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  • Is the Predator C in India’s Future? | SLDInfo
    over the trial of two of its naval crew after they shot an Indian fisherman mistaking him for a terrorist The 34 member grouping requires unanimity in decision making and India s application for membership is pending since June 2015 Predator C Avenger Notably IAF has serious problems in the number of combat aircraft in its inventory although now an agreement with France for the acquisition of 36 or more Rafale Medium Multi role Combat Aircraft MMRCA is on the anvil The acquisition of UCAVs however is a parallel requirement and this was stated as such some years back by the then Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne as a natural progression particularly keeping in mind the hostile terror infested environment around India Understandably both the UAVs and UCAVs are required by IAF as these are strategically important they have no pilots onboard and can be controlled from anywhere in the world through satellite communications There could also be UCAV requirements from the Navy and Army depending upon the capabilities of the emerging systems and cost factors India has been using Israeli Searcher and Heron UAVs Israel successfully demonstrated the role of UCAVs before the US Air Force USAF inducted them but it is not known if they are available to India as yet Perhaps yes as Israel has sold some sophisticated Electronic Warfare EW systems including radars to India already But MTCR restriction would still need to be cleared The Indian Army first purchased the Israeli Searcher Mark 1 UAVs in view of the Pakistan s Kargil attacks in 1999 and then the IAF and Navy followed with their own requirements The UAVs are used for surveillance in the border areas and at sea around the Indian Navy formations The armed version is a natural progression since then and whether Afghanistan Iraq Syria or Libya the western forces have extensively used them there to locate and destroy hostile targets without putting their pilots at harm s way The Predator C also called Avenger can fly for about 18 hours carry some 1 400 kilos of weapons and missiles and can be triggered into firing them from a command centre on land ship or air There is no official confirmation from New Delhi these are hardly stated to the press anyway but there have been media reports in the recent past in this regard And of course as India s Defence Research and Development Organisation DRDO is yet far away in delivering an indigenous system the country has to look elsewhere General Atomics is a US jewel in technology in nuclear electromagnetic propulsion and aerial systems It picked up Dr Vivek Lall who had successfully led Boeing s campaigns for selling military aircraft to the IAF and Indian Navy as its Chief Executive US and International Strategic Development Although he has global responsibilities India is his immediate focus given the fast developing cooperation between Washington and New Delhi in defense and impending civil nuclear energy India operates

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  • An Overview on NATO in 2015: Trident Juncture | SLDInfo
    since it has been in the making for the past two years but as a demonstration of the Alliance s readiness Trident Juncture 2015 is to show NATO s deterrence posture and its ability to adapt to any development or threat reflecting the Wales Summit s objectives General Mercier explained a few days ago at a roundtable in Washington D C Meant to assess the Alliance s capacities readiness speed and interoperability TJ15 is to be considered a testbed for the Readiness Action Plan RAP and the recently implemented Very High Readiness Joint Task Force VHRJTF But for General Mercier it is much more than a training exercise TJ15 addresses three major goals First the exercise focuses on a key flagship activity for NATO s Connecting Forces Initiative CFI launched in the wake of the 2012 Chicago Summit TJ15 will bring together 17 national exercises This is the key change compared to the 2002 exercise which I was part of stressed General Mercier head of the NATO Transformation Command Many national exercises are going to be held under the same scenario which makes it very interesting and realistic since the same crisis can affect both sides of the Atlantic Trident Juncture brings a strong value added to them Second the task of preparing to connect these exercises and a large number of forces and capacities has just ended and was done via a Command Post Exercise This CPX lasted from October 3rd through October 16th and involved Allied Joint Force Command Headquarters Brunssum and several other headquarters A certification process of these headquarters as well as of the Visegrad European Battle Group 2 is to be completed during this period For General Mercier the connection and the coordination which took place between Canada and the European countries participating in the

