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 ...

Lockheed Martin widens C-130J support

Lockheed Martin is using the delivery of six C-130J to India to both widen the scope of the programme and its corporate presence within the country itself. The company has completed the delivery of the six aircraft to the Indian Air force (IAF), and is now looking towards opportunities including JVs and logistics support extension. ...

Top guns showcase aero dynamics

There was a surprise in store for the aam janata on Thursday – though the air show opens to the public only in the afternoon, they were allowed in right from the morning. Some, though, had to cough up as much as Rs 2,000 for better access to the exhibition area. Most of the mean ...

Eurocopter Logs New EC135 Sale At Aero India

India’s Ghodawat Industries placed an order for a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter at the Aero India show in Bangalore this week. The aircraft will be configured for four passengers and is due for delivery in May, when it will replace the customer’s existing EC120 model. During the event, the manufacturer also delivered another example of the ...

Indians Order 12 Mil Mi-17V5s

Rosoboronexport reported a new Indian order for 12 Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters at the Aero India show this week amid hopes that some 200 of them could eventually be sold to India. To date, Russian Helicopters has delivered 36 of the 80 machines that were ordered in 2008 in a deal worth more than $1.3 billion. ...

Bharat Electronics, Israel firm in pact for surveillance system

Bangalore: Defence public sector Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Elbit Systems Electro-optics-Elop Ltd, Israel. Both the companies signed MoU at the Aero India 2013 for the joint production of Compact Multi Purpose Advance Stabilisation System (CoMPASS) for Naval helicopter applications. BEL has recently completed transfer of technology for ...

On Day 2, families came in droves

If the inaugural day of the ninth edition of Aero India 2013 was a lacklustre affair, Day Two turned the tables totally. Belieing the first day’s impression that the Aero India, after nine avataars, has reached its fatigue factor, was the full flow of families that thronged the exhibition site. Dressed in their sartorial best, ...

Israel woo’s India with ‘Iron Dome’ missile defence technology

Bangalore: Calling India an “intimate partner” in its aim to protect and defend its citizens, Israel today showcased its Iron Dome missile defence technology which recently thwarted a massive rocket attack on half of its population. Unveiling the technology at the ongoing Aero India show here, Israeli Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz also noted how ...

For these women, no limits in the sky

It’s an open sky, and Sujata Tiwari is constantly pushing the limits. Ask her how it feels to pierce through the air as a pilot , or train cadets to become future military forces, and she will tell you how to give shape to your dreams. Wing Commander Sujata Tiwari has many firsts on her ...