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Qatar Airways Eyes Stake In India’s IndiGo 

 Amid reports of Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet talking to to Qatar Airways for a possible fund infusion, the Gulf carrier has announced its intention to acquire a stake in IndiGo, India’s largest market-share leader among no-frills operators.
“We are keen to invest in IndiGo, if it is available,” Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive of state-owned Qatar Airways says, in a growing sign of interests of Gulf-based airlines in the Indian aviation market.
Al Baker was addressing the 70th annual general body meeting of IATA in Doha.

India Tests BMD System 
India’s attempt to intercept a target ballistic missile at an altitude of 120 km “attained mission objectives,” a senior defense scientist says.
India To Launch Second Navigation Satellite In April
NEW DELHI - IRNSS-1B will be lofted aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C24)--India’s indigenously built workhorse--from the Sriharikota spaceport in south India at 5:14 p.m. local time on April 4.
India To Launch Second Navigation Satellite In April

India will launch the second of seven satellites that will form the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) next month.

IRNSS-1B will be lofted aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C24)—India’s indigenously built workhorse—from the Sriharikota spaceport in south India at 5:14 p.m. local time on April 4, a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says.

A trial for the launch will be conducted on March 29 before the commencement of the 52-hr. countdown for the actual launch.

Dynamatic To Supply Aero Structures To Airbus 
The deal makes the company the first in the Indian private sector to become a global tier one supplier to Airbus.
GE, AAI Tie Up To Improve Airspace Efficiency 
Through a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) grant, GE will work together with India's airports authority to deploy RNP at India’s Bengaluru, Mangalore and Guwahati airports to improve airspace efficiency.
Aircraft Delivery Moves AirAsia India Closer To Launch 
AirAsia India plans to start operations with three Airbus A320 aircraft initially and hopes to add 10 Airbus aircraft each year to boost its operations in the country.
India To Buy More Pilatus PC-7 Mk. 2s
NEW DELHI - The BTAs will be acquired from the Swiss company under the “Buy & Make (Indian)” category, in accordance with India’s defense procurement policy.
India Is Once Again World's Largest Arms Buyer 
India increased its arms imports by 111% over the past five years and now accounts for 14% of the world’s weapons imports, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) says.
India To Launch Astrosat In 2015
India is making headway toward launching Astrosat, the country’s first satellite devoted to astronomy, which will look at the universe in X-ray, ultraviolet and visible light bands, a senior space scientist says.
IAF, Navy Worried Over Halt Of Rolls-Royce Deals 
NEW DELHI - The Indian air force (IAF) and navy are worried that the decision to temporarily halt all dealings with engine maker Rolls-Royce may affect future operations and acquisitions of several aircraft.
737 MAX For SpiceJet To Fly With Leap Engines 
The low-cost carrier ordered 42 Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, worth $4.4 billion, as part of a plan to modernize its fleet.
Russia Keen To Sell Tor-M2KM Missiles To India 
NEW DELHI - Russian defense company Almaz-Antey hopes India will buy its Tor-M2KM to meet the country’s requirement for short-range air-defense missile systems.
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