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India : Partnering with Defence Giants

A Tribute To A Living Legend

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Author: Air Chief Marshal N C Suri PVSM, AVSM, VM Former Chief Of Indian Air Force (1991-1993)

I am deeply appreciative of the fact that the ‘Defence and Security Alert’ Magazine have taken it upon themselves to publish an interview with Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC, who is truly a living legend of the Indian Air Force and has brought tremendous credit to himself and the Air Force. This is particularly as the April issue of the magazine coincides with his 97th Birthday.

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An Icon And Inspirati on To Young Minds

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DSA Interview: Marshal of the Air Force

Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC, in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with DSA expounds his views and shares his vision for the Indian Air Force.

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Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI)

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Author: Amit K Maitra

By participating in co-production and co-development of UAVs, Indian industry will acquire new product development, manufacturing, logistics and marketing skills. The two joint-venture partners’ challenge is to find concrete areas to step up product development, manufacturing, logistics and export marketing cooperation so that only their strategic logic sets the pace of product development and penetration, persuasion and prosecution of their export marketing ventures.

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Defence Modernisation – Ways

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Author: Lt Gen OP Kaushik PVSM, AVSM, VSM, M-IN-D (Retd)

Two other developments which have encouraged foreign collaboration in ‘Make in India’ effort are economic health of the country and ‘buy back’ concession for the foreign collaborators to export from India to other countries’ surplus production from joint plants. Our economy has come out from ‘Hindu rate of growth’ and has started being accepted as a vibrant and emerging economy. Two events which give positive indications towards ‘Make in India’ efforts in Defence production are: likely launch of Arihant, the Indian made nuclear submarine next month and Tata Motors signing a strategic agreement with Bharat Forge, Pune based Public Sector Undertaking and US-based General Dynamics Land Systems for India’s ` 50,000 crore Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) production in India.

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Creat e DRDO-User Synergy

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Author: Manvendra Singh

For India’s Defence industry to grow, DRDO will have to limit its role to that of an incubator rather than attempting to do everything. Incubate ideas, concepts and technologies while the users define requirements, doctrines and then generate development of those products through both domestic and international players. There is no better method than a peer review. And in India, there is no better peer to the DRDO than the ISRO. A good starting point is to observe the functioning and ethos of the Directorate of Naval Design.

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Supersonic Missile System

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Author: Praveen Pathak

The universal missile has been successfully tested in sea-to-land, sea-to-sea, land-to-land, land-to-sea and subsea-to-land configurations, even as it is preparing to be test-flown for the first time in air-to-ground configuration from the Indian Air Force’s frontline Su-30MKI strike fighter in near future.

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Independent Armed Forces or Smart Cantonments

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Author: Col KV Kuber (Retd)

It is imperative to provide our Armed Forces with efficient energy solutions they so richly deserve and the offset angle can be explored for an effective mechanism of implementation, with minimal cost, minimal bureaucratic intervention and expeditious delivery mechanism. Can the nation afford to provide to our Armed Forces clean, green and efficient energy to enable them to operate in an environment of uninterrupted, stabilised and effectively distributed power supplies? Have been talking a lot about Smart Cities. Can we create ‘Smart Cantonments’? Efficient, effective and smart power supplies are fundamental to creation of smart cantonments.

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Saab – Indian Collaboration

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Author: Jan Widerstrom

Saab has had an established presence in India for many years now – in fact, this year we have completed 40 years of our collaboration with the Ordnance Factory Board. We have a joint venture with Aequs in Belgaum, Aerostructures Assemblies India, which is manufacturing assemblies for commercial and defence aircraft.

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Giants Exposition : An Overview

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Author: Cmde Ranjit B Rai (Retd)

India became world’s number one importer of Defence weapons and systems last year and therefore is a market now which few Defence manufacturers or suppliers can afford to ignore. This is more so when most Indian built and imported platforms have supplies from ancillaries from all over the world.

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BEL-Thales Systems Limited

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Author: Dr Ajit T Kalghatgi

BEL has established vast manufacturing infrastructure across four strategic business units for production. These include specialised assembly and test facilities for RF & Microwave Super components, Near Field Test Range (NFTR) Antenna test facilities and Far-field Antenna test facilities. Thales is a world leader in mission-critical information systems for Aerospace and Space, Defence and Security markets. Thales’ designs, manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of radars tailored to the needs of military and civil users.

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NSS and Global Nuclear Instability

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Author: Vice Admiral Arun Kumar Singh(Retd)

Hopefully the fourth Nuclear Stability Summit (NSS) at Washington, which will be President Obama’s last, will find answers to this ‘Damocles sword’, which could be more cataclysmic than climate change. Emulating India’s nuclear No First Use doctrine would be a good start.

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The Saga Of Indian ‘Weapons of Peace’

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Author: Ravi Gupta

The biggest contribution of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme has been a ‘CAN DO IT’ feel for the people of India and not just DRDO. India’s academia and industry – both public and private sector – had participated on an unprecedented scale. A unique ecosystem and programme management structure had been evolved, propelling India’s entry into the ranks of the ‘Haves’.

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Defence Industrial Licence

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Author: KA Badarinath

High pitched campaign launched by Prime Minister Modi in his whirlwind tours globally has definitely brought the big players back to the Indian Defence scene. But, big time projects are yet to take off on the ground.

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Pitfalls In Poli cy

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Author: Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd)

While the cardinal features of IDDM are unique, it will be difficult to implement as the indigenous component of both design and manufacture will not be easy to determine. Also, given the lack of success with the ‘Buy Indian’ category since its inception, it is extremely doubtful whether the introduction of IDDM will result in a rapid growth in indigenous manufacture.

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