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51 Mirage 2000s will be upgraded

The deal to upgrade the existing fleet of 51 Mirage-2000s would be finalised in the coming financial year.
Talking to reporters on the second day of the eighth edition of Aero India, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik said India and France had moved closer to the deal in December 2010. The deal has been hanging fire for close to three years after it was cleared by the ministry of defence’sdefence acquisition council during French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s first visit to India in January 2008.
The deal involves integration of advanced multimode pulse doppler radar and fire-and-forget missiles, jointly by French Dassault and Thales along with Indian DPSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Other features, as given out by Air Marshal R K Sharma on Thursday, include modern glass cockpit, new avionics, EW equipment, new weapons and sensors.
11/02/11 Suman Sharma/Daily News & Analysis

IAF to acquire 230 choppers

Bangalore: Modernising its fleet of helicopters, the Indian Air Force on Thursday said it was looking to acquire more than 230 choppers in the near future.
Air Chief Marshal P V Naik told reporters at Aero India 2011, that the force is in the process of acquiring helicopters of different types and sizes in the next couple of years. “We are acquiring 12 AW 101 VVIP helicopters, trials for 22 attack choppers are completed, 80 MI-17 IV helicopters are being inducted and 50 odd would be added, trials for 12 heavy-lift choppers are also in the final stage and will be completed soon,” he said.
Naik said the field evaluation trials (FETs) for procuring 197 helicopters for the Army and Navy were also over and the report was expected to be submitted in the next couple of weeks. Of the 197, IAF would receive over 55 helicopters. For the attack helicopters, Russian MI-28 and American Apache 64 D Longbow are facing each other. The IAF chief said the trials were over and a report was expected in the next two weeks. Under the LUH programme, the Army has conducted trials of the Russian KA-226 and Eurocopter Fennec, and would send its report to the IAF soon.
11/02/11 Times of India

Sattva eyes a bigger pie in defence sector

Bangalore-based Sattva Group, which forayed into the aerospace sector with acquisitions of two companies — AASPL and E tech — showcased its products at the Aeroshow 2011 on Thursday.
“The aerospace and military product design development and support is one among the fastest growing areas with the increased emphasis by the ministry of defence on the need for increased indigenised contents in the defence sector,” said Bijay Agarwal, chairman, Sattva Group.
The group has invested Rs25 crore and is expecting to grow four times in the near future.
While AASPL displayed their range of generators and actuators at the aeroshow, E Tech showcased generator control units, interface board, CPU board, and acquisition systems among others. “We build embedded products from concept to manufacture for global markets,” said N V Maslekar, MD, Sattva E Tech.
AASPL, in particular, has been set up with the intent to take care of the Indian defence establishment’s need for design, development, production and delivery of electrical motors, electrical generators, hydraulic systems and all types of actuators.
11/02/11 Supriya Ghorpade/Daily News & Analysis

Eurocopter displays AS550 C3 Fennec

Eurocopter’s AS550 C3 Fennec helicopter is making its Indian debut at the show.
The AS550 recently completed field trials with full mission equipment for the Indian armed forces’ reconnaissance and surveillance applications, says Eurocopter.
The company’s participation at the show will also focus on the AS565 Naval Panther – a version of the Dauphin family, which is suited for the requirements of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard, says Eurocopter.
11/02/11 Flight Global

Eyeing mega deal, contenders spread their wings

Bangalore: The eighth version of Aero India 2011, kicked off on Wednesday at the Yelahanka Air Force station in Bangalore in a spectacular show with F/A 18 Superhornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, F 16 and the Gripen — five of the six contenders for India’s US$10-billion Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal — putting up a grand display of aerial superpower. Mig 35, the sixth contender, was not seen performing.
This edition of Aero India is important in the backdrop of the 126 MMRCA deal and the top six contenders vying for the deal are flexing their muscles going out of the way to ensure that their product is noticed and marketed well to the Indian decision makers.
“This is the biggest show for us this year — even bigger than Paris or Central Europe shows. It is not always that we bring five of our aircraft at a show,” said Joanna Sjolander, in-country director, Saab Gripen, who have for this edition of the show brought three Gripen aircraft along with two commercial planes that include Saab 2000 and 340.
The case is no different with Eurofighter Typhoon who have a delegation of 10 that includes UK defence equipment minister and high commissioner amongst other officials.
10/02/11 Pranav Kulkarni/Indian Express

Russia may deliver first upgraded MiG to India in 2011

Russia could deliver the first modernized MiG-29 fighter jet to India as early as in 2011, the head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said on Wednesday.
India signed a $960 million contract with Russia in 2008 to upgrade its five squadrons of 69 MiG-29 fighters, which have been in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) since mid-1980s.
“The first upgraded plane, I think, will be delivered in 2011,” Mikhail Pogosyan said on the sidelines of the Aero India 2011 air show, which opened on Wednesday in Bangalore.
“The whole upgrade program will be carried out on schedule agreed with the Indian side, and it will take several years to implement it,” Pogosyan said.
The upgrades include a new avionics kit, with the N-109 radar being replaced by a Phazatron Zhuk-M radar. The aircraft is also being equipped to enhance beyond-visual-range combat ability and for air-to-air refueling to increase flying time.
10/02/11 Ria Novosti

