Interview

We are Keen on Inducting DRDO AIP Without Any Add-Ons. Our Prototype is Available and Working… (it) has Been Partially Tested. The Full Testing Should be Ready by the End of This Year
Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Dr S. Christopher

We Have Taken a Very Important Initiative in the Form of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System to Modernise the Fence
Director General, Border Security Force, K.K. Sharma

The Indian P-8I and the US P-8A Have a Considerable Amount of Commonality… the P-8I is Perfectly Capable of Operating Alongside the P-8A
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice Admiral HCS Bisht

In Time UAC Will Become a Single Window For all Aftersales Support Activities for all Aviation Platforms Developed and Manufactured in Russia
President, United Aircraft Corporation, Yury Slyusar

Naval Group in India is Keen to Have the DRDO AIP Integrated in the P75 Submarines Sooner or Later
Managing director, Naval Group in India, Bernard Buisson

‘Nearly 800 Platforms Deployed by the Indian Armed Forces Are Equipped with Safran Inertial Reference Systems’
CEO, Safran India, Stephane Lauret

It’s not Enough to Give all those Modern Equipment to Troops on a Border Outpost; They Have to be Trained too to Make Use of That Technology
Director General, Sashashtra Seema Bal, Archana Ramasundaram

We are expanding the fleet in both the fixed and rotary wing. There is already a plan that is being deliberated upon by the MHA
Inspector General (Air), Border Security Force, Air Vice Marshal V.S. Bharti

If We Are Able To Satisfy The User With The MkI Products…, We Should Be Able To Export The Same To Other Countries When We Develop The MkII Version
Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary Department of Defence R&D, Dr S. Christopher

LCH Has the Distinction of Being the First Attack Helicopter to Land in Forward Bases at Siachen Which Has Not Been Achieved by Any Other Helicopter in the World
Chairman and managing director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, T. Suvarna Raju

The Successful Completion of IACCS Project (Being Developed Completely By BEL) Will Enable the IAF To Have Real-Time Air-Situational Picture of the Whole Country
Chairman & managing director, Bharat Electronics Limited, M. V. Gowtama

We are moving towards closing the Spike contract with the Indian Army. We are aiming for the production of an India-made Spike missile
E.V.P Marketing and Business Development, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd, Giora Katz

The Super Hornet, With More Composite Content Than its Competitors, is In Fact Uniquely Well Positioned in India’s Path to AMCA
Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Defense, Space & Security India, Michael Koch

The on-going VSHORAD competition is relevant to all three Indian armed forces. We are promoting Mistral MANPADS as an ideal, truly man-portable system
MBDA country head – India, Loïc Piedevache

The Adour Mk 871 engine, which powers the Hawk AJT, is the latest in a long line of engines license produced by HAL. We also support HAL in their licensed manufacture of the Adour 804/811 for the Jaguar fleet
Vice President, Customer Business India – Defence, Dr. Glenn Kelly

The Mirage 2000 upgrade programme serves the strategic requirements of the “Make in India” initiative of the Indian government
Vice president, sales and marketing – India, Thales, Stephane Lavigne

Electro Optical Systems and Payloads are Already Being Manufactured at Defsys Under the ‘Make in India’ Initiative of the Government
Defsys, executive director, Dmitry Bernadiner

The Development of Infrastructure at Karwar is a High Priority as the Base is set to Play a Significant Role in the Realisation of Our Objectives
Chief of Navy Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC

Military Installations are Being Targeted by Terrorists… This is Very Challenging as it Takes a Lot of Effort to Remain Alert Day and Night. Over all, People and Field Units are Busier than Before
Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra’s office is made in such a way that he gets a vantage view of what moves in and out of his territory; literally so. Overlooking the naval dockyard, he gets the view of the newly-commissioned destroyer INS Chennai from his office window. Perhaps, that was in the fitness of things as FORCE met up with him a day after the commissioning of the new warship, which is the latest addition to his armoury

Our current priority is to support the mission-readiness of the Indian Navy’s Sea King fleet which has many years of operation left in its role as a versatile force multiplier
Vice president, Customer Business Defence, India, Rolls Royce, Glenn Kelly

A Case is Being Processed for Expanding the Integrated Space Cell into the Defence Space Agency, Which Will Form the Nucleus for the Future Space Command
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

For M-RZR, we don’t have any restrictions from the US forces. We can go ahead and supply them directly to the Indian forces. In the case of Dagor, we have clearance for demonstration
Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt Ltd

Rockwell Collins’ strategy to expand in India is threefold: bring the best of our global offerings to India, partner with local companies to customise our offerings, develop capabilities locally through our India engineering design centre and through local strategic partnerships
Sunil Raina, managing director- India, Rockwell Collins

I think it’s fair to say that Airbus Defence and Space has great association with ISRO and Antrix, and we’re enormously proud of that. We’ve designed and built two communication satellites together in the past
Venkat Katkuri, President, Airbus Defence and Space Division, India

Since last year (following the Rail Budget 2015-16), Thales has been focusing on transfer of production of its TPWS signalling technology to India, through our local supply chain partners
Antoine Caput, VP & Country Director – India, Thales

AE remains committed to the Indian market for HWT and is actively investing in developing a supply chain for a ‘Make in India’ torpedo
Khalil Rahman, CEO, Atlas Elektronik India

The majority of the demand in India over the next two decades will be for single-aisle airplanes, such as the Next-Generation 737 and the new 737 MAX
India Spokesperson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

In the Artillery Procurement Itself, 814 Guns Were Cleared Whether they are Vajra or Dhanush
Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

The Indian Navy Would be Inducting State-of-the-Art Aircraft and Helicopters to Augment our Surveillance and Integral Aviation Capabilities
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC

Our Primary Business is to Show our Commitment and Contribution to Make in India
Vice president, Boeing Defence, Space & Security in India, Dennis Swanson

