Interview

‘Achieving joint-ness and integration is a continuous process and it is work in progress. A lot has been done, is being done and is yet to be done’
Chief of Integrated Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee Lt Gen. Satish Dua

‘The Longer the Programme (P-75I) Gets Delayed, The Certainty of Mazagon Being Allowed to Bid Increases’
Chairman, FICCI defence committee, whole-time director and senior executive VP for L&T’s defence business, Jayant Damodar Patil

‘80% of our deployment is in operational theatres. It does cause a lot of stress in the sense that he (the soldier) works away from the family in hostile environment’
Director General, Central Reserve Police Force, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, IPS

We are optimistic about aligning the induction of these aircraft (carrier-borne fighters) with the operationalisation of IAC-1
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC

Given That Now We Keep Certain Ships in War-Readiness State All the Time…, Some Ships Would Be Ready Immediately (in Case of a Crisis)
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Girish Luthra PVSM, AVSM

During the last one year we have started to look at exports in a focussed manner. We have created an exports promotion team in the shipyard, which did not exist earlier. We have sent mailers to all our defence attaches worldwide so that they can keep us abreast with export opportunities
Chairman and Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Commodore Rakesh Anand (retd)

The final choice for P-75(I) AIP would emerge based on developmental timelines of indigenous AIP vis-à-vis timelines by which integration data can be provided to the platform designer
Inspector General Nuclear Submarines, Vice Admiral Srikant

Honeywell is interested in supporting India’s efforts to modernise body armour. We will continue to invest in India to support increased demand in military and law enforcement
Vice President and General Manager Packaging and Composites Honeywell, Sanjay Sharma

The JV represents an exciting new development for MBDA and India as it provides the ideal vehicle for advancing the “Make in India” strategy
Country Head, MBDA Group, India, Loïc Piedevache

A proposal for attaining self-regulatory status in the BSF Air Wing is in the process and under consideration at MHA
Air Vice Marshal V S Bharti YSM VM VSM, IG (Air) Border Security Force

The IAF is Interested in Avenger Class of HALE UAV and Will Consider This Case, if Offered by The US
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC

The F/A-18 will provide unmatched benefits to not only the Indian armed forces but also to India’s indigenous aerospace manufacturing sector
President Boeing India, Pratyush Kumar

US Believes India Can Play a Role in Increasing Stability in Asia
The recently named US ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster was the Under Secretary of Commerce, when the US lifted sanctions imposed on India following the 1998 nuclear tests. Considered a friend of India among the mandarins of the Indian foreign office, Juster had been a regular visitor to India. A die-hard optimist, at that time, Juster was in charge of the Bureau of Industry and Security, which sought to advance US national security, foreign policy, and economic interests. The Bureau also oversaw issues at the intersection of business and national security, including strategic trade controls, imports and foreign acquisitions that affected US security, enforcement of anti-boycott laws, industry compliance with international arms control agreements, and critical infrastructure protection. On a visit to India to deliver a keynote address at Indo-US Space Conference in Bangalore, in July 2004, Juster spoke exclusively with FORCE editor Pravin Sawhney about the future of Indo-US trade relations in the area of high technology exchanges. We reproduce the 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