In this Issue – February 2020

Letter from the Editor

DefExpo Special

We Have Identified Niche Technologies of the Future — AI, Block Chain, Quantum Computing, Military Applications of 5G — That Will Enable us to Lead Disruptions in the Strategic-Military Domain
Chief of Army Staff General M.M. Naravane PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC

Our bilateral Long Term Programme of Cooperation Facilitates Collaboration in Areas Such As Quantum Computing, Biomedical Science and Technology, Robotics, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Mathematics and Informatics, Digital and Space Technologies
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India Nikolay R. Kudashev

Owner’s Pride, Neighbour’s Envy
As China builds aircraft carriers in shorter periods, India has a lot of catching up to do

Finally, All Fired Up
With the induction of M777 A2 ULH and K9 Vajra Tracked SP Gun System, Indian Artillery is on the path of the much delayed modernisation

Underwater Predators
Submarine and anti-submarine warfare remain areas of concern; needs prioritisation

Towards Safer Tomorrow
Helicopter acquisition process should be speeded up to meet the shortfall and bring in latest technology

In Times of Crisis
Broader strategic planning is crucial to carry out contingency response successfully

Builder’s Navy
India’s capability to build its own ships should be exploited to the fullest

Single Point Agency
The newly set-up ADC should focus on an integrated AD system to face multifarious air threats

The Lightness of Being
Smaller arms and lighter clothing can make the infantry more agile

Roadmap is Ready
Ordnance Factory Board 2.0 is a positive step towards meeting future challenges in the armed forces

Waste of Money and Effort
It’s a futile decision to import 13 of the 5-inch naval gun with limited combat utility

Towards Smart Borders
The government should focus on enhancing effectiveness of border fence

Integrated Approach
The effective use of joint forces’ airpower can be reinforced through common data-links

Back to the Basics
In his first press meet, General M.M. Naravane touched upon issues that were far more important than the POK comment which grabbed headlines


BRAHMOS ALCM has performed spectacularly well in all three flight tests and demonstrated its capability to hit the targets with perfect precision
Director general, DRDO and CEO & managing director, BrahMos Aerospace, Sudhir Kumar Mishra

DPSUs Have Products to Offer for Exports While the Private Sector Has the Requisite Agility and Speed to Clinch Export Orders. There is Thus a Case for PPP on a Win-Win Basis
Whole-time Director, and Senior Executive Vice President, Defence Business, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Jayant D. Patil

When you consider L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd only made its debut at the previous edition of DefExpo, you can see the strength of our commitment to ‘Make in India’ and the level of investment made by MBDA and L&T to mature our JV.
Country Head, MBDA, Loïc Piedevache

Boeing will adopt a ‘‘By India-For India’’ sustainment approach, training services & upgrades, leveraging our current supplier base in India for the Super Hornets
Managing director, Boeing Defence India, Surendra Ahuja

One of the landmark defence acquisitions in recent years has been the Rafale omnirole fighter. The fighter will provide the IAF with unmatched capabilities in the region with its state-of-the-art RBE2 AESA radar
Vice president and country director, Thales in India, Emmanuel de Roquefeuil

AI is partly what enables our systems to have unequalled speed and accuracy, particularly when operating in complex arenas with multiple targets, an elusive enemy and multiple effectors, to perform simultaneous, precision strikes.
President and CEO, Rafael, Maj. Gen. (retd) Yoav Har-Even

We Invest Over GBP1.3 Billion in R&D Each Year, 2/3rd of Which is Dedicated to Improving the Environmental Performance of Our Products, Minimising the Impact of Our Engines
Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia



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