In this Issue – April 2018

Letter from the Editor


Science of War
An unreal Defence Production Policy cannot rejuvenate India’s defence industry

Rethink and Reorganise
Bhamre report is scathing in its attack on the MoD for the sorry state of affairs in defence procurement

Indigenise to Grow
Defence investments should focus on technology that can help to Make in India


For the current frigate programme, MDL is resorting to integrated construction methodology wherein the ships’ blocks are pre-outfitted in the shop itself
Chairman and managing director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Commodore Rakesh Anand (retd)

L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd will be exhibiting for the first time at DefExpo 2018 with its own stand and will showcase products that we are offering to Indian armed forces through this JV
Country Head, MBDA Group, India, Loïc Piedevache

I Cannot Think of Any Other International Partnership for a Complex Platform Such as Submarine Having Worked as Well
Chairman and Managing Director, Naval Group in India, Rear Admiral Rahul Kumar Shrawat (retd)

We Intend to Create Far More Than an F-16 ‘Assembly Line’ In India. We Plan to Introduce Two New Words into the Lexicon of International Fighter Aircraft Manufacturing: India and Exclusive
Vice-president, strategy and business development, Lockheed Martin, Dr Vivek Lall

Trophy has so far saved dozens of soldiers’ lives, ever since its first deployment in August 2009, especially in Operation Protective Edge
EVP marketing and business development, Rafael, Giora Katz

We believe PHAROS will be a great asset and will significantly add to the fire control capabilities of the Indian armed forces and also customers worldwide
Vice president and country director–India, Thales, Emmanuel de Roquefeuil

Our plans in India are based not just on selling products but on creating a defence eco-system which would involve hundreds of Tier 1, 2 and 3 partners, vendors and suppliers
Chairman and Country Head, Saab India, Jan Widerström

Our priority is to build our technological know-how and to show that Nexter offers a full range of medium calibre weaponry and related ammunition, an artillery system with ammunition as well as armoured vehicle family ranging from APC to IFV
External Communication, Nexter Systems, Laetitia Blandin


If Ka-226T Wins the Tender, Then a Synergetic Effect Will Appear Due to the Loading of the Russian and Indian Joint Venture, Where the Order Will Be Placed
Director general, Russian Helicopters Holding Company, Andrey Boginskiy

BEL has been visiting customers on a periodic basis to understand their requirements, acquisition process and to establish long-term customer relationship for enhancing export business
Chairman & managing director, Bharat Electronics Ltd, M.V. Gowtama

In this interview, Thomas Breckenridge, Vice President, Global Sales – India, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, outlines Boeing’s proposal to make the F/A-18 Super Hornet in India and how it is evolving to meet future threat requirements of the warfighter
F/A-18 Super Hornet for India: Multi-role, Combat Tested and Built for the Future

Future Forward
Tata Boeing Aerospace Inaugurates Apache Fuselage Facility in Hyderabad


Seriously Lacking
In the coming decade there will be a huge requirement of MALE-UAVs in the armed forces

Force Multipliers
The demand for UAVs is on the rise in the Indian armed forces

Starting Afresh
The government has opened bids for indigenous development of FICVs

Ammo Needed
Both private and public sectors together can address India’s dismal ammunition requirement

Looking to the Future
Ordnance Factory Board needs to be re-energised and re-vitalised

Real Threats
India is developing sophisticated CBRN defence technologies to be prepared in case of an eventuality

Lessons to be Learnt
Airports and air travel have to be more secure and passenger friendly

Reality Check
An intensive one-year course at the CRPF Academy trains officers to face the world outside

Disquiet in the Forces
In recent years there has been a sharp increase in the number of soldiers quitting the CAPFs

Ocean of Opportunities
Indian Navy’s multilateral engagement MILAN 2018 brought together 16 countries off Andaman and Nicobar islands


Going Hi-Tech
Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)

Advantage Subs
Cmde Anil Jai Singh (retd)

Road to Power
Lt Gen. Vinod Bhatia (retd)

Cry of Help
Lt Gen. Rameshwar Yadav (retd)



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