In this Issue – February 2021

Letter from the Editor


On Her Feet
Self reliance plays at Aero India 2021

Look at the Neighbours
For efficient force structuring, IAF must take into account infusion of technology to our east and west

Before it’s Too Late
It will be a grave error to let MRFA programme drag endlessly like MMRCA

Keep them Flying
The government should ramp up the number of helicopters in service for both armed forces and civilians

Valuable Asset
BSF Air Wing should be strengthened through planned systematic and structured modernisation

Slow but Steady
The Indian Navy is gearing up for the induction of INS Vikrant and procuring another aircraft carrier

Future is Unmanned
India needs to invest much more in autonomous and unmanned technologies

Fighting With Sensor-Fusion Networks
The Integrated C4I Complex has contributed significantly to increasing PLAGF’s combat effectiveness


The Qualitative Requirements of all the Systems Planned for Induction will Have Al Applications
Chief of army staff, General M.M. Naravane PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC

Our Sourcing from India Stands Close to USD 1 Billion Annually from Over 225 Suppliers for Some of Boeing’s Most Advanced Products
Vice president, Boeing Defence, Space & Security, India, Michael Koch

India Remains a Key Growth Market for us and we Remain a Committed Partner in the Country’s Progress Towards Self-Reliance
Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce India & South Asia

The IAF is Receiving A Truly Game-Changing Weapons Package On Its New Rafale Fighter Aircraft, Including Our Meteor Beyond-Visual Range Air-To-Air Missile, Scalp Deep Strike Missile, And Mica Air Combat Missile
General Delegate, MBDA India, Boris Solomiac

Rafael Has Already Shown its Commitment to Local Production, Knowledge Transfer and Industrial Cooperation
Executive vice president, marketing and business development, Rafael, Ariel Karo

BEL Has Been Putting in Continual Efforts To Diversify Into Several New Areas In Both Defence And Non-Defence To Sustain Growth
Director, marketing, Bharat Electronics Limited, Anandi Ramalingam

The Company’s Open Innovation Strategy Focuses on Scientific and Technical R&D, Collaboration with its Ecosystem, and Market-Centred Innovation
Vice president and country director, Thales in India, Emmanuel de Roquefeuil

We have been supporting ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar’ Bharat in defence manufacturing for over a decade now
Vice President and Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, William L. Blair

IAI Has Always Been One of the Main Pillars in Supplying Strategic & Advanced Equipment to India, Providing Cutting-Edge Technology for Land, Maritime, Aerospace and Homeland Security
Executive vice president, marketing, Israeli Aerospace Industries, Eli Alfassi


It Was Quite Challenging to Conduct Research Near the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border
Meha Dixit, author of Piece of War

Compete or Cooperate?
For a lasting peace with China, India must first resolve this dilemma. An extract


First Person
Ghazala Wahab



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