We are Discussing a 5th Gen Anti-Tank Guided Missile Cooperation Project With India Based on the MMP Weapon
Country Head, MBDA, Loïc Piedvache

Rafael is Committed to the Make In India Programme. Rafael Has Always Been Willing to Transfer Technology as Required
Executive vice president, marketing and business development, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd, Giora Katz

We are Exploring Plans to Build Components of the Stinger Missile in India
Vice president, Business development land warfare systems/Special Operations forces for Raytheon Missile Systems, Joe Peterson

In 2015, We Invested GBP 1.2bn in Gross R&D. It is This Investment That Creates the Intellectual Property we then Develop and Embed in our Products
President, Rolls-Royce, India & South Asia, Kishore Jayaraman

Our Strategy is in Line With the Indian Government’s Policy of “Make in India”
Vice president & country director, India, Thales, Antoine Caput

Of Special Focus During DefExpo Would be Our Marine Portfolio
Country Head and Chairman, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd, Jan Widerström

Our Vision is that in The Years to Come we Should be Able to Export Products Developed And Produced in India to Our Customers Worldwide
Chief Executive Officer, Safran India, Stephen Lauret

We see tremendous potential for tiltrotor technology in assault, cargo and search-and-rescue operations, offering capabilities to respond effectively to the security situations that India has faced in the past
Vice president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security in India, Dennis Swanson

Maitri is Very Much a Priority Project and we are Still Offering all the Performance and Transfer of Technology Advantages Associated with the Project in the Shape of a Short Range Naval Air Defence Missile
Country Head, MBDA, Loïc Piedvache

With a Wide Product Portfolio, the Power Systems Division Offers Immense Synergies for the Growing Indian Naval Market
President, Rolls-Royce, India & South Asia, Kishore Jayaraman

Saab’s joint venture with Kalyani Group will handle the main part of production and delivery of air defence systems for the VSHORAD and SRSAM programmes, once orders are confirmed
Country Head and Chairman, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd, Jan Widerström

Our team of engineers in India and Germany has introduced Modular Schutz Tecknik, which is a modular armour solution for aircraft
Director Domestic Sales, MKU Pvt Ltd, Vaibhav Gupta

The role of state governments would be critical to promote and nurture regional aviation and airport infrastructure
Chief Executive Office, SGK Kishore, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL)

We Have to Plan, Define, Develop, Manufacture and Maintain in India and do all This for the Global Customers
Senior director marketing, Siemens PLM Software India, Gautam Dutta

Realising the critical operational necessity of fighter aircraft in the IAF and likelihood of further delays in concluding the MMRCA contract negotiations, the government of India decided to procure 36 Rafale aircraft from France through an inter-government route
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

PAK-FA is an Evolving Aircraft. Right Now, work is Underway to Build a Prototype That Both Russia and India Wants
Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, P.S. Raghavan

I would also like to respond to the idle talk and pure invention of the media by reiterating that Russia has not discussed and does not have any plans to sell Su-35 aircraft to Pakistan
Minister-Counsellor and deputy chief of mission, Denis Alipov, Russian Embassy, New Delhi

Our huge advantage is that we can offer comprehensive projects to equip the armed forces and other security agencies of the partner countries rather than just supply any specific item
Deputy director general, Rosoboronexport, Sergey Goreslavsky

The LCH fills in an important gap for intercepting and engaging UAV
Wg Cdr (retd) Unni Pillai, Chief Test Pilot (Rotary Wing) HAL

We Are Working to Cross Pollinate Our Many Years of Experience and Knowledge to Give the IAF Vintage Flight a Move Forward
Officer Commanding Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), Squadron Leader Duncan Mason

HAL’s efforts are keeping the Jaguar flying and in many cases the parts for the aircraft are no longer being manufactured
Chairman Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), T. Suvarna Raju

India Represents a Significant Market for Thales Where the Company Has Been Partnering With HAL for Over 50 Years in all Technological Areas That Can Be Used For Military Aircraft
Patrick Mallon, Chief Technologist and Senior Thales Expert – Missile Systems

We are ready to integrate BrahMos missile in our Class 214 Submarine, as we already have the requisite design for the same
Managing director, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Gurnad Sodhi

The company legacy has been building state-of-the-art systems of this class and has developed unique methods for the design, calibration and testing of the subsystems to make such long-range performance possible
Director Business Development, ISR Systems, UTAS, Larry Maveri

King Air turboprops are utilised in a number of services such as air ambulance, ISR, maritime patrol and pilot training
Vice President of International Sales, Asia-Pacific, Textron Aviation, Chris Bogaars

A large number of air forces and government organisations use the PC-12 to fulfil specific missions
Vice president, government aviation & deputy CEO, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Jim Roche

The missiles in MBDA’s air-launched weapons portfolio feature the latest technologies allowing the pilot to truly maximise the capabilities of his aircraft
President, MBDA India, Loïc Piedevache

Our missiles have taken role in three high intensity conflicts, shooting down more than 140 enemy aircraft
Executive vice president, marketing & business development, Rafael, Oron Oriol

India Should Give Tax Concessions to Companies Which Set-Up Units in the Country
President, manufacturing business, Punj Lloyd Group, Ashok Wadhawan

CNC is in the Process of Resolving Certain Aspects Pertaining to the Contractual Framework and Licence Manufacture of 108 Rafale in India With Dassault Aviation and HAL
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

Boeing Has Been Working With Indian Suppliers For Over A Decade To Help Meet Indian Government’s Objectives to Build Indigenous Aerospace and Defence Capabilities
Vice President, Boeing Defence, Space & Security India, Dennis Swanson

French Government Has Authorised an Unprecedented Level of Technology Transfer Which Will See India Gain Vital Access To Key Seeker And Hot Launch Technologies
Country Head, India, MBDA Group, Loïc Piedevache

