Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
India May Scrap Order For 126 Dassault Combat Jets 
Less than two days after India agreed to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition, India’s defense minister signals plan to abandon larger deal.
India Rethinking Rafale Fighter Deal 2
India is rethinking its long-delayed 126-aircraft Medium-Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal, and may opt to scrap the fighter purchase in favor of government-to-government sales.
India Nears Deal For 36 Dassault Rafale Fighters 3
India plans to purchase 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition “as quickly as possible,” though both the Indian and French governments said further negotiations are still underway.
India Kicks Off Month Of Missile Testing 
India recently test-launched its nuclear-capable Dhanush missile, and plans two additional missile tests this month.
Another Indian LCC Set To To Fly 
Company management is expected to announce its first-flight date in the coming days. “We plan to start operations in two weeks,” an airline executive says.
Saab Gets Follow-On Order For Dhruv Helo Equipment 
India’s state-run airframer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has placed a $78 million follow-on order with Saab for the serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on Indian army and air force Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH).
India OKs Airbus A330 AWACS Platform 
India has decided to buy two Airbus A330 aircraft for mounting its indigenous Airborne Warning and Control Systems Aircraft (AWACS).
India Successfully Launches Fourth Navigation Satellite 
India moved closer toward establishing its regional navigation system with the successful liftoff of its fourth navigation satellite on March 28.
India’s Fourth Navigation Satellite To Lift Off March 28 
India is moving closer to having its own satellite navigation system as preparations are underway for the launch of the fourth satellite this week.
Indian Navy Aircraft Crashes Off Goa Coast 
An Indian navy surveillance aircraft crashed into the sea off the coast of the western state of Goa on March 24, the latest in a series of deadly disasters for the country’s military.
India’s Mars Orbiter Expected To Outlive Six-Month Baseline Mission 
India’s first Mars mission has successfully completed six months in space and is expected to stay in orbit for another six months to explore the red planet and its atmosphere.
India To Start Production Of LCH In 2017 
India plans to start production of its indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) in 2017 to provide its defense forces with an attack helicopter.
Pakistan C-130B Upgrade May Soon Get Underway 
Malaysia-based aircraft maintenance company Airod will carry out the upgrade program of Pakistan’s C-130 transport aircraft fleet, an official says.
India Planning To Launch 10 Satellites Per Year 

NEW DELHI—India’s state-run space agency has proposed launching 10 satellites annually starting this year, setting an ambitious goal toward expanding the country’s space exploration program.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is currently launching four or five satellites every year. Most of them are for domestic use.

The “idea is to develop our space program” with the annual launching of at least 10 satellites, says S.K. Shivakumar, director of the ISRO Satellite Center in Bengaluru in south India.

Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 14

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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