily operational use in dozens of different locations and applications worldwide and is much appreciated for its performance. CONTROP's policy is to work closely and in cooperation with all customers in order to learn about their requirements and provide them with the most advanced solutions in this field. 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? CONTROP's cooperation with our local partner DEFSYS includes transfer of technology, transfer of knowledge and production to local industry. By definition, this supports the Indian economy by helping to provide jobs, skill development and technological sharing. As a policy, CONTROP shall be manufacturing/assembling/ integrating more products in Defsys as and when there is a viable business case. It shall also be assisting in creating capabilities in Defsys for providing integrated localized life cycle support for all its products in service in India. Defsys has already been enabled and imparted the requisite capability to absorb such technologies in a very short time.

VISIT AT C1.1.5 We have 7 products which are type approved/ provisionally certified on platforms like LCA, ALH, IJT and Cheetah. We have already involved in ‘Make in India’ programmes and supplying the various LRU for Helicopter, Aircraft programs like ISIS, SDU, MFD, VME Flash Card, UCDU, Altimeter, Navigational Landing Instrument, Engine Instrument etc. From last 14 years we are supporting aerospace and defence sector by supplying various types LRU, test Rig/Jigs and also support in future and also registered with MSME/NSIC. We think government has to support Indian companies by providing more facilities as well as releasing the projects more and more.


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“Rossell Techsys has immensely contributed towards the skill development for job creation in India, by partnering with Boeing, in the Government of India initiative under the NEEM program” V SRINIVASAN, Senior Vice President, Rossell Techsys Please tell our readers about your work with Boeing? Rossell Techsys is a manufacturing company complimented with R&D, engineering, and product life cycle support services. The company has set up state of the art facilities for wire harness manufacturing to International standards in their premises with an area of approx. 75000 sq.ft. The quality systems are certified to AS 9100 Rev C which is one of the main pre-requisites to work with foreign OEMs. Besides, the firm is certified to various other environmental and safety standards such as ISO 14001-2004 and BS 18001:2007. Rossell Techsys is also one of the very few firms of this size to have been certified for ISO 27001 Data security standards, which is one of the attracting factors for the OEMs to work with in India. With all the above credentials, Boeing had selected Rossell Techsys as one of their preferred partners to work with for all of their defence platforms and a few commercial requirements too. Rossell Techsys is providing build to print manufacturing services of different types of wire harnesses for various applications on their defence and commercial platforms. Having gained credentials with Boeing, Rossell Techsys is in further growth mode of obtaining business on various panel assemblies. In addition opportunities are being discussed for other avionics equipment and engineering services. In 2016, you won an award from Boeing for being the best supplier in 2015. What was this award all about? What does this award mean to you? Rossell Techsys was awarded the “Supplier of the Year-2015” award in April 2016 among 23000 global suppliers with whom Boeing is working as partners. Supplier of the year award is the gesture of highest degree of appreciation by Boeing conferred to the most potential and promising supplier. This award is conferred to the best ‘gold’ rated suppliers who have “walked the talk” and demonstrated commitment towards delivering products meeting 100 per cent quality and 100 per cent on time delivery requirements over a period of time. The Boeing Company, measures the performance of all its suppliers on quality and deliverables through the tool BEST (Boeing Enterprises Suppliers Tool). Rossell Techsys since the day of executing its first Boeing contract for the F-18 program has been delivering products

that meet 100 per cent quality and 100 per cent on time delivery requirements for all its deliverables and has been rated ‘gold’ consistently for two years in the BEST rating. Prior to being awarded “Supplier of the Year” award, Rossell Techsys has proven itself to overcome all challenges to consistently perform and retain its gold rating. Rossell Techsys has been duly recognized by Boeing with “Supplier Appreciation Award” and the “Boeing Performance Excellence Award” during this journey. The Boeing Company has close to 23,000 suppliers across the globe out of which about 13,000 suppliers were active in the given year and whose performance was measured against each delivery. Rossell Techsys was one of these suppliers to receive the “Supplier of the Year” award for the ratings and also contribution towards skill development initiatives as part of CSR activity in training 30 students for aerospace interconnect solutions and later employing them. Being recipient of the “Supplier of the Award2015” means a lot to Rossell Techsys. This award is the best testimonial any company could have, and Rossell Techsys is proud to receive such award that reflects its commitment to customer focus. It also means that Rossell Techsys needs to gear up to the future challenges as it is scaling up with more orders from Boeing and other OEMs to remain as the partner of choice to all its customers. This award will go a long way in promoting the credentials of Rossell Techsys among all leading aircraft and systems manufacturers. Rossell Techsys is already having traction of many such OEMs who have expressed their willingness to source their requirements. What has been your contribution to various DRDO and DPSU projects through your products, embedded systems? Rossell Techsys has been contributing to the Indian aerospace industry by • Promoting ‘Make in India’ philosophy by encouraging obsolescence management, re-engineering and indigenisation thus causing increased savings on spends • Gaining sizeable savings of foreign exchange for the Indian Air Force by way of indigenisation and obsolescence management. Rossell Techsys has been

instrumental in having some of the path breaking solutions that have reduced cost to customer and have also helped achieve longer system life by replacing the age old equipment with the Indian Air Force and defence public sector undertakings supplied by the likes of Sagem that have either seized future support for the equipment or have reached “End of Life” scenarios with indigenous and home grown, re-engineered systems. For example, Rossell Techsys replaced the critical equipment used for surveillance and had become obsolete at the Air Force depots with the latest technology solutions that meet the form, fit and function. The newer systems are much more flexible to operate, scalable to upgrade and easier to migrate, thus enhancing the life of the systems and reducing replacement cost to the IAF. Rossell Techsys has recently upgraded existing electromechanical fatigue meter for one of the military aircrafts operated by IAF. This unit is completely electronic using latest technology that helps in monitoring the fatigue life of the aircraft by computing the “g” crossings and the fatigue index. The unit is an airborne unit and has qualified all environmental tests and is pending flight trials. Few other projects, where Rossell Techsys has contributed in providing indigenisation and obsolescence management solutions are • Upgradation of the Automated Test Equipment for the Inertial Navigation System to HAL, • Re engineering of critical equipment used for data processing in radar stations for the Indian Air Force, • Indigenous development of the Automated Test Equipment for various avionic systems and many more… Rossell Techsys has been recognised with several awards for its contribution to the aerospace and defence industry. What are the test solutions for radar equipment, avionics, communications, data acquisition, and control and communication systems that you have offered foreign OEMs and bagged orders for? Rossell Techsys is in various stages of discussions with Foreign OEMs and is anticipating orders for different avionic systems in the coming years. What has been your sales performance over the last two years and how much of it is

from the export market? What are your targets for the next two years? Rossell Techsys is the aerospace division of the Rossell India group and all its sales revenues are pegged into the group’s revenue. The Aerospace business for Rossell India Group has been growing exponentially with more than 100 per cent growth year on Year and almost all revenue is from exports. Rossell Techsys has been consistently adding manufacturing contracts for new platforms every year. In the year 2016, Rossell Techsys has also been successful to bag a contract for the manufacturing of electrical panels for one of the Boeing defence platforms which is an extension to the existing capability to build wire harnesses. This has further boosted the order booking to new levels. Rossell Techsys would have nearly 250 per cent of revenue growth by the end of fiscal year 2016-17 and like to grow at same or higher rate in the coming years. What has been Rossell Techsys' 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? Rossell Techsys has been continuously scaling up its operations with increase in space and people, year on year, since inception. In view of its growth plan, Rossell Techsys acquired around 4 acres of industrial land in the Devanahalli Aerospace Park in the year 2015. The company plans to construct around approximately 2,00,000 sq ft of manufacturing facility by the end of the year 2018, to expand its operations from the existing 87,000 sq ft facility in Whitefield, Bengaluru. This can further be enhanced up to about 5,50,000 Sq ft based on future business growth. Apart from its own organic growth, Rossell Techsys also plans inorganic growth via acquisitions. Rossell Techsys has immensely contributed towards the skill development for job creation in India, by partnering with Boeing, in the Government of India initiative under the NEEM (National Employment Enhancement Mission) program. This initiative offers 1 year certificate program in interconnect solutions. The initiative aims to enhance employability through an objective of learn and earn, under which Boeing absorbed the fees of the selected candidates dur-

ing the period of training, while Rossell Techsys absorbed the other expenses towards providing training infrastructure, faculty support, material for the entire course duration. Further to periodic assessment and on successful completion of the program, a certificate in “Post Diploma in Advanced Interconnect Solutions” was awarded jointly by NTTF, Boeing and Rossell Techsys. 30 students were shortlisted from a pool of 650 students, who underwent the rigorous training for a period of 12 months. Rossell Techsys offered jobs to all these 30 students who passed out of the course immediately after the completion of the training even though the essence of NEEM was only to create more employment opportunities for the students and encourage industry participation to contribute to this mission and there was no mandate to employ them. On the technology front, Rossell Techsys has been providing cutting edge and innovative solutions to its customers for re-engineering solutions, Obsolescence management and build to specification projects. Rossell Techsys was nominated directly by Indian Air Force as one of the companies for best contribution towards indigenisation and later awarded by the Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies (SIATI) for outstanding contribution towards Indigenous development of various equipment such as Anti-Noise Cabinet Data Processing Unit, LCD based Plan Position Indicator display, Touch Screen based Bite Control Indicator Panel and Radar Control Indicator Panel of TRS 2215 Radar for Indian Air force. Rossell Techsys shall continue to invest on infrastructure, people, processes and certification to strengthen its portfolio and continuously strive to be a Partner of Choice for Foreign OEMs. In this pursuit, one of its immediate strategic initiative is to diversify in the areas of sheet metal and precision machining for engineering and manufacturing of aerospace panels. As part of product diversification, it has already achieved a breakthrough acquiring new business in this competency, with the leading US aircraft OEM. Rossell Techsys plans to start building the infrastructure and invest on skill building in this area by the end of 2017 and have a full-fledged manufacturing facility by the end of 2018 at its newly acquired 4 acres land in Devanahalli Aerospace Park.