We don’t see offset as a burden but an opportunity but it has to be an equal opportunity
Vice President, government aviation at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd Jim Roche

Sweden and Saab Have a Proven Track Record of Being Open to Sharing Critical Technology. We Call it Transfer of Technology in its true sense
Country Head, Saab India, Lars Olof Lindgren

With a Powerful Portfolio of Products, We Believe That Rolls-Royce Can Offer India the Right Combination Of Experience and New Technologies
President, India & South Asia, Rolls-Royce, Kishore Jayaraman

It is Vital to Highlight the Difference Between ‘Make in India’ and “Designed, Developed and Made in India”; We Should Aspire for the Latter in Defence
Ashok Atluri, CMD, Zen Technologies

We Would Like the Procurement Process to Become More Favourable to the Indian Industry So That Wherever Capability Exists Within the Country it is Utilised to the Full
Managing director, MKU Pvt Ltd., Neeraj Gupta

Airbus Group has an Excellent Record in Creating Highly Productive Manufacturing Collaborations with Nations around the World
Vice president, sales, military aircraft, Asia Pacific, Federico Lacalle

Plugging Indian Companies, Public and Private, in Our Global Supply Chain is a Key Pillar of Our Local Strategy
Yves Guillaume, President India, Airbus Group

We Are Already Culturally Indian, Sharing Knowledge, Technologies and Expertise with the Local Industry for Years
Vice president and country director, Thales India, Antoine Caput

Lockheed Martin is Focussed on Three Programmes Right Now: C-130J; MH-60R/S for the Indian Navy and the Javelin Missile
Phil Shaw, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

We are Excited About tapping into India’s Skilled Aerospace Industry and Transferring Our Expertise and Technology to the Indian Industry
Regional executive, India & South Asia, Sikorsky, Air Vice Marshal Arvind Walia (retd)

Jointmanship Between the Three Services and Inter-Agency Coordination will be Critical to Achieve Success Both Against External Threats as well as Internal Security Challenges
Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

The Navy has a long term, comprehensive and ambitious submarine building programme, with a predominant indigenous orientation
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC

Marte ER is Also Being Discussed With India as a Highly Versatile System Suitable for Launch from Helicopters, MPA and Surface Platforms
President India, MBDA, Loïc Piedevache

We have 1,000 engineers working in India through outsourced agreements and have world-class manufacturing facilities, exporting components around the world
President, India & South Asia, Rolls-Royce, Kishore Jayaraman

Our Company is a National Asset That Has Developed an Efficient and Experienced Team for Submarine Building
Chairman and managing director, Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), Rear Admiral R.K. Shrawat

49 is a Very Generous Percentage. With Such a Large Market, Companies That Don’t Take Advantage of the New FDI Rule Will Be Completely Shut Out
Chairman and Managing Director, Zen Technologies Limited, Ashok Atluri

The Modernisation of the Paramilitary Forces is not Something Which Can be Done Once and for all, it is a Continuous Process
Devendra Kumar Pathak, Director General, Border Security Force

We expect MMRCA and the A330 MRTT Flight Refuelling Aircraft contracts concluded in the near future. Both these aircraft are critical to the build up of our operational capability
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

We are open to partnering with any company that matches our ethical standards and brings skills and capabilities that can assist us to serve the Indian market
Regional executive, India & South Asia, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, Air Vice Marshal Arvind Walia (retd)

P75 is the only such programme in the world where all the submarines are manufactured locally without having the first one or two constructed at OEM facilities to get on-the-job training
Managing director, DCNS India, Bernard Buisson

During the last 12 months, there have been exercises (between India and UK) in each domain of land, air and sea. This has happened for the first time in many years
Minister for defence equipment, support & technology, UK, Philip Dunne

We work with the philosophy of having a friendly border population and we make constant endeavour to achieve higher degree of attainment in this direction
Director General, Border Security Force, Devendra Kumar Pathak

The government should come up with regular requirements on a yearly or half-yearly basis. This will create more than one option for each and every tender and regularity of supplies
Managing director, MKU Pvt. Ltd, Neeraj Gupta

We have delivered over 300 aircraft to government agencies around the world for a full range of specialised mission applications
Vice President, Sales, China and Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Andy Solem

We have most of the large Indian business groups flying the Falcon today and we have invested a lot to offer good service, which is strategic to us and which is why we are number one in India
International Sales Director, Falcon Business Jets, Thierry de Poncins

We are confident that Mistral offers the best technical and operational solution to India’s requirements with regard to the other competitors
Country Head, MBDA, Loïc Piedevache

It (IJT programme) is Already Eight Years Behind Schedule. We Are Hoping That IOC Will be Obtained by End of This Year as by 2015 Our Kiran Assets Will Start Dwindling
AOC-in-C, Training Command, Indian Air Force, Air Marshal Paramjit Singh Gill AVSM VM

We have gone through our transformation process which has to do with trying to configure the armed forces for the future… (which) we hope is not for all sort of expeditionary operations
UK minister for international security strategy, Andrew Murrison

BEL has graduated from an equipment supplier to a total solution provider to navy and most of the systems are customised as per platform requirements
Chairman and managing director, Bharat Electronics Ltd, S.K. Sharma

The BT47 system is supported by Saab’s GAMER exercise control console configurable from a ruggedised laptop for small scale exercises up to major Combat Training Centre establishments
Marketing director, training and simulation, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd, Rob Wild

Our group is successfully running many JVs for the last three decades and we are always open to tying up with reputed companies
Executive director, Kalyani Group, Amit B Kalyani

We are very sensitive to the fact that in the long term India wants to migrate to Make (India) programmes. We understand the technology transfer and we are willing to partner with Indian companies
Director, government sales and marketing, Asia-Pacific, Rockwell Collins, Douglas Schoen

