Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
India To Launch First Astronomical Observatory In October 
The spacecraft was fully assembled last week and “switched on,” a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says. “Everything is functioning well.”
Another Indian Air Force Sukhoi Fighter Crashes 
Both pilots ejected safely. According to a defense ministry spokesman, the twin-seater aircraft “was on a routine sortie when a technical problem forced the two pilots to abandon the fighter.”
India Set To Launch First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 
The 40,000-ton Vikrant, meaning “bold” or “courageous,” will be undocked at the state-owned Cochin shipyard in southern state of Kerala on May 28 following completion of some pending structural work, a yard official says.
India’s Avro Replacement Proposal Gets DAC Nod 
Sixteen C295s would be provided in flyaway condition by a Tata/Airbus team and 40 more from a new Indian production line. The proposals will now be considered by India’s defense cabinet committee for final approval.
India’s Plan To Buy Airbus Refueler Aircraft On Course 2
India’s plan to procure midair refueler aircraft is progressing well, the country’s defense minister says, marking a major step to increase the operational reach of the air force.
India’s LCA Falls Short Of Government Expectations 
India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is under fire from the country’s audit watchdog, which found “deficiencies and shortfalls” in the aircraft, throwing into question its readiness to be inducted into the Indian air force (IAF).
India To Build Two New Communication Satellites 
Indian authorities have approved a proposal to develop two communication satellites to augment the country’s telecommunication, television service and in-orbit backup systems.
India, France Set Up Special Teams For Rafale Deal 
India and France have decided to expedite an intergovernmental agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighters by establishing special teams to work out the details of the acquisition process.
India Gets Two Repaired Ka-31 Helos From Russia 
Russian Helicopters has delivered the first two repaired Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopters to India, with the remaining four helos to be handed over in the “near future.”
India Targets Launching 19 Satellites In 2015-16 
India has lined up six indigenous satellites and 13 foreign satellites to be launched over the next year, putting the country’s space agency in the global limelight, according to Junior Minister for Space Jitendra Singh.
India Likely To Sign Boeing Helo Deal During Carter Visit
India is likely to sign a nearly $2.5 billion deal for 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters during an upcoming visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
India’s Cryogenic Engine Tests Successful 
India has made further progress toward the goal of putting heavy satellites into orbit with the successful testing of an indigenous cryogenic rocket engine, a senior space official says.
India C-130J Support Deal Gets U.S. Nod 
India has received approval from the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for a $96 million support deal for its Lockheed Martin C-130J airlifters to help them meet local transport and disaster assistance requirements.
India To Launch Saarc Satellite In 2016 


NEW DELHI—India is working with its neighbors to establish a dedicated satellite for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) region by next year to fulfill the requirement for satellite transponders for communication and weather forecasting.

India’s Mars Mission Completes 800 Orbits 
Indian Space Research Organization Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar says the Mangalyaan mission still has 39 kg of fuel and is likely to survive “several years” in orbit.
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