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“Raytheon has teamed with public and private-sector companies in India for more than 60 years, delivering innovative products to meet the country's security requirements and other technology needs” JAMES DORAN, Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Raytheon Raytheon is going to work on the AESA Radar for F/A-18. What will be Raytheon's role in this project and what would you strive to achieve under this project? We are the F/A-18 platform radar baseline for domestic and international programmes. Our role for the F/A-18 India effort will include development efforts for India specific non-recurring efforts (as required), production deliveries in support of Boeing’s delivery plan to India, and future sustainment support as the repair depot for the radar. We would strive to ensure that our

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combat proven radar supports the platform requirements for India. Javelin ATGM still effectively on offer to India for a future requirement that may arise? Will 'Make in India' be part of the offer? If so, what are the contours of this offer? In 2016, the Javelin™ Joint Venture team, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin, signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Tata Power Company Limited operating through its Strategic Engineering Division (SED), to explore co-development and production of

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Textron Systems has engineered, tested, and demonstrated a small, lightweight, precision glide weapon called G-CLAW. It features a GPS-aided INS, proportional control actuation system, and a 20 lb shaped charge warhead with fragmentation sleeve optimised for anti-personnel, vehicles (including light armor), watercraft, and light structures. G-CLAW is the weapon of choice in support of critical tactical missions, providing flexibility, reliability and affordability. G-CLAW is a guided glide munition with a flexible design, allowing for multiple seeker types and delivery platforms. It has a fully articulated tail control actuation system and INS/GPS with semi-active laser seeker guidance, enabling precision delivery performance. The height of burst (HOB) sensor fuzes for optimal effects. G-CLAW is designed for dispensing from the Common Launch Tube as well as standard bomb racks. Its electronics architecture also supports the military standard interface MIL-STD-1553. Its modular design supports rapid incorporation of emerging technologies in guidance, seekers and effects. G-CLAW can adapt to changing mission requirements with minimal development costs.

Long-Term Partnership “The most satisfying achievement has been in the amount of business we have been able to place with our business partners in India because, as I have often stated, our strategy is strongly focused on long-term partnership, technology transfer and Make in India”

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the Javelin anti-armour missile system. So far, we have no further details on specific requirements for the system, but once we do, we will provide an update. What is the opportunity does this Indian order for additional P-8Is bring Raytheon for your businesses in India? Raytheon is a proud member of the Boeing P-8 industry team that has delivered eight P-8I long range surveillance aircraft to the Indian Navy. The Raytheon AN/APY-10 maritime, littoral and overland surveillance radar is the only system of its type with a dedi-

cated submarine periscope detection mode, long range maritime search, and high resolution imaging modes. The AN/APY-10 is fully integrated into Boeing's Mission Control and Display System to provide an all-weather capability for over water and over land surveillance, delivering uncompromised performance in every operational environment. The MK54 lightweight torpedo can be deployed from a surface ship, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft to track, classify and attack underwater targets. Already launched from the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, the MK54 adds a critical

capability to these long-range ASW, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. Raytheon has teamed with public and private-sector companies in India for more than 60 years, delivering innovative products to meet the country's security requirements and other technology needs. We look forward to meeting emerging requirements in the area of strategic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as maritime, border, and civil security.

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rom conducting special operations behind enemy lines to directing humanitarian and relief operations, helicopters today play an indispensable role for any military and law enforcement agency in modern crisis management. However, the threat landscape they operate in exposes them as an easy target for militants and enemy forces. For these sophisticated machines the threat is not just from small arms but from medium and heavy calibre rifles, machines guns and anti-aircraft guns. A chance hit to the engine, tail rotor or to the pilot can render the helicopter un-manoeuvrable, which can lead to aircraft crash and potential personnel losses in aircrew and infantry payload. This has necessitated the need to make helicopters more ballistically tolerant. The ballistic tolerance of helicopters can be enhanced by incorporating armour solutions around the critical areas of fuselage and pilot’s seat. However, fitting the aircraft with additional armour protection costs hundreds of thousands of dollars per shipset. Armour protection comes along with a great weight penalty, which affects the performance and load carrying capacity of the helicopter. In addition to that, making any structural changes to the fuselage can adversely impact helicopter’s aerodynamics. Thus, mak-

ing re-certification of the helicopter for airworthiness a necessary obligation. However, retro-fit armour solutions can play a major part in modernizing a whole fleet of similar helicopters, while giving flexibility to customize the helicopter utilization basis the mission. If the helicopter is to be deployed for combat search and rescue operation, then add-on armour kits can be mounted to provide ballistic protection. For humanitarian and relief operations, the same armour kits can be detached from the helicopter to provide additional payload carrying capability. This maximizes payload flexibility. Retro-fit armour solutions are modular, and designed specifically for an aircraft configuration without making any significant changes to the original aircraft. MKU has pioneered in the modular design approach for helicopter armouring with their patented Modular Schutz Technik (MoST). The proprietary MoST system uses precision engineered composite armour panels along with aero-grade attachment systems. These armour kits can be mounted upon the existing structure of the helicopter without making any structural changes. The MoST armour solution gives operational flexibility as it can be easily mounted where the helicopter mission warrants the need

of additional ballistic protection. Upon mission completion, the armour kit can be unmounted and quickly installed on another combatready helicopter to extend the ballistic protection. The patented MoST attachment systems enables the design platform to suit a wide range of helicopters while allowing easy maintenance. The armour panel installation on these attachments requires minimal training. Even the front-line air maintenance personnel can mount and unmount the armour system easily. Also, since the kit can be used for application in other helicopters of the same type, the cost of ownership significantly reduces. MKU leverages the combination of MoST and Generation 6 PolyShield V6 armouring technology to build up to 40 per cent lighter and thinner armour panels. These lightweight armour panels offer protection to the helicopter from small handguns, assault rifles, armour piercing ammunitions, fragments and heavy machine guns. In the pursuit of providing ballistic protection to the helicopters, every kilogram of weight matters. With MKU’s light weight modular armour panels, a helicopter’s payload carrying capacity and endurance will increase, resulting in more crew and ammunition that can be carried many extra miles, with maximum ballistic protection.


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MI Aero SAS is a leading SME in the composite repair solutions sector since thirty (30) years, having developed several equipment and methodologies for composite manufacturing, maintenance and repair, mainly for the aircraft industry. GMI offers to the manufacturers, airlines and MROs a complete range of control equipment and instrumentation, engineering solutions, training and field assistance services. As a result, today GMI possesses in its portfolio the innovations deriving from more than 20 composite repair R&D projects, aligned in three “Research Lines” (RL), as follows: a. Advanced Heating solutions for curing of complicated composite repairs of new aircraft (e.g. composite fuselage of A350, B787 etc.) as well as for Out-OfAutoclave (OOA) repair of large composite engine parts and for heating of large structural components to enable thermography control. b. Repair Application equipment, to address the needs of high performance adhesive bonding, mainly related to the application

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l Cielo Inertial Solutions (ACIS) is a leading manufacturer of closed loop FOG based inertial systems. ACIS has been supplying Israeli and International clients with high-performance, reliable, and ITAR free inertial solutions, while maintaining a competitive and fair price. ACIS is the only manufacturer in Israel for Closed Loop FOGs, and has delivered products to the top-tier defence industries in Israel: RAFAEL, ELBIT, Israel Airspace industries, Israel Military Industries, as well as many other system manufacturers in Israel, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Their field proven IMUs and systems are integrated into world class fully operational systems, such as rockets, payloads, UAVs, civilian aircraft protection systems, and many others in Israel as well as in the international defence market. IMU 52/42 - Inertial Measurement Unit The IMU52 family employs the latest closed-loop FOG and linear rebalanced accelerometer technology. It is a small, lightweight, high performance strap-down Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), suited for navigation, stabilization and

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of Class 1 (i.e. safety critical) parts in the aeronautical industry. Repair of aircraft emergency slides are equally addressed, by appropriate equipment. c. Smart Patches methodology, enabling SHM of critical aircraft components and widening the range of bonded composite repair applications, while facilitating repair certification and life-cycle monitoring. GMI has recently developed, in cooperation with major aeronautical manufacturers, an innovative methodology for the repair of stiffened composite structures, like those applicable on the A350/ B787: further to extensive experiments performed on Omega stiffened aircraft panels within the frame of a Cleansky 2 R&D Project (Topic Manager: Airbus), we have identified that the most appropriate way to achieve homogeneous heating, in a reliable and cheap manner, is through the combination of a system that can “multiply” available control channels of the hot bonder (AdaptHEAT) with the simultaneous capability of cutting your own blankets according to the “thermal signature” of your part (CON-

DUCTOR). AdaptHEAT permits the heating of complex structures to be repaired at the required temperature, respecting usual homogeneity constraints (e.g. 140oC +/-5oC), using standard ANITA EZ equipment (i.e. no requirement for additional investment cost for the procurement of bonding consoles). AdaptHEAT is comprised of the necessary hardware, together with the appropriate training of operators, for its efficient application on aircraft structures. CONDUCTOR is a novel material, supplied in rolls, that permits cutting of heating elements by the operator to the required shape and dimensions, thus totally eliminating heating blankets lead time requirements. Our solution has been tested on representative A350 structures using our standard ANITA hot bonder and performed excellently, as specified T (140oC) and tolerances (+/5oC) have been easily achieved! GMI is a provider of solutions and is seeking cooperation with Indian entities in the main following areas:  Processes of fabrication of composite structures (out of autoclave processes)  Repair of structures (bonding, surface preparation, toolings, workshop engineering, training)  Innovative solutions for repairing A350 and B787 fuselage (Omega stiffened) and wing (T stiffened) panels  General maintenance issues like ATR leading edge de-icer testing or Airbus Elevator water ingress testing.  Methodologies for homogeneous heating of all-composite aircraft structures.  Repair of aircraft emergency slides.

