SP's MAI - Issue No. 16 | August 16-31, 2012

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Kargil War: Lessons and Future Security Challenges
    By General V.P. Malik, Former COAS

    A strategically conscious nation commemorates its historical national security events for three reasons: to remember and pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives for the nation’s future...

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    India approves $50 billion naval build-up
    By Vishal Thapar

    India will be spending at least an additional $50 billion for its naval build-up from 2012 to 2017.

  • MILITARY / REPORT
    India enlarges scope of offsets, gives OEMs more leeway
    By Vishal Thapar

    Several key demands of foreign OEMs have been incorporated into India's Revised Defence Offsets Policy, which was put in place recently. The objective is to make offsets delivery more do-able.

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    MILITARY
    Defence Minister dedicates Indian Navy’s financial information system to the nation

    Defence Minister A.K. Antony has dedicated the Indian Navy’s Financial Information System (FIS) to the nation. Lauding the Navy’s initiative as a major initiative in the field of financial management Antony said...

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    MILITARY
    Saab implements NAIS for India’s coastline security

    Saab announces the successful implementation of National Automatic Identification System (NAIS) on the Indian coastline for India’s Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL), which will also be used by Indian Navy, Coast Guard and DG Shipping.

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    MILITARY
    First Brazil ship ready for ocean voyage

    Amazonas, the first of three BAE Systems-built ocean patrol vessels (OPVs) being delivered for the Brazilian Navy, departed the UK for Rio de Janeiro recently after her crew completed a rigorous programme of Flag Officer Sea Training with the Royal Navy, off the South Coast.

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    MILITARY
    India test-fires nuclear capable Agni-II missile

    The surface-to-surface 2,000-km range ballistic missile Agni-II was successfully flight tested for the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from Wheeler Island in Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha.

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    MILITARY
    RAC MiG’s shipborne fighters fly from Vikramaditya aircraft carrier

    JSC Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (part of the United Aircraft Corporation) performed flights of the MiG-29K/KUB shipborne fighters from the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier, which is on trials in the Barents Sea.

  • MILITARY
    Cassidian radar for Finnish patrol boat

    Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, will equip the new offshore patrol vessel of the Finnish Border Guard with its proven TRS-3D naval radar. The STX Shipyard in Rauma/Finland has awarded Cassidian a contract to deliver the radar by mid-2013 for integration into the new ship.

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    AEROSPACE
    Boeing marks 50 years of delivering Chinook helicopters

    As Boeing marks the 50th anniversary of delivering the first CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, the company is nearing completion of a $130-million renovation of its production line near Philadelphia that will help it meet global demand for the latest model, the CH-47F.

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    AEROSPACE
    Embraer delivers the first four A-29 Super Tucano to Indonesian Air Force

    Embraer Defense and Security has recently delivered four light attack and tactical training A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to Indonesian Air Force (IAF) at a ceremony held in its facility in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo, Brazil. Indonesia is the first operator of Super Tucano in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    AEROSPACE
    Over 2,500 Su-family combat aircraft exported

    Su-family combat aircraft have been exported since 1964. Over 2,500 Su-7, Su-17, Su-20, Su-22, Su-24, Su-25, Su-27, Su-30 aircraft and their modifications were delivered to the Air Force of more than 30 countries.

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    AEROSPACE
    Airbus Military signs cooperation agreements in Portugal

    Airbus Military has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Economy and various Portuguese industrial companies in fulfilment of the commitments arising from the sale of a fleet of 12 C295 aircraft for the Portuguese Air Force.

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    AEROSPACE
    Test flight of C-130J for Oman

    A new C-130J Super Hercules for the Sultanate of Oman conducted a test flight at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia.

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    AEROSPACE
    Boeing integrates next-gen joint helmetmounted cueing system on Silent Eagle

    Boeing recently validated the integration of the next-generation joint helmet-mounted cueing system II/h (JHMCS II/h) on the company’s F-15 Silent Eagle demonstrator aircraft, continuing the on-schedule development of this advanced multi-role jet fighter.

