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Defence Ministry Approves Procurement Of Equipment Worth Rs 2,236 Cr.

The decision to clear the procurement was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

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With Certainty, LCA MK 2 Aircraft Is Slated To Enter Production By 2027 And AMCA By 2035--HAL CMD R. Madhavan

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has an order basket of Rs 1 lakh crore, even as its sole preserve of manufacturing aircraft and equipment for the Indian defence forces gets invaded by private sector competitors. HAL is leveraging on its depth and confidence from LCA Tejas to Combat helicopters to Unmmaned systems. In a freewheeling chat, HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director R. Madhavan, talks to BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha of the many new projects on the anvil. Madhavan throws light on crucial projects: LCA Tejas Mk1a, Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF), AMCA, Tejas Mk 2, Trainer aircraft (HTT 40) and UAVs among others. Excerpts:

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I’M Proud Of The Strategic Investments We Have Made To Grow India’s Defense Base: Leanne Caret, President & CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Boeing has made significant inroads in India. The IAF operates fleets of C-17s, AH-64 Apaches and CH-47 Chinooks. Boeing's P-8I aircraft has indeed played a crucial role in building India’s Maritime Reconnaissance Capabilities in the IOR. Indian Armed Forces are gearing up for the modernization, embracing next generation capabilities. India is also striving to develop aerospace industrial base and achieve technological breakthroughs with projects like AMCA, TEDBF and MRFA under strategic partnership. Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security opens up with BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha on such partnership and possibilities with India. She outlines her vision for India by offering advance military hardware.

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Airlifting Of Vaccine To Continue During Closure Of Pune Airport: IAF

The airport here in Maharashtra will remain closed from October 16 to 29 as the IAF will be undertaking runway resurfacing work, the airport authorities informed on Tuesday.

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Not A brick Is Placed In The Contested Areas Along The LAC In Ladakh And Arunachal Pradesh: Army Chief General M. Naravane

Indian Army Chief General Mukund Naravane in an exclusive interaction with the BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha, denied that there was any reinforcement across in the contested part of LAC and at the buffer zone across the border along Arunachal Pradesh. He put his strong worded statement: “Not a brick has been placed in the part of contested areas.”

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Overdrive To Minimise Cost Of Defence, Restructuring Should Not Compromise Operational Effectiveness: Maj Gen Asthana

There is no question that Indian Armed Forces needed that twitch of modernization and restructuring in the times that are changing the dimensions of warfare. The Integrated Theater Commands (ITC) is designed to do so. Some formulations are already up on the ground-- restructuring to address some of these aspects was done, with formulation of HQ Integrated Defence Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command and Strategic Force Command (SFC). But make no haste, says military veteran Major General S B Asthana as speaks with BW Businessworld's Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha on the ITC -- its complexity and the conflict within. It is about the training and equipment that must fulfill the spirit of jointness in building command.

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Indian Air Force Undergoing Monumental Transformation, Says IAF Chief

The IAF Chief, who reviewed the parade earlier, also spoke about the crucial role played by IAF in the national fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

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Govt Should Take SP Model With Private Sector To Logical Completion, Says Mahindra Defence Chairman SP Shukla

From manufacturing armoured vehicles for the Indian military, Mahindra Defence has expanded into surveillance solutions including aircraft mobile surveillance, and modern defence equipment for the armed forces. It is brimming with confidence in the wake of its collaboration with global OEMs like Boeing, Airbus, and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) for multi-role fighter jets and advanced naval helicopters. S.P. Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Defence and Mahindra Aerospace & Group President (Defence, Aero & Agri), Mahindra & Mahindra, talks to BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha about the the strategic partnership model, the group’s R&D and design capability and the need for investments. Excerpts:

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India To Acquire Fighter Jet Engine Technology & JV With Foreign OEM Soon: IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria

During his annual press conference on 5 September, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria indicated the possibility of a Joint Venture(JV) in developing fighter jet aero-engine in India that will potentially set forth a new era of aerospace in India. He put his trust on home grown LCA Tejas MK1A & 5th Gen AMCA for IAF over foreign fighter jets.

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Five Rafale Jets Formally Inducted Into IAF In Boost To India's Air Power

European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets.

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MP Tea Seller's Daughter Flies High, Becomes IAF Officer

She was commissioned into the Indian Air Force (IAF) a few days back, but it was not an easy journey for her as sometimes her father did not even have the money to pay for her education fees.

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Reforms Or Just A Rejig?

The slew of announcements made by FM Sitharaman is intended more as policy tweaks rather than radical reforms to encourage ‘Make in India’ in defence By Manish Kumar Jha

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Leading Indian-American Aerospace Scientist Vivek Lall Appointed General Atomics Chief Executive

Indian-American Aerospace expert Vivek Lall takes over as a Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation. Over a decade, Vivek Lall has been instrumental in driving major US-India defence deals and facilitating many technologically advance platforms & systems for India Armed Forces.

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DRDO Must Find A Way Of Building A Suitable Fighter Engine In Partnership For Future Aircraft: Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria

Again, amid the clashes and burning threat at LAC in Ladhak, IAF’s front line fighter jet Su 30 MKI scrambled & reverberated as it did during the Balakot air strike. But it is time to address capability gap too. While the first LCA Tejas Mk-1 in Final Operational Clearance standard got inducted into No. 18 ‘Flying Bullets’, 83 MK-1A version will be a force majeure. But greater challenges remain for 450 jets, Gen 5+ AMCA & capability for jet engine at the heart of indigenization. In an exclusive interaction, Chief of Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, speaks with BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha on the critical steps and the thrust on R&D in aerospace.

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485 Evacuees Test Negative For COVID-19: IAF

Indian Air Force airlifted a total of 485 people from Hindan, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on April 21-22.

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