Chennai: France-headquartered Naval Group will showcase its state-of-the-art innovations and cutting edge technologies, including Scorpene submarine and frigates at the DefExpo 2018 to be held at Tiruvidandai here from April 11 to 14. Israeli-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems Ltd will present its SkyStar family of aerostats, which includes the Skystar 110, SkyStar 180 and SkyStar 330, at the 2018 expo.
Naval Group Executive Vice President Alain Guillou said the Group was pleased to present its latest innovations at this premier event. “Our know-how is the result of our large investment in Research and Development (10 per cent of annual revenues). Our sea-proven technologies benefit from the vast feedback from different navies, including that of the French Navy and offers superior and adapted technologies to our customers,” Alain said.
As the European leader of naval defence it would showcase the Scorpene, which is a 2,000 ton conventional-propulsion submarine designed and developed by Naval Group for all types of missions, such as surface vessel warfare, anti-submarine warfare, long range strikes, special operations or intelligence gathering.It would also display Barracuda, latest generation of strategic submarines built for the French, Navy, frigate, aircraft carriers and F21 heavy weight torpedo.
RT LTA to present SkyStar
The Israeli-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems Ltd. will present its SkyStar family of aerostats, which includes the Skystar 110, SkyStar 180 and SkyStar 330, at the DefExpo. The SkyStar aerostats are a self-contained, versatile, and easily transportable tactical systems, ideal for defense, border security, HLS and public safety missions.
Airbus to showcase its ‘Make in India’ capabilities
Airbus will showcase its Make-in-India capabilities at the DefExpo exhibiting its wide-ranging defence capabilities from multirole helicopters to proven military transport aircraft. The product portfolio includes scale models of the state-of-the-art twin-engine H225M helicopter as well as the all-weather medium rotorcraft AS565 MBe from the Panther family.
Also on display will be a scale model of the C295 military transport aircraft. “Airbus has been a trusted partner to the Indian armed forces for over 50 years… we are excited about the DefExpo 2018 and look forward to engaging with our partners and customers,” says Pierre de Bausset, president and managing director, Airbus India.
Unprecedented security for PM’s visit
Unprecedented security arrangements are planned for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city to inaugurate the DefExpo on East Coast Road. The opposition, DMK has announced to show black flags to the PM to register its protest over not forming the Cauvery Management Board.
Over 47 official delegations from various countries have confirmed their participation, with 13 of these being at the ministerial level. Companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Saab, Airbus, Rafale, Rosonboron Exports, United Shipbuilding, BAE Systems, Sibat, Wartsila, Rhode and Schwarz will be present, according to a release from the Defence Ministry said.
BAE Systems to showcase M777 ultra lightweight Howitzer
BAE Systems will showcase the M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer for the first time since the Governments of India and the United States agreed the foreign military sale of 145 of these weapon systems for the Indian Army in November 2016. In fulfilment of the sale, the first two weapon systems arrived in India ahead of schedule in May 2017.
Encouraged by Prime Minister Modi’s call to “Make in India” BAE Systems has awarded the development of an Indian Assembly, Integration and Test facility for the M777 to Mahindra and Mahindra. In addition, the conclusion of this procurement has paved the way for BAE Systems to make an investment of over $200 million in Indian defence suppliers.