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    First flight of long endurance multi-intelligence vehicle

    For over 90 minutes, the hybrid air vehicle’ known as the long endurance multi-intelligence vehicle, or LEMV, stayed afloat above Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Global Hawk makes historic flight from Grand Forks

    The 69th Reconnaissance Group reached another milestone recently with its first flight of a Block 40 RQ-4 Global Hawk from the flightline here. Previously, the 69th RG had only conducted flights in deployed environments.

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Canada to spend $1 billion on drones

    The Canadian military intends to spend $1 billion on armed drone aircraft. Senior Canadian defence leaders pitched the idea of spending up to $600 million for armed drones to take part in the Libyan war shortly before the conflict ended.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    Integrated homeland challenge
    By Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch

    Integration and interdependence of terrorist and insurgent organisations in India is happening at a fast pace and there is no option but to respond at the national level

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    Defence Minister reviews coastal security initiatives

    The Defence Minister AK Antony recently reviewed the progress on various steps taken to enhance India’s coastal security.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    Poppy cultivation funding Maoist outfits

    Jitendra Pratap Singh, Minister of State of Home Affairs, has said in the Parliament that the CPI (Maoist) tacitly allow large-scale poppy/ganja cultivation in their strongholds in order to collect money from such illegal cultivation.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    Home Minister’s statement on Assam violence

    The Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, has stated in the Parliament that the unfortunate incidents of violence took place in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Dhubri and Bongaigaon districts in Assam from July 6, 2012 and onwards.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY
    Security tightened at Indian airports

    Following intelligence from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) of a possible terror attack at an airport in India, the authorities have strengthened airport security.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY
    SIMI declared unlawful

    The Special Tribunal has confirmed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) declaration of SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) as an unlawful association. The Tribunal pronounced its order on August 1, 2012. SIMI was for the first time declared an unlawful association on September 27, 2001.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY
    26 districts affected ‘severely’ by naxals

    The CPI (Maoist), the main left-wing extremist (LWE) group, has been trying to expand its activities in various states of the country. The states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha are considered badly affected by LWE, according to the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Jitendra Singh.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY
    Maruti plant may opt for CISF security

    The Maruit Suzuki plant at Manesar plant may opt for additional security for its employees and production facilities. It is contemplating deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) or a permanent presence of Haryana police at its factory premises.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Jet skier skips security at JFK Airport

    Daniel Casillo, 31, whose jet ski failed in New York’s Jamaica Bay swam and walked into John F. Kennedy Airport, penetrating the airport’s $100 million, state-of-the-art security system. He was subsequently arrested for criminal trespassing.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Boston police close to cracking two decade heist case

    Early August, the Boston police searched the home of Robert Gentile, a 75-year-old alleged mobster and a man who they believe has information about the Isabella Stewart Gardner robbery.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Bulgarian security lapse, seven Israeli tourists killed

    Seven Israeli tourists were killed when a bus carrying 47 tourists was bombed near Bourgas airport in Bulgaria and Israelis have termed it as a major &?squo;security failure’.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Belarus top brass fired over teddy bear bombing

    Chief of the Belarusian Air Defence and Air Force, as well as the country’s top border guard were sacked recently by the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

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    CORPORATE
    Bowman to lead ReconRobotics’ Asia-Pacific Business Development

    ReconRobotics, Inc., the world leader in tactical micro-robot systems has announced that John Bowman has been named the Director of Business Development for the Asia-Pacific region.

  • CORPORATE
    Mahindra and Telephonics joint venture agreement

    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., one of India’s leading business houses, and Telephonics Corporation (Telephonics) announced that they signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture (JV) to be called Mahindra-Telephonics Integrated Systems.

  • CORPORATE
    Rolls-Royce and Snecma to initiate joint combat engine studies

    Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, and Snecma (Safran Group) have signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to undertake studies into the next generation of UK and French combat aircraft engines, through their 50:50 Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd joint venture, established in 2001.

  • CORPORATE
    Cobham increases presence in Brazil

    Cobham has officially launched into the Brazilian market by the opening of a new subsidiary in São Paulo. Cobham do Brasil Ltda will provide a basis for Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance to develop relationships and a foundation for active engagement with customers and partners in the public and private sectors.