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Teething Problems Won't Ground Air India 787s 
As of February Air India’s 787s have experienced about 45 major engineering snags plus about 140 “minor” technical problems since its September 2012 delivery.
SpiceJet Orders 42 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft 
India's second-largest low-cost airline by market share expects to start taking delivery of the aircraft from 2018.
Airbus To Push C295 In India 
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)
India Puts Rolls-Royce Defense Deals On Hold 
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 Sets Big Plans For King Airs In India 
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 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.

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.”

India Issues RFI For Intermediate Jet Trainers
The Indian air force snubs long-delayed HJT-36 Sitara
India Lines Up Foreign Satellite Customers 
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.
BrahMos Plans Mach 7 Missile 
Indo-Russian consortium BrahMos Aerospace has plans to develop a Mach 7 hypersonic missile, the BrahMos 2.
BrahMos Plans Mach 7 Missile

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.”

India's Manned Mission To Space Gets A Push 
NEW DELHI - India’s first manned space flight program has received a major boost with a higher budgetary allocation and development of a crew module structural assembly.
Acquisition Shortchanged In Indian Defense Budget Boost 
India’s military procurement plans are likely to be hampered by a minimal raise in budget allocation for acquisition in the next financial year. (Rafale photo: Dassault)
BrahMos Developing Mini Missile For Potential Export 
The Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace is considering adapting its miniature version of the supersonic BrahMos-M (Mini) to more platforms, and exporting it to friendly countries.
India's Intermediate Jet Trainer To Be Operational Soon 
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.
Momentum Builds For Indian Human Spaceflight 
NEW DELHI - India’s first human spaceflight program seems to be taking shape with the development of a crew module structural assembly by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL).
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