Purchase of Amur 1650 Non-Nuclear Submarines Will Considerably Increase the Indian Navy’s Capabilities
Director General of Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering, Rubin, Igor Vilnit

By bringing together all the defence capabilities of the Group under one roof, we will be able to offer integrated solutions to our customers in India in a more cost and time effective manner
President India, Airbus Group, Yves Guillaume

For us, India is One of Saab’s Home Bases And, Therefore, The Focus is Not Simply On Winning Bids But On Building Business In Partnership
Chairman Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd, Lars Olof Lindgren

We Are One of the Few With the Wherewithal to Design and Manufacture Both Hard and Soft Armour
Managing director, MKU Pvt Ltd., Neeraj Gupta

Atlas Elektronik is Committed to the Indian Market With an Ambitious Project to Assemble and Produce Sonar Systems in India in Collaboration with Indian Industry
Atlas Elektronik India, CEO, Khalil Rahman

More Than 50 Per Cent of the Mazagon Procured Materials Originally Supplied by DCNS Have Been Successfully Subcontracted by DCNS India to Indian Industries
Managing Director, DCNS India, Bernard Buisson

We’re delivering about 1 P-8 a month, which includes both P-8As to the US Navy and P-8Is to the Indian Navy
Leland Wight, P-81 Program Manager at Boeing Defense, Space & Security

(On Avro replacement programme) it is Essential That All Parties Sign Crystal-Clear Agreements and that Joint Activities and Contracts that are Eventually Agreed are Realistic
VP Defence Capability Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space, Ian Elliott

Pipavav’s USP lies in being equipped with the world class heavy engineering infrastructure and practicing of latest integrated and modular construction technology on ground
Executive Director, Business Development & Alliance Management, Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited, Debashis Bir

Our association with India has always been a partnership approach rather than a client-buyer relationship
Vice president, India and South Asia, Airbus Helicopters, Rainer Farid

The opportunities exist but they require a policy of teaming up with Indian companies, as it is our case with L&T in the LPD programme
General Manager, India Liaison José Luis Montes Martínez

Sikorsky’s Aim is to Work with Indian MoD and Bring the 16 MRH Project to a Closure as it has Already Been Inordinately Delayed
Regional Executive, Sikorsky, India and South Asia, Air Vice Marshal Arvind Walia (retd)

The LCAC, and its successor the SSC, offer navies the ability to land at 80 per cent of the world’s shorelines and operate in extreme conditions ranging from Arctic to Sahara
Senior vice president and general manager, Textron Defense Systems, Ian Walsh and president & managing director, Textron India Private Limited, Inderjit Sial

EC135 is the Most Suitable Helicopter for Further Building EMS Capabilities of Indian Operators
Senior Marketing Manager, Airbus Helicopter, Jean-Marc Royer

The 17 Corps Headquarters Along With the Headquarters of One Infantry Division Commenced Raising on 1 January 2014
Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC

ST53 system supplies a unique capability, particularly around forced entry, which is not currently available in the market outside Avon
Commercial Director, Avon Protection, Matthew Evans

Presently 75 PC-7 MK-II aircraft are contracted as Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) for the IAF. Sixty aircraft would be utilised for basic training of all the trainees at AFA. Remaining 15 aircraft would be based at Flying Instructors’ School (FIS), Air Force Station, Tambaram
Commandant, Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Air Marshal Ravi Burli

We have proactive approaches with the end-user and the procurement agencies to further enhance the performance of our in-service support
Head of services for the international market,DCNSLaurent Espinasse

The Prime Ministers of India and Japan Have Declared to Form a JWG to Explore Modality for Cooperation On US-2
Managing director ShinMaywa Industries India Pvt Ltd and director ShinMaywa Industries Ltd, Japan, Kanji Ishimaru

Our Efforts Are to Avoid Any Triggers to Deprive the Separatists of Causes for Instigating Violence
General Officer Commanding in Chief, Lt Gen. Sanjiv Chachra AVSM, VSM

For the Indian Navy, MAITRI Will Provide a Highly Effective, Vertically Launched Point Defence System to Protect Against a Wide Range of Air Threats
Country Head, India, MBDA, Loïc Piedevache

Whoever who flies in A400M is hugely impressed by it, so we are confident that we will have good grounds for discussion in India when everyone is ready
Vice President, defence capability marketing, Airbus Military, Ian Elliott

We regard India as a strategic “resource hub” for the Group
CEO, EADS India, Yves Guillaume

Over 345 vessels have Rolls-Royce Marine equipment operating in India
Managing Director, Rolls-Royce-India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, Navjit Gill and Regional Manager Naval, Rolls-Royce India, Pradeep Bahri

The Current Situation in J&K is at an Important Crossroad and Needs to be Further Consolidated
Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC

Infiltration, Smuggling of Contraband, Narcotics, FICN and Arms/ Ammunition are the Biggest Challenges
Director General, Border Security Force, Subhash Joshi

With the Induction of PC-7 MK-II Aircraft, the Training Syllabus Has Been Increased to 55 Hours Per Trainee From the Earlier 25 Hours
Deputy Commandant, Air Force Academy, Dundigul, Air Vice Marshal V.R. Chaudhuri

Very Soon, We Are Going to Install Three Simulators at AFA. These Are Full-Mission and Fixed-Base Simulators
Air Commodore Nagesh Kapoor Chief Instructor (Flying) AFA Dundigal

HQ IDS and the IAF are in the Process of Implementing a Roadmap for Strengthening Cyber Security in the IAF in Consultation with NSCS
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

The DBO operation has instilled a lot of confidence in our capabilities… As long as the pilot has the desired skills, we can go ahead and land on any altitude
Air Officer Commanding, Hindan Air Force Station, Air Commodore Anil Sabharwal