VISIT AT A-2.2E flight control. The IMU42 family employs the latest closed-loop FOG and linear rebalanced accelerometer technology, featuring a thermally controlled light source which enhances the IMU42's scale factor performance. It is a small, lightweight, high performance strap-down Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), suited for navigation, line of sight stabilization and flight control. Applications: Precision munitions, Rockets, Payloads, Combat ve-

hicles/ UGV navigation AUV/ ROV FOG24 - Ultra-Accurate Gyro An ultra-high-performance gyro for applications requiring extremely high accuracy such as space applications or submarines. The FOG 24 can be arranged as an IRU with the required electronics and integration. Since 2016, the FOG24 is space proven, and is currently being used in a satellite in low earth orbit.

IMU 53 - Inertial Measurement Unit The IMU53 employs the latest closed-loop FOG and linear rebalanced accelerometer technology. It is a navigation grade, high performance strap-down Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), suited for aircraft, land and marine navigation, gyro compassing and north finding applications. Applications: Land/ sea / air Navigation, Accurate north finding applications, High end applications FOG 72 - Closed Loop Fiber Optic Gyro A small, lightweight, high performance closed loop fiber optic gyro, suited for stabilisation, flight and fire control, and commercial applications, particularly where space is a constraint. FOG 71 is the smallest single axis closed loop fog available. Application:, High end stabilisation and control. DC 250 - Rebalanced Quartz Pendulum Accelerometer An accelerometer employs the latest linear rebalanced accelerometer technology. It is a small, lightweight, high performance Accelerometer, suited for navigation, stabilisation and flight control. Applications: Inertial navigation systems, Precision leveling and measuring systems, Strap down and flight control systems.

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KELDAR V-200 rotary the Meteoro counter piracy platform takes centre stage patrols in the Internationally as 3F Advanced Systems joins Recommended Transit Corforces with UMS SKELDAR at ridor, meaning it is becoming Aero India. the go to UAV for UMS SKELintelligence gathDAR, formed ering. This will be through the joint demonstrated at venture between Aero India as part UMS AERO Group of our wider straand Saab AB last tegic technological year, is Europe’s development proonly provider of gramme”. both fixed-winged Ashiis Goenka, and rotary UnManaging Director manned Aerial of 3F Advanced Vehicles (UAVs) – Systems, and Drones. JAKOB BAUMANN, member of the 3F Indian-based CEO, UMS Skeldar board adds: “The 3F Advanced sysapplications for tems (3FAS), a subsidiary UAVs are increasing rapidly of $750 mn 3F Group, has among India’s armed forces, formed as part of the ‘Make central and state police forces in India’ programme and has as well as among private secacquired rich experience in tor organisations, which are agro, food, power generation, all beginning to realise the iminfrastructure and commodity mense utility and efficacy of businesses across Asia. UAVs. As part of the country’s Memorandum of Under- ‘Make in India’ programme, standing signed between 3F we have a strategic requireAdvanced Systems and UMS ment to provide this expandSKELDAR in lead up to Aero ing marketplace with a best in India; SKELDAR V-200 to class range of UAV platforms complete first live demonstra- that can not only gather the tion at flagship air show in required intelligence quickly India and efficiently, but also be The official partnership a cost-effective alternative between 3F Advanced Sys- to the manned aircraft and tems, a subsidiary of $750 crews currently used. This is mn 3F Group India, and UMS what we have gained thanks

SKELDAR, the joint venture between Saab and UMS Aero, is the first collaboration of its kind in the subcontinent and will be the launch of the company’s ‘Make in India’ technological development programme. Jakob Baumann, CEO and Delegate of the Board at UMS SKELDAR, explains: “Our unique partnership with 3F Advanced Systems cements our business model of forming strategic relationships with key stakeholders across the world. The SKELDAR V-200, which is powered by proven Saab technology, is a truly unmatched and versatile platform as demonstrated within such deployments as

Aztron Aztron Brings Revolutionary Chemistries to the Indian Aerospace Industry; • Pioneering key composite plating chemistries in India • Proven chemistries resulting in improved performance and overall cost reduction for customers. Aztron, a leading manufacturer of innovative green chemistries, brings to India for the first time its proven composite-plating, lubricating and corrosion-inhibiting

to the partnership with UMS SKELDAR”. The SKELDAR V-200 is unique in the Virtual Take-off and Landing (VTOL) space due to its double payload capacity and ability to run on heavy fuel, making it the ideal platform for maritime and naval operations as well as military and civilian activities. Flexible and highly versatile, the system is multirole meaning it can perform a wide range of applications including reconnaissance, identification, target acquisition and electronic warfare. Additionally, the SKELDAR V-200 is deployable with a number of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) high resolution EO/IR, SAR and EW sensors.

VISIT AT E-3.23 chemistries/additives. With more than 100 years of combined R&D and global industry experience, Aztron’s advanced solutions have proven to enhance tribological properties, resulting in significant performance improvement while reducing customer costs. Aztron’s advantage comes in its R&D capabilities resulting in being a pioneer in composite chemistries in India through its network companies.


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RDO takes pride in announcing that this year, the bulk of the systems showcased in the Republic Day parade 2017, were products designed and developed by DRDO. Representing India’s stride in indigenous Defence technologies, the DRDO contingent this year included 155 mm/52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) and Medium Power Radar ‘Arudhra’. In addition, as part of the Indian Army’s showcase were the mobile autonomous launcher based BrahMos missile system, weapon locating radar ‘Swathi’, Akash weapon system, CBRN Reconnaissance Vehicle - all designed and developed by DRDO. The spectacular fly-past this year included two first time products of DRDO- ‘Netra’, the airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system and LCA Tejas - which were the highlights of the event. A brief on these systems is presented below:

Fly-past showcase AEW&C system The Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C) is an ‘Eye in the Sky’. It is a force multiplier, developed by DRDO for IAF with Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS) as nodal agency. AEW&C system consists of multiple sensors for surveillance and signal intelligence. It helps in Air Defence operations and is capable of communicating using VHF, UHF, C-Band and SATCOM links for network centric operations. Induction of AEW&C into services early in 2017 will make the country

self-reliant and position India among the top five countries of the world having this capability. LCA Tejas ‘Tejas’ is indigenously developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), an autonomous society of DRDO and produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is a light-weight and multi-role four plus generation tactical fighter aircraft which can carry laser guided bombs and modern missiles to cause extreme damage to the target. Tejas’ made its international debut in January 2016 with participation in the Bahrain International Air Show. In the company of F22 of USA and Euro fighters, it demonstrated impressive maneuvers which were well appreciated. Tejas has been inducted into 45th Squadron of Indian Air Force at a ceremony held at ASTE Bengaluru in July 2016. It is a move towards self-reliance in ‘Air Power’ requirement of the nation. Tejas is the pride of the country and a step towards ‘Make in India’ initiative. Systems Inducted BrahMos missile system: BrahMos Cruise missile built in collaboration with Russia, is a two stage supersonic cruise missile with a solid propellant booster as its first stage and liquid ramjet as the second stage. The missile has a flight range of up to 290 km with supersonic speed all through the flight, leading to shorter flight time. It operates on ‘fire and forget principle’ adopting variety of flights on its

way to the target. The missile carries a conventional warhead weighing up to 300 kg. The missile has been inducted into the Navy and the Army and the air version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has been successfully developed for integration with Su-30MKI.

tile guns in the tactical battle space and helps own guns for effective shelling on designated enemy targets. The radar has been developed for Indian Army to substitute the imported system and acts as a force multiplier for Artillery. Bharat Electronics is the production partner.

Akash weapon system The medium range (25 km) surface-to-air missile ‘Akash’ is a very potent supersonic mobile multi-directional multitarget point/area air defence system and can engage several air targets simultaneously using sophisticated multi-function phased array and surveillance radars in fully autonomous mode. Indigenous development of the system has given impetus to the defence industrial base in the country and generated business of more than `20000 Cr. ‘Akash’ weapon system has been dedicated to Indian Army in May 2015 and to the Indian Air Force in July 2015 by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.

Under Development ATAGS: The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) is an indigenous weapon system developed by Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) with industry partners namely Bharat Forge Limited and Tata Power SED. ATAGS has excellent accuracy, consistency, mobility, reliability and automation and is capable of achieving 47 plus km range. The armament system of the ATAGS which comprises 52 calibre gun barrel with breech mechanism, muzzle brake and recoil system has been designed and developed to fire the 155 mm calibre ammunitions held by Army with enhanced range, accuracy and precision as well as greater fire power. The system is configured with All Electric Drive technology for the first time in the world that will ensure maintenance free and reliable operation over longer periods of time.

