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  • 1. April, 2012 Contact: india.commerce@international.gc.caFrench defence major Dassault, RILink MoU for collaboration in defence sectorPTI, February 12, 2012 Lall has earlier worked with American NASA and Raytheon. He was recognised at Cambridge, England, asDays after bagging the multi- billion dollar MMRCA deal, one of the 2,000 outstanding scientists in the 20thFrench defence major Dassault Aviation has entered into agreement with Reliance Industries Limited forpartnering in defence and homeland security sector in the In the recent past, there have been efforts by the Mukeshcountry. Ambani-headed RIL to position itself in the defence, internal security and aerospace solutions sector."Dassault Aviation, a major player in the globalaerospace industry, has entered into an MoU with TCS Insights: Reliance Industries- $58 billion group andReliance Industries, for pursuing strategic opportunities of a fortune 500 company, is one of the most aggressivecollaboration in the area of complex manufacturing and and diversified business groups in the country- startingsupport in India," officials of the two companies told PTI from a trading in yarn to setting up world’s largesthere. grassroots petroleum refinery. Group is active in all sunrise sectors and defence is no exception. ThisThe MoU comes soon after the Defence Ministry on represents excellent opportunities for Canadian firms toJanuary 31 had offered Dassault the multi-billion dollar offer parts, components, sub-assemblies etc. to Reliancedeal to supply 126 combat aircraft to the IAF. Industries. Trade Commissioner Service will be happy toAlso Read: 9 factors that may have helped Dassault sell facilitate initial contact.its Rafale fighter | Dassault-Indias jet deal to haveserious implications for UK Defence PSUs can now sign JVs with pvt firms:Sources said there is a possibility of the two companies Cabinetworking together in the Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft(MMRCA) deal here. Business Standard , February 10, 2012After finalising the deal, Dassault will have to reinvest 50 The government on Thursday paved the way for defenceper cent of the worth of the deal back into Indian defence public sector undertakings (PSUs) to go for joint venturessector. (JVs) or form consortia with private sector companies.The aerospace and security division of the Reliance Last year, a policy to this effect was held back onIndustries is headed by Vivek Lall, who has been closely allegations over Mazagon Dock’s deal with Pipavavassociated with the MMRCA deal while spearheading the Shipyard to build warships. The deal had hit a road blockcampaign for Boeing in the deal. after two other bidders, ABG and L&T, had raised
  • 2. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Everywhere You Do Businessquestions on the selection process. Following thecontroversy, the defence ministry had put the joint “We are ready to induct more drones in view of theirventure on hold. capability to perform specific tasks on the borders,” says IAF training command chief Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja.The Cabinet approved the guidelines for the joint “We can have more of them if the government sanctionsventures to bring fairness and transparency in the additional funds, as there is a cost factor to it.”selection of the partner and ensure a defined nature andscope of the joint venture. The step is aimed at Acquisition of the latest combat aircraft and warfareharnessing the dynamism of India’s private sector and the systems, including drones and missiles, is a continuousincreasing opportunities to obtain advanced technologies process.from foreign sources through appropriate partnershipapproaches by defence PSUs. As a remotely piloted vehicle, drones are flown at borders for collecting information on adversaries and relayed forAccording to the guidelines, the prior approval of the further action.defence PSU would be required for key decisions in theJV company. These include amendments to the articles Israel manufactures a wide array of drones, including oneof association of the company, the declaration of of the largest and most advanced models in the world—dividend, the sale of substantial assets and the formation the Heron TP Eitan—which costs an estimated $35of additional subsidiaries. million.The government has said to synergise and enhance With a wingspan of 26 meters (85 ft.) it is the size of acompetence in producing state-of-the-art defence Boeing 737 passenger jet and can reach an altitude ofproducts in a globally competitive manner, the policy 12,000 meters.allows adoption of viable approaches such as formationof consortia, joint ventures and public private partnerships The IAF flies the Israeli-made Searcher II and Heron forwithin the government-approved framework. reconnaissance and surveillance purposes.The guidelines provide a “streamlined, fair and About 100 Searchers are in operation on Indian borderstransparent framework for the signing of JVs by defence in western, northern and eastern regions.PSUs, with the ultimate objective of better risk-management and shorter time frames for delivery to meetthe increasing demands of our armed forces.” The new The air force also operates Lakshya as a towed aerialframework would also help in enhancing self-reliance in sub-target for live fire training.the defence sector. TCS Insights: As per market reports, IndianThe guidelines also mention the exit provisions for the Military wants to acquire at least 1,500 unmannedPSUs and also call for regular reporting and monitoring of systems in the next 3-4 years, ranging from man-portablethe functioning of the JV company drones to high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) vehicles. Canadian firms involved in offering sub-systems for such UAVs have good opportunities for tie-up with organizations like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)TCS Insights: Defence Public sector Undertakings and other upcoming private sector firms.