Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
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."
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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.
India Progresses Ballistic Missile Defense System 
India is moving ahead with its plans to develop a multi-layered ballistic missile defense (BMD) system.
India To Launch 31 Satellites In Single Mission 
India’s space agency will kick off the new year on Jan. 10 by launching its Earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series along with 30 other foreign sats.
India To Buy Weapons From Russia, Israel 
India has approved the purchases of precision-guided bombs from Russia and Barak missiles from Israel in deals worth a total of about $270 million.
India’s Military Aircraft Mishap Rate Highlights Safety Gaps 
India has lost 35 defense aircraft and 14 military pilots in crashes in the last three years, the government says.
IAF Issues RFP For 83 Light Combat Aircraft 
The Indian Air Force has issued a request for proposals for 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft to be built by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
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