SP's MAI - Issue No. 20 | October 16-31, 2012

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Strategic suicide
    By Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch

    India only believes in internalised perception management as in the instant...

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    End of a turf war?
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    Unfortunately, despite several organisational and doctrinal changes to...

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Turbomeca (Safran) celebrating 60 years of cooperation with India
    By Sucheta Das Mohapatra

    Anticipates a demand for 700 new helicopters in the next seven years

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    MILITARY
    India and Russia defence cooperation moves forward

    The twelfth meeting of the India-Russia Inter-governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation was held in New Delhi recently.

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    MILITARY
    New Phoenix networking radios for battlefield needs

    BAE Systems has launched the Phoenix family of networking radios to meet the 21st century communications needs of the US military. Filling the gap between higher headquarters and the warfighter, Phoenix radios deliver secure, jam-resistant communications on the battlefield...

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    MILITARY
    Prithvi-II successfully test-fired from Odisha

    India recently successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi-II ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a test range near here as part of a user trial by the army.

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    MILITARY
    Antony asks DRDO to keep abreast with changing technologies

    Defence Minister A.K. Antony has said that nanotechnology is an emerging field, which can lead to the development of new weapon systems and products that can benefit our nation.

  • MILITARY
    BrahMos missile gets new navigation system

    India has upgraded its BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles by installing the advanced satellite navigation systems from Russia’s Kh-555 and Kh-101 strategic long-range cruise missiles, adding GPSGLONASS technology to the existing doppler-inertial platform.

  • MILITARY
    ATK wins $8.5 billion ammo contract

    Alliant Techsystem Operations l.l.c., Independence, Missouri, was awarded a fixed-price–economicprice-adjustment with a maximum value of $8.4 billion.

  • MILITARY
    Iraq signs $4 billion arms deal with Russia

    Russia will deliver attack helicopters and mobile air-defense systems to Iraq in arms deals worth $4.2 billion signed earlier this year.

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    AEROSPACE
    US Army developing new fixed-wing aircraft

    The US Army is refining an initial capabilities document for a new fixed-wing utility aircraft that is designed to replace more than 112 airframes with a common platform.

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    AEROSPACE
    Eurofighter Typhoon continues phase 1 enhancements testing

    The Eurofighter Typhoon development fleet has begun flight testing the final part of the phase 1 enhancements (P1Eb) programme...

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    AEROSPACE
    Operational firing of an Exocet missile from Rafale M

    A French navy Rafale M shipboard fighter launched an AM39 Exocet anti-ship missile AM39 in an operational context recently. The aircraft, Rafale M27, was catapulted from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to validate the use of the missile.

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    AEROSPACE
    US Coast Guard to acquire three HC-130J surveillance aircraft

    Lockheed Martin received a $218 million contract for three additional HC-130Js for the US Coast Guard.

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    AEROSPACE
    Boeing receives $2 billion C-17 aircraft sustainment contract

    Boeing will continue assuring the worldwide availability of C-17 aircraft, which provide vital military and humanitarian airlift capability...

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    AEROSPACE
    Iraq buys Czech L-159 trainer jets

    Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra recently announced at a press conference that the Czech Government has agreed to deliver 28 L-159 aircraft to Iraqi Air Force.

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    AEROSPACE
    Lockheed Martin awarded upgrade contract for 145 F-16s to Republic of China

    Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract valued up to $1.85 billion by the US Government to initiate the upgrade of 145 Block 20 F-16A/B aircraft...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    IAF to upgrade Israeli-made UAV fleet

    The IAF is planning to join hands with an Israeli firm to upgrade the UAVs of the three services under a project worth over Rs. 5,000 crore to enhance their snooping capabilities.

  • AEROSPACE
    Dassault and Thales deliver combat aircraft with active phased array radar

    The DGA (French defence procurement agency) has officially taken delivery of the Rafale C137, the first production Rafale equipped with the Thales RBE2 AESA radar, at Dassault Aviation’s Mérignac establishment near Bordeaux.

  • AEROSPACE
    Russian military to receive first Il-476 in 2014

    The Russian armed forces will start receiving Il-476 heavy transport planes in 2014, the Defence Ministry said. The Il-476 is a significantly modernised version of Russia’s Il-76 Candid transport plane, featuring a fully-digital flight control system...

  • AEROSPACE
    Poland to open $3 billion helicopter tender

    Poland plans to spend $3 billion on multirole military helicopters for its armed forces in the near future, local paper Rzeczpospolita reported recently, with a new competition replacing an earlier tender.