Weapon locating radar ‘Swathi’ WLR is coherent, electronically scanned C-Band phased array radar. The radar automatically locates hostile artillery, mortars and rocket launchers and tracks friendly fire to locate the impact point of friendly artillery fire to issue necessary corrections. The radar is designed to detect projectiles with small cross section across the battle space horizon, and has the capability to handle simultaneous fire from weapons deployed at multiple locations. The radar helps neutralize hos-

MPR Arudhra Medium Power Radar ‘Arudhra’ has been indigenously developed by Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE). Arudhra is the first indigenous rotating active phased array multi-function radar with

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digital beam forming technology. The radar covers 360 degree in azimuth and is capable of performing volumetric surveillance to detect and track aerial targets up to 400 km in range and 30 km altitude. This radar can survive intense ECM environment and electromagnetic interference. It is integrated with modern identification of Friend or Foe system to recognize enemy targets and is transportable by road, rail and Air. The showcasing of these state-of-the-art systems in the Republic Day parade is a bold step in demonstrating indigenous technological strength and assuring the world that Design & ‘Make in India’ is a reality.

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SAAB’S TRAINING AND SIMULATION PORTFOLIO Solutions for Realistic Training Saab has a broad portfolio of Training & Simulation systems that are highly relevant to the Indian environment. The Saab Ground Combat Indoor Trainer is a highly realistic virtual shooting simulator that enables personnel to practice and hone shooting skills on a simulated live firing range or an operational area, using replica or appended weapons that accurately simulate ballistic performance and recoil. The system has a simulated performance that matches range and field environments. The system can be used to train a range of weapons from pistols, assault rifles, heavy machine guns, anti-tank weapons, mortars and Stinger antiaircraft like weapons. Training weapons are designed on specific customer requirements either

as modified originals or full replicas, and maintain the physical size and shape, weight & balance, and closely simulate the recoil. The recoil simulation also simulates ammunition jams, stoppages, and last round and accurately simulates aimpoint throw with each shot. Sensors provide direct feedback on weapon status including trigger, bolt and hammer positions, safety catch position, weapon stability, cant, trigger pressure and pull. Weapon accessories such as night vision, thermal imaging, sights and grenade launchers can be realistically accommodated by the system. Driving Simulators — Driving simulators are an important and necessary component in the

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extron Systems’ Fury precision guided weapon provides a strike capability against static and moving soft or vehicle targets. The small, lightweight glide weapon is designed for carriage on platforms ranging from small unmanned aerial systems to Class IV unmanned area systems and light attack aircraft. Fury utilizes Semi-Active Laser (SAL) and GPS guidance, proven in testing to be accurate within one meter of a designated target. Fury is a small, lightweight glide weapon designed for and integrated onto tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) platforms, including the Textron Systems Unmanned Systems Shadow® and Shadow M2. The weapon utilises advanced technologies includ-

station or call in other armed platforms. Fury is the ideal weapon for enhancing the UAS mission. Fury is designed with common interfaces, making it a platform-agnostic weapon system. In addition to applications on TUAS platforms, it can be integrated onto fixedwing platforms, such as Light Attack Aircraft, and Class IV UAS platforms. Fury can be carried as a single-carried pylon mount or a multi-carriage rack that utilises already integrated rail mounts for low-cost and rapid integration. The weapon has been designed to minimize the drag and weight impact on the platform in comparison to larger weapon options to optimize the platform and mission performance. Fury provides a new ca-

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ing GPS guidance with SAL terminal seeker and a mature warhead equipped with tri-mode fuzing for optimized engagement against a range of stationary and moving targets. The system delivers optimal effects against personnel in the open and vehicle targets up to lightly-armored vehicles. Fury provides optimal engagement range and precision to engage static and moving targets. The weapon provides off-axis strike capability to augment the existing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) to allow manned and unmanned aircraft systems to engage targets while eliminating the need to come off

pability for TUAS to Class IV platforms, augmenting the existing ISR mission with an asymmetric warfare strike asset. The weapon’s reliable precision and lethal effects provides an ideal capability to complement fielded options on larger platforms. Characteristics & Benefits • Gross Weight- 13 lbs (<6 kg) • Dimensions- 27 in length, 3 in diameter (68 cm length, 7 cm diameter) • Guidance System- SAASM GPS/INS with SemiActive Laser Seeker, 360° engagement • Components- Tri-Mode Fuze

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training and education of drivers. With full-size replicas of the

driver’s cabin and a realistic virtual environment, Saab’s driving simulators are as close to the real experience as possible. The trainer covers several training levels from the basic familiarisation of the driver compartment controls to the handling of the vehicle in challenging traffic

situations or allterrain environments. Integrated with other virtual systems to form an integrated training solution, it even provides effective crew and tactical training. The driving simulator has a 6 degrees-of-freedom motion system and force feedback for the steering wheel, pedals and other levers. The seats are fitted with a vibration system for realistic motion during driving and for main gun recoil simulation. To maximize the training value, the driver has an outlook into a realistic virtual environment. The driver can drive the vehicle with open

or closed hatch and by using actual NVG equipment. For advanced driver training and to enhance the driving experience, the geographic location, time of day, weather conditions and other parameters can be adjusted to meet the training requirements. Training in the simulated environment will ensure drivers are well prepared and confident in their skills prior to continuing with on-the-road and in-the-terrain training in real vehicles.

SEARCHMASTER – MULTI-ROLE SURVEILLANCE RADAR

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he Thales SEARCHMASTER® multi-role surveillance radar offers the highest level of operational performance, whatever the mission or host platform. In the maritime space, ultra-quiet submarines pose a continuing threat, whilst the use of small fast-attack craft and jet skis by pirates and other illegal operators is an increasingly serious concern. As a result, focus now needs to include not only blue-water combat but also operations in coastal and littoral zones. This development calls for improved maritime surveillance capabilities to identify and track intelligent, rapid and agile targets in all sea conditions, including rough seas, poor visibility, day and night, and navigational areas. Searching moving or fixed objects of interest in large land areas or along extensive borders calls for airborne surveillance systems with increasingly high level of performance and the ability to detect the smallest objects at long range. Even in the air there is an increasing need for surveillance against illegal traffic using small aircraft. As forces evolve, they need a versatile aircraft to adapt their missions to the continuously changing demand, creating an operational requirement for a radar solution combining maritime surveillance, ground surveillance and air surveillance capa-

bilities. Thales has developed the SEARCHMASTER® highperformance multi-role radar to meet this requirement onboard a broad range of aircraft types. The SEARCHMASTER® multi-role surveillance radar meets the requirements of five general mission types: anti-surface warfare, antisubmarine warfare, maritime surveillance, ground surveillance and mapping, and air surveillance missions. It incorporates fully qualified and combat-proven technologies such as the RBE2 AESA (Active Electronic Scanning Antenna) nose-mounted radar operational on the Rafale combat aircraft. By capitalising on Thales’s expertise in AESA technology for combat aircraft,SEARCH M AST ER® also benefits from the associated ITAR-free supply chain. The solution is based on an ultra-compact, robust and agile antenna which offers high mission reliability as well as lower weight, size and power consumption. The SEARCHMASTER® radar also offers a number of additional advantages: extended range, 360° field of vision, simultaneous short-range and long-range coverage, outstanding detection performance even in harsh climatic conditions, greater discretion, very high resolution and the ability to cover huge areas in imaging mode while simultaneously tracking multiple targets.

Simple-to-Integrate and Affordable This high-performance radar meets the requirements of airborne surface, ground and air surveillance missions. Thanks to its compact, lightweight design (78 kg, aircooled), the radar is simple to integrate on a host platform and integrate with a system. It is suitable for: • Small and heavier MALE UAVs, • Medium-tonnage and heavy-lift mission helicopters, • Large, medium and small mission aircraft (turboprop or jet), • Aerostats. The introduction of AESA technology, coupled with innovative concepts such as integrated maintenance, pushes down life cycle costs and improves operational availability. All the new capabilities incorporated into a product of its class makes SEARCHMASTER® a highly competitive solution especially with respect to more constrained budgets. Operational Benefits:  High-quality maritime and coastal tactical picture  Maritime imaging modes available in all sea conditions  Dedicated non-Doppler and Doppler modes for better detection of small targets in high sea states  GMTI mode for detection of slow and fast moving land vehicles  Very wide area imaging modes (64 Megapixels) as well as very high resolution  Longer range air target detection and tracking  Very high target tracking capability with up to 1,000 simultaneous tracks applicable to all target detection modes  IFF antenna option available  Improved discretion  Best-in-class performanceto-weight ratio on the marke


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“It is well recognised world over that simulator training contributes both in improving safety and enhancing skills, which incidentally is the tagline of HATSOFF” NS KRISHNA, Chief Executive Officer HATSOFF Helicopter Training Pvt Ltd. Please tell our readers about the facilities that you have in India and what are the types of courses you offer the Indian military aviators? HATSOFF is the only DGCA approved ATO for helicopters in India. The facility has Level D DGCA approved Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and Level 3 Flight Training for Dauphin (FTD) N3/N2/N, Bell 412/212 and Dhruv conventional. The FFS for Dauphin and Bell 412 are also approved by EASA. The military operators carry our type conversion training and recurrent training on Dhruv FFS. The training consists of practice of emergencies, Instrument flying, basic NVG flying and other mission related training HATSOFF has worked with the armed forces customers to firmly incorporate simulator training into their training philosophies. What does the future hold for your operations in India? Are there new additions that you plan to do to the existing facilities? Having established its credentials as a facility with high quality facilities, training devices, instructors and training, HAT-

