Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
Rafale Deal In Final Stages, Indian Defense Minister Says 
India is in the final stages of its negotiations with France to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar says, but the deal has not yet been finalized.
India To Launch Last Satellite For Navigation System 
India will launch its final navigation satellite on April 28, forming a complete system that will provide accurate position information service to the country’s users.
UMS Skeldar Looks At Manufacturing Ops In India 
UMS Skeldar, the newly-formed joint venture between Saab and Swiss UAV company UMS Aero, is looking to establish a manufacturing facility in India to tap into the Asian and Southeast Asian market.
U.S. Primes Offer To Build Fighter Aircraft In India 
In a major boost to the “Make in India” initiative, the U.S. on April 12 agreed to develop new partnerships in the pursuit of a range of cutting-edge projects, while India mulls two proposals from U.S. aerospace primes to bolster the country’s fighter production.
India To Launch Earth Observatory Next Month
India will launch its new Earth observation satellite, Cartosat-2C, in May, in an effort to boost the country’s military reconnaissance and surveillance capability.
India, NASA Push To Advance Launch Of Earthquake Satellite 
India’s space agency is working with NASA to advance the launch of a satellite to monitor climate change and earthquake patterns.
The Payloads Of India’s Upcoming Moon Mission  3
An ISRO research center in western India is developing a rover and three major payloads for its Chandrayaan-2 quest to confirm the presence of lunar water.
India Eyes May Liftoff Of Reusable Launch Vehicle 
India is hoping to conduct the first technology demonstration flight of its reusable launch vehicle in May.
India Makes Progress On Chandrayaan-2 Payloads 
India hopes to deliver all the payloads for its second lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-2, by the end of this year.
India to Launch 22 Satellites in One Mission 
India will launch 22 satellites in a single mission this year, setting new records for the country’s space program.
Tata Sons And Its Executives To Own 51% Of AirAsia India 
Tata Sons Ltd., which controls India’s diversified Tata Group, and some of its executives plan to become 51% shareholders in AirAsia India, an arm of Malaysian LCC AirAsia Bhd., paving the way for further investment, the company said.
India Eyes Long-Term Support Contract For Mi-17 
India is looking to sign a long-term maintenance agreement with Russian Helicopters to provide after-sales service for the country’s Mi-17 helicopters.
Rockwell Collins to Provide CAAS for Indian CH-47Fs 
Rockwell Collins will provide its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) for 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters to be supplied by Boeing to India.
Airbus Plans Pilot Training Center In India 
The facility, to be fully owned and funded by Airbus Group India, will be the main center supporting India’s need for new Airbus pilots, says Srinivasan Dwarakanath, president of Airbus in India.
India’s HAL To Make Foray Into Civil Aviation
India’s state-run defense aircraft-maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has announced plans to manufacture and operate two Dornier Do-228 aircraft, marking a foray into the civil aviation sector.

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