Light Combat Aircraft’s naval variant to be ready by May

Bangalore: The first flight of the naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is expected to take place by May this year.
The Naval Prototype-1 (NPT1), which was rolled out last year, is undergoing integration tests in Bangalore.
Cmde (Retd) CD Balaji, project director LCA Navy, said integration tests are on and the aircraft is currently suspended on bungee cords for undergoing a series of tests.
Following this, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency for the design and development of the LCA programme, is expected to start the aircraft engine for testing.
A series of ground tests followed by taxi trails will precede the first flight which is expected in May.
As part of the Aircraft Carrier Capability Testing (CCT), ADA will also have to carry trails at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) which is currently being built at the Naval Air Station in Goa. The SBTF replicates an aircraft carrier having Restraining gear and Ski-jump for take-off.
10/02/11 Hemanth CS/Daily News & Analysis

Decision on $10.4 bn combat jet order likely by September

Bangalore: India would take a decision on a $10.4 billion order for 126 combat jets by mid-2011 or latest by September, a top commander said Wednesday.
Releasing the AeroIndia special edition of India Strategic defence magazine ( on the opening day of the international air show here, the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik, said that the evaluation process of the six aircraft in contention was proceeding satisfactorily and that he expected the decision by the middle of this year, or latest by August or September.
The IAF had completed the technical trials and submitted the report on time, and the process of evaluating the Transfer of Technology, Offsets and pricing aspects was moving forward in the defence ministry appropriately, and he expected commercial negotiations also to begin very soon.
09/02/11 IANS/Sify

Boeing to showcase its advanced Super Hornet fighter at Aero India

Bangalore: US Defence major Boeing will unveil an advanced version of its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft here at the biennial Aero India show starting Thursday.
“We are going to display a mock up of the Super Hornet international roadmap aircraft at the air show,” Boeing Defence, Space and Security India head Vivek Lall said here.
The International Super Hornet Roadmap features futuristic enhancements made in the aircraft for international customers and would also allow them to specify their requirements to be equipped in their fighters.
The Super Hornet is in the race for supplying 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) to the Indian Air Force under a USD 11 billion deal expected to be signed by the end of this year.
The unveiling of the International Super Hornet Roadmap aircraft at the Aero India also signifies the importance attached to India by Boeing, Lall said.
The company has been developing the advanced aircraft for the last two years and has plans to provide a next-generation cockpit, a more powerful engine, missile laser warning systems, conformal fuel tanks and enclosed weapons pods.
09/02/11 PTI/Times of India

Air India to get Boeing 787 by fourth quarter of 2011

Aircraft major Boeing today announced Air India would receive the delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the firm’s most fuel efficient carrier, in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The Air India delivery would follow the first delivery to Japanese airline Air Nippon Airways, slated for the third quarter of this year, Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar said here. The project to deliver the commercial jets is almost three years behind schedule.
The company would deliver a total of 27 Boeing 787s, a midsized aircraft, to Air India and 10 to Jet Airways.
However, he refused to specify the time frame for the remaining deliveries.
He said Jet Airways will have to wait for the delivery as the airline had placed its orders much after Air India.
“The 787 is a game changer and will give our customers an advantage,” he said on the sidelines of the Aero India 2011.
09/02/11 PTI/The Hindu

Tejas to be inducted into IAF by next year

Bangalore: The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ will be inducted into the Indian Air Force by 2012 and its advanced version will be ready for operational service by the end of 2015.
“LCA Tejas Mk-I would be ready for induction by 2012. The LCA Mk-II would take another three years and would be inducted by 2015,” Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here today.
Last month, the Tejas had moved a step closer to its induction after it was granted the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) by the Indian Air Force.
Asked about the possible induction date of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), Antony said, “All the difficulties related to the aircraft were over and the preliminary design Contract has also been signed. We hope it will be inducted by 2017.”
Dismissing reports about US offer to India for joining the American fifth generation fighter aircraft programme, the Defence Minister said a decision in this regard has already been taken and there was no question on going back on the deal with Russia in this regard.
09/02/11 PTI/Economic Times

US firms to explore tie-ups with DRDO, HAL

Bangalore: A US business delegation, including firms keen on the defence, space and communication sectors, is here to explore opportunities for tie-ups with institutions like DRDO and ISRO during the AeroIndia international air show beginning Wednesday.
Led by US commerce secretary Gary Locke, the delegation’s efforts come after the US recently removed India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from the entity list that bans hi-tech exports.
In a clear shift in the economic ties between the two countries after US President Barack Obama’s visit to India last November, 24 companies are in Bangalore to hold discussions with DRDO’s laboratories and defence production unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on trade possibilities in defence, space and communication technologies.
Locke, who arrived here on Tuesday, told reporters that the American business delegation was here “to explore opportunities” with DRDO and HAL.
“The removal of these laboratories and institutions from the entity list, we believe, is a huge symbol of enhanced cooperation between the two countries,” he said while replying to a question in this regard.
09/02/11 IANS/Times of India

