Spying enemy’s den at close range

The enemy is barely a few kilometres away, armed and dangerous. Lurking behind a hill, the Indian jawan launches a handheld micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and readies for action. The micro UAV takes off without a buzz, hovers a few metres above the ground and gets behind enemy lines hoodwinking the radars. Moments later, ...

Defence helicopter makers see big market in India

Bangalore: Helicopter makers Eurocopter and Sikorsky are looking at big opportunities in Indian defence. The Indian government is planning to procure close to 400 helicopters that would be used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Order announcements and requests for proposals for these are expected this year. The major ones among these ...

IRKUT Makes a Case for YAK 130 Trainers for India at Aero India 2013

Russian aircraft manufacturer IRKUT has made a case for the Yak-130 advanced combat trainer to be a part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet. The aircraft which has been inducted into the Russian Air Force to offer both basic and advanced jet training for fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft is considered a good ...

After losing deal to Rafale, US makes low-key presence with F16

After losing the deal for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft to French company Dassault’s Rafale, US presence at the Aero India 2013 in Bangalore has been quite low key. Its marquee F16, piloted by Chris Nations, flew just once and was later part of the static display at the Aero India. “At all air shows ...

Hercules is indeed super

Bangalore: Two years after it made a grand public entry at Aero India, special operations aircraft C-130 J Super Hercules has come a long way, proving its worth during the earthquake that ravaged Sikkim in late 2011. The special operations squadron at Hindon, near Delhi, has six aircraft, with an additional six in line for ...

Aero India 2013: VSHORAD contenders square off

Contenders for the Indian Army’s Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORAD) requirement presented their respective offerings at the Aero India exhibition as a downselect decision nears. Both MBDA and Saab displayed their missile systems, the Mistral MANPADS and RBS-70 NG respectively, at the show in Bangalore. It is believed that Rosoboronexport is also bidding ...

HAL’s Rudra Heads Helicopter Showings at Aero India

Helicopters were much in the news at the Aero India show this week. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) showed the armed version of its advanced light helicopter (ALH) called “Rudra.” The company’s light combat helicopter (LCH) was also on show, and so was an armed Mil-17V5. The Indian Navy’s new multi-role helicopter (MRH) requirement also attracted ...

Indian air force chief slams HAL trainers

The Indian air force’s most senior officer has cast further doubt on the future of the Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) HTT-40 basic trainer, and also criticised the company’s HJT-36 Sitara jet trainer during a media briefing at the Aero India show. Although bad relations between HAL and its biggest customer, the Indian air force, have been ...

The future of helicopter technology at India’s doorsteps

Bangalore: The Indian Navy may stand a good chance of boosting its helicopter fleets with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC) having received a request for information (RFIs) from it for buying and developing 123 multi-role helicopters. Sikorsky is also working on a futuristic helicopter, the technology demonstrator of which — called X-2 — has recorded 250 ...

It’s vintage stuff: IAF’s top guns from another era to fly soon

Bengaluru: First, the Tiger Moth. Next, the Harvard. Then the Spitfire, Tempest, Hurricane and Lysander! The Indian Air Force is to have not one but multiple vintage aircraft squadrons in the coming years. “A restored Harvard vintage aircraft is all set to fly in India in two months’ time,” a senior official of the Indian ...