Airbus Defense and Space sees an opportunity to promote C295 tactical airlifter sales to India, through the soon-to-be-floated tender for 56 transport aircraft to replace the aging fleet of Indian air force (IAF) Hawker Siddeley HS 748s. (C295 photo: Airbus Military)
NEW DELHI - India has put all defense contracts with engine maker Rolls-Royce on hold following allegations that the British company paid bribes to win lucrative contracts to supply Hawk advanced trainer jet engines to state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (Photo: Indian defense ministry)
Beechcraft delivered 21 turboprops between 2008 and 2012, making India the second-largest buyer of King Airs in Asia Pacific region during this time frame, behind only Australia, which accounted for 34 aircraft orders.
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.
Astrosat, a multi-wave-length observatory in space, will be launched with six instruments aboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K. Radhakrishnan says.
“It is getting ready now,” Radhakrishnan says. “It will be integrated by 2015.”
NEW DELHI - Antrix Corp., the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has signed an agreement with Singapore Technologies Electronics Ltd. to launch its first commercial satellite, TeLEOS-1.
Indo-Russian consortium BrahMos Aerospace has plans to develop a Mach 7 hypersonic missile, the BrahMos 2.
“We have established a lead in supersonic missiles,” says Praveen Pathak, general manager for market promotion and export at BrahMos Aerospace. “Hypersonic vehicles with multi-use will reduce the cost [of] putting payload in orbit. It could deliver the payload at multiple points and it can come back.”
NEW DELHI - The Sitara is being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) for the IAF and the Indian navy. “The much-delayed Sitara IJT is likely to be operational this year . . . All efforts are being made by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. for achieving the final operational clearance by December 2014,” Defense Minister A.K. Antony says.
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