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31 March 2012

The US Army Can Now take Advantage of International Sales

Raytheon Company's modernized PATRIOT Air and Missile Defense System successfully fired two PAC-3 missiles to engage a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) at White Sands Missile Range, NM/USA. This is the first time PAC-3 missiles have been fired from a new-production PATRIOT system.
This test comes on the heels of the successful system-level guided flight test of the new-production Patriot system on March 21 and the successful test of the first ground-up production GEM-T missile (Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical) announced in October 2011.

The UAE is helping to take the PATRIOT missile system into the digital age by funding a wide-ranging modernisation programme. As a result of its 2008 contracts, worth US$3.8 billion, for the missile defence system, the Emirates is playing a major role in upgrading the US missile defence system, including paying the bulk of a $400 million development fund provided by customer nations. The improvements include replacing analogue radar equipment with a digital radar processor, and the use of the new "Modern Man" control centre.

Photographic Recap of DEFEXPO Day Three

India is searching for a 155mmhowitzer to replace its ageing arsenal of the FH-77B Bofors guns. 
BAE Systems is offering the M777 155-mm howitzer with laser pointing systems built by SELEX.

Cobham's 4 Channel Ground-Penetrating Radar System for UGV platforms infront of
Cobham’s TeleMAX EOD robot


Kongsberg Missile Systems on Show

Diehl Defence's vehicle ugrade demonstrator 

The light Diehl Defence segmented rubber band track, selected for the protected transport vehicle BV 206 S 
of the German Army, features separating points that can be disassembled into four easily carried segments.

Tata Motors TATA MPV

See and Heard at DEFEXPO Day Three

Visualisation expert Barco is presenting its wide array of innovative products for enhancing situational awareness in defence programs, at stand #18g.62s, Hall 18. Highlights at the Barco booth include a live demo of Barco's VISTA 4500 console, a range of rugged MIL-qualified displays and processors, mission recorders and dedicated software for image processing.
Barco's VISTA 4500 console is the latest in the family of full MIL-qualified multi-function consoles. It offers an ergonomic, rugged working position for the most demanding sonar, C2, fire control or situational awareness applications. The  VISTA  4500's modular approach makes it ideal for easy integration into various Combat Information Center (CIC) applications on board surface ships or submarines.
Today at DEFEXPO, Rossell India Limited announced it has received approval from the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to form a joint venture company with CAE to provide synthetic training solutions for the Indian defence market.
Under terms of the shareholders agreement, Rossell India Limited will hold a 74% share of the JV with CAE holding a 26% share.
The objective of this JV will be to focus primarily on providing training solutions for defence procurements where India is acquiring foreign platforms. The Indian MoD is seeking to further develop the indigenous capabilities of Indian industry and this Indian-owned joint venture company will fully qualify to meet this objective under the Indian offset criteria for defence programs.

Mahindra & Mahindra yesterday agreed to form a joint venture with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Under the initial pact between the two companies, Mumbai-based Mahindra and Rafael will develop and manufacture naval systems at a factory in Pune, in western India.
Anand Mahindra, Vice-Chairman and MD, Mahindra Group, said the company is in discussions with a number of players who have both offset obligations and possible alliances that will help address the offset requirements.
"We have not yet benefitted but we are putting in place an infrastructure that can benefit, another variety of fronts. Today, we signed two joint ventures, one with Telephonics in the US and Rafael of Israel. Both of them will be building very high-tech electronic systems in India, which will qualify for fulfilling the offset requirements of some of the vendors of defense equipment in India," he said.

30 March 2012

Photographic Recap of DEFEXPO Day Two

Claus Günther, President Diehl Defence explaining his company's presence in India to Lt.Gen. Bruno Kasdorf, Deputy Chief of German Army Staff

Philippe Burtin, Chairman and CEO of Nexter Systems

Controp's Intruder Detection System SPIDER

IMI's IRON FIST Active Protection System

Rafael's solution to good business is building relationships

According to Hugh Thomas Assistant Director India UKTI Defence & Security Organisation, the UK's approach "is all about long term partnerships."

Elbit Systems' DOMINATOR

Cassidian's CAPTOR EWFoR Wide Field of Regard AESA Radar for the EUROFIGHTER


Renault Trucks Defence SHERPA SCOUT Light

Aselsan's Night Vision Portfolio

High Visit at Russia's T-90S

IWI's TAVOR TAR Assault Rifle

Exelis' Communication Expertise

Izmash's Precision at DEFEXPO

Izmash is presenting its precise weapons at DEFEXPO 2012.

These include the SAIGA-12C, with a quick change picatinny rail:

The BI-7-2KO Sniper Rifle

And the SV-98 Sniper Rifle in use with Russian Special Forces.

Izmash BI-7-2KO Sniper Rifle Loading System for Surgery Shooting

BI-7-2KO Sniper Rifle loading system for surgery shooting 

DEFEXPO Signatures

Exelis and Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) have formed a strategic alliance to support Gen3 night vision requirements in India. Under an MoU, the companys will partner to supply manufacturing capabilities in India, maintenance and life-cycle support for Gen3 night vision products.
To start with, Exelis will provide TASL with the latest Gen3 night vision image intensifier tubes, kits and other materials required to build night vision devices in India, to expedite the delivery of the systems to customers in India. This will be followed by manufacture of high precision components and sub-assemblies of the devices by Tata Advanced Systems.
This is an important alliance for Exelis and Tata Advanced Systems. It allows us to increase our international footprint and provides our allies with the superior products they need to be successful during night missions,” said Nick Bobay, VP and GM of the night vision business area at Exelis. “We look forward to a strong and healthy partnership with Tata Advanced Systems to meet the growing needs of Indian customers.
The alliance with Exelis is an important step in Tata Advanced Systems strategy to enhance the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces by bringing to India cutting edge technology and undertaking their manufacturing in India. We are tremendously excited by the potential of the partnership with Exelis” said Vijay Malik, GM (Defence and Security) at TASL. “TASL has set up world class production facilities in collaboration with some of the largest global technology companies to build capability in India, and we aim to replicate the same with Exelis to provide cutting edge night vision solutions to our Defence, Paramilitary and Police forces in the coming years.”

The signing ceremony took place on Thursday, at DEFEXPO 2012 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India


Data Patterns Group and SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, have signed a Head of Terms agreement with a view towards forming a Joint Venture (JV) later this year. The JV will be located in Chennai, India and will focus on a broad range of defence electronic products and state-of-the-art technology developments. The two companies will leverage their strong development and manufacturing capabilities and their advanced product ranges.
This joint venture will bring a technology value to India’s growing defence programmes” said S  Rangarajan, CEO of Data Patterns Group, adding: “SELEX Galileo is a leading global player and we are happy and proud to form a joint venture with them. This synergy will strengthen our capabilities to address our defence requirements with today’s technology solutions.”
Fabrizio Giulianini, CEO of SELEX Galileo agreed, saying “This JV will establish a centre of excellence for key technologies in the defence electronics sector.  It is a truly value adding JV on both sides and will create an effective partnership that will foster and sustain the long term prospects of both companies.


Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed an MoU with Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun, a DRDO lab, today at the BEL Stall in the presence of Dr V K Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Anil Kumar, Chairman & MD, BEL, and H N Ramakrishna, Director (Marketing), BEL.

The MoU was signed by I V Sarma, Director (R&D), BEL, and R C Agarwal, Director, DEAL.
The MoU is for development of Indian Automatic Identification System (IAIS) for coastal security. This is one of the Satellite Data Terminals which will be jointly developed by DEAL and BEL. IAIS will be used for Satellite-based data communication in secure mode.
N Suresh, GM, BEL-Panchkula, said that the Panchkula Unit of BEL will manufacture the Satellite Data Terminals for INSAT3C and future satellites like GSAT6, GSAT7 and HUB baseband services.
Dr Saraswat, SA to RM, appreciated the proactive work being done by BEL and DRDO. R C Agarwal, Director, DEAL, said that the work for this has already been started by BEL-Panchkula and DEAL.

Turkish Defence Products Attracting Visitors at FIDAE

The Turkish defence industry under the leadership of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) is participating at FIDAE 2012. Seven defence companies, Aselsan, Roketsan, MKEK, Gate Elektronik, Sarsilmaz, TISAS, and BTT, known for advanced capabilities on rocketry and missiles, air defence systems and electronics, demonstrate their field-proven products at FIDAE 2012. The SSM, the Turkish MoD, and the procurement agency of Turkey are leading and supporting the Turkish defence industry.

Aselsan, specialised on defence electronics, is focusing on air defence systems at the show. The company is exhibiting its Pedestal Mounted Air Defence System (PMADS), 3D X-band Air Defence Radar, and the Air Defence C2 System. Aselsan selected FIDAE to exhibit its total air defence portfolio at an international exhibition for the first time. Currently, the company is running almost all air defence programmes in Turkey, including the 35mm Self Propelling Air Defence Gun System, and the Low and Medium Level Air Defence Missile Systems. Aselsan’s PMADS is in extensive use by the Turkish Army, Air Force and Navy, as well as global customers. At FIDAE, Aselsan is also exhibiting its Ground Surveillance and Fire Adjustment Radar System, EO and communication products.

Aselsan's PMADS on Different Platforms (Graphic: Aselsan)

MKE is one of the main suppliers of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) , having a large range of products, with exports to more than 70 countries.
With its ten modern factories, MKE keeps its range of products in four main groups: ammunition, rockets, weapons, and explosive/powders and pyrotechnics.

Roketsan Missiles Industries was established in 1988 to lead national rocket and missile research and production programmes.
Today Roketsan is serving domestic and foreign customers and users with its personnel, engineering power, and private sector dynamism in modern facilities.
The main activities of Roketsan in the rocket/missile design and development (D&D) area are in system design, modelling and simulation, guidance-control hardware and software, propulsion systems and warhead, mechanical, structural and thermal design, advanced material technologies, and engineering support to production programmes.
The main activities in weapon systems D&D are; launcher system design, development and modernisation, electromechanical/hydraulic cradle systems, hardware & software for command systems, logistical support equipment, flight simulation and trajectory planning software, and the development of fire control software.
At FIDAE, Roketsan displays and gives details of the following systems:

  • T-107 Rocket,
  • T-122 Rocket,
  • T-300 Rocket,
  • 2.75” Laser Guided Missile,
  • Long Range Anti Tank Missile (UMTAS), 
  • Medium Range Anti Tank Missile (OMTAS), 
  • DSH Anti Submarine Warfare Rocket, and
  • 2.75” Laser Guided Missile and Medium Range Anti Tank Missile Launcher

Through 3D visual demonstrations, the main features of Roketsan’s new generation 2.75” Laser Guided Semi-Active Missile (CIRIT) and Long Range Anti Tank Missile (UMTAS) launched from air platforms, which are air-to-ground missiles, feature the latest technology.

29 March 2012

Boeing C-17s for India

Patrick Druez, C-17 Business Development, Boeing provided an update on the C-17 GLOBEMASTER III programme for India. The Indian and US governments signed an agreement in June 2011 to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 airlifters for the Indian Air Force.

For more information about this technology, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY 3/2012 and the MILITARY TECHNOLOGY DEFEXPO 

Photographic Recap of DEFEXPO Day One

P-8I - Combining Superior Performance with Maximum Interoperability

Bob Schoeffling, P-8 India Business Development, Boeing, today briefed reporters on Boeing's P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Boeing is on contract to provide eight P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy.

(Photo: Boeing)

For more information about this technology, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY 3/2012 and the MILITARY TECHNOLOGY DEFEXPO