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  • Red Flag 16-1: The RAAF, the RAF and the USAF Train to Operate in Contested Airspace | SLDInfo
    the Royal Australian Air Force RAAF and the UK Royal Air Force RAF are participating in a national air to air combat training exercise code named Red Flag 16 1 at the Nellis Air Force Base AFB in Nevada US Red Flag is a US Pacific Air Forces Command led large force employment exercise designed to train pilots and other flight crew members from the US Nato and other allied countries for real air combat situations The 18 day exercise will include aircraft from 24 different USAF squadrons Additionally the RAAF has deployed six F A 18F Super Hornet twin engine carrier based multirole fighter aircraft six F A 18 A B Hornet aircraft and an AP 3C Orion equipped with features to track down and sink enemy submarines using torpedoes and Harpoon anti ship missiles and an E 7A Wedgetail AEW C The exercise will see participation of 410 RAAF personnel Scheduled to conclude on 12 February Red Flag 16 1 will involve a battle space recreation to enable the air force personnel to display their abilities in a deployed scenario It is held four times annually The exercise is part of a series of advanced training programmes administered at Nellis AFB and on the Nevada Test and Training Range by organisations assigned to the US Air Force Warfare Center Divided into two teams namely Blue Forces and Red Forces the participants perform counter air precision strike and offensive air support in packages of up to 100 aircraft during each exercise Credit 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs 1 27 16 Preliminary list for Red Flag 16 1 1 95 FS Raptors TY Mr Bones 2 131 FS F 15C Mass Air Guard 3 194 FS F 15C Griffins CA ANG 4 3 SQN FGR 4 Cockatrice RAF 5

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  • Rafales for Egypt | SLDInfo
    The Rafale continues a long tradition of French aircraft serving in the Egyptian Air Force This contract constitutes a new milestone in the cooperation between Dassault Aviation and Egypt since the 1970s more than 40 years of an exemplary partnership marked by commitment and mutual trust After the Mirage 5 the Alpha Jet and the Mirage 2000 the Rafale is the fourth Dassault aircraft to fly in Egyptian colors said Dassault Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier at the initial ceremony for the delivery of the first aircraft in 2015 Egypt is the first export customer for the Rafale as it was for the Mirage 2000 We are very pleased with this partnership which over time has shown its solidity and ensured the durability of the historical links between our two countries Trappier continued For Egypt the agreement is also a show of support for President Abdel Fattah al Sisi who overthrew his Islamist predecessor in 2013 and wants to break a US monopoly over arms sales to Cairo The overall deal with Egypt also includes contracts for missiles and for an FREMM multi mission frigate from naval group DCNS Credit for Video Daily News Egypt According to our partner defenceWeb

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  • Aerial Refueling in Rough Weather | SLDInfo
    About Us Contributors Who We Are Global Partners Privacy Policy Terms Conditions Send Us Feedback Store Defense Security Publications Media Kits Focus Industry Advertising White Paper Media Kit ICSA D S Advisory Services Aerial Refueling in Rough Weather 02 11 2016 MC 130J from the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall refuels a UH 60 from RAF Lakenheath during rough conditions Credit 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs 12

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  • Refueling Different Planes on the Air Combat Spectrum: Video of A-10s and B-1s Being Refueled | SLDInfo
    Terms Conditions Send Us Feedback Store Defense Security Publications Media Kits Focus Industry Advertising White Paper Media Kit ICSA D S Advisory Services Refueling Different Planes on the Air Combat Spectrum Video of A 10s and B 1s Being Refueled 02 08 2016 KC 135 crew members from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron refuel a B 1B Lancer and A 10 Thunderbolt IIs in support of Operation Inherent Resolve

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  • KC-135 Refuels British and Australian Fighters | SLDInfo
    Terms Conditions Send Us Feedback Store Defense Security Publications Media Kits Focus Industry Advertising White Paper Media Kit ICSA D S Advisory Services KC 135 Refuels British and Australian Fighters 02 05 2016 U S Air Force KC 135 crewmembers from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron refuel two Australian F 18s and two British Typhoons over Iraq The aircraft being refueled are used in support of Operation Inherent Resolve

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  • Red Flag Nightime Operations Seen from the Flightline | SLDInfo
    Privacy Policy Terms Conditions Send Us Feedback Store Defense Security Publications Media Kits Focus Industry Advertising White Paper Media Kit ICSA D S Advisory Services Red Flag Nightime Operations Seen from the Flightline 02 01 2016 Night time flying operations from Red Flag 16 1 at Nellis AFB NV F 22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB are launched simultaneously with other fighter jets bombers and support aircraft from squadrons around the

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