The IAF Harvard is nearly finished. We are carrying out engine runs. It should be flying in India by the end of the year
Chief Adviser, Indian Air Force, vintage flight, Mike Edwards MBE

I Feel that a Higher FDI Limit Would Certainly Encourage Investment. A Genuine Joint Venture is 50:50
Minister for defence equipment, support & technology, United Kingdom, Philip Dunne

With the C-27J, the IAF could have an aircraft capable to do, literally, the entire mission possible in supporting logistic needs all around the country
Alenia Aermacchi test pilot, Gianni Ammoniaci

New Production Units are Planned with Enhanced Rate of Production and Reduced Production Cycle Times
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Chairman, Dr R.K. Tyagi

We Believe That the Balance of Live and Virtual Training Needs to Shift More Toward Virtual
Managing director, CAE India, Ananth Ramaswami

We are proud of our close long-term cooperation, where the Indian Army and Security Forces have deployed IWI’s entire line of firearms
Vice president, business development, S.K. Group, Mark Shachar

We Are Seeking an Administrative Mechanism Whereby Tibetans Could Live Together; We Are Not Making Any Territorial Claims
Sikyong, Tibetan-government in exile, Lobsang Sangay

FDI Ceiling of Minimum 74 Per Cent Would Incentivise Global High-Tech Companies to Bring in Latest Products to India
President and managing director, Textron India Pvt Ltd, Inderjit Sial

Some Infrastructure for CBRN is in Place in India, but we can Bring in an Enhanced Nation-Wide Monitoring System
Marketing Director, Saab India Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Peter Erlingborn

Today, We Are Very Proud to Say That 75,000 Stallions are Deployed by the Armed Forces all Over India
Ashok Leyland’s vice chairman, V. Sumantran and executive director, defence business, Nitin Seth

As technology requirement grows, the officers in the Academy should be comfortable in handling it. We have started module based training to give them the proper exposure
Director/ Inspector General of Police, CRPF Academy, H.R. Singh

The Systems We Are Bringing to India Has both Radars and Missiles Designed for Countering the Threat of Small Targets
Marketing director, Saab Technologies, Mats Johansson

This is the right time to come with a message that there is a new type of warfare
President and CEO, Rafael, V Adm. Y. Yaari (retd)

We Think A400M’s Unique Capabilities Are Certainly Going to be Something That the IAF Will Want to Explore
Vice president, defence capability marketing, Airbus Military, Ian Elliott

The Combination of Co-Site Performance, Data Rate, Embedded High-Level Encryption and Full Networking Capability are Unique on the Market
Executive vice president, head of Radiocommunications Systems Division, Rohde & Schwarz, Herbert Rewitzer

IAF Will Benefit from Chinook’s Multi-Mission Heavy Lift Capabilities and its Evolving Platform, Both Of Which Make It Relevant In The Future
Vice President, International Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Dennis D. Swanson

We Would Like to be a Major Aero-Structure Manufacturer For HAL Working on Multiple Opportunities Like Su-30MKI, Dornier and IJT
President, defence, Punj Lloyd, R.K. Sharma

We Have Requested the MoD for More Visibility About The Serious Possible Delay of the On-Going Procurement Case for 197 RSH Jelicopters
Eurocopter India CEO, Xavier Hay and vice president, sales and customers relation, South Asia, Eurocopter, Rainer Farid

We have Successfully Demonstrated the Light Tactical UAV Tracker to the Indian Army
Head of Asia & CEO India, Cassidian, Dr Peter Gutsmiedl

When Battles Will Be Fought With all Kinds of Jamming and Available Countermeasures, RBS 70 Will be a Winning Concept
Managing director, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd, Niklas Nieminen

Futuristic Technology And MBDA are Inextricably Linked
Country Head, India, MBDA, Loic Piedevache

Many of the Future Programmes That We See Coming Will Be “Make India” Programmes, So Teaming with Indian Partners is a Key Element in Our Strategy
Vice president and managing director, Rockwell Collins (Asia Pacific), T.C. Chan

SFW is One of the World’s Most Effective Weapons, Without Putting Ground Forces or Civilians at Risk
President and Chief Executive Officer, Textron Systems, Ellen Lord

EADS offers a lot more to India than just products. It forges partnership with Indian companies
Chief Executive Officer, EADS India, Yves Guillaume

We Plan to Develop IAMPL as a Centre of Excellence, with the Latest Manufacturing Techniques and Training Programmes
Senior Vice-President, Defence Aerospace, South Asia, Rolls-Royce, John Gay

We would be totally ready to indigenise significant subsystems/components; some of which could be used for any other AIP system the Indian Navy might choose later
Managing director, DCNS India Bernard Buisson

India is a Class ‘A’ Market Where we are Looking at Building a “Smart Subsidiary”, Instead of Operating as a Mere Sales Office
Country head and key account manager, Atlas Elektronik, Khalil Rahman

We Believe That Navantia’s S-80 Submarine, Which is at the Final Stages of Construction for the Spanish Navy, Could be a Good Reference for P-75I
Naval Architect, area director, commercial division, NAVANTIA S.A., Jorge García-Monedero

We have all the products that can support Indian Army’s BMS programme
Vice president and managing director, Rockwell Collins, Asia Pacific, T.C. Chan and managing director, Rockwell Collins, India, Ram Prasad

With solutions like the AGM-65 Maverick and the MCU, the IAF can obtain proven, cost-effective vital capabilities to ensure the nation’s defence
President, Raytheon India, William Blair

“As a Major Business Unit of EADS, We Are Able to Draw on a Wide Range of Industrial Activities and Technologies to Provide Opportunities to Indian Companies”
Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific Airbus Military, Federico Lacalle

We Envisage the C-27J as the Backbone of the Future IAF Transport Fleet
Alenia Aermacchi Spokesperson

