Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
India To Start LCH Series Production Soon 

NEW DELHI—India’s indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is likely to enter into series production by year’s end.

“The LCH is expected to receive the Initial Operational Clearance by the end of this year, and thereafter we will start series production of the twin-engine, dedicated combat helicopter [in the] 5.8-ton class,” says T. Suvarana Raju, chairman and managing director of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL).

India’s Second Moon Mission On Track 
India has successfully accomplished the first phase of its second planned lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-2.
India To Soon Start LCH Series Production 
India’s indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is likely to enter into series production by year’s end.
India Pushes To Launch Saarc Satellite By 2016 
India has fast-tracked efforts to build a dedicated communications satellite for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) area, hoping to launch it by the end of next year, a senior space scientist says.
India Prepares To Launch Constellation Of U.K. Satellites 
India is set to launch three disaster-monitoring satellites for a British firm in July, moving ahead with its ambition of securing a larger share of the annual international launch business.
Indian Jaguar Crash Highlights Poor Flying Record 
An Indian air force Jaguar fighter crashed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh June 16, highlighting the poor maintenance and safety record of the jet that has been in service for more than four decades.
India to Upgrade Hawks for Export
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with BAE Systems for upgrading the Indian Air Force’s Hawk Mk.132 advanced jet trainers
India Mulls Building Heavy Launcher 

NEW DELHI—India is studying the development of a launch vehicle capable of orbiting satellites weighing up to 10 tons.

The proposed Heavy-lift Launch Vehicle (HLV) is under study by a project team, according to a scientist from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Airbus Group Unites Its Businesses In India 
India is Airbus’ first international market in which it has brought all its operations under a single company, as part of the Airbus Group’s “one roof” policy.
Sweden Again Looks To Sell Gripen To India 
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, who is currently visiting India, has held detailed discussions with his Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar, and is understood to have made a proposal to sell Saab’s Gripen NG single-engine light combat aircraft to the Indian air force.
Indian Coast Guard Aircraft Goes Missing 
A Dornier surveillance aircraft of the Indian coast guard with three crew members on board has been missing off the southern coast since June 8.
India’s Reusable Launcher Prepares For Flight Test  2
India’s experimental space plane aims to reduce the cost of access to space.
India To Test Launch Reusable Launch Vehicle 6
India is preparing to carry out an experimental flight of its reusable launch vehicle, a senior space scientist says.
India’s Mars Mission Enters Comms Blackout Phase 
India’s Mangalyaan Mars probe has entered the “blackout” phase of its mission, in which all communications between the satellite and Earth will be blocked for about two weeks.
ISRO To Launch Communication Satellite For Strategic Purposes 
India is targeting July/August to launch the GSAT-6 communications satellite to provide strategic application-based services to mobile phone users and vehicles as well as to help with scientific experiments.
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