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Indian Navy's International Fleet Review (IFR) from 4th to 8th February, 2016 hogged the limelight in terms of Defence reporting, the last fortnight. The last IFR was conducted off the Mumbai coast in 2001 with 29 countries participating. The 2016 version had 50 countries participating off the Vishakhapatnam coast with 75 ships. On the 4th February, was the solemn ceremony of wreath laying at Victory at Sea Memorial. On 6th February, the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, The President of India reviewed the international fleet. Other highlights included the India Navy band along with bands of other navies holding a concert.

Booming quite loud in the media, true to character, was the issue of artillery guns. Chairman Baba Kalyani of Bharat Forge announced that his group was in the fray for five varieties of artillery guns. Towards the end of the fortnight, BAE Systems announced partnering with Mahindras for the ultra light 155mm howitzers contract they should be executing. There was also news of L&T likely to be awarded Rs 4900 crore contract for 155mm guns. However, the stakes are high even if Baba Kalayni's assessments in terms of numbers (4000 guns) seem to be on the higher side.

Make in India and its adoption for Indian defence acquisition continued to reverberate in the media. Hovering in the news were the helicopter deals. Currently, our helicopter fleet is old, rusted, stretched and despicable by any standards of operational readiness. Boeing's Chinook and Apache will apparently, soon be part of our fleet. There is also talk of partnering Russians in the manufacture of Kamov helicopters in India. The Indian market is in the region of a thousand plus helicopters and inspite of HAL's success with the Dhruv, it will not have the capacity to meet the demand.

The upsurge in the defence equipment manufacturing sector, post the Defence Minister freeing acquisitions from the knots that it was tied in for over a decade, has also led to a discernible rise of stock prices of companies in the sector. The forecast for the industry is definitely bright.



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Interview of Dr Vidya Sagar Abburi, founder & CEO of Avantel Limited with founder Nitin A. Gokhale and Editor-in-Chief Brig S K Chatterji

The company believes in connecting ideas through integration of applications, creating value through innovative solutions and conserving resources through operational efficiency.

Dr Abburi opined that India, as an aspiring nation, needs to be self reliant on critical technologies to be one among equals with the existing world powers. "We need to own the Intellectual property and hence we have to develop R&D capabilities along with capacity to build state of the art systems. I am sure with the high quality of Human capital India has, we can surely make a difference if we can identify the technology gaps and focus on developing those critical technologies which define defence preparedness", he says.

Dr Abburi also stressed on the need to encourage academic institutions to take up design projects in collaboration with industry. "A dedicated Defence R&D fund should be available to fund such projects. MoD should identify the technology gaps and offer funding to industries interested in taking up R&D in such areas." Read More...


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Ships and Shipbuilding in India through a Sino-Indian Prism
By Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan (Retired)

The author painted a Scenario -2022 in Geo-Political terms, and went on to ask, "How and under which circumstances the Government of India might realise and decide that the Union of India — in its entirety (as opposed to just the Army) — was in a state of armed conflict against the People's Republic of China ... Yet, the above scenario provides a plausible enough backdrop against which the state of advancement of Indian warships and warship-building needs to be examined". Read More...
Military Helicopters: Expanding Capabilities & Future Developments - Parts I and II
By Lt Gen B S Pawar (Retired)

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In Part I, the discourse is about helicopter development having trailed the pace of aircraft technology by a long length. In this part he also identifies the areas that militaries are globally looking at in terms of disruptive changes in design allowing the forces to utilise these machines in far more varied tasks at higher speeds, with greater survivability, easier handling, longer ranges and weapon loads. Read More...
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In Part II, the author dwells upon the convergence of varied tasks being undertaken by a single basic machine - the concept of multi-role helicopters. Lt Gen Pawar goes on to take stock of Indian capabilities and explains the relevance of the ALH model of HAL in both utility and attack helicopter versions. Read More...
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