“Today all Operators of the Bell 412, Eurocopter Dauphin and ALH Dhruv in India Have Signed Up With HATSOFF”
CEO HATSOFF, Maj. Gen. Ajit Gadre (retd)

‘The IAF is Aware of the Dual Mode Brimstone’s Exceptional Capabilities Which Were Recently Proved in Libya and Afghanistan’
Country Head, India, MBDA, Loic Piedevache

We Are Here to Create Fit-For-Purpose Training Capabilities for India and Not Just to Sell Straight Off the Shelf
Director, Security and Defence Solutions (Training & Simulation), Saab India Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Rob Wild

We are Augmenting Our In-House Resources to Meet the Offset Requirement in the EW and Airborne Radar Areas for the MMRCA Programme
Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited, Anil Kumar

‘On Completion, The IACCS Will Cover The Entire National Air Space’
Vice chief of air staff, Air Marshal D.C. Kumaria

‘The Partnership Between DCNS And Pipavav is Expected to Boost India’s Drive for Self-Reliance and Create Local Jobs’
Managing director, DCNS India, Bernard Buisson

‘Northrop Grumman is committed to working with India, to be the trusted provider of the most advanced technology and capabilities’.
Tom Trudell, Manager, International Business Development at Northrop Grumman, talks about what his company can offer India.

‘We Are Also Exploring Opportunities for C-130J in the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard’
Vice President, Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, George Standridge

‘At Present, the Army has Decided to Induct 118 Arjun Mk-2 Tanks Instead of 124’
Director, CVRDE, Dr Sivakumar, gives us the low-down on the Arjun programme.

‘Certification Will Take Place This Month and First Delivery of the ‘Rudra’ as Called by the Army will Take Place This Year’
Managing director, Helicopter Complex, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, P. Soundara Rajan

‘We’re working with the US government, to release Patriot Missile systems to India’
Director, Business Development, Integrated Air and Missile Defence, Raytheon, David Hartman

‘Our Aim is to Create a Simulation Environment That is Credible and Allows Organisations to Explore Alternate Technologies’
Director, Strategic Development & Experimentation, India Phantom Works, Shane Rogers

‘Honeywell Remains Fully Committed To Supporting IAF and in their Procurement Process for an Engine Upgrade for Jaguar’
President, Honeywell Aerospace India, Pritam Bhavnani

‘In the Towed Gun System, Both the Gun and the Main (Ballistic) Computer Are From Caesar’
Indian Artillery campaign director, Nexter Systems, Thierry Soulat

‘Fennec is a Reference Helicopter Today for High and Hot Operations Around the World’
Vice president of sales & customer relations, South Asia, Eurocopter, Rainer Farid

‘In The Long Term, we are Looking for Technology Transfer for In-Depth Manufacturing in Critical Technology Areas’
Joint managing director and chief operating officer, domestic operations, Rolta India Ltd, Atul D. Tayal

‘In The Long Term, we are Looking for Technology Transfer for In-Depth Manufacturing in Critical Technology Areas’
Joint managing director and chief operating officer, domestic operations, Rolta India Ltd, Atul D. Tayal

‘Apart From Doubling Our Capacity, Modernisation Will Enable Us to Undertake Modular Construction More Efficiently’
Chairman and managing director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Rear Admiral A.K. Verma (retd)

‘We Believe That We Have a Lot to Offer When We See The Level of Investment and Priorities of Indian MoD’
Executive vice president, international affairs, Nexter Systems, Mike Duckworth

‘If We are Chosen to Offer any of our Products, We Are Ready to Build it Locally in India’
Chief Executive Officer, Renault Trucks, Gérard Amiel

‘We Have Sold All Types of Guns That We Make to India and They Are in Use’
CEO, Israel Weapon Industries Ltd, Uri Amit

‘Cobham Has a Wide Range of Important Capabilities for the Land Based Military and Paramilitary Forces’
Managing director, Cobham India Private Limited, Lee Griffiths

‘Our Experiences in Successful ToTs Gives Us an Edge in Understanding the Requirements for Fast Assimilation and Absorption of Complex ToTs’
President, DCNS India, Bernard Buisson

‘There is no Other Aircraft Comparable to the A330 MRTT in Capabilities; it is an Extremely Low-Risk and High-Performance Aircraft’
Vice president, defence capability marketing, Airbus Military, Ian Elliott

‘We See 4 Pillars of Raytheon in India: Military Modernisation, Air & Missile Defence, Air Traffic Management, and Homeland Security Solutions’
President, Raytheon India, William L. Blair

‘The CH-47 Chinook is an Ideal Choice for India Given its Unsurpassed Ability to Deliver Heavy Payloads to High Altitudes’
Vice president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, India, Dennis Swanson

‘Saab’s RBS 70 NG VSHORAD System With Integrated 24/7 All-Target Capability Has Been Developed For Any Combat Situation’
Managing director, Saab India Technology Pvt Ltd, Inderjit Sial

‘Cobham is the market leader for air to air refuelling products and has over 75 years of experience designing, developing and manufacturing air to air refuelling solutions’
Managing director, Cobham India Private Limited, Lee Griffiths

‘Milan, Exocet, Mistral and Now MICA are Linking MBDA and India’s Interests and Futures Firmly Together’
Country Head, India, MBDA, Loic Piedevache

‘The More the Indian Government is Able to Open the Access Channels, the Better it is Going to be for Their Goals of Importing Cutting Edge Technology’
Senior vice president, international business and government, Textron Systems Corporation, Kevin J. Cosgriff

‘There Are Many Other Opportunities which is Why India Remains a Priority Country for EADS. Our Determination to Increase our Sourcing in India Remains Unchanged’
CEO, EADS India Pvt Ltd, Yves Guillaume

