Amid fears that India’s long-delayed Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) project may slip even further due to weight issues, India’s defense ministry has finally acknowledged that the Indian air force (IAF) is looking for alternatives to the troubled program.
The accident occurred at 12:06 p.m. local time, shortly after the aircraft took off on a routine sortie from the Bhuj airbase in Gujarat. It crashed about 19 mi. from the airbase, the official says. The pilot was on a flying training mission and has ejected safely, he says
The Space Object Proximity Analysis is being carried out "on a regular basis" by scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) "to assess the collision risk and determine risk mitigation strategies in advance" for operational low Earth orbit spacecraft.
NEW DELHI — An indigenously made, Indian air force (IAF) Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter crashed in northern India July 25, killing all seven people on board.
The 5.5-ton, multi-role helicopter was on a mission from an air base in the northern province of Uttar Pradesh.
“The Pilot gave a ‘may-day’ call at around 16:53 local time and soon after, contact was lost with the helicopter on the radar and on radio,” an IAF official says. The aircraft later crashed into a field.
The Indian air force (IAF) hopes the deal will be finished during India’s current fiscal year, ending March 31, 2015. "If that happens, we will probably start receiving the aircraft from late 2016 or early 2017," an IAF official says.