Saras set to take off again in a month

Bangalore: Four years after Saras crashed, killing all the three persons onboard on the outskirts of the City, the indigenous aircraft is all set to fly again in a month’s time. “We expect a Saras flight by February-end or early March. A number of tests have to be completed and a clearance from the flight ...

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 ...

Sarang mesmerises Aero India 2013

Sarang, the helicopter aerobatics display team of Indian air force, mesmerised spectators on Sunday with their performance at Aero India 2013. “We enjoyed the good gathering because the presence of public encouraged us to perform better to best”, said Wg Cdr R C Pathak, commanding officer of Sarang team. “We not only entertain the public ...

Bangalore’s tractor mechanic’s flying marvel

Even as pilots from all over the world showcased their aerobatic skills, it was the proficiency of a tractor mechanic that stood out on day four of the Aero India 2013. Pradip S Mohite, 28, a tractor mechanic by profession, from Sangli district, Maharashtra, has developed a helicopter using automobile components. A class IX dropout, ...

LCA simulator ready

For visitors wanting an up-close, personal hands-on feel of the country’s LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) that dazzles the sky, there awaits the simulator, on ground, to provide them that enthralling experience. Aero India 2013 has three simulators set up by Russia, France and India; two though will be closed for the general public. The only ...

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 ...

Russia buys HAL-made radar computers

Russia’s Irkut Corporation has confirmed a contract to buy 34 sets each of the flight-critical radar computer I and II made by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., a statement said. The contract, firmed up during the ongoing Aero India 2013, is worth Rs. 65 crore and the radars will be delivered from January 2014 onwards from HAL’s ...

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 ...

Tata Tech bags contract from Piaggio Aero

Tata Technologies today said it has won a multi-year engineering services contract from Italian aircraft maker Piaggio Aero Industries. Tata Technologies will deliver a complete structural design and analysis solution for the aviation major’s new Multirole Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and its first test flight will be conducted next year, company’s President Global Services and COO ...

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 ...