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 ...

Airbus pushing aggressively for more contracts

Big players want to cash in at the Aero India 2013 as the weekend saw huge turnout at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on Saturday. Leading the pack is Airbus which wants to sell its C295 military transport aircraft to India. The C-295 is a twin-engined Spanish-built tactical transport aircraft designed to carry ...

HAL Unveils New Glass Cockpit for Do-228

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been demonstrating its latest upgrades for the Dornier 228 twin turboprop at this week’s Aero India show in Bangalore. On display for the first time is a new glass cockpit developed by the Indian company in partnership with Germany-based M/s Dornier. This is part of an upgrade package for the ...

Drone makers showcase their latest models at Aero India show

The makers of the Drone aircraft on Thursday showcased their latest models at the Aero India show-2013 here to woo the world’s biggest arms importer. Drones are an increasingly common sight in the skies over Afghanistan and the Middle East, where the CIA uses them to hunt down Al Qaeda and Taliban militants. The U.S. ...

Biz jet makers woo India’s wealthiest at Aero India 2013

The global economic slowdown might have put the brakes on the sale of expensive executive jets, but leading luxury aircraft makers are hopeful India and China will pull them out of the painful recession. Riding on the expectations, aircraft makers from Brazil’s Embraer to France’s Dassault Aviation have lined up their plush flying machines at ...

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 ...

Sarang still draw admiring oohs and aahs

Bangalore: A second stint with the only military helicopter aerobatics team in the world has been different for Squadron Leader S. Pandey. Having served three years in the initial team of Sarang, the premier aerobatics team of the Indian Air Force, when it was formed in 2003 with three Advanced Light Helicopter to the now ...

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 ...