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UK Carrier Strike Group To Sail India To Boost Military Alliances In Indian Ocean

The HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier of the Royal Navy will sail to India. Resulting from the cognition of Indo-Pacific tilt in the UK’s foreign policy, Strike Group will be loaded with destroyers, anti-submarine frigates and notably 5th generation F 35 entering Indian water first time. In the spirit of such maritime exercise, both nations must move ahead jointly on advance military projects beyond announcement. On the flight deck there will be eight F-35B Lightning II fast jets, four Wildcat maritime attack helicopters, seven Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine and airborne early warning helicopters, and three Merlin Mk4 commando helicopters.

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India's First And Crucial Defence Strategic Partnership Mechanism For Submarines Is Ready: Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar

Defence is as about security as crucial it is for the economy and technology. The inherent opportunity and challenges both lie in building capabilities for our industry and so the armed forces. India marks at the threshold of such breakthroughs in defense & aerospace--if the policies set forth rightly and implemented in spirit. India's Defence Secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar with his tech background is at the crucial juncture to drive policies within the complexity of defence industrial ecosystem that India must not loose the momentum at any cost. BW Businessworld's Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha interacts with Defence Secretary on such policies issues exclusively. Interaction touches upon: Defence Export, Startups, Offsets, SP Model, MMRCA-2, OFs, NUH and crucial aero engine among others.

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Fusion Fuel Holds The Promise Of Limitless Clean Energy To Power The Planet: Dr Vivek Lall, Chief Executive, General Atomics Global Corp

General Atomics Global Corporation is led by world's leading aerospace scientist Dr. Vivek Lall. General Atomics is the global powerhouse of unmanned systems and pioneering firm in nuclear energy and space technology. Indian Navy has inducted two Sea Guardian drones on lease from GA and scouting for more for critical maritime ISR capabilities in the Indian Ocean Region. But GA's groundbreaking energy innovation in magnetic fusion research is vital scientific discovery as Fusion Fuel holds the promise of Limitless clean energy to power the Planet for millennia which could supplement existing renewables. In an exclusive interaction, Dr. Lall, Chief Executive speaks with BW Businessworld's Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha on such critical technologies in civil nuclear, defence and space.

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Removal Of Offset Out Of Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 Is Beneficial: SAAB's MD Ola Rignell

Swedish PM Stefan during the recent Summit with PM Modi imparted a new thrust in Indo - Swedish relations. Defence and Security remain the key docket where Swedish defence OEM SAAB renewed its commitment to India of laying production ecosystem of its flag horse Gripen E for the lucrative MRFA 114 fighter jets program. Besides, SAAB is focusing on critical navel systems like G1X family of latest radars, AUV 62 autonomous underwater vehicle and ship design with stealth signature management. BW Businessworld’s Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha speaks with Ola Rignell, Managing Director, SAAB INDIA on such projects and collaboration.

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China Poses Greatest Long-term Strategic Threat In 21st century: Pentagon commander

As China continues to increase the size of the PLA and advance their joint capabilities, the military balance in the Indo-Pacific is becoming more unfavourable for the United States and its allies

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Paras Defence and Space Technologies files for draft papers with SEBI

The company is engaged in developing, manufacturing and designing defence and space engineering products aims to raise Rs 120 crore via fresh issue of shares

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DRDO’s Light Tank Will Be Power Pack As “The Highest Altitude Operable Tank In The Globe”: G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman DRDO

DRDO is tasked to empower India for building capability in defence –that not only limited to armed forces but it is now about technology for today and future which is foundational to growing defence economy. Last year, in the wake of precarious situation at LAC, despite the Covid 19, DRDO had some of the best moment of technological breakthrough with avant garde R&D, speedier trials and turnaround delivery so far. Besides such feet recently, It does get fair and unfair amount of criticism which it carries from the past record and legacy issues. In a first, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO speaks with Manish Kumar Jha on the entire gamut of current and futuristic projects that will be definitive for India in the world of defence, security and aerospace.

