IAF already has an order for 22 Apache Attack Helicopters with Boeing । Apaches for the Army are to have the same configuration । There will no more field and firing trials । Army has projected a requirement of 39 helicopters । MoD sanctions combat helicopters for the Army for the first time । Six Apache AH 64E to be given to the Indian Army as a beginning । India Marks 70th Anniversary of Independence Day August 15 । India Strategic Congratulates All Indians Everywhere । HAL Successfully Installs Israeli AESA Radar on a Jaguar aircraft । IAF Bases at Pathankot and Jorhat Upgrading Infrastructure to Receive Boeing Apache Attack Helicopters in 2018 । Dinesh Keskar, Boeing Sr VP Sales for India and Asia Pacific for Civil Aviation, says the region will account for 40% of aircraft sales । China will be the biggest market and India after that । India remembers its heroic martyrs on Kargil Vijay Diwas July 26 । Ram Nath Kovind sworn-in as 14th President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces । Iraq Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari visits India July 24-28 । He called on Vice President Hamid Ansari, EAM Sushma Swaraj and discussed host of bilateral issues । Indian NSA Ajit Doval visits China to take part in BRICS NSA meet । Indian NSA’s visit comes amid India-China Dokalam stand-off । G20 should collectively oppose terrorism financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors: PM Modi at Informal BRICS leaders meeting in Hamburg, Germany । He appreciated momentum in BRICS under the Chairmanship of President Xi and extended full cooperation and best wishes for the BRICS Xiamen Summit in Sep, 2017 । President Xi appreciated India’s strong resolve against terrorism । The Chinese President also appreciated India’s success in economic and social development and wished India even bigger success । US lifts personal electronics ban on Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines । Passengers on these three carriers can now carry their laptops and tablets along with them for flights to all destinations in the US । India, Israel sign 7 agreements including on space technology, agriculture and water conservation । Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Tel Aviv for his 3-day visit to Israel from July 4-6 । The visit, termed as ‘historic,’ is the first ever by an Indian PM to Israel । Israeli PM Netanyahu breaks protocol to receive PM Modi at the airport and accompany him on his engagements । PM Modi visits Holocaust Memorial Museum at Yad Vashem । PM Modi’s visit comes at a time when the two nations are celebrating the establishment of 25 years of their diplomatic relations । Happy 4th of July to all our friends in the U.S । India launches communication satellite GSAT-17 June 29 । GSAT-17 was launched using European Ariane 5 launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana । Government gives ‘in principle’ approval for disinvestment of Air India, 5 of its subsidiaries । Prime Minister Modi-headed CCEA gave its approval to fourth tranche recommendations of NITI Aayog on strategic disinvestment of CPSE June 28 । Possible sale of one more Boeing C-17 aircraft to India approved – Pentagon।brating 70 years of Diplomatic Relationship ।
August 20, 2017
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Paris, the World’s beauty Queen, Hosts the King of Air Shows

By Shweta Sehgal Published: June 2017


Paris. This is my third visit to this beautiful city, the queen of the world, and whether it is the Paris Air Show or Euronaval or just a fanciful flight for a few days, Paris is always enchanting. The evolution of democracy, arts, fashion, engineering, marvels of high speed trains, supersonic passenger travel, and that of aerospace and aeronautics, one has no option but to fall in love with the spirit of Paris.

As before, the 52 nd  edition of the Paris Air Show will have inspiring presence of civil and military aircraft, some historical piston engine machines, choppers and announcement of some multi-billion dollar deals on the sidelines of their display.

The five-day show will open on June 19, and ministers, Chiefs of Air Staff and top air force officials from various countries will be there in strength. India would be a country in focus as the Indian Air Force (IAF) has bought two squadrons (36) of Rafale combat jets and the manufacturer, Dassault, is in talks to sell one or two more squadrons. Besides, the Indian Navy, with a requirement of 57 shipboard fighters, is also on the company’s radar.

India’s flagship aerospace company HAL will mark its presence at this glittering event.


Established in 1909, the Paris Air Show is the world’s oldest air show. It is now organised by the French aerospace industry’s premier representative body, the Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (GIFAS).

The Paris Air Show comes at a time as French aerospace leaders seek to lobby a newly-elected head of state and government for support of the high-tech industry in a tough world market. “We have a new government and new ministers,” said Eric Trappier, vice chairman of Gifas and chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation which has booked the largest amount of exhibition space for the show.

The homegrown Dassault Systèmes plans to showcase the 3D Experience platform which provides a collaborative environment that allows various teams across a company to work together to build aircraft which are lighter and have less impact on the environment and focus on passenger comfort.

This means the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) will have to consider all aspects of the end-user experience and all functions – marketing, sales, design, engineering, manufacturing and the supply chain – to go hand in hand. If OEMs are able to reach these standards and deliver to the airline customers, the consumer will win. Accelerating product development, innovation and responding rapidly to customer demands are primary requirements today in aerospace design and manufacturing industry. At the Paris Air Show, Dassault Systèmes will display how its technology can help.

In fact, fast developing technologies are the key to aviation, and all the companies from Europe or the US are touting new generation connectivity solutions for air to space and ground solutions and systems. Notable among them are General Atomics, Raytheon, FLIR, and Thales.

Airbus will have a dominating presence of course in its home turf but Boeing will have a matching strength.

Again, from India’s perspective, Airbus will have some discussions with IAF officials as well as those of the Tata group for the manufacture of its C295 aircraft in India. Chief of Air Staff BS Dhanoa had told India Strategic in an earlier interview that IAF was keenly waiting for its supply to begin as a replacement of its 56 old Avro HS-748 transport aircraft.

Boeing will display the latest versions of its 787-10 and 737 MAX-9 passenger jets as well as the Apache AH-64, Chinook CH-47, Poseidon P-8, Bell-Boeing Osprey V-22, etc.

Notably, India recently decided to buy 11 more Apache AH-64E combat helicopters for its Army in addition to the 22 already ordered for the IAF. India has also bought the Chinooks as well as P8-I variant of the Poseidon for its Navy.

The world’s biggest military aircraft company, Lockheed Martin will display the F-35, C-130 J, and also the F-16 which it hopes to sell to India for indigenous manufacture.

We wish all the participants Flying Smiles in Business.




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