Helicopter manufacturers eye lucrative naval contracts

Helicopter manufacturers AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Russian Helicopters and Sikorsky had a high profile at Aero India, as they jostle for position around four major naval contests. India’s planned naval build-up requires maritime rotorcraft in substantial numbers. The navy has three major requirements for new helicopters, while the coastguard has one. The navy’s long-running Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) ...

Saab looks to increased partnerships in India

Saab is looking to increase its partnerships in India as it moves to introduce modern C4I capabilities into the country’s defence market. Michael Sahlberg, marketing director for Saab India Technologies, told Shephard at the Aero India exhibition that the company was looking to help India develop the open architectures that will allow companies to build ...

Cessna-maker Textron plans some production in India

Textron, the maker of Bell helicopters and Cessna aircraft, said it would add 300 to 400 people to its engineering centre in Bangalore over the next one year. The centre currently has about 500 engineers. Inderjit Sal, MD of Textron India, said the centre works on new products for almost the entire range of areas ...

Love flying the mean machine: Tejas test pilot

He dazzled the audience with twists, turns and somersaults from the cockpit of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. With Group Capt Suneet Krishna at the controls of the aircraft, delays by its manufacturing agencies were forgotten. The man who flew the Tejas on the first day of Aero India 2013 on Wednesday, Suneet has ...

Northrop Grumman Focuses on Global ISR Capabilities at Aero India 2013

Northrop Grumman Corporation will highlight its industry-leading range of capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) including airborne early warning and control systems for maritime reconnaissance and unmanned aerial vehicles, at the Aero India 2013 exhibition and air show. Aero India, organised by the Defence Exhibition Organisation, takes place at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, ...

Boeing nears P-8I delivery

Boeing has confirmed that it is set to deliver the first three P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft to the Indian Navy this year following the first on-site delivery in December. The long range ISR aircraft is based on the 787-700 airliner, and Boeing is on contract for eight aircraft with options for four more. After the ...

AgustaWestland showcases range of helicopters

AgustaWestland is showcasing its range of modern high performance military and commercial helicopters at Aero India 2013, which is being held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Feb. 6 to 10. Helicopters being promoted at Aero India include the AW101, 12 of which are now in the process of delivery to the Indian Air Force ...

Russian sees increased demand for helicopters

Russian arms exports have witnessed a steady growth over the last decade, with India being one the main markets especially in the in the field of aviation. “This past year, Rosoboronexport signed contracts with India worth over $3.5 billion,” said Viktor Komardin, before leaving Moscow to head the company’s delegation at the opening of the ...

Embraer, Dassault see business jet success in India

India’s growing wealth has made it a significant market for the major business aviation manufacturers and the airframers were out in force at Aero India. Embraer dominated, showcasing its Lineage 1000, Legacy 650 and Phenom 100 on the static display. Dassault also brought its Falcon 900LX, 2000S and 7X to Bengaluru. Dassault Falcon Jet chief ...

Warren Buffett company FlightSafety enters India

Bangalore: FlightSafety International, one of the world’s leading aviation training companies and promoted by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has established operations in India through a consultancy and licensing agreement with Bangalore-based Aviators India. The 60-year-old New York-based aviation company delivers over a million hours of flight training each year to pilots, technicians, cabin attendants, and ...