Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
Air India Seeks Bridge Loan For 787-8 Deliveries 
The carrier has invited offers from banks and other financial institutions to arrange the bridge financing for a 12-18-month period.
SpiceJet Revival Plans Gets Government Nod 
The airline’s rescue plan to infuse 15 billion rupees ($243 million) by the end of March, which was submitted by its co-founder Ajay Singh and other investors, was approved by India’s aviation ministry on Jan. 21.
Air-Launched BrahMos Missile To Be Tested In March 
India will conduct the first test of the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in March, using an Indian air force Su-30MKI fighter, according to an official involved in the project.
Indian Air Force Gets First LCA 
After a delay of more than two decades, India’s indigenously made Tejas Light Combat Aircraft has finally been inducted into the Indian air force.
Kalstar To Operate Embraer E195 
“We are proud to be the first Embraer operator in Indonesia and we look forward to enhancing our operations, especially in the Kalimantan area, with the introduction of these E195s,” Kalstar Aviation CEO Andi Masyhur says.
India Removes Head Of DRDO
Avinash Chander’s contract will be terminated on Jan. 31, 15 months ahead of schedule. A defense ministry official says Chander was removed because Prime Minister Narendra Modi is incensed by inordinate delays in various DRDO projects.
EW Suite Tested On India’s LCA 
An indigenously developed advanced electronic warfare suite has been tested on board India’s Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) for the first time.
New Indian Airline Vistara Begins Service 
Tata holds a majority 51% stake and SIA has the remaining 49%.
India To Become Only OEM For Supporting Su-30MKI Fleet 
India is aiming to get overhaul orders from countries operating Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters as state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) delivered the first reconditioned aircraft to the Indian air force (IAF).
ISRO To Kick-start 2015 With IRNSS-1D Launch 
India is getting ready to loft its fourth navigation satellite in March as part of an ongoing initiative to create the country’s own navigation system.
India Plans March Flight-Test Of Reusable Launch Vehicle 

India plans to carry out a test flight of its reusable rocket launcher in March in what could be a first step toward affordable access to space technology.

The Winged Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD), fitted with solid strap-on thrusters, will fly at five times the speed of sound (Mach 3) to reach an altitude of more than 100 km (61 mi.) within barely 5 min.

India To Test Fly Reusable Launch Vehicle In March 
India plans to carry out a test flight of its reusable rocket launcher in March, in what could be a first step toward affordable access to space technology.
India’s Rustom-2 UAV To Be Ready By 2016 
India is working toward making its next-generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Rustom-2 operational by 2016.
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Jan 23, 2015

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Jan 21, 2015

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Jan 21, 2015

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Jan 20, 2015

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