  • AEROSPACE
    Boeing bags $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft

    The US Navy recently awarded Boeing a $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which will take the total fleet to 24 and bolster the service’s anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Lockheed Martin-led team to develop new autonomous technology

    The office of Naval Research has awarded a $13.5 million contract to an industry team led by Lockheed Martin to explore highly advanced autonomous technologies aboard an unmanned vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Indonesia develops UAV for border surveillance

    Indonesia has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The drone was developed jointly by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the research and development division at the Defense Ministry.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Israel develops drone which can fly over 1,000 km

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) demonstrated a drone recently which can fly 1,000 kilometres and stay in the air for 20 hours without refuelling, hover at 9,144 metres (30,000 feet) and provide high-definition radar and visual images of targets spanning hundreds of kilometres.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    CBRN preparedness in Parliament zone

    Keeping in view, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) safety and security of Parliament House Complex (PHC), the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) under the leadership of M. Shashidhar Reddy, Vice Chairman...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / CYBER
    National Security Advisor says urgent need to address risks from cyberspace

    India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon released a report on the “Recommendations of Joint Working Group on Engagement with Private Sector on Cyber Security”, in New Delhi on October 15, 2012.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    South Korean minister apologises for security lapse

    South Korea’s Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin has apologised over the security lapse at the heavily fortified border following revelations that a North Korean defector crossed over undetected.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Sven Jaschan, young master hacker

    According to technology experts, Sven Jaschan will be associated with some of the biggest viruses in the history of the Internet. The viruses: the Sasser and NetSky worms that Infected millions of computers and have caused millions of dollars of damage since their release in 2004.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Ghana President sneaks into Bawku without security

    Ghana President John Dramani Mahama recently stormed into the troubled town of Bawku in the Upper East Region without his convoy and his assigned security and medical cover in what many security experts...

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / CYBER
    India among countries that are at the centre of cyber attacks

    India is among the countries that are at the centre of cyber attacks, according to a recent statement issued by Symantec.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / CYBER
    Consumer cybercrime costs $8 billion in India

    More than 42 million people in India fell victim to cybercrime in the past 12 months, suffering approximately $8 billion ( Rs. 40,000 crore) in direct financial losses, according to a new report.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    J&K Assembly security breach: Five policemen suspended

    Five policemen have been suspended for the security breach at the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly recently. Three unauthorised youngsters had jumped into the well of the House shouting slogans against the Omar Abdullah government’s employment policies.

  • CORPORATE
    Termination of talks on possible merger of BAE Systems and EADS

    Following the announcements made by BAE Systems Plc and EADS N.V. on September 12, 2012 in relation to a possible combination of their businesses through a dual listed company structure, BAE Systems and EADS announce that they have decided to terminate their discussions.

  • CORPORATE
    Lockheed Martin to form two new business areas of electronic systems

    With a continuing focus on lean and efficient operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation today announced it will reorganise its Electronic Systems business area into two new business areas that position the company for growth by increasing customer alignment and reducing costs.

  • CORPORATE
    Carl Zeiss Optronics becomes Cassidian Optronics

    Cassidian has acquired a majority shareholding in what was previously Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH from Carl Zeiss AG. Cassidian now holds a 75.1 per cent stake in the new company, which has its headquarters in Oberkochen, Germany, while Carl Zeiss AG holds 24.9 per cent.

  • CORPORATE
    Northrop Grumman offers free mobile app for defence logisticians

    A mobile app developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation that quickly calculates transportation requirements for large quantities of operational rations is available for free through the Apple App Store.

  • CORPORATE
    Acquisition to expand Austal’s defence support capability in Asia-Pacific

    Recognising the growing significance of Asia-Pacific to United States and Australian defence forces, Austal has entered into agreements to substantially expand its capability in Darwin, Australia, through the acquisition of Hydraulink NT and its associated business KM Engineering (HKME).

  • CORPORATE
    Intergraph Government Solutions partners with Carahsoft for geospatial solutions reseller channel

    Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) has partnered with Carahsoft Technology Corporation as a value-added reseller of Intergraph products to provide geospatial software to the US Federal Government expanding product options for government agencies and programme leadership.

  • CORPORATE
    Rheinmetall sets up Australian unit

    Rheinmetall Defence is expanding its presence in Australia with the newly founded subsidiary Rheinmetall Simulation Australia Pty Ltd. The new company underscores its commitment to providing customers with comprehensive advice and support in all aspects of simulation and training technology.