SOFF is well placed to support the training needs of the armed forces with respect to LCH and LUH also. With the spare capacity available, the facility can offer a near “Plug and Play” support for a new training device, as all the supporting infrastructure is available readily. Having had seven years of successful operations, HATSOFF has also developed capability of offering Operate Maintain and Train (OMT) services for any other helicopter training centre in India, and also carry out project management when the training devices are being built and integrated. How much of your military Dhruv and weapons training simulators get used up at your facility? What has been the user response/feedback to post-simulator training operations, when reality catches up? Armed forces pilots presently utilise the FFS which is in conventional Dhruv configuration. The Military Dhruv Full Mission Simulator (FMS) is under development presently. Once inducted, the FMS will offer training on all the weapons available of the Rudra helicopter, as also sce-

nario based training using Computer Generated Forces (CGF). This will allow them to train to proficiency in operating the Detection, acquisition, and targeting systems available on the military Dhruv as a single platform, or offer collective training in a war gaming like scenario. The helicopter pilots of the Indian armed forces, who were not very much into simulator training just 5-6 years back, have now formally, incorporated simulator training into their philosophies. The quality facilities, training devices, instructors and training has been highly appreciated by both pilots. Further senior officers at policy making levels who have visited the facility multiple times have been extremely pleased to see such a world class facility in India, and it is understood that they consider HATSOFF a benchmarks for such training facilities. With the Indian Navy not too keen on the ALH Dhruv, do you think your facility for the naval aviators can be put to use for other purposes? It is not true that the Navy is not too keen on Dhruv. I know

it has revived interest in Dhruv, which you may please confirm from HAL. HATSOFF has no other comment on the subject. Notwithstanding the same, the facility can offer a near “Plug and Play” support for a new training device, as all the supporting infrastructure such as is available readily. Further, the multimedia classrooms, briefing and debrief facilities, are all sufficient for at least one more, if not two devices. HATSOFF can offer this spare capacity, as also OMT services to support a simulator for any other helicopter the Navy chooses to induct. This will help the Navy or any other service, the advantage of inducting a simulator in the shortest possible time, as they do not have to first build a facility with all the supporting infrastructure, develop maintenance and operations capabilities, or tie up scarce human resources in manning the facility. What is the cost benefit that your facility brings to the Indian military in terms of the expenditure incurred on training and safety? Have you done any study on this aspect of simulator training and

what is the result? The benefit in terms of safety is impossible to quantify. However, it is well recognised world over that simulator training contributes both in improving safety and enhancing skills, which incidentally is the tagline of HATSOFF. What are the new simulators technology that you think will drive the sort of business that you are doing today into the future? There are several new approaches to improving the fidelity and realism of training. There are approaches based on virtual reality, suspended platforms, placing the simulator inside a frame similar to a gyro gimbal etc. There is major progress in technologies for visuals in terms of projection systems and imagery, insertion of programmable computer generated forces which provide an immersive and war gaming feel to the training. With capabilities of motion platforms, computing speeds, memories, projection systems etc growing exponentially, the realism of training can only get closer and closer to the actual operations.


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Sikorsky Ready for India’s VVIP Helicopter Needs

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ikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is ready to build a fleet of Head of State helicopters for the Indian Government. “Sikorsky will be and is ready to respond to a re-

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nificantly reduced maintenance costs, and enhanced safety by enabling Sikorsky to identify potential issues across the worldwide fleet. One million flight hours —

The HTS900 is the newest addition to our family of helicopter engines, incorporating a next-generation dual-centrifugal compressor architecture. This technology increases power output, reduces fuel consumption and allows for future engine growth with the same compressor architecture. The engine utilizes a dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system with a manual back-up provision to ease pilot workload and to facilitate engine maintenance planning and troubleshooting. HTT40 (TPE331) Unlike any other turboprop

engine in its class, the TPE331 delivers a variety of costsaving solutions to keep your aircraft off the ground and in the sky. The TPE331 increases the power and lifespan of your aircraft without sacrificing time or money by replacing it with an engine that was built to give you the versatility you need to get the job done – no matter the size. The TPE331 is not your quest for proposals whenever the Indian Government issues an RFI/RFP,” said Air Vice Marshall Arvind Walia (Retd), Sikorsky’s Regional Executive for India & South Asia. Ten Heads of State worldwide currently fly in S-92® aircraft, predominantly across Asia and the Middle East. “The S-92 cabin interior can be customized in a manner uniquely reflective of India’s cultural heritage,” said Walia. To be really effective, a VVIP helicopter also serves as a place to productively conduct business while airborne. “We have found that Head of State customers flying our S-92 helicopters want a mobile office,” said Walia. “A seamless transition from ground to air is an important and integral part of the VVIP transport experience.” Walia summarised the following attributes about the S-92 VVIP platform: Safety first — Sikorsky’s paramount priority is flight safety. In addition to building the S-92 aircraft with a flaw tolerant design, Sikorsky has collected Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) data from each aircraft since 2004. Advanced HUMS analysis combined with operator maintenance data has sig-

The worldwide fleet of 275 operational S-92 helicopters reached the one millionth flight hour mark during 2016. While only seven percent of those hours were flown in VIP/Executive/ Head of State configurations, the accomplishment nonetheless reflects high confidence in the platform by S-92 operators. Spacious, quiet cabin — The 6 ft (1.83 m) high ceiling offers true stand-up headroom inside the 6 ft (1.83 m) wide x 20 ft long (6.096 m ) environmentally controlled cabin. Active vibration suppressors and acoustic technology render a quiet and comfortable cabin, and allow a smooth ride for 9-11 seated passengers. 24/7 Customer Support Sikorsky’s state-of-the-art Customer Care Center in Connecticut, USA,provides around-the-clock support to facilitate keeping customer helicopters available for flight. Sikorsky’s globally deployed Field Service Representatives and Mobile Repair Teams enable mission availability through rapid response. Said Walia “Sikorsky VVIP helicopters are designed to provide safe and reliable transport for Heads of State and other dignitaries. We consistently receive positive feedback in that regard.”

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ordinary engine, with the mechanics to operate more efficiently at higher altitudes and shorter runways. With more than 14,000 TPE331 engines flying around the world today, it’s no wonder why it’s been the leading choice for aircraft owners for more than 50 years. • Faster throttle response single shaft design • Better fuel efficiency – higher pressure ratio • Lower cost of ownership Conklin & de Decker • Longer maintenance intervals – no need for special FAA program • Quieter flyover - meets new German Airfield Noise Protection Order • Higher gearbox rating • Single exhaust • Simpler to operate - automatic one-button starting, single red line, torque and temperature limiting • No inlet particle separator - less hardware and much less performance penalty in icing conditions • Clean installation – access to all LRUs for maintainability T55 Engines: Our T55 family of military turbo shaft engines began life, as its designation indicates, in 1955. To date, more than 6,000 T55 engines have been produced, logging some 12 million hours of operation on the Boeing CH-47 Chinook and MH-47 helicopters. At its introduction, the T55 produced 1,600 shaft horsepower (SHP). Several decades and generations of development later, today’s T55 produces 4,800 SHP and

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powers the CH-47 Chinook to a maximum speed of 196 mph (170 knots). The latest configuration T55-714 delivers 22 percent more power and uses seven percent less fuel than its predecessor. We are continually improving the T55 to meet military needs. TALIN™ Honeywell has been at the fore-

front of inertial navigation system (INS) technologies for more than three decades. TALIN™ family of land navigation and pointing systems have proven performance with more than 15,000 fielded systems on over 60 land-based platforms. Platforms include tanks, artillery, light vehicles and marine vessels, as well as other military and civilian applications where precision really counts. By marrying INS and embedded global positioning system capabilities, our TALIN INS/GPS solutions provide unprecedented levels of accuracy, durability and reliability, even in a GPS-denied environment. TALIN systems can hold direction longer than alternative systems, and don't require rotation.

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he Adour engine is the power behind the world’s most successful and proven advanced jet trainer. With nearly nine million hours of experience in extreme conditions around the world, the Adour engine is a trusted solution for global training systems. The Adour, produced by Rolls-Royce Turbomeca (RRTM) a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca, has a proven history of delivering power for Advanced Training missions and ground attack roles. Seven platforms, including advanced jet trainers, ground attack aircraft and technology demonstrators, have been powered by marks of the Adour. Since entry into service, pilots from more than 20 operators, have flown Adour powered aircraft with a fleet projected to stay in service beyond 2035. Evolution of the Adour engine family has resulted in a robust engine design. This approach allowed RollsRoyce to strengthen the engine’s capabilities through insertion of technology improvements from other areas of our business. The latest engine, the Adour Mk951, features technology from the Civil Trent

and the Defence EJ200 engines. The Mk951 features wide chord fan blades, a highly efficient combustor, a modern turbine design and uses the latest materials. A Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) is also a key feature of the Mk951, providing operational flexibility. The FADEC has an automatic stall recovery feature, giving trainee pilots a truly care-free handling experience. These technology improvements make the Adour Mk951 a more powerful, dependable and cost effective engine. Adour at a glance: Proven experience  Established pedigree with nearly 9 million flight hours  More than 1 million flight hours training US pilots for ship-borne operations

 Proven in all operational environments with many operators Trusted power for training  Features engine health monitoring technology for excellent availability  FADEC technology reducing pilot burden  Maintains excellent safety, reliability and operational record Delivering affordable capability  Modular engine design for ease of maintenance  Improved time between maintenance visits, improving cost of ownership  Established, successful support infrastructure for global operators Supported by a range of service options, including MissionCare® availability contracting.