In Bangalore, Air Show is all about sell, sell, sell

Bangalore:  Even by big catch standards, this is a bit of a Godzilla. The Indian Air Force is looking for 126 fighter jets – a deal that could be worth 11.5 billion dollars. For the next four days, aviation companies from around the world will try their best to hit that jackpot.
But that isn’t the only deal worth lusting after at Aero India 2011, which began today at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore.
The Indian Air Force is also looking to strike a deal to replace its aging Cheetah helicopters with up to 197 new choppers.
There’s pending business too. The Air Force is acquiring 22 advance attack helicopters, replacing its transport fleet, co-producing a stealth fighter with Russia and producing an indigenous medium combat aircraft with stealth features.
Countries like the US will try to leverage their strategic relationship with India to corner deals, but the government has made it clear that all major defence purchases will depend on the merits of the aircraft under consideration and the costs.
It’s not just military aviation that has drawn 70,000 business visitors. All major civil aviation players see India as a boom story.
09/02/11 NDTV

Eurofighter reveals offer to produce navalised Typhoon

The Eurofighter consortium is offering India the opportunity to acquire a new version of its Typhoon for use from a future indigenous aircraft carrier, with the first firm details of the proposal having emerged at the show.
One of six contenders battling for the Indian air force’s 126-aircraft medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal, Eurofighter is here touting the potential of a navalised development which has already been studied in detail in the UK.
“If Typhoon wins MMRCA then India will have the indigenous skills to develop a navalised version,” says Paul Hopkins, BAE Systems’ vice-president business development (air) India. “This is a perfect opportunity for the nation to add aircraft with both land and sea capabilities.”
Being shown in model form for the first time this week, the European type would receive several new features to support its proposed life at sea. These include a new, stronger landing gear, a modified arrestor hook and thrust-vectoring control nozzles for its two Eurojet EJ200 turbofan engines. The latter would enable the fighter to approach the vessel at a reduced speed without restricting pilot vision by requiring an increased angle of attack.
Eurofighter says only localised strengthening would be required on some fuselage sections near the landing gear, and to the EJ200. Conformal fuel tanks could also be integrated with the airframe to extend the strike aircraft’s range.
09/02/11 Craig Hoyle/Flight Global

Saab to set up R&D centre in India

Bangalore: Swedish defence company Saab AB today announced to set up a research and development centre in India and indicated that it is close to finalising a joint-venture with HAL in the field of airborne electronic warfare systems.
Saab’s president Hakan Buskhe said the R&D expected to become operational soon is projected to house up to 300 Indian engineers over the next five years working in the area of design.
The company is yet to finalise the location for the Indian R&D centre and Buskhe said it could come up in multiple places.
“The aim is to transfer already identified concrete programmes (to Indian R&D centre) over time,” he told a press conference here, ahead of the Aero India 2001 air show here.
Company officials also said that Saab is set to announce a joint venture with the Bangalore-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
The idea is to “put production and further development in a vehicle (joint venture with HAL) in India where we will produce and deliver to the global market,” said company’s Director, Head of Region Asia Pacific, Group Marketing & Business Development, Jan Widerstrom.
08/02/11 PTI/Economic Times

Cassidian opens defence engineering centre in Bangalore

Bangalore : With an aim to achieve an edge over its competitors, Cassidian, the defence and security division of European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS), has set up an engineering centre for its military aircraft, defence avionics and homeland security systems in Bangalore to develop products for the Indian market.
EADS already has an Airbus R&D and engineering centre for its civilian aircraft in the city that has been operational for around a year now.
While several companies have been off-shoring engineering work in difference disciplines to India, this is first instance of a foreign company opening its defence-oriented engineering centre in the country.
Stefan Zoller, CEO of Cassidian, said the move had been driven by the growing potential of India’s defence market and its emerging aerospace manufacturing ecosystem.
“The engineering centre goes to show our commitment to increase our industrial footprint in this rapidly growing country. It makes complete sense for a nation to develop its own product and export it,” he said.
The centre will be staffed largely by Indian engineers, Zoller said, adding that the company would raise the number of employees at the facility to 200 by the end of 2012 from the current 60.
09/02/11  Suparna Goswami Bhattacharya/Daily News & Analysis

HAL to showcase indigenous military aircraft prowess

howcasing its indigenous manufacturing prowess, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will unveil its under-development Light Utility Helicopter and the Light Combat Helicopter at the Aero India show starting here tomorrow.
“For the first time, we will show our Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), which is being developed to replace the Cheetah and Chetak helicopter fleet of the Indian air Force and the Army along with the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH),” HAL officials said here.
The three-tonne helicopter is being put in the HAL pavilion for static display, they said.
Once developed, the helicopter would be able to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance missions along with playing search and rescue roles.
The LCH, the officials said, would also take part in the flying displays and would be placed at the tarmac for static display, they said.
08/02/11 PTI/The Hindu

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