‘We Are Currently Evaluating Several Opportunities for Partnerships in India. We Plan to Substantially Increase our Existing Industrial Cooperation Like the One With HAL’
Vice president, South Asia, sales & customer relations, Eurocopter, Rainer Farid

‘Our Ability to Deliver Affordable, Mission-Critical Networked Solutions That Can Withstand the Harshest Real-World Conditions Puts us at an Advantage’
Vice president, international relations, Asia Pacific, ITT Exelis, Ron Smith

‘R&D Has Predominantly Been the Driving Force Behind BEL’
Chairman and managing director, Bharat Electronics Ltd, Anil Kumar

‘If We Could Sign a Formal Treaty of Friendship with the Soviet Union in 1971, Why not an Informal Partnership With the US, in National Interest, Now?’
The peculiarity of India is that its external defence and internal security are like conjoined twins, not yet separated by surgery, even though at times there is an illusion of severance. While FORCE has always treated the strategic and the internal as extensions of one another, in the run-up to DefExpo 2012, we decided to engage a long time contributor and former Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Arun Prakash (retd) on some critical national security issues. Complimenting that, FORCE had an extensive conversation with recently retired home secretary, G.K. Pillai on challenges within. We spoke to these two officers after retirement because while not having constraints of office, they still remain relevant to the establishment. As a member of the task force on national security, Admiral Arun Prakash continues to have a ring side view of the corridors of power. He puts seven critical national security issues that bedevil India’s policy-makers in perspective. G.K. Pillai, on the hand, only a few months into his retirement, has been closely associated with India’s counter-terror and counter-Maoist policy-making, having taken over as home secretary a few months after the 26 November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai

‘I will not be disclosing any secrets if I say that at any given moment nearly 200,000 computers in India are being hacked’
Former home secretary, G.K. Pillai

‘Ensuring Professionalism and Best Possible Service Conditions Coupled With Genuine Welfare are my Biggest Challenges’
Director General, Border Security Force, Uthan Kumar Bansal

‘It Is Our Continued Endeavour to Improve Connectivity to the BOPs As Well As Mobility of Our Men’
Director General, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Ranjit Sinha

‘Extreme Physical Fitness is Not a Virtue But a Necessity for ITBP Personnel’
Director, ITBP Academy, Inspector General Harbhajan Singh

‘Open Border is a Challenge Which Makes Our Work Intelligence-Oriented’
Inspector General, Siliguri Frontier, Sashastra Seema Bal, S.K. Gautam

‘We are Currently Looking for a Tie-Up with an International Company for Development of Underwater Systems’
Chief Executive, Mahindra Defence Systems, Brigadier (retd) Khutub A. Hai

‘BEL is Interested in Airborne Radar, Electronic Warfare systems and Avionics for the MMRCA’
Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited, Anil Kumar

‘Saab is Currently Working With a Number of Indian Companies, Both in the Private and Public Sector’
Managing director, Saab India, Inderjit Sial

‘The Experience That We Have Already Started Gaining With HAL On SFW, Is Invaluable’
Senior vice president, international business and government, Textron Systems Corporation, Kevin J. Cosgriff

‘We are Committed to Build and Maintain a World Class Navy Capable of Meeting Our Nation’s Needs’
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

‘In the Transfer of Technology Cases, HAL Needs To Enhance The Rate Of Technology Assimilation’
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

‘A Time Bound Roadmap Has Been Drawn Up and the (Transformation) Process is Likely to Fructify in Near Future’
Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

‘This Academy Will Help In Bridging The Deficiency In The Officer Cadre To A Considerable Extent’
Commandant, Officers Training Academy, Gaya, Lt Gen. Vijai Sharma

‘We Would Like The Order For P75(I) To Be Placed At The Earliest’
Chairman and managing director, Mazagon Dock Ltd., Vice Admiral H.S. Malhi

‘We Have To Put the Foundation in Place to Ensure we can be Successful’
President and Chief Executive Officer, Bell Helicopter, John Garrison

‘Should AFSPA be Revoked, our Responsibilities Will Increase’
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, S.M. Sahai

‘The Top Two Threat Vectors Are Phishing Attacks and Insider Threats’
Vice president, Raytheon Homeland Security, Brian Seagrave

‘Caesar Has Been Used in the Combat Zones of Afghanistan and Lebanon and Has Demonstrated its High Reliability’
External communication, Nexter Systems, Laetitia Blandin

‘We Hope to Sign the MMRCA Contract During the Current Financial Year’
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

‘The Simulator Training Would Keep Increasing as Time Progresses, But Hands-on Training Cannot be Dispensed With’
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja

‘We need it (AESA) too, for our Typhoons. That is the Best Guarantee India Can Have’
UK minister for defence equipment support and technology, Peter Luff

‘I think That While the Services are Interested in Capabilities, the MoD looks at the Promise of Capabilities’
Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India Pvt. Ltd, Roger Rose

‘We Are Exploring Our Best Options to Collaborate With Different Indian Shipyards’
Naval Architect/Area Director, Commercial Division, NAVANTIA S.A., Jorge García-Monedero

‘While the Navy’s Role has not Changed, One has to Prioritise According to the Threats Faced by the Nation’
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

‘It Was Very Clear in the Government Order That the Responsibility and Accountability for Coastal Defence was of the Indian Navy’
Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, FOC-in-C, Western Naval Command (30 April 2009-30 April 2011)

‘It is Always the First Ship Which Takes Time, Because in Shipbuilding One Cannot Build a Prototype’
Chairman and managing director, Mazagon Dock Ltd, Vice Admiral H.S. Malhi

‘We Will Work Out a Mechanism Where the SPOs Can Either be Absorbed in the Home Guards or the Police’
Chief minister, Chhattisgarh, Dr Raman Singh

‘Maoists Are Creating a Corridor Between Bastar and North Orissa, To Go Up Till West Bengal via Jharkhand’
DGP, Chhattisgarh, Vishwa Ranjan

