Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
India’s GSLV-D6 Lifts Off With GSAT-6 
India’s three-stage heavy-lift Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) lifted off with the country’s GSAT-6 advanced multimedia communication satellite Aug. 27.
India’s Astrosat Aims For October Launch 
Astrosat – India’s first space observatory dedicated to the study of distant celestial objects – is preparing for an October launch.
India In Talks To Set Up Fiji Satellite Tracking Station 
“We are keen to have a satellite monitoring station in Fiji to monitor our spacecraft over the Pacific after they have launched,” a senior Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientist tells Aviation Week.
Another MiG-21 Crashes In India 
An Indian air force MiG-21 fighter crashed Aug. 24 in the fields of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India.
India To Launch GSAT-6 Comm Satellite Aug. 27 
India plans to launch its advanced multimedia communication satellite, GSAT-6, later this month. It will help offer application-based services to cellphone users and facilitate scientific experiments.
India To Order More Mi-17 V5 Helos From Russia 
India plans to buy 48 more Mi-17 V5 helicopters from Russia even as Russian Helicopters prepares to complete the delivery of a previous order for 151 of the transport aircraft to New Delhi by the end of this year.
India’s Antrix Adds U.S. Microsatellites to Launch Manifest 
Launch deals follow agreement to jointly develop a dual-frequency synthetic aperture radar satellite.
IndiGo Confirms Order For 250 Airbus Aircraft 

India’s biggest and most profitable privately owned airline, IndiGo, has finalized its order for 250 Airbus A320neo aircraft, ending months of uncertainty stemming from the expiration of the term sheet. 

The airline “firmed up” its commitment to buy the 250 A320neos on Aug. 15.

“This new order further reaffirms IndiGo’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas,” IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh says.

Long Negotiations Bedevil Indian Defense Upgrades  15
With India’s original Rafale fighter deal scrapped after years of holdups, will its naval helicopter purchase see the same fate?
India-France Rafale Deal Stalls 
“The bone of contention is mainly over the cost escalation and offset clause,” a defense ministry official says. “Both the governments are trying to iron out these issues at the earliest.”
India To Loft Nine U.S. Microsatellites 
India has signed deals to launch nine U.S.-built microsatellites by 2016.
India’s S-70B Buy Faces Delay 
India’s plan to acquire 16 S-70B Seahawk helicopters from Sikorsky is likely to slip further as the U.S. company lobbies to raise the price of the long-delayed deal.
India Scraps RFP For MMRCA 
India finally has scrapped its long-delayed, contentious effort to buy 126 Rafale aircraft from Dassault.
Air India To Replace Narrowbody Aircraft 
The board of Air India has “approved dry leasing” of 19 Airbus A320 aircraft, according to Mahesh Sharma, India’s junior minister for civil aviation.
Air India Lowers Losses, Eyes Foreign Loan 
The company’s annual net loss has fallen by about 26% in the last three years as a result of the turnaround plan.

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