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“Textron Aviation offers the broadest lineup of special mission platforms in the industry” Beechcraft has had limited success in the military/homeland sector in India, particularly with paramilitary forces such as the BSF. What is your assessment of opportunity for Beechcraft in Indian military/homeland sectors? Do you see more requirements for your aircraft here and what are your current focus business opportunities? Textron Aviation, encompassing both the Cessna and Beechcraft brands and Textron AirLand are always seeking opportunities to provide industryleading military solutions. Right now, the priority of the business within the Indian military segment is to promote the Textron AirLand Scorpion jet as a combat aircraft that delivers high-end capabilities and performance with unparalleled acquisition and operating costs. Textron Aviation also offers the broadest lineup of special mission platforms in the industry with its entire product range available in special mission configurations, using innovative technologies and advanced engineering techniques. Textron Aviation’s family of aircraft, including single and multi-engine pistons, turboprops and Citation jets, provide the high performance and flight characteristics required to fit mission profiles such as air ambulance, float operations, flight inspection, aerial surveillance, training, utility transport and more. You have had a steady order for your busi-

ness jets in India. Can you tell us about the opportunities and the market assessment you have done for the Citation and Caravan class of aircraft in India? Textron Aviation continues to see success with its best-selling Cessna Citation business jets and class-leading Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan turboprops. In India alone, Textron Aviation has an installed fleet of over 150 jets and turboprops. In December 2016, the first flight test of the production configuration conforming Scorpion aircraft was carried out in Wichita. What was the outcome of that first test and what does this mean for the export variant of the Scorpion, which may be of interest to Indian Air Force? The first production conforming Scorpion jet performed extremely well and was piloted by experimental test pilots Don Parker and Dave Sitz, who verified the avionics and aerodynamic performance as well as a number of aircraft systems. Following first flight, the first production conforming Scorpion entered a robust flight test program, working closely with the United States Air Force on the first of its kind airworthiness assessment of a Non-DoD military aircraft design. The company is committed to advancing the aircraft’s capabilities and looks forward to continued conversations with the Indian Air Force around offering the Scorpion jet.

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A ROAD MAP FOR ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ IN DEFENCE

REORIENTING INDIAN DEFENCE PROCUREMENT SYSTEM Today, India is the largest importer of arms in the world and expected to remain so in the near future. This not just drains our foreign exchange reserves and builds stress on the Nation’s current account balance, but also leads to loss of the opportunity to create millions of jobs via the setting up of a robust Defence Industrial Base. We must take inspiration from our neighbor, China who has not only turned itself from being the largest importer to one of the top ten exporter nations as far as defence equipment is concerned. However the key question is whether how do we read the Hon’ble PM’s call of ‘Make in India’? As mere ‘Manufacture in India’ or as ‘Design/Develop and Manufacture in India’? As various studies have shown, the real value addition for any technological product/service is in the design and development stage. For example, the most valuable company in the world – Apple Inc. produces a series of premium, ‘i’ prefixed gadgets, all of which are produced in China through components assembled from various parts of the South-east Asia. Apple’s flagship product – iPhone, allowed Apple Inc. to capture 58.5 per cent of the total value as profits. However, countries such as China, Taiwan, Korea and the EU – all put together, made profits worth only 12.1 per cent of the total value. Therefore, the real value of the iPhone doesn’t lie in its parts or even in putting those parts together. The bulk of the iPhone’s value is in the conception and design of the iPhone. That is why Apple gets almost 60 per cent of the value as profits, which is by far the largest piece of value added in the entire supply chain. This example sufficiently exposes the primordial important of R&D to making profits in the hi-tech sector. Even from purely job-creation perspective, it is crucial to note a Nasscom – Deloitte study that suggested a multiplier effect of 4x for Jobs in high technology industry, such as defence. Therefore, for every 1 job created in the Defence sector would create 4 additional jobs for supporting sectors and a cumulative of 5 jobs for the Indian economy. Jobs apart, developing a local industrial complex will provide the much needed impetus to increasing the indigenous component/ systems in India defence equipments and ultimately take India towards its dream of selfreliance and exports. Today, the technology that we import from foreign countries is most often obsolete technology and needs upgrades. No country exports its modern and up to date technology as the exclusivity is what provides security. Such advanced technologies are developed at huge financial costs and their upgrades often cost as much as the initial development of the technology itself. This is where

exports are kicked in to sell the obsolete technology to other countries and use the money earned to develop the upgrades for home use. India needs to be able to harness the same business model – Design and Develop in India, Make in India, Sell to the world, Earn from the world, Upgrade in India and Sell to the world again. In order to reach that stage, we urgently need to create clear and distinct procedures for implementation of the Defence Production Policy (DPrP), enable MoD to act as a ‘Market Maker’ that facilitates indigenous production, disrupt the DPSU stronghold over the Market and incentivize private investments in the Defence industry. Once India can fully design and develop cutting edge technologies and products for itself, Indian vendors will have a credible market reputation to export defence products across the world and fund their own development via them. These 4 steps should act as a road map for the policy makers seeking to reorient the system for ‘Make in India’. Distinguish between Policies and Procedures If Defence procurement procedures and policies have to enable creation of a Defence Industrial Base (DIB), then there should be no fungibility in their implementation. This needs to begin with a clear demarcation between a policy document and a procedure document. For example, the Defence Production Procedure (DPP) 2016 often seems to be a policy document more than a procedure document. It makes broad sweeping changes to the status quo without elaborating upon its implementation. Use DPP/DPrP to act as a ‘Market Maker’ The government has a dual role to play with respect to the defence industry – that of a ‘market’ and that of a ‘market maker’. The Government of India, via its Ministry of Defence (MoD), acts as the single largest accessible market for the Indian defence industry. As a market, the MoD is supposed to introduce transparency, create competition and disrupt malpractices within the Government. However, the MoD is also supposed to lead the industry to sustainability if the Government has to achieve its stated objective of self-reliance in Defence. ‘Make in India’ in Defence, thus, has to begin with the Government Making a market for ‘Make in India’ in Defence. Current policies and procedures have an emphasis / enablement for MOD to act as a transparent market. However, it needs to urgently act beyond just providing a transparent market and also proactively act as a ‘Market Maker’ that helps create a robust defence industrial base. Trade-offs on shortterm vs. long term gains, such as purchasing at lowest cost vs. purchasing at highest indig-

enous content, procuring most advanced weapon system vs. most indigenous weapon system, etc. will have to be made. Introduction of MAKE procedure and Buy – Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM), are nascent steps towards enabling the ‘Market Maker’ role and are duly appreciated by the entire industry. But owing to the scale and complexity of the challenge, we urge the ministry to urgently move towards releasing policies/procedures which enable the MOD and its agencies to also act as a ‘Market Maker’. As a Market Maker, the MoD would be able to practice the flexibility required to promote and sustain the infant Indian defence industry even if at the cost of L1 procurement. Internationally, procurement agencies often pay more than the marginal price of the product to facilitate long term partnership with the vendors and sub-vendors and help them sustain over a long termperiod, especially when the orders may be few but critical. In India, ISRO has been able to display a similarly successful procurement model for creating a reliable and trusted vendor base. Disrupt the stagnation and status-quo in the market The Defence budget is a finite pie of resources and has a limited ability to feed and sustain multiple entities. The budget is already overstretched due to existing and continuing orders against the Defence PSUs and the Foreign OEMs. If an extra entity, such as the private Indian industry has to be involved in the defence market, then either the pie of the defence budget needs to be enlarged radically or the current players share of this total defence budget pie needs to be constrained. Year on Year, we can observe that despite of the MoD trumpeting the clarion call for ‘participation of Private sector in the Defence industry’, it has neither significantly increased the defence budget and nor has it restricted its support to the foreign players and public sector enterprises to be able to place substantial orders against the private sector. The stronghold of DPSUs/DRDO nexus over the Defence budget needs to be broken if the private sector has to become sustainable. Time and again orders are placed against the DPSUs via nominations while the private sector continues to compete on L1 basis against foreign players (with near zero cost of capital) and public sector enterprises (with no shareholders to respond to in case of a loss). Therefore, DRDO/DPSU nexus needs to be broken for creating the space for a new entity to sustain itself, i.e. the private industry. The reasons for continued dominance of DPSU/DRDO stronghold over the defence budget despite of their poor performance can be attributed to

the Department of Defence Production’s (DDP’s) conflict of interest in acting as the Customer (MoD) who is itself a shareholder of its Supplier (DPSUs). The Ministry of Defence has enabled the Department of Defence Production (DDP) to be the custodian of our ancient DPSUs/OFBs and also the signing authority for all defence procurements of the MoD. Put in such a unique situation, the DDP is supposed to buy the best products for the armed forces as well as sustain its own sub-optimal production lines at the DPSUs/OFBs. The natural conflict of interest from being the market as well as a major and predominant producer is distorting the natural competition in the monosponic defence market. This conflict of interest is a major reason why the MoD finds itself unable to bring in the private sector for ‘Make in India’. Vested interests within the same department keep placing orders against Defence PSUs in order to sustain them irrespective of their poor competitiveness and productivity. Added to this, depending upon the inefficient and infamous for delays DPSUs/OFBs to deliver complex weapon systems with long gestation cycle has led to a dearth of equipment for the armed forces and impacted our operational readiness. Thus, we strongly recommend that DPSUs are moved from the DDP/MoD to the Department of Heavy Industries (DHI)/Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (MoHIPE). MoHIPE administers 48 Central Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and assists them in their effort to improve capacity utilisation & increase profitability, Generate resources and Re-orient strategies to become more competitive. The department serves as an interface between PSEs and other agencies for long term policy formulation. The department also encourages restructuring of PSEs to make their operations competitive and viable on a long term and sustainable basis. The change of parent ministry will not only mean the elimination of the conflict of interest that leads to permanent locking of a large portion of the defence expenditure pie for the Public sector, but also unleash genuine competition between the private and public sector to create a robust defence market with best products and lowest prices for the MoD. Today, the DPSUs also feel restricted in terms of decisionmaking due to the MoD’s control over them. Transfer of the DPSUs to MoHIPE will also give the DPSUs a lot more freedom to operate in the Defence as well as non-Defence areas, thus also helping the nation build competitiveness. Further, this will also augur well with the plans of the DPSUs business today – for instance, BEML actually supplies less than 15 per cent of its Products to defence while

