Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
LCA Tejas Conducts Hot Refueling Procedure 
India’s indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft has successfully carried out a hot refueling, one of the capabilities highly desired in combat situations.
India’s Rustom-2 UAV Tested Successfully 
India has successfully test-flown its homegrown Rustom-2 medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle.
India’s Light Transport Completes Second Test Flight 
The Saras light transport aircraft has completed its second test flight in two months, rekindling hopes of a revival of India's civil aircraft program.
India Plans To Launch Second Space Observatory 
India is planning to launch its second space observatory—Astrosat-2—to conduct further studies in astronomy and astrophysics.
India Targets April For Second Moon Probe Launch 
India now is aiming to launch its second mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2, in April, after previously targeting a March liftoff.
India’s LCH Flies With New Flight Control System 
India’s Light Combat Helicopter made its first flight with an indigenously designed and developed Automatic Flight Control System on Jan. 31.
India Rekindles Mid-Air Refueling Aircraft Buy 
India has begun a fresh hunt to acquire mid-air refueling aircraft.
India Hopes GSAT-11 Will Be Last Foreign Launch 
India hopes the scheduled April launch of its GSAT-11 communication satellite by Arianespace will mark the last time it has to rely on a foreign launcher to orbit a satellite.
Indian Navy Wants Third Aircraft Carrier 
India’s navy wants to acquire a third aircraft carrier along with more than 50 foreign aircraft to operate from it.
India Conducts Fifth Flight Test Of Agni-V Missile 
India has again test-fired its indigenous Agni-V long-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
HAL, Safran Partner On Helo Engine MRO Unit 
India’s state-run military aircraft maker HAL is working with Safran Helicopter Engines to establish a unit in Goa for servicing military helicopter engines.
India Launches Cartosat-2 Satellite 
The 44.4-meter tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) lifted off at 9.29 a.m. India time Jan. 12 after a 28-hr. countdown from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
Indian Space Agency Gets New Chief 
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is getting a new chief, K. Sivan, popularly known as the “Rocket Man."
Air India's first Boeing 777.
India Permits Foreign Investment In Flag Carrier 

NEW DELHI—India has approved 49% foreign direct investment in Air India, increasing the prospect of its successful strategic disinvestment.

Foreign airlines currently are allowed to own up to 49% in an Indian airline, with the exception of Air India. “That restriction has now been lifted by the federal Cabinet,” a senior government official said.

India Reschedules Launch Of 31 Satellites To Jan. 12 
Devi Prasad Karnik, director of public relations at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), did not characterize the change in schedule as a delay. “The earlier stated launch date of January 10 was merely tentative,” he said.
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