Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
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India To Open Bids For 16 Multi-Role Helos 

NEW DELHI—India's government has decided to begin the bidding process by NHIndustries and Sikorsky for the purchase of 16 multi-role helicopters for its navy.

NHIndustries is offering its NH90 and Sikorsky is bidding with its S-70B Seahawk to replace the navy’s 19 aging Westland Sea Kings. Field trials of the helicopters were evaluated in 2011. The aircraft will be used primarily for anti-submarine/surface warfare, with secondary roles including search and rescue, utility transport and casualty evacuation.

India Again Scraps Light Helicopter Buy 

NEW DELHI—India has yet again scrapped its efforts to acquire 197 light reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters (RSH) for its army and air force, shattering the hopes of Airbus Helicopters and Russia’s Kamov. 

Airbus Helicopters’ AS 350 Fennec and Kamov’s 226 Sergei successfully completed their field trials in December 2010. Officials from the teams were unavailable for comment.

Indian Chinook, Apache Deals Move Closer To Finalization 
"The proposal to purchase the helicopters from Boeing through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route has moved a step closer to being finalized after the Defense Acquisition Council, chaired by defense minister Arun Jaitley, approved the off-set proposals as per the procurement policy," an official says.
India Again Scraps Light Helicopter Buy 
Airbus Helicopters’ AS 350 Fennec and Kamov’s 226 Sergei successfully completed their field trials in December 2010. Officials from the teams were unavailable for comment.
India To Open Bids For 16 Multi-Role Helos 
NHIndustries is offering its NH90 and Sikorsky is bidding with its S-70B Seahawk to replace the navy’s 19 aging Westland Sea Kings. Field trials of the helicopters were evaluated in 2011. The aircraft will be used primarily for anti-submarine/surface warfare, with secondary roles including search and rescue, utility transport and casualty evacuation.
India Bars Finmeccanica From Future Defense Competitions, With Caveats
India has officially barred Finmeccanica from bidding on its future weapons-supply deals but has allowed the Italian defense major to continue with its existing contracts.
Pilatus Teams Up With TASL To Make PC-12 In India 
Swiss airframer Pilatus Aircraft will soon start assembling aero structures of its turbine-powered PC-12 NG business aircraft in India with the help of Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL).
Second Indian Moon Mission Progresses 
The space agency is “currently waiting for an approval from the Indian government for more funds to develop the lander and a rover,” says Mayilsamy Annadurai, ISRO’s project director for lunar missions.
Russia-India Joint Multirole Transport Program Takes Shape 

NEW DELHI—Russia and India have completed the preliminary design stage of their joint-venture multipurpose transport aircraft, a prototype of which is expected to be rolled out in 2017.

Russia-India Joint Multirole Transport Program Takes Shape 
Russia and India have completed the preliminary design stage of their joint-venture multipurpose transport aircraft, a prototype of which is expected to be rolled out in 2017.
India Working To Improve Communications Satellites 

NEW DELHI—India is working to develop higher-capability communication satellites to meet the country’s growing requirements, a senior space scientist says.

The country’s space agency is in the process of “developing various technologies and finding a suitable foreign industrial alliance to acquire the latest satellite platforms and payload technologies to upgrade its current satellite platforms,” Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K. Radhakrishnan says. 

Pakistan Strengthens Security At Airports After Attacks 
Security has been strengthened around all civil and military airports in Pakistan after armed Taliban suicide bombers tried to attack two airbases in southwest Quetta.
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