(PSUs) are gateway to offer defence products to Indianarmed forces. This was a major hitch for many of the DRDO seeks nod for domestic AWACSCanadian firms that initiated efforts for such tie-ups withorganizations like Bharat Electronics limited (BEL). In Indian Express, February 2, 2012absence of clear-cut guidelines defence PSUs werereluctant to go through arduous procedures for getting Buoyed by the success of its indigenous eye-in-the-skyapprovals for such tie-ups. The clear-cut guidelines will last December, the Defence Research & Developmentbe a major boost to Canadian firms seeking tie-ups with Organisation (DRDO) has pushed for a homemadeIndian defence PSUs. version of the advanced Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) that can peer deep into enemy territory from higher altitudes.India Eyes More Drones For IAF Days before testing the maiden flight of its Airborne Early Warning & Control system in Brazil, the DRDO shotAviationweek, February 10, 2012 off a proposal to the Defence Ministry seeking Rs 850 crore to “design and develop AWACS for the IAF”.The Indian air force (IAF) is studying present and futurerequirements for unmanned aerial vehicles in its fleet. The DRDO’s proposal does not identify a technology
  • 3. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Everywhere You Do Businesspartner but keeps open the option of taking on in Bangalore.consultants as and when required. The aim is to developlong-range radars with onboard command, control and For the project, the scientists have designed andcommunications for both tactical and air defence forces developed indigenous wearable computers that can befrom higher altitudes, says the proposal sent on leveraged to process, display, store and disseminateNovember 21. information received from the sensors. Necessary command and control (C2) applications that would beThe AWACS is extremely useful for India in large conflicts needed for collaboration betweenas it surveys a wider expanse of airspace and coastlines, combat team are also ready. These applications provideand can monitor large number of aircraft and warships capabilities of locating self on a map using location basedfrom a greater height than the AEWCs. Moreover, it can services, red-force and blue-force tracking, streamingprovide a 360-degree coverage of aircraft movement and video from head mounted and robot mounted cameras.troop build-up nearly 400 km inside neighbouring terrains Additionally, the CAIR has also identified power packscompared to normal 250 km (375 km extended) detection with suitable form factors.with a 240-degree vision of AEWCs. In terms of coordination, groups of individuals need toThe DRDO proposal highlights this ability of AWACS to carry out complex coordinated tasks, even in the face oftrack multiple targets through large distances, said uncertainties and hostilities. In terms of logistics, thesources. soldiers are expected to survive and sustain operations for prolonged durations. These demands can be met onlySo far, India has got three Phalcon AWACS, the last of by augmenting human capabilities with technologywhich was delivered in mid-2011, from Israel’s Elta. A insertions.major follow-on contract has been rumored since April2008 but the contract is yet to be signed. For increasing perceptual capabilities, a number of imaging sensors like night vision sensors, infrared sensors, thermal and through-the-wall imaging sensorsArmed with more than double the number of control are provided to the gen-next solider. “Acoustic andoperator stations, AWACS can trap more electronic vibration sensors can be harnessed to address sensing ofintelligence and communications intercepts from air as direction of fire. This enables the soldier to become awell as maritime and key border stations. cybernetic entity with extra-human sensing capabilities. The soldier as a system with one such sensors will beThe Rs 1,800-crore AEWC development programme, able to receive the incoming data, store, process, displayapproved by the Cabinet Committee on Security in and disseminate it,” say sources.October 2004, was “a major milestone” towards realisingthe dream of indigenous AEWC to put India into a select Wearable computers along with ad-hoc networkingclub of countries. capability are thus a critical necessity. The peer-to-peer networking capability allows the individuals to shareTCS Insights: DRDO’s mandate is to undertake research sensory inputs, information about own and sensed enemyand development for indigenous production of defence elements, tasks and plans. “This allows collaboration andtechnologies. DRDO is working in various areas of coordination between individuals, effectively creating amilitary technology which include aeronautics, cybernetic super-organism out of the team,” sources said.armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentationengineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, The Soldier.ver2 is armed with a modular personaladvanced computing, simulation and life sciences. weapon which has thermal sight and greater aiming sight,Canadian firms having experience in developing AWACs when compared to some modern spit-fire units. Withmay have opportunity to work with DRDO for joint laser-pointers, nano-target correction modes and radiodevelopment. controls, the CAIR scientists are marching ahead in confidence rubbing shoulders with the mean man- machine.Futuristic soldier as a system undergoes skill tests atCAIR TCS Insights: Canadian firms have an opportunity to contact (Trade Commissioner Service can facilitate) CAIRDefence Forum of India, February 25, 2012 for offering NBC products, night vision sensors, portableIn tune with Indian Armys massive modernisation plans, power packs etc.defence scientists have gone one step ahead to give birthto a tech-solider as a system. Wrapped in sensors andsporting a combat suit stitched from NBC-clothing(Nuclear, Biological and Chemical), this solider from a laStar War zone is currently undergoing skill tests at theCentre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) lab
  • 4. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Everywhere You Do Business