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Bangalore Airport To Be Renamed Kempe Gowda International

Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) is all set to get a new name. According to sources in the Karnataka government, the airport will be called Kempe Gowda International after the chieftain of Bangalore City.

Sources tell Aviation Week that the Karnataka government has already written to the Indian government asking for a name change. “It is mandatory to have the final go-ahead from the Indian government to rename the airport. A delegation is heading to New Delhi to meet the prime minister in this regard,” say sources.

Cassidian Works With India on AEWC Aircraft

The Indian defense ministry’s Center for Airborne Systems (CABS) has engaged EADS defense unit Cassidian to help with the system integration and flight testing of India’s Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) platform.

The AEW&C is scheduled to be integrated on a modified Embraer EMB-145 aircraft later this year. The Indian air force is set to commission three AEW&C platforms by 2013, with the first flight expected this May.

New Philosophies Drive Indian Army Training

The Indian army is trying to stay mindful of cultural differences and stress management as it develops training strategies for new recruits.

“We are now dealing with new-age soldiers,” says Brig. Gurdip Singh, commandant at the Madras Engineer Group and Center (MEG&C). “Their thinking levels are different. We ensure that our training patters don’t add any stress to a young recruit. The days of corporal punishment have gone. Instructors are told to handle every candidate differently.”

IAF Looking For Proven Medium-Range SAMs 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is in the market for medium-range, surface-to-air-missile (MR-SAM) systems, and has called for information about proven platforms around the globe, according to military sources.

The IAF is keen that each firing unit have the capability to function independently. It also wants the firing units to interact with other units within a common engagement zone. The units should have multifunctional radar with active, phased-array features for 3D target information.

Indian Air Force Awaits Tejas Test Aircraft 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun laying the groundwork for the formation of Tejas fighter squadrons, although it still awaits the delivery of two test aircraft from the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL).

The program is in the initial operational clearance (IOC) phase and the IAF already has started to identify the squadron members. The No. 45 Tejas Sqdn. (Flying Daggers) will be established in Bengaluru and will be under the tutelage of the IAF’s Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE).

Bharat Electronics Ltd. Records $1.23B In Revenues

India’s Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) recorded revenues of Rs 5,550 crore ($1.23 billion) for its fiscal year 2010-11, a 6.3% jump over the previous fiscal year.

The company achieved exports of $41.69 million, an increase of 76% over last year’s $23.65 million.  

HAL Order Book Soars By $1.9 Billion

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) achieved sales of Rs 13,061 crore ($2.9 billion) for the fiscal year 2010-11 — a 14% increase over the previous year.

The government-owned company’s profit before taxes stood at Rs 2,718 crore ($604 million), while its order book jumped by Rs 8,524 crore ($1.9 billion).

Indian Aviation Authority To Evaluate New Dhruv Helo Simulator

India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will be evaluating the Dhruv helicopter simulator cockpit during the last week of April.

Currently being integrated at the Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (Hatsoff) facility in Bengaluru, the Dhruv simulator was designed and built at CAE’s facility in Montreal.

India Explores RFID Smart Cards For Military Personnel

India’s defense ministry is embarking upon a pilot program aimed at developing radio-frequency identification (RFID)-based smart cards for Indian army, navy and air force personnel.

The ministry will choose a consultant contractor for the project, which will have to analyze existing access control systems, infrastructure, processes across locations and software requirements for each military service.

India Integrates Mission Systems For AEW&C Aircraft

The Defense Research Development Organization’s (DRDO) Center for Airborne Systems (CABS) has begun integrating the indigenous mission systems for India’s modified EMB-145 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft.

The Indian air force will have three AEW&C aircraft by 2013; the first is due to arrive in the country by year-end. Embraer unveiled the AEW&C aircraft in Brazil on Feb. 21.

India To Build Ship Model Testing Facility

India will soon join a select group of nations that have an exclusive Seakeeping and Maneuvering Basin (SMB) facility for testing models of ships in simulated ocean conditions.

The SMB will be part of the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), situated in the South Indian coastal city of Visakhapatnam. The SMB is due to open by 2014.

Six Indian Airports Get New Ground-Handling Standards

India’s six major metropolitan airports—New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad—will come under the purview of enhanced ground-handling norms starting April 1.

India To Revamp Pilot Licensing Process Amid Scam 

India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is heading for a major revamp of its pilot licensing processes.

This comes at a time when the highest regulatory authority on civil aviation is plagued by a recent fake pilot license scandal. Indian police have already arrested one DGCA official involved in the scam.

Indian Coast Guard Adds New Station And Ships

A new Indian coast guard station (ICGS) was commissioned at Ratnagiri in the state of Maharashtra on March 26.

According to a defense spokesperson, the station was established in response to the expansion of coast guard responsibilities that has taken place since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Indian Defense Minister Calls For Better Nurturing Of Talent

Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony wants the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to improve its human resources (HR) management.

“Effective HR policies are the key to a dynamic, vibrant and futuristic organization,” Antony said March 25. “DRDO’s top management must lead by example and maintain transparency and fairness at all levels. DRDO personnel at all levels must be given equal opportunities in matters pertaining to career progression and training.”

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