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Coming Together Of Land Forces of India And U.S. Armies Set Forth The Operational Combat Capability In The Region

While the concept of Indo-Pacific is marked within the dimension of maritime security in geopolitical arena the bilateral military exercise, called—Yudh Abhays-- of the land forces of both countries broaden the concept and mark it indeed significant for Indo- US security pact in the region. How that leads into supporting our overall strategy in the whole, says COL Jared D. Bordwell, Commander of 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, U.S. Army. On the sidelines of Indo-U.S. military exercise, Yudh Abhyas, Col Jared speaks with BW Businessworld’s Defence Editor, Manish Kumar Jha on the criticality of the interoperability of the land forces at tactical level.

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We Move to Permanently Base Royal Navy Ships In The Western Indian Ocean: UK Defence Adviser Brig Gavin Thompson

On the sidelines of Aero India 2021, I spoke with UK Defence Adviser to India Brig Gavin Thompson and Deputy British High Commissioner, Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford on the Indo-UK strategic security partnership. While the ongoing crucial military logistic agreement is expected soon, UK's Rolls Royce is in talk with India over building aero engine of 110 KN capability. Along, PM Boris Johnson is looking to reinstate his visit to India, Deputy HC Jeremy told BW Businessworld.

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Airbus Military Transport Aircraft C295 Is Actually The First Tangible Make In India Program: Airbus President Rémi Maillard

On the Sidelines of Aero India 2021, BW Businesworld's Manish Kumar Jha interacts with Rémi Maillard, President & MD, India & South Asia, Airbus on defence and commercial commitment to India. Airbus is emphatic on its C 295 military transport aircraft program with Tata which is awaiting final approval. Rémi also proposed Airbus AS565 Panther helicopter to Indian Navy under NUH program which is in direct competition with India's advance helicopter platforms by DPSU HAL.

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Aero India 2021 Is Marked For Indian Defence Capabilities Amid The Biggest Ever Defence Deal for 83 Tejas LCA Combat Jets With HAL

Aero India 2021 gets as many as 601 exhibitors - 523 Indian and 78 foreign while 14 countries have confirmed participation at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore. But the highlight is the biggest ever make in India contract worth Rs 48,000 crores inked formally with Defence Public Sector Undertaking, HAL today.

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A Marginal Increase In Defense Budget Reels Under 9.5% Fiscal Imbalance In The Budget 2021

Defence Budget increased from Rs 4,71,000 crores to Rs 4,78,000 crores. Pension bill reduced from Rs 1,33,000 crores to Rs 1,15,000 crores. Marginal increase in Capital budget at Rs 1,35,060 crores from Rs 1,13,000 last FY. Fiscal burden at 9.5 % is dampening impact on the overall budget including defence.

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Indian Coast Guard Created A Maritime History By Averting A Major Ecological Disaster Off Sri Lanka Coast: Director General K. Natarajan

India's frontier force, Indian Coast Guard is responsible for the surveillance of vast and vulnerable coastline over 7600Kms. And to cover the vast EEZ of 2.01 million sqKms and 4.6 Million SqKms of Indian Search and Rescue Regions which is more than the entire area of the land mass of the country, has stretched thin on ground both on assets and manpower. Director General, ICG, K. Natarajan puts forth his perspective with BW Businessworld's Manish Kumar Jha on such crucial issues of Coastal security and the role of ICG in averting a major ecological disaster by saving a massive Crude Carrier of 3 Lakh metric tons of crude oil off Sri Lanka Coast among others.

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Three More Rafale Jets Arrive In India From France

With the arrival of the new batch, the number of the Rafale aircraft has increased to 11.

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The Number of Suicide Cases Has Come Down; Incorrect USI Report — Army Chief Gen Naravane

Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said he was hopeful that through dialogue under the established mechanism, India and China will be able to reach an agreement to resolve the eastern Ladakh standoff. But he also emphatically maintained that such an agreement for disengagement and de-escalation must be based on an approach of mutual and equal security. Chief rebuked the recent report by a Think tank, citing insufficient sample base of findings among the world's largest 13 lakh strong Indian Army. He also refers to incorrect data in the report 'soldiers under pressure’.

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