nearly 85 per cent are supplied for non-defence utilisation. In an interview last year, BEL Chairman has also stated BEL’s plans to explore non-defence areas. This also ensures there is no conflict of interest which today exists when the Customer (MoD) is itself a shareholder of its Supplier (DPSUs). Therefore, it is vital that for ‘Make in India’ in Defence to take-off, DPSUs need to be shifted under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises from the Ministry of Defence at the earliest possible. Investment Incentivisation for ‘Make in India’ Rationalisation of subsidies is a larger goal for the Indian Government, but for achieving substantive self-reliance in defence, an exception needs to be made. Defence Industry will need 10-15 years to grow in India and an exception is required until 2030 to create a globally competitive defence industry in India. •Incentivising CAPEX Export always happen on incremental costs but if our cost of capital will be so huge we can’t meet the price points. Thus we need 80-IA benefits; R&D benefits etc. to promote investments into this sector, bring down the costs, make internationally competitive products and complete internationally using exports support from the government just like most major defence production capable countries do. For Capital intensive projects like infrastructure, Corporate tax benefits are granted under 80-IA benefits which is available even to Hotel Industry but not for Defence Manufacturing despite the need for substantial capital investment. This needs to be immediately corrected. •Incentivising R&D As discussed earlier using the Apple example, various studies have proved that the real value addition for any technological product/service is in the design and development stage and that’s also of primordial important to making sustainable profits in the Defence sector. In India, the Defence R&D cycle is 5-10 years but Ministry of Finance provides 35(2AB) Income Tax benefits for R&D with a sunset clause approaching every year or so. The MoF keeps extending the sunset timeline by a year or two but this leads to an uncertainty which is counterproductive for Defence Industry due to our protracted business cycle. MoF needs to realise that the same talent & resources can be readily deployed for Export market earning tax-free returns at substantially lower risk. Therefore, Industry recommendation of a sunset clause for Defence R&D as FY30 is a reasonable demand.

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INDIA 2017 SHOW DAILY Aeronautics Showcases UAS Capabilities

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eronautics Group, a leading UAS manufacturer, is presenting its wide range of comprehensive defence solutions and UAS platforms at Aero India. During the exhibition, the company is displaying the Orbiter 4, Orbiter 2 and Orbiter 1K. According to Amos Mathan, Aeronautics' CEO: “We are pleased to participate and present our wide range of unmanned aerial systems at Aero-India. Aeronautics' comprehensive aerial solutions includes highly efficient and cost-effective UAS's such as the Dominator MALE UAS and the Aerostar Tactical UAS, as well as small premium UAS's such as the Orbiter family. We are currently participating in a number of tenders in India, as we see great importance in the Indian market and believe that our products are the most cost-effective solutions for this market”. Orbiter 4 STUAS/NSUAS The Orbiter 4 STUAS/NSUAS is an advanced multi-mission platform with an ability to carry and operate two different payloads simultaneously. With a maritime version, Orbiter 4 is continuing the evolution of the Orbiter line and the Small Tactical UAS, and delivers top mission performance with the lightest, most versatile, and most advanced covert platform available today, and is ideal for both land and maritime operations. Based on the successful aerodynamic structure and properties of the Orbiter 3 STUAS, Orbiter 4 exclusive abilities include maximum endurance of more than 24 hours, maximum takeoff weight of 50 KG, maximum flight attitude of 18,000 feet and an ability to carry and operate two different payloads simultaneously. With Advanced Image Processing Capabilities, Automatic takeoff and recovery system and an ability to navigate with and without GPS and datalink, The Orbiter 4 delivers the same capabilities as other Tactical platforms operational today, but with better endurance, serviceability, operational flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Operated by 3 personnel, the Orbiter 4 is easy to use and maintain, and carries a low logistical footprint.

Orbiter 1K The Orbiter 1K is a loitering unmanned system. Given a specific waypoint, the loitering Orbiter 1K can detect and destroy a moving or a stationary target. The system can also operate on the base of a given area range: the Orbiter 1K independently scans the area, detects and destroys the target – moving or stationary. In case the target wasn’t detected or in any change of plans, the system’s recovery capability allows it to return to its base camp and land safely using a parachute and an airbag. Launched from a catapult, the Orbiter 1K can fly for 2-3 hours, carrying a multi-sensor camera with day-and-night channels. The Orbiter 1K loitering system is

compact and easily controlled from a personal GCS. Featuring a highly transportable vehiclemounted system and a small physical footprint for covert operations and advanced avionics, the Orbiter 1K is ideal for defense as well as border security missions. Orbiter 2 mini UAS The Orbiter 2 UAS is a compact and lightweight system which offers extended endurance and range, while operated by a crew of only two personnel. The Orbiter 2 UAS carries a multi-sensor camera with day-and-night channels and a laser pointer, it is gyro-stabilized with tri-sensor and zoom payload and can fly for 4 hours and to a distance of up to 80 km. The easy to operate and quickly assembled system is launched from a catapult and lands using a parachute and an airbag. Delivering advanced image processing, accurate navigation, and net landing capability for maritime operations, The Orbiter 2 UAS is operational even in the harshest weather conditions and is easily controlled from a personal GCS. The Orbiter 2

VISIT AT A3.2.2 system is currently operated by high-end customers all around the world. Aerostar tactical UAS The Aerostar advanced tactical UAS is ideal for a wide range of short range and medium range ISR & Artillery missions, as it is equipped with a large payload bay, and capable of carrying many types of payloads, including day and night EO/ IR sensors, radars, and various electronic intelligence sensors (COMINT, ELIINT). Featuring a highly advanced data link, the Aerostar tactical UAS is highly efficient and cost effective, operationally simple, and involves a very small logistic footprint. The Aerostar advanced tactical UAS has a proven capability for take-off and landing using very short runways and in high altitude environments. The Aerostar platform, which weighs 230 kilograms, is capable of reaching ceiling altitudes of 18,000 feet and operating at ranges of over 250 kilometres from its ground data terminal, which is connected via network to the ground control station. The Aerostar UAS has been purchased and operated by 15 customers worldwide. Dominator XP MALE UAS The Dominator XP is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAS (MALE UAS), Based on a DA-42 twin star commercial aircraft. With operation capability over long range, The Dominator XP offers high reliability as in a manned aircraft with significantly low maintenance costs. Providing comprehensive ISR missions at long ranges beyond line-of-sight, the Dominator XP is ideal for military as well as homeland security missions, over land and sea. The Dominator XP system configurations support multiple payloads up to 373 kg in weight. Implementing an open architecture interface, the Dominator XP can carry a vast range of payloads, including EO/IR and hyper-spectral sensors with laser pointer and designator, maritime radar, SAR\ GMTI radars, communications relays, COMINT, ELINT, MAD and additional sensors.

ROSOBORONEXPORT: Ka-52 Scout/Attack Helicopter Mission and primary tasks The Ka-52 scout/attack helicopter is designed to destroy enemy tanks, armoured and unarmored combat materiel, manpower, low-speed air targets in any

weather, day or night, as well as provide reconnaissance and target designation for interacting helicopters and command centres of army units.

Airborne equipment and armament The helicopter is equipped with an integrated avionics suite providing round-the-clock employment of the helicopter and weapons. Its armament mix includes up to 12 Ataka or Vikhr-1-type guided anti-tank missiles, up to 4 Igla air-to-air guided missiles, up to 80 S-8 80 mm unguided rockets and a flexible mount with the 30 mm 2A42 gun (with 460 rounds). The helicopter is fitted with a self-defence system against heat seeker missiles, heavily-armoured cockpit, vital systems and components, and features enhanced survivability.

ALTEM Technologies

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LTEM Technologies, authorised channel partner, showcases the professional suite of Stratasys 3D printing solutions at Aero India 2017. In India, the 3D printing market is one of the emerging markets and ALTEM Technologiesis at the forefront, bearing the torch for Stratasys. “At ALTEM we do not follow the conventional stereotype distributorship model of business. Our mantra to success is to engage and educate customers on 3D printing applications and as per their requirement, we sell them the right required solution,” said Prasad Rodagi, Founder Director at ALTEM Technologies. This year Stratasys and ALTEM Technologies are presenting two of their most popular Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology machines –uPrintSE Plus from the professional desktop 3D printer series and Fortus 250 mc from the performance 3D printer series. “The adoption of 3D printing in India is still at an early stage when compared to other parts of the world; but manufacturers across verticals are seeing the benefits of 3D printing and the value it brings, particularly for advanced applications,” said Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Directorat Stratasys India. Stratasys continues to impact the aerospace industry as it has been chosen by Airbus to Produce 3D Printed Flight Parts for its A350 XWB Aircraft. The leading aircraft manufacturer has produced more than 1000 flight parts on its Stratasys FDM 3D Production Systems for use on A350 XWB aircraft, which began delivery in December 2014. The parts are 3D printed using ULTEM™ 9085 resin for FDM, which is certified to an Airbus material specification. ULTEM™ 9085 resin provides high strengthto-weight ratio and is FST (flame, smoke, and toxicity) compliant for aircraft interior applications. This enables Airbus to manufacture strong, lighter weight parts while sub-

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stantially reducing production time and manufacturing costs. 3D printing is allowing aerospace and defense companies to test more options in design & manufacturing. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has certified material on Stratasys’ Professional 3D Printers is highly suited for aerospace industry due to its high Strength-to-Weight ratio and Flame-Smoke-Toxicity (FST) rating. Getting ideas off the ground quickly, 3D printing design flexibility allows to optimize jigs, fixtures and other manufacturing aids for specific tasks, components, individuals or equipment without increasing costs or production time. Without the delay and expense of tooling, geometrically complex low volume customized parts in-house that are durable, stable, and repeatable can be produced. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology simplifies the fabrication of composite parts while providing unparalleled design freedom whereas high-temperature, cost-effective tools can be produced in days. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has also partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), while ULA (United Launch Alliance) is now extending the use of additive manufacturing. “We have just touched the tip of the iceberg with additive manufacturing,” said Kyle Whitlow, Structural Engineer at ULA. A transformative alternative to conventional manufacturing methods, Stratasys additive manufacturing enables original and replacement parts to be digitally produced at the best suited locations, reducing both material waste and inventory requirements. By adopting additive manufacturing throughout the product life cycle, companies can therefore lower operational costs, accelerate time to market, decentralise production, and add new innovative product functionality.