‘The Mitanin Programme has Certainly not been Implemented in the Spirit in Which it Was Formulated’
President, PUCL, Chhattisgarh, Dr Binayak Sen

‘As An Indian, I Am Proud to Say that MDL has Out-performed the Learning Curve in this Project’
Chairman and managing director, Mazagon Dock Limited, Vice Admiral H.S. Malhi

‘PSL is the First Indian Shipyard to Undertake Modular Construction with Efficient Shipbuilding Processes’
Chairman, Pipavav Shipyard Ltd, Nikhil P. Gandhi

Our Political Response to Situations is Much Better Now than it was Last Year’
Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah

‘Ak-47 Is Not My Weapon. It’s A Mere Tool To Be Used Occasionally. The Heart Is My Weapon’
General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, Lt Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain AVSM, SM, VSM**

‘What We Faced is Not Peaceful Protests, as Claimed, but Large Stone-Pelting Mobs and Attempts at Arson’
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, S.M. Sahai

‘CRPF is Fully Capable of Taking on the CI Ops Along With the State Police if a Competent Authority Deems it so’
Inspector General, Operations, Kashmir, Central Reserve Police Force, B.N. Ramesh Elettronica S.p.A, Paolo Izzo

‘Aero India Was an Excellent Opportunity for us to Showcase our Latest, State-of-the-Art Products and Technologies’
Resident manager India, business development, Elettronica S.p.A, Paolo Izzo

‘In the Space Sector We Are Looking at Launch Vehicles as Well as Expanding Our Engagement in Satellite Controls’
President, defence & space, Honeywell Aerospace, Mike Madsen

‘We Are Looking To Cater To Simulation and Training Needs of India’
Vice president and manager director, Asia Pacific, Rockwell Collins, T.C. Chan

‘The Ministry Continuously Weeds out Inefficient Procedures and Adopts the Best Practices to Ensure that there are no Undue Delays’
Minister of state for defence, M.M. Pallam Raju

‘The IAF is Funding up to 30 Per Cent of the Design and Development Cost of LCA MK II’
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik PVSM, AVSM, ADC

“We Are Looking For a Much Larger Role in The MMRCA Contract As The Offset Values Are Very High”
Ashwani Kumar Datt, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)

‘We Need to, And Are, Training to Meet all Contingencies in the Present and Future Manifestations of Warfare’
Commandant, Army War College, Lt Gen. Deepak Raj AVSM, SM

‘We Need to Improve Our Research and Development and Quality Control Skills’
Officiating Chief Engineer, Himank (Leh), Col V.S. Yadav

‘Today, We Have the Advanced Equipment Which Can Take Care of a Larger Portion of The Spectrum and is More Potent’
Commandant, Military College of Telecommunication and Engineering, Lt Gen. V.K. Sharma

‘Besides substantially stretching our air defence umbrella from what we currently have, we will get viable shore-strike capability with the MiG-29Ks’
Flag Officer Naval Aviation, Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai

‘We Expect to Launch the First Scorpene Submarine Sometime in 2014’
CMD, Mazagon Dock Ltd, Vice Admiral H.S. Malhi

‘I See Indian-Italian Relationship As A Dynamic One, Extended Over A Wide Spectrum Of Experiences’
Ambassador of Italy to India, Giacomo Sanfelice di Monteforte

‘No Example Exists in the World to Compare the Level and Depth of Technology That We Have Transferred To India’
Managing director, DCNS India, Bernard Buisson

‘We Are Making Four Stealth, State-Of-Art ASW Corvettes (P28) for the Indian Navy’
Chairman and Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Rear Admiral K.C. Shekhar AVSM, VSM (retd)

‘INS Hansa is one of the contenders for Advanced Jet Trainer Hawks’
Commanding Officer, INS Hansa, Cmde Ravneet Singh NM

‘‘By the middle of next year, we expect all the 16 MiG-29K to be here’
Commanding Officer, Intensive Flying, Trial and Testing Unit (MiG-29K), Cdr A.D. Theophilus

‘We Want To Improve the Indigenous Content And Reduce Import of Aeronautical Components
Chief Controller R&D (SI and AE), Defence Research and Development Organisation, Dr Prahlada

‘Both Countries Agree That No Pretext Justifies Terrorism and Killing Of Innocent Civilians For Alleged Political Purposes’
Ambassador of France to India, Jerome Bonnafont

‘IAF Envisages a Combat Strength of Approximately 40 Squadrons by 2020’
Chief of Air Staff, Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal, P.V. Naik PVSM, VSM, ADC’

The Indian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft is Planned for Induction From 2018’
Chairman, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Ashok Nayak

‘With the Kind of Air Assets that are Coming into this Sector, We will Be Able to Support the Army as far as Air Defence is Concerned’
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal K.K. Nohwar VM

‘Simulator-Based Training Philosophy Has Not Only Enhanced the Quality of Training But Also Economises On Training Resources’
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Air Marshal V.R. Iyer

‘Remoteness of the Place Is Our Biggest Challenge’
Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Tezpur, Air Commodore T.K. Nair

‘Our Roles Include Air Defence and Counter Air Operations in Which We Practice Air Dominance’
Commanding Officer, No. 2 Squadron, Wing Commander D.S. Dangi

‘Helicopters Currently Make Up Five to Six Per Cent of HAL’s Total Business; this is Expected to Grow to 20–25 Per Cent Over the Next 12 Years’
Managing Director, Helicopter Complex, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, P. Soundara Rajan

‘Given the Features and Functionality of the Tejas, We Feel the Weight is Reasonable’
Director ADA, P.S. Subramanyam

As the Terror Infrastructure in Pakistan Remains Intact, Infiltration Attempts Continue and the Terrorist Threat Remains a Reality’
Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC