Sunday, March 1, 2015

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The Italian Air Force will be the launch customer of the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The manufacturer, Piaggio Aerospace will deliver three UAS systems – 6 air vehicles and 3 ground control stations – complete with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) configuration to the Italian Air Force in early 2016.

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RAFAEL is unveiling at Aero India 2015 a new version of the Derby missile, a first step in a major revamp of the Israeli medium range BVR missile that has been in service since the mid 1990s.

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“The Indian move from buying military hardware abroad (BUY) to producing such systems in country (MAKE) is an important development for RAFAEL, as it enables us to exploit one of our major advantages as a developer – our ability to cooperate, transfer know how and support local production"

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The Indian defense industry in the government sector alone, employs nearly 200,000 workers and thousands of engineers and scientists. There are studies that show that even a 20 to 25% reduction in imports could directly create an additional 100,000 to 120,000 highly skilled jobs in India.

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Elbit Systems CEO: “We expect this market to open for more competition and are positioning here the Hermes 900 and Hermes 450, as well as mini and small UAS.” Under its HALBIT - JV company with HAL the company is also proposing to establish a training and simulation center in India, similar to the facility the company operates for the Israel Air Force.

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Following is a collection of photos taken at Aero India 2015, depicting some of the new unmanned systems we picked on display.

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72 aircraft on display here at Aero India 2015 are demonstrating the scope and size this airshow has achieved in its 10th edition. Quite a few of these aircraft are made in India, among them the Indian Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft - LCA), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH Dhruv) – all were developed and manufactured in India by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL).

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Shadowed by the huge growth in defense acquisitions from the US, Israel remains one of the fastest growing defense suppliers in India, a position that is particularly impressive given the fact that Israel is not selling India the main platforms, but the systems and subsystems that are critical for their operational success.

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As Israel’s largest aerospace and defense enterprise, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is positioned as a leading player in the global defense, security, and commercial...

The Indian Air Force is planning to field over 270 Su-30MKI fighters in 14 squadrons. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

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IRKUT Corporation of Russia will complete deliveries of Su-30MKI aircraft kits to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) this year. By that time, IRKUT Corporation will have successfully delivered 222 aircraft kits for assembly at (HAL) Nashik plant

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