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Main advantages • High safety and single-en- • Ejection capability in a wide gine flight and landing capa• Operability in any geographirange of speeds and altitudes, bility cal and climatic conditions, including zero-zero ejection day and night, and in ad- • Capability to operate inde- • Automatic terrain-following verse weather conditions pendently in isolation from capability when flying at exthe main base airfield tremely low altitudes • High manoeuvrability • Operability in high-altitude, hot and humid conditions Basic specifications • Capability of basing on Max takeoff weight, kg 10,800 ground airfields located at alNormal takeoff weight, kg 10,400 titudes of up to 4,000 m Max payload weight, kg 2,500 • Precision engagement capaMax speed, km/h 300 bility against small ground Cruising speed, km/h 260 (surface) and low-speed air Max rate of climb, m/s 16 targets Range (with internal fuel tanks), km 460 • Round-the-clock operational Service ceiling, m 5,500 capability through the use of Hovering ceiling, m 4,000 a day/night sighting system Rotor diameter, m 4.5 and an on-board radar Helicopter dimensions, m: • Protection against heat seeklength (with rotors) 15.86 er missiles width (with landing gear) 4.611 • Heavy armour protection height (in storage) 5.01 • High target approach accuCrew 2 racy through installation of Powerplant: an inertial-satellite navigatype VK-2500 or VK-2500P tion system number × takeoff power, hp 2×2,400


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ALPHA TOCOL HANDS OVER 100TH SUKHOI FLAPERON TO HAL

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lpha Tocol, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Alpha Design Technologies delivered the 100th Sukhoi Flaperon to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Col H S Shankar, Chairman

and Managing Director, Alpha Design Technologies handed over the Flaperon to Suvarna T Raju, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The ceremony which took place at Aero India also

saw the presence of Ashok Kumar Gupta, Secretary, Defence Production. Alpha Tocol has been associated with HAL for development of these major assemblies from the inception of transfer of technology of SU30 MKI. The Flaperon is a major and complex structural assembly of SU-30 MKI and comprises 343 detailed parts: 277 sheet metal and 56 machine components with 6 sub-assemblies. It is a primary control surface with a length of 2900 mm and width of 953 mm, which serves as a ‘Flap’ as well as ‘Aileron’. Alpha Tocol delivered the first Flaperon assembly in 2007.

Rolls-Royce’s first Service Delivery Centre in India

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olls-Royce has announced plans to open its first Service Delivery Centre (SDC) to deliver improved support for over 750 defence engines that power the aircraft of the Indian Armed Forces. The new facility will be located at the Manyata Technical Park in Bengaluru and will offer localised engineering and technical support designed to improve frontline capability for the Indian Air Force and Navy. The Service Delivery Centre (SDC) will offer expertise in fleet management, service engineering and supply chain co-ordination as well as being the base for Field Service Representatives that can be quickly dispatched to frontline bases in

India to provide expert technical support. The SDC will also offer improved support for manufacturing, assembly and test for our longstanding partner Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Dr Glenn Kelly, Rolls-Royce Vice President Customer Business India - Defence, said, "The announcement of our first RollsRoyce Service Delivery Centre in India demonstrates our commitment to providing the best support possible for the Indian Armed Forces and our partners at HAL. The SDC model has been proven to bring greater levels of responsiveness to our customers and drive higher levels of engine readiness and availability."

IAI-Taneja MoU for crashworthy-seats

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srael Aerospace Industries, Ltd (IAI), through its Golan Industries Division and Taneja Aerospace & Aviation Ltd (TAAL), signed a MoU to cooperate in the development, production, marketing and/or sale of civil and military aircraft crashworthyseats. The MoU was signed at the Aero India 2017 exhibition in Bangalore, India, by Shaul Sha-

har, IAI's Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Group,and Salil Taneja, Chairman of TAAL. The MoU is in accordance with the government’s Make in India initiative, and includes collaboration between both companies in the production and marketing of civil and military aircraft crashworthy-seats, to be manufactured in India. In addition, the parties will explore the possibility of working with TAAL as an IAI subcontractor, to manufacture certain crashworthy-seat parts for current IAI production lines, and will also implement the joint development of a new generation of products.

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

IAI-Kalyani Group JV for specific air defense systems

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alyani Strategic Systems Ltd. (KSSL) and Israel Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (IAI) signed a MoU to incorporate a Joint Venture Company (JVC) in India. As part of the MOU, IAI and KSSL aim to expand their presence in the Indian defence market and to Build, Market and Manufacture specific Air Defense Systems and Ground to Ground and Ground to Sea Munitions. Baba Kalyani, Chairman, Kalyani Group said that “the joint venture company will combine IAI’s advanced technology, knowledge and experience as an OEM with world class design, development and manufacturing capabilities of the Kalyani Group. The joint venture will provide indigenously manufactured solutions in niche technology areas of defence sector, thereby furthering the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government”. Joseph Weiss, IAI's President and CEO was excited to announce the next step “in our partnership in India, one of IAI's leading markets”.

Russian Helicopters aftersales service framework

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ussian Helicopters is working to improve its after sales services and introduce a ‘singlewindow’ system of cooperation with foreign clients in terms of the new strategy of Rostec’s aviation cluster. A pilot project is currently being implemented in India. This framework entails centralisation of all the after salesrelated processes and represents the first step in providing operators with an after sales services package and the transitioning of the organisation of after sales service under the life cycle contract. As a rotorcraft designer and manufacturer, Russian Helicopters intends to utilise its existing cooperation with other Russian companies engaged in helicopter building to ensure operation of the machines throughout the full term of their life cycle.

“We find it important to provide Russian helicopters in India with timely and proper service,” said Igor Chechikov, Russian Helicopters’ Deputy CEO for Aftersales Service. “In terms of the ‘single-window system’ project, the holding company and Russian-made helicopters’ parts suppliers will work out a plan to providethe machines with an aftersales services package to serve the interests of foreign operators. We will implement the practices acquired into the global aftersales service system of Russian Helicopters,” Chechikov stated.

Airbus to set up aerospace skill development centre

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irbus has signed a MoU to establish a Centre of Excellence for aerospace skill development in Hyderabad, together with the Government of Telangana, National Skill Development Corporation India and AEROCAMPUS France. “This first of its kind Center of Excellence aims to enhance the employability of young aspirants by imparting the required skills to them,” said Rajiv Pratap Rudy. “The Center will up-skill the local youth as per international norms and will also partner with global aerospace and defence majors in their ‘Make in India’ programmes,” said K Taraka Rama Rao

(L-R): Ashish Saraf with K Taraka Rama Rao, Minister for Industry, Commerce & IT, Telangana, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Jerome Verschave, CEO, Aerocampus Aquitaine

“We are sensitive to India’s ambition to have a thriving indigenous aerospace industry. This Center of Excellence will play a role in translating this ambition into reality by feeding the industry with a trained talent pool,” said Ashish Saraf, V-P & ‘Make in India’ officer for Airbus.

Aequs adds strength to the defence sector

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equs will extend its ecosystem in the aerospace and defence sector. India’s largest ecosystem in aerospace precision engineering and manufacturing company will open a high-end multi-capability aerospace and defence manufacturing facility in Tuem, Goa. This is the first venture of its kind in the private sector in India, which will manufacture highend components and systems for aerospace and defence sector and support the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The new facility will be established with an initial investment of Rs 500 crores towards development of physical infrastructure, plant, machinery and equipment. Aequs, which entered into the defence manufacturing business in 2013, has been actively looking for opportunities to partner with India’s presti-

gious and largest A&D organisation, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). Since then, Aequs has been working with HAL on machined structural parts for various platforms, including Light Combat Aircraft, Sukhoi 30MKI, ALH, among others. Aravind Melligeri, Chairman and CEO, Aequs said, “The new facility in Tuem, Goa is a sign of our commitment towards the Indian Defence sector. The sector relies heavily on imported equipment and technology. With the new facility, we aim to support the ‘Make in India’ initiative for one of the most critical sectors in the country. Our strategy will also see technology transfers from aerospace giants around the globe, adding further to our

manufacturing capabilities besides generating employment to close to 2000 people.” Ameya Abhyankar, Secretary and Director, Informa-

tion Technology said, “We are happy to host Aequs’s manufacturing facility in Tuem, Goa. This development will further provide an impetus to the Indian defence sector and drive the vision